Discover with Timothy Tye
Khao San Road ถนนข้าวสาร , Bangkok

Start here
Khao San Road (Thai: ถนนข้าวสาร ) is a minor road in Bangkok, Thailand. It is the place in Bangkok favored by budget travelers for accommodation, meals and other conveniences. It is just a short road in the Banglamphu district of Bangkok, just a short distance north of Rattanakosin. It is a one-way street, connecting Chakrabongse Road to Tanao Road.

Khao San Road is a mere 410 meters in length. Nonetheless, it has become one of the most famous roads in Bangkok. Its fame came about as the market for budget travel ballooned, and it quickly supported it by offering no-frills accommodation with very basic amenities, simple meals, and easy transport. Although Khao San Road is not connected to the BTS Skytrain or Metro MRT networks, it is served by direct coach services to most other parts of Thailand. Due to the ready market, it also attracts numerous budget travel agencies to set up shop there, although I would advise you to be wary if you contemplate using these agencies, as there have been cases of tourists being sold tickets to non-existing services. Use the public bus, or if you can afford it, take the taxi to the nearest railway or bus station to get your tickets.

At the sidewalk market at Khao San Road, you can buy practically anything a budget traveler would need, from backpacks to from pirated CDs and DVDs, second-hand books, fake diplomas, trinkets, food, clothing and some budget-quality handicrafts. Over the years, a few more upmarket (or should I say, middle market) establishments have opened at Khao San Road, to cater to the well-heeled and not-so-budget travelers. Quite a number of pubs have also opened here, attracting the yuppies of Bangkok who come to interact and practise their English on the constant stream of foreign visitors.

Songkran, the Thai water festival, is celebrated in a very wet way in Khao San Road, so visitors who do not wish to get wet should stay clear of this place during the festival, which takes place around 13-15 April.

Map of Khao San Road, Bangkok

Getting there

If you are not deposited there by your coach bus, I suppose the easiest way to reach Khao San Road is by taking the taxi (I don't recommend tuk tuks as they cost just as much and expose you to scams). Alternatively, you can take the BTS Skytrain to Saphan Taksin Station (S6). From there, take a ferryboat from Central Pier to Phra Athit Pier (N13) in Banglamphu. From there, walk north along Phra Athit Road to Phra Sumen Road, then turn right into Thanon Chakrabongse. Khao San Road in the on your left.

Khao San Road on Google Street View

Khao San Road, Bangkok (Feb 2018)

List of Streets in Bangkok; list of Districts of Bangkok

Thank you for using my website!

Hello and thank you for reading this page. My name is . I wrote this page to compile what I discover, for my own knowledge, and also to share it with people who might find it useful. It is part of three inter-connected websites: Penang Travel Tips, and Timothy Property Mart.

I am a real estate agent, food blogger, amateur historian and travel author. This website is an encyclopedia as well as a business directory. As a real estate agent, I help people buy, sell, rent and let properties. If you have a property to sell or rent in Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Ipoh or Malacca, my team of realtors and I can help you. If you operate a restaurant, can write about your food and promote your restaurant. I can also help you engage other food bloggers to write about your food. And finally, if you are operating a business anywhere in Malaysia, you can add your shop to this website and be found by lots of customers. All you need to do is contact me with what you need.

contact Tim

You can do many things directly from this website. If you are visiting Penang, I can arrange for you a tour guide and/or driver to show you around. If you are traveling by bus anywhere in Malaysia or Singapore, you can book your bus ticket. If you seek accommodation, you can get hotel room rates.

As a Christian, I hope that through this website, I am able to deliver God's message to all who need it, anywhere in the world. If you are open to hearing it, please read God's Good News to You.

If you wish to contact me, please use this contact form. And don't forget to follow me on Facebook. See you!

Properties for sale

As a realtor, I also promote selected properties on this website. Contact me, by the number shown in the video below, if you are keen to purchase the property.

 My Latest Updates

Copyright © 2003-2019 Timothy Tye. All Rights Reserved.