Khao San Road also spelled Khaosan in Bangkok, Thailand is technically speaking, a small street about three blocks long located about a block from the Chao Phraya River in the Banglamphu neighborhood (Phra Nakhon district). Khao san means ‘raw rice’ in Thai. Before it became a tourist hotspot, the street was a major rice market for Bangkok.
Paintings, Crafts, pirated CDs, DVDs, clothes, fake IDs, educational diplomas, food, second hand books as well as many items useful to backpackers are among the common goods being sold along the road.
Khaosan road has in recent years also become popular among local people, especially artists and art students. The road hosts a number of pubs and bars, where people of many nationalities meet and discuss their travels.
It is one of Bangkok’s most vibrant streets, host to people from around the world. One Thai writer described the road as “a short road that has the longest dream in the world.” Any visit to Bangkok is incomplete without a people-watching beer on Khaosan.
One thing that is popular to do in area is to get a henna or permanent tattoe. As the shops start to truly open in Khao San Road (around 5pm) the henna guys will come out along with fake hair sellers and jewelry stands. They will have a huge book of designs to choose from and they are all priced differently depending on what you choose.
As a traveler, I like Khao San because it has all of the amenities that you need. There are cheap places to eat and sleep both on the street and in the adjacent streets. There are also plenty of decent travel agencies and places to buy toiletries. I believe that Khao San Road in Bangkok is every backpackers ‘Mecca’ in Thailand. It is like ‘the’ place to be to meet with travelers from all around the world.