Khao San Road walking Street
The Khao San Road is the epicentre of the Thai backpacking scene and is often referred to as the gateway to Southeast Asia. It is a melting pot unlike any other on the planet containing travellers from every corner of the planet and shops, restaurants, bars and stalls to cater to their every need. During the day the street is busy with people browsing the various shops and stalls but after dark the serious business of having a good time gets underway. Even if you are no longer a young traveller leaving home for the first time the Khao San Road is still worth a look.
Activities on Khao San Road walking street are not particularly high class. Many backpackers just chill out in a cafe and watch reruns of Friends while sipping a cold Chang beer. People-watching is also a major activity; this can be done in many roadside bars and pubs along Khao San Road. When all this becomes too stressful, there are plenty of massage parlours around. Khao san road is the centre of the backpacking universe.
Getting to Khao San Road
Minibuses leave from the airport regularly, otherwise a taxi or Tuk Tuk is probably your best bet. Khao San Road is fairly easy to get to from anywhere in Bangkok. Express boats, buses and taxis are your main options. While the Skytrain and the metro are convenient ways of getting to many places in Bangkok, there is no connection to Khao San Road (or to anywhere else in Rattanakosin, for that matter.
Internet cafés are rivaled only by tuk-tuks for sheer ubiquity on Khao San Road. Almost any guest house has at least some form of Internet available. Sawasdee Bangkok Inn has three computers of surfing (Price Please Check again) . It is a short walk through an alley in the middle of Khao San Road. Virtually all are set up for Skype and plain old international phone calls. Be aware that some cafés have applied limitations on their terminals, such as on printing documents and saving digital files. Check whether this is the case before paying. You can send (and even receive) mail at one of the area’s two post offices. Ratchadamnoen Post Office is just a small walk through the alley behind Burger King. Banglamphubon Post Office is not far either, located in front of Wat Bowonniwet. From the eastern side of Khao San Road, just follow Tanao Road in northward direction and take a right at the roundabout.