Khao San Road - One of the most happening Nightlife places in Bangkok

If I am in Bangkok for one night only, I will spend that night at Khao San Road given that I know about most of other hangout places in Bangkok during night. Certainly the preferences change as per the kind of things you want to in Bangkok city and that's why this blog-post helps in understanding why Khao San Road of Bangkok city is awesome place when we talk about Nightlife in capital city of Thailand.

If I am in Bangkok for one night, I will spend that night at Khao San Road given that I know about most of other hangout places in Bangkok during night. Certainly the preferences change as per the kind of things you want to in Bangkok city and that's why this blog-post helps in understanding why Khao San Road of Bangkok city is awesome place when we talk about Nightlife in capital city of Thailand


Above photograph shows the very first thing I saw when I entered into the Khao San Road in Bangkok. Neither unusual not very special when we are talking about Thailand. Thai Massages are popular for a reason and by end of the post you would know why these Thai Massage parlours are important & popular in Khao San Road.

Above photograph shows the very first thing I saw when I entered into the Khao San Road in Bangkok. Neither unusual not very special when we are talking about Thailand. Thai Massages are popular for a reason and by end of the post you would know why these Thai Massage parlours are important & popular in Khao San Road.

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Khao San is a special place where, all the surrounding streets are full of night bars with variety of live music and DJ setups. This place is alive throughout the night and the show goes on till 6-7am in morning. We chose our hotel near Khao San Road and when we landed in Bangkok, we took bus to reach our hotel and we had to walk a bit. It was 6:30am in the morning and we crossed through a street where lot of groups were enjoying beers. We were wondering who would prefer beer over coffee in the morning and later we realised that those guys were on the streets drinking whole night & soon they would head back to their hotels to relax a bit before another exciting night in Bangkok.

Khao San is a special place where, all the surrounding streets are full of night bars with variety of live music and DJ setups. This place is alive throughout the night and the show goes on till 6-7am in morning. We chose our hotel near Khao San Road and when we landed in Bangkok, we took bus to reach our hotel and we had to walk a bit. It was 6:30am in the morning and we crossed through a street where lot of groups were enjoying beers. We were wondering who would prefer beer over coffee in the morning and later we realised that those guys were on the streets drinking whole night & soon they would head back to their hotels to relax a bit before another exciting night in Bangkok.

Some folks have tagged Khao San Road as World's wildest night party place and certainly it's crazy. Nightlife at Khao San Road exemplifies young crowd walking all around with beer or a bucket of cocktail and high on music playing all across the street.

Some folks have tagged Khao San Road as World's wildest night party place and certainly it's crazy. Nightlife at Khao San Road exemplifies young crowd walking all around with beer or a bucket of cocktail and high on music playing all across the street.

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There is nothing special around Khao San road during the day and there is huge contrast what you experience during the day vs night. It's mostly closed during the day or usual stuff being sold in shops. There is no point coming this side during the day and rather find other places in Bangkok to explore.     Above photograph shows a crocodile on grill. That sounds crazy and Khao San Road offers many such crazy sights. And I would not like to kill all the surprises from this place by sharing each & everything that we witnessed during 2 nights spent around this street.

There is nothing special around Khao San road during the day and there is huge contrast what you experience during the day vs night. It's mostly closed during the day or usual stuff being sold in shops. There is no point coming this side during the day and rather find other places in Bangkok to explore. 

Above photograph shows a crocodile on grill. That sounds crazy and Khao San Road offers many such crazy sights. And I would not like to kill all the surprises from this place by sharing each & everything that we witnessed during 2 nights spent around this street. 

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Cost of food around Khao San Road vs other places in Bangkok is certainly different, especially during the night. At the end, it comes to demand and supply and given number of people come here during night prices are bound to increase. Khao San has comparatively expensive food and difference varies accordingly to the place you chose to eat. Lot of the bars setup around the road don't serve great food and on top charge premium because you have seating. So it's your choice, how you want to spend time in Khao San road of Bangkok.    If you try to look closely at above photograph, the road is covered by these shops and bars and that's what happens after 11pm in Khao San street.

Cost of food around Khao San Road vs other places in Bangkok is certainly different, especially during the night. At the end, it comes to demand and supply and given number of people come here during night prices are bound to increase. Khao San has comparatively expensive food and difference varies accordingly to the place you chose to eat. Lot of the bars setup around the road don't serve great food and on top charge premium because you have seating. So it's your choice, how you want to spend time in Khao San road of Bangkok.

If you try to look closely at above photograph, the road is covered by these shops and bars and that's what happens after 11pm in Khao San street. 

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Usually the decision making factor about choosing a place to eat/drink should be on the basis of location of the place from where you can enjoy hustle bustle of the streets around, music and kind of crowd you want to be surrounded by. Focus more on food quality than drinks. Drinks are consistent and there may be some price difference. Even you would have choice of managing that cost difference, because you are usually allowed to some of these bars with your liquor in hand, as far as you order enough food. At some of the basic, places a small portion of food order also works.     Chang, Leo and Singha are 3 popular beers of Thailand. I am sure there would be more Thai beers available but this green bottle of Chang is pretty common across the country.

Usually the decision making factor about choosing a place to eat/drink should be on the basis of location of the place from where you can enjoy hustle bustle of the streets around, music and kind of crowd you want to be surrounded by. Focus more on food quality than drinks. Drinks are consistent and there may be some price difference. Even you would have choice of managing that cost difference, because you are usually allowed to some of these bars with your liquor in hand, as far as you order enough food. At some of the basic, places a small portion of food order also works. 

