The Khao San Road lies in the district (Khet) Phra Nakhon of Bangkok. It is one of the oldest municipal districts and encompasses an essential part of Bangkok’s old town. The Khao San Road is popular among backpackers and serves as evening strolling and entertainment mile.
Every Monday at 19.00, a cultural program takes place on a little stage at the beginning of the street. Organizer is the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Shown are mainly traditional Thai dance and kickboxing, which are part of the national cultural property of Thailand.
During kickboxing, a mock battle is shown by a famous Thai fighter, but also training methods and a fight with humorous interludes are performed. At the end of the event, the audience accepts the invitation to actively participate in the dance, with joy.
At the end of the event, the Thai TV Channel 3 BEC asked us for an interview.
We walk along Khao San Road, which, however in the evening, has more similarity to a market than with a street.
Between the stalls there are a number of restaurants and bars, as well as massage benches, where the backpackers enjoy a massage of their legs and backs after a long day.
In the middle of the street it gets a little unpleasant because two opposite restaurants mutually try themselves to drown with loud music.
In the vicinity of the Khao San are a lot of low-cost hotels and guest houses which strongly force the rush of back packers. However, silver wholesalers begin more and more to replace the old-established stores in the street. The quality and prices of hotels will be increasingly raised so that there is a risk that the Khao San Road loses its historical face.
Khao San Museum
Although the Khao San Road gives the impression that there is predominantly entertainment, you find the Khao San Museum here. The museum is a little hidden in the background half-way down the street.
It is housed on the first floor of a cafe. In addition to a model of the neighborhood, as it may have looked like a century ago, there are numerous photographs depicting the life at that time very vividly.
Main means of transportation was the boat, with which one could reach almost all the houses on the canals. Old lances and spears are on display. They probably had a symbolic meaning for the residents.
Soi Ram Butri and Rambuttri Alley
The Soi Ram Butri and Rambuttri Alleys are in the vicinity of our hotel, the Navalai River Resort, and not far from the Khao San Road. The offers in these streets are geared to backpackers, but this part of the quarter is not as crowded as the Khao San Road. From time to time,we are here to eat or to buy something.
Many restaurants and street stalls offer delicacies, especially fish dishes. Now and then you find some street performers. Those looking for relaxation will find it at a Thai massage. Of course, some women can hardly resist the persuasion of the sellers.
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