If you’re coming to Bangkok, chances are you have read up on the different areas of town. Most people have heard of Khao San Road and all the reviews that go with it and usually decided before they’ve even arrived whether they like it or not.
So far living in Bangkok has been great and I’ve enjoyed everything about being here, especially the time I’ve spent on Khao San Road. In fact some of my favourite memories have been on that little street.
Our first impression of Khao San Road could not have been better, we arrived just in time to celebrate Songkran. As anyone who has ever been lucky enough to take part will know, you could be anywhere and have a great time over Songkran but for us visiting Khao San always brings back memories of a crazy couple of days, if only it could be like that everyday.
So what is Khao San Road like normally? Sure, it’s a little annoying, having people try to sell you a silly hat or a suit you’re (hopefully) never going to wear and constantly trying to be drive you off in a tuk tuk, often to one of the famous ping pong shows they’re also promoting.
However, all of this makes for pretty spectacular people watching, whether it’s laughing at the group of lads walking down the street, can of Chang in hand, all of whom have been suckered into buying a hat at three times the price, just to not be the odd one out. Or the dad, who for once is happy his wife and kids are there so he’s not being targeted for all the bar staff offering the ‘strongest buckets in town’. Instead all he has to deal with is the endless army of women selling musical frogs. Meanwhile all around people are pulling faces at their first experience of street food and as much as I would like to tell them not to buy the salty pad thai on Khao San Road, I would be forever out of my seat.
But what’s the alternative, I could get into the role of expat living. I could head in to Siam or Suckhumvit in jeans and my latest designer shoes and have a more civalised night out in a few of the many upmarket bars and clubs. But here’s the thing, I hate those sort of places, I always have, just looking at the clubs online make me cringe.
Cheap drinks with backpackers on a stool that’s set a bit too far into the road sounds much more appealing to me. One things for sure you aren’t going to hear the people on Khao San road complaining about work that week.
Whenever I’m on this exciting street I can’t help but look around and wonder where all these people have come from. Have they just returned after months of exploring SE Asia with their new friends? Or are they the lucky ones who have only just arrived and have probably the best few months of their lives ahead of them.
Khao San Road is the starting point for I don’t know how many backpackers each year and I believe you can sense it, the excitement in the air can be felt all around.
That’s just the atomsphere I want everywhere I go, excited and carefree.
Have you been to Khao San Road before, what did you make of it?
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