Popularly known as a Backpackers’ Haven, Khao San Road or Khaosan Road is a short road located in Central Bangkok. Sited in the Banglamphu neighborhood of Phra Nakhon district, the place dazzles visitors with its tight nipping shopping experience and myriads of other fascinations. Framed with scores of hotels and shops, the place is a fitting example of what a “backpackers’ ghetto” should really look like.
Many people visiting Bangkok, head right away to Khao San Road owing to its cheap accommodation. In fact, the place offers some of the best deals on hotels, as compared to other areas in Central Bangkok. However, it does not mean that the place exclusively greets shoestring tourists. Many people who can blow baths on luxury hotels also prefer staying here, as Khao San offers best of both worlds, – with both affordable as well as well-appointed hotels.
Nevertheless, the most exciting of all is shopping in the place, as the market at Khao San tender an eclectic experience of the same. The labyrinthine streets of the place are scattered with a variety of travel shops and the alleys are simply crammed with colorful stalls stacking almost everything that tourists hunt for. There are trendy outfits, ranging from t-shirts, shorts, trainers, fisherman’s pants, to tantalizing swimwear and lingerie.
Modish accessories like jewelries, sunglasses and watches are also sold in many shops. Besides, when it comes to footwear, the range is almost amazing, from comfortable flip-flops to chic sandals. Textiles, pirated music CDs and DVDs, old Thai movie posters, etc, are some other things to grab in the market. Apart from the pervasive stalls in the area, you can also spot street vendors trudging up and down with various trinkets and curios.
Many travelers visit Khao San to pick some good reads. The place is popular for its bookshops and has some of the best second hand-book stores in Bangkok. In fact, with its extensive range of shopping baits, a trip to the road is a must for every Bangkok traveler. The best time to visit the place is during evenings, when the shopping experience gets more exciting with local Thai vendors joining the throng of sellers. With the fall of dusk, they arrive in the market to sell exotic stuffs, ranging from clothing and traditional crafts, to a mixed bag of bric-a-brac.