Khao San Road is an energetic and bustling marketplace with extreme excesses. It's located a short distance from the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok's central Rattanakosin district. The surrounding area around Khaosan is right in the heart of the old city in the wider Banglamphu section of Phra Nakon.
The road comprises of just one short street and is crammed full of cheap guesthouses, cheap food, cheap souvenirs and cheap just about everything else you could possibly think of. It's also a backpackers paradise for the budget traveller.
Khaosan in Thai actually refers to milled rice because it was here where the grain was originally sold and distributed. The name stuck as does most Asian rice. Rice as you are probably aware, is the staple diet for all Asia's vast population.
Nightlife in Khaosan is a tremendous buzz of activity with an equally exciting and lively ambience. It just adds that little bit of something extra special. Both local and international music can often be heard blaring away from all directions.
It's a colourful kaleidoscope of chaos and overwhelming charm with throngs of people everywhere. It's the perfect opportunity to mix and mingle with foreign tourist from around the world and the mostly young and friendly locals alike.
If this is your scene, it's is a great place for purple people poaching. Actually, this is where colour has no boundaries. People from all around the world and of every description gather here to experience all the glitter and glam. Perhaps not the same glitter and glam as Hollywood, but nonetheless a real people place.
Khaosan is the perfect place to be an observer of human behavioural patterns. Here different cultures, different background and different everything else come together to converge and seek sanctuary, sing, dance, shop and just be merry.
You could quite easily spend the whole day and night here leisurely absorbing the sights, sounds and smells. Sit yourself down at one of the many outside bars or restaurants and let your imagination flow. You are going to be in for one huge surprise and remember, it's exceedingly easy to become entirely engrossed.
Try guessing where some of these people come from then approach one, two or a whole group for a chat. Take your time, though, there's really no need to rush.
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