Khao San doesn't really need any introduction because its reputation as the epicentre of the backpacker world is firmly in place. But, just in case you are in the dark- we'll give you a teaser of what to expect in this area quite unlike any other on the planet.
Walk down here during the day and you might be pleasantly surprised at the tranquil atmosphere ... More>but it won't be long before revellers from the previous night wake to kick start the party again. As the sun sets, Khao San ignites. With a vast selection of affordable Khao San hotels to choose from, it's easy to see why people end up staying for longer than they planned.
However, there is so much more to this area than just one road! For those seeking a quieter, less berserk way to spend their time in Bangkok, head to Soi Rambuttri for a more relaxed atmosphere. Alternatively check out Phra Arthit for a slice of Thai student nightlife. And, of course, assuming you wake up with the day still intact there are a host of sublime temples to explore near the riverside including Wat Pho, Wat Arun and the Grand Palace. Just remember, from your Khao San hotel there is a whole city out there to explore!