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Khao San Road

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Khao San Road

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    Streetfood: Nang Loeng Market
    4.5 stars

    Amazing Thai desserts

    Soi Nang Loeng 1, Nakhon Sawan Rd

    Nang Loeng Market starts early and ends early, pretty much clearing out by mid-afternoon each day. Come for breakfast or lunch to enjoy the busy bustle. Fruit and vegetables are stacked high on either side, and the meat and fish section runs down the middle. Prepared foods are sold on either edge ... read more

  • Chomp Cafe
    4 stars

    Excellent

    Corner of Samsen Road and Samsen Soi 1, Bangkok
    T: (084) 098 8633

    Atmospheric Chomp Cafe is the place near Khao San Road for hearty vegetarian and meaty Western dishes served up with great music, an art gallery, weekly yoga classes, quality cocktails and air-con. Whether you’re after a serious feed or low-key conversation and drinks, Chomp is an excellent ... read more

  • Ethos
    4 stars

    Earthy, crunchy and yummy

    85/2 Soi Bowonrangsi (behind the Burger King off Tanao Road), Bangkok
    T: (02) 280 7549

    Tucked into the alley that runs behind Burger King across from the eastern end of Khao San Road, Ethos vegetarian cafe does some mean veggie food to go with an impressive spread of beverages. The ambiance is earthy-crunchy and it’s a relaxing spot to check email or read while nibbling on ... read more

  • Streetfood: Western end of Rambutri Rd
    4 stars

    Great food at very reasonable prices

    Open for dinner until around midnight

    This collection of sidewalk restaurants serves up some great food at very reasonable prices. This is a good chance to splurge and order something special, like a whole tub-tim fish deep fried and served with fried Thai basil leaves, or a wild boar jungle curry. Most of the places speak enough ... read more

  • Hemlock
    4 stars

    An eclectic, perennial favourite

    56 Phra Athit Rd
    T: (02) 282 7507

    This eclectic, perennial favourite on chilled-out Phra Athit Rd has interesting dishes that are often ignored on Thai menus, like khao hor bai bu (rice wrapped in lotus leaf). The menu is extensive and the staff is well trained. While the downstairs dining area is preferable to the upstairs, this ... read more

  • Greenhouse Restaurant
    4 stars

    Seafood BBQ is good

    84 Rambutri Rd
    T: (02) 281 4293

    It's not often that we recommend a restaurant attached to a guesthouse, but this one exceeds expectations and has a great alfresco sitting area. The menu is standard Khao San Road food — a mixture of western, middle-eastern, and Thai — but it is done well, the prices are reasonable, