Khaosan Road
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A favorite among late-night revelers, Khaosan Road is one of the major backpacking hubs of South East Asia. This short thoroughfare in central Bangkok is jam-packed with raucous bars and restaurants, as well as budget hostels. Try some unusual street food like scorpions on a stick, watch erotic shows, get a foot massage, or even a tattoo as a souvenir for your trip. Khaosan Road is within walking distance from a ferry terminal and from landmarks like the Wat Phra Kaew temple and the Phra Sumen Fort, so set out to explore the area after arriving. – Tripadvisor
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  • Shane Tilley
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique must do experience!
    Very unique experience! Great people watching. Loud music, massage, specialty foods and drinks. I would highly recommend going if you visit Bangkok. I’m sure there are inappropriate storefronts but I did not see any as we walked the street.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 4, 2023
  • GaryandLesleyTravel
    Auckland Central, New Zealand5,301 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loss of an Bangkok Icon
    Shame on you Bangkok for allowing this iconic street to become nothing more than a nightclub. Having been a regular visitor to Khoa San Road since 1990 I was so disappointed to see my happy place replaced with street shops struggling for business, and an evening market a quarter of its previous self. From 9pm it becomes a battle of who has the loudest speakers right through to at least 2am making sleeping in the the hotels on the street all but impossible. In the morning the street is dead. I can only imagine that over the coming months, shops and hotels will close and the street will die entirely during the day time and simply become a destination night spot only. If there was any light in the tunnel it’s that the street parallel to it, (behind away from the main road) has taken up some of the slack and may grow into something. What a loss.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Bhargava Krishna
    Bangalore District, India147 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Backpackers
    If you are a backpacker or solo traveller, Khaosan Road is a good place to stay. At night, you will see young travellers roaming and partying here. You will find plenty of food stalls here, including scorpions.
    Visited August 2022
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Thomas A
    Miami, Florida698 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wasn't impressed....better options in BKK
    Wasn't impressed. One street with some bars playing DJ music, but nothing to write home about. Better off going to Soi Cowboy and staying in that area. At least there is more live music and more options. Price wise did not notice a huge difference in prices, at least not to the point of making this street the "budget" version.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 6, 2023
  • lifenadventure
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,821 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is what it is. But I loved it
    It is what it is! A pumping, busy, loud, somewhat tacky, tourist street in Bangkok. During the day it’s just a normal street. At night it’s crowded, so busy and loud but fun. You go there knowing what it is. You don’t go there thinking you will have a nice dinner or some culture. At night it’s cheap drinks, laughing gas in balloons, street food, popcorn, many tourists, many Thai’s, pumping music and people trying to get you to go to their bar with their drinks special. Go and experience it. It’s worth a visit and a drink or two
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed
    Dhaka City, Bangladesh1,056 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Colorful Street of Old Bangkok
    This short street is popular among the tourists. This colorful street is located in the Old Bangkok area. Many colorful hotels, backpackers' dormitories, restaurants, pubs and shops are situated on this street. Street foods are available here, even the crocodile meat and scorpion fries.
    Visited September 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 31, 2023
  • Megan Kearney
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing street food, and fab shopping!
    Fun and crazy place with amazing street food! No prices on lots of things as they vary between buyers but none the less it’s worth a visit. The street food is amazing and so cheap, fab atmosphere too.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 11, 2023
  • N J
    Woodstock, Canada154 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There can be no other place like this on earth...
