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Khao san road - Everything you want to know about it

Khao san is in old Bangkok close to the Grand Palace. Usually referred as a place for backpackers (It still is) but it's also a "must-go" place for tourists, expats and food lovers (Veggies as well). 

In this post we'll talk about what has Khao San Road offer tourists, expats and backpackers:

  1. Tattoo Shops
  2. Bars and discos
  3. Restaurants and food
  4. Hostels and Hotels (Briefly)

Crowded and messy are the two words that could be used to describe Khao san road. Bars on both sides with street vendors selling bugs, kebabs/falafals, pad-thai at a cheap price. (Mind you it's very delicious!) Make sure your immune system is strong enough if you're a tourist from USA, UK or Europe.

If you're a backpacker it's a great place to start your adventure in Thailand. Meet other folks and listen to their interesting travel story. If you want to meet up a girl - it's possible too. A great opportunity to meet expats, travelers and of course Thais. 

Tattoo shops are on the side of the streets and believe me they can make you almost anything at a decent cost. You don't need a fancy shop for that. They will make you sit on a small chair on the side of the street and do it right there. Interesting huh! Well that's a great experience for tourists visiting Thailand for the first time. 

Also, if you want a fake degree, license they can make all of it. They have an eye to detail in this department I would say. Many locals and expats in order to avoid the crap of making a Thai driving license (which could take many days) end up here and get it done in few hours. If you want to have a fake degree you can talk to them and they might as well quote you a good price for it. I wouldn't suggest that though.

I've kept the best thing for the last -  beer is "Super Cheap". I mean really cheap. A big tower costs somewhere between $18 - $25. That's almost nothing as compared to the price you pay in those fancy discos and pubs in downtown sukhumvit or Thong lor. 

A hookah costs somewhere around $6-$8 as well. It's flavored hookah and I'd suggest the mint flavor with awesome chilled beer diluted with ice-cubes. Khao san has endless number of hippie bars and a good place to meet people from around the world. It's a actually a good place start off your traveling expeditions in Thailand. You can get a fair bit idea of Thai lifestyle in Khaosan - the laid back Thai style, drinking beer in the streets, eating bugs, the carefree environment is something I like about khaosan. 

I don't really remember the names of the bar that I go, however, the most famous one is "The Center" and "Silk Bar" - they're right opposite each other and fancy a decent crowd mostly travelers, tourists. There are other good bars as well, street bars, or shops on the other side as well as right next street. So, I'd recommend you to have couple of beers in different bars and meet up a lot of people. That's what I usually do!

A great opportunity to meet girls, of course Thai girls, white girls (expats and backpackers). They're looking to meet new people and so are you - which creates a great chance of knowing about other cultures and their perspective of Thailand. 

On the other hand, Khao san also has many restaurants especially Indian, two israeli restaurants (shoshana and another I forgot the name). Israeli food offers few things for vegetarians as well. Shoshana is in a small street right next to starbucks, and the other restaurant is about 50 meters down the street from starbucks and not inside the street but on the main street. 

Many hostels are in Khao san road costing around $13 - $20, so you've to bunk with other backpackers - It depends though sometimes you'd be alone but sometimes you have to bunk with someone. 

Well that's it for Khao san - If you've any other questions about Khao san just ask me in the comment section below. 

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