About the Backpacker Road in BangkokImagine a short street crowded with taxis and tuk-tuks, which are a kind of three-wheeled taxis, lots of billboards and backpackers moving on their way to their guesthouses. This is not India - it is Khao San, or Qawasan, a short street in the center of Bangkok, which is the backpacker center of the city.
Its convenient location, in the district of Bangalampu, about a kilometer from the King's Palace, makes Kao San the perfect place in Bangkok for cheap accommodation. That's why this is Bangkok's bustling backpacker center. Here, those who travel in the budget are sleepy and limited and ready for their hustle and love of the endless activity 24 hours a day, when something happens here all the time.
But even for those who do not sleep here, it is worth visiting this lively and young street and experiencing the shock of the guesthouses, hostels and various guest houses, along with an unbelievable abundance of food stalls, restaurants, bars, clubs, shops for everything possible, Thai women wearing braiding hair or dreadlocks and Thai massage facilities.
Because beyond the cheap lodging neighborhood, many here will note that the word "khao-san" has long become a kind of mantra in backpackers in Thailand. For many of them is a kind of paradise for backpackers, no less. This is a street that is a recreation center for young people, artists, art students, tourists with backpacks and young people from Bangkok who come here to listen to music, drink and dance in clubs along the street.
Incidentally, the Thai language "Khao San" means "delicate rice." Here was once the central rice market of Bangkok. Even today, the streets are full of incredible variety of Pad Thai stalls and a variety of Thai delicacies, at ridiculous prices. Next to them are countless restaurants, with food from all over the world and spices. There's everything here, from Indian food to Italian, Chinese, Japanese, American and more.
TipsFrom Khao San Road many tours depart, and transportation to many tourist destinations around Thailand. There are many travel agencies who offer deals to places like Chiang Mai in the north, Koh Phangan in the south and also to nearby countries, visas and transportation.