    Ok, so I went with zero expectations. I had no idea what I was getting into. I was completely blown away. This has to be the wildest street on earth. I went on a weekend night Food, drinks, MUSIC!, people, ping pong shows, girls, lunacy, snakes, scorpions, alligators... sounds, smells, people drunk, laughing... friendly It all blends into one huge intense scene. It is overwhelming at times. Pictures and videos do not do it justice. Absolutely incredible experience.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 27, 2024
  • Kyle L
    3 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overrated
    Enjoyable. But only worth it if you’re in the area. Made the treck across town (trains can’t reach here). And wasn’t very impressed. Just tourist trap with people walking around with cold scorpions and bug snacks lol. At least make them look somewhat appetizing 🤣. Not worth traveling far too.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 18, 2024
  • ITravel
    Old Bar, Australia21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Place you shouldn't missed to visit but isn't the right place to stay at
    The place is too alive and loud, there's a lot of fine dining restaurants and bars, street foods are in the aisle of the street so there's no way you will get hungry while doing your stroll. You will get a little entertained too by the other tourist who is teasing each other to try out the street food and of course by those who are brave enough to eat the street foods such as scorpions, frogs, crickets, worms and many to mentions. It is not recommendable to buy souvenirs in this area because even after bargaining the price is still higher than the other market. There are some good tattoo artists too in the area, My Fiancé and I visited Tattoo Center by Ake Tattoo and we got Inked. Tons of massage center too, we had it late in the evening and I could say the masseurs is without energy already so better do it in the day time otherwise do you message in another place. It is indeed a place to visit cause it is fun to get along with others who are dancing and singing from the loud music of the bars yet with the noise and crowd, it is not recommendable for you to book your stay in this area. Tourist travelling with kids should be extra cautious and might skip this place as part of their itinerary cause this is not a child friendly environment.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 13, 2024
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Shelley M
Albany, New Zealand884 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It is fun to go at least once, but if you visit at night it is very loud with all the bars music competing with each other which results in just noise. Load of bars and jump in one to sit and watch the crazy unfold. Tuk tuks around here will rip you off if you aren't careful. You will get offered bugs on sticks, tattoos, laughing gas every second step which gets really annoying, but it was a bit of fun for an hour or so then our eardrums needed a rest.
Written April 19, 2024
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Candice M
Swanley, UK569 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It's loud, brash, mad, hustling but well worth an hour or two of your time. We loved it just for fun. Ate at Jo Jo's which we really enjoyed...let us sit and watch the world go by and what a crazy world....makes you smile.
Written April 15, 2024
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK179,797 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
If you're thinking this is the great backpacker haven of legend, then you're going to be disappointed. I first visited about 15 years ago and sadly, the backpacker vibes are gone. Better to go off the beaten track if that's what you're looking for. Otherwise, Khaosan Road is a pretty funky place to visit with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants.
Written April 8, 2024
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Donald B
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
I went to Khaosan Road. Apart from the tuk tuk drivers and that company that makes documents of a questionable ethical nature. I went to McDonald's and had not only a quarter pounder with cheese but french fries as well.
Written March 22, 2024
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ITravel
Old Bar, Australia21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The place is too alive and loud, there's a lot of fine dining restaurants and bars, street foods are in the aisle of the street so there's no way you will get hungry while doing your stroll. You will get a little entertained too by the other tourist who is teasing each other to try out the street food and of course by those who are brave enough to eat the street foods such as scorpions, frogs, crickets, worms and many to mentions. It is not recommendable to buy souvenirs in this area because even after bargaining the price is still higher than the other market. There are some good tattoo artists too in the area, My Fiancé and I visited Tattoo Center by Ake Tattoo and we got Inked. Tons of massage center too, we had it late in the evening and I could say the masseurs is without energy already so better do it in the day time otherwise do you message in another place. It is indeed a place to visit cause it is fun to get along with others who are dancing and singing from the loud music of the bars yet with the noise and crowd, it is not recommendable for you to book your stay in this area. Tourist travelling with kids should be extra cautious and might skip this place as part of their itinerary cause this is not a child friendly environment.
Written March 13, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

JoisTravelsTheWorld
Pompano Beach, FL45 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Fun and chaotic steet. Mostly touristic. but
a must see if you are in Bangkok.
You can find great food, cheap accommodations and bars there.
Written March 8, 2024
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Kyle L
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Enjoyable. But only worth it if you’re in the area. Made the treck across town (trains can’t reach here). And wasn’t very impressed. Just tourist trap with people walking around with cold scorpions and bug snacks lol. At least make them look somewhat appetizing 🤣. Not worth traveling far too.
Written February 18, 2024
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Harry G
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Terrible and boring, I was sold a dream the road in Phuket was 10 takes better, the road isn’t even that long. Filled with terrible bars with terrible music.
Written February 17, 2024
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DMVEAL
Liskeard, UK839 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Walked here a couple of evenings as lots of places to eat both restaurants and street traders. A great vibe and buzzing with backpackers and tourists. Music and lots to absorb.
Written January 29, 2024
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N J
Woodstock, Canada154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Ok, so I went with zero expectations. I had no idea what I was getting into.
I was completely blown away.
This has to be the wildest street on earth. I went on a weekend night
Food, drinks, MUSIC!, people, ping pong shows, girls, lunacy, snakes, scorpions, alligators... sounds, smells, people drunk, laughing... friendly
It all blends into one huge intense scene. It is overwhelming at times.
Pictures and videos do not do it justice. Absolutely incredible experience.
Written January 28, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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