Chang, Leo and Singha are 3 popular beers of Thailand. I am sure there would be more Thai beers available but this green bottle of Chang is pretty common across the country. 

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In grand scheme, Thailand is not very expensive place so to enjoy places like Khao San Road in Bangkok it's better to ignore smaller price difference and focus on fun part.

In grand scheme, Thailand is not very expensive place so to enjoy places like Khao San Road in Bangkok it's better to ignore smaller price difference and focus on fun part. 

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Grabbing a drink from near-by 7-Eleven and then walking around Khao San streets can be a lot of fun. So grab few drinks, stroll around the streets to observe what all is going on at different parts of Khao San and when you start feeling tired grab a seat a place of your choice and enjoy rest of the night there.

Grabbing a drink from near-by 7-Eleven and then walking around Khao San streets can be a lot of fun. So grab few drinks, stroll around the streets to observe what all is going on at different parts of Khao San and when you start feeling tired grab a seat a place of your choice and enjoy rest of the night there. 

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Khao San road is also a great place for bar hopping although there are lesser places where you can enjoy variety of drinks. Most of these bars at Khao San road sell similar kind of drinks, so the differential factor for bar hopping can be food and music. Certainly you can't eat that much if you plan to be on the street for for more than 6 hours in a stretch.

Khao San road is also a great place for bar hopping although there are lesser places where you can enjoy variety of drinks. Most of these bars at Khao San road sell similar kind of drinks, so the differential factor for bar hopping can be food and music. Certainly you can't eat that much if you plan to be on the street for for more than 6 hours in a stretch. 

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Hope you enjoyed above videos and these give you better idea about what to expect around Khao San Road in Bangkok city of Thailand. Now let's talk about main things to do around Khao San Road and how to make your nights special in Bangkok city.    Main things to do or explore around Khao San Road :    1. Experience Local Life    2. Be ready to walk a lot during the night.    3. Enjoy diverse drinks on the streets.     4. Would you like to eat bugs like Scorpio & exotic stuff like Crocodile pizza.    5. A good place to get a massage and a Tatto if you are interested.

Now if you try to think how much people walk around Khao San Road and the Massage parlours i surrounding streets are quite popular. After few drinks and walks, one can grab a seat in these massage parlours & relax. At times, you tend to sleep as these massages are pretty relaxing. I usually opted for the foot massages and I can tell you that some of these folks are awesome & very skilled. 

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We will come back to more details about what to do around Khao San Road and things not to miss when comes to eating out around this place in Bangkok. Before that, watch the videos below and get a feeler about the vibrant environment around Khao San Street. 

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Hope you enjoyed above videos and these give you better idea about what to expect around Khao San Road in Bangkok city of Thailand. Now let's talk about main things to do around Khao San Road and how to make your nights special in Bangkok city.

Main things to do or explore around Khao San Road :

1. Experience Local Life

2. Be ready to walk a lot during the night.

3. Enjoy diverse drinks on the streets. 

4. Would you like to eat bugs like Scorpio & exotic stuff like Crocodile pizza.

5. A good place to get a massage and a Tatto if you are interested.


6. Wat Chana Songkhram is close-by & a walk to Wat Bowonniwet can be interesting.    7. the October 14 Memorial is around the corner. Night view of this place is also pretty interesting and photogenic.    8. Visit Thanon Khao San Market if you want to shop some crazy stuff from Thailand    9. Ghost Tower - if it sounds interesting to you. We skipped it.     10. Bangkok’s National Gallery is close-by and worth visiting if you like to know more about Thailand & it's some of the important aspects.

6. Wat Chana Songkhram is close-by & a walk to Wat Bowonniwet can be interesting.

7. the October 14 Memorial is around the corner. Night view of this place is also pretty interesting and photogenic.

8. Visit Thanon Khao San Market if you want to shop some crazy stuff from Thailand

9. Ghost Tower - if it sounds interesting to you. We skipped it. 

10. Bangkok’s National Gallery is close-by and worth visiting if you like to know more about Thailand & it's some of the important aspects. 

11. Make new friends on the streets and in the bar :)      12. You may not find very exciting street food comparatively, but grab stuff to enjoy with you drinks.

11. Make new friends on the streets and in the bar :)



12. You may not find very exciting street food comparatively, but grab stuff to enjoy with you drinks. 

If you liked this post and found it helpful, I would request you to follow these things when traveling -    1. Manage your waste well and don’t litter Use dustbins. 2. Tell us if you went to a place and found it hard to locate a dustbin.  3. Avoid bottle waters in hills. Usually you get clean water in hills and water bottles create lot of mess in our ecosystem.  4. Say big no to plastic and avoid those unhealthy snacks packed in plastic bags. Rather buy fruits.  5. Don't play loud blaring music in forests of jungle camps. You are a guest in that ecosystem and disturbing the locals (humans and animals) is not polite

If you liked this post and found it helpful, I would request you to follow these things when traveling - 

1. Manage your waste well and don’t litter Use dustbins.
2. Tell us if you went to a place and found it hard to locate a dustbin. 
3. Avoid bottle waters in hills. Usually you get clean water in hills and water bottles create lot of mess in our ecosystem. 
4. Say big no to plastic and avoid those unhealthy snacks packed in plastic bags. Rather buy fruits. 
5. Don't play loud blaring music in forests of jungle camps. You are a guest in that ecosystem and disturbing the locals (humans and animals) is not polite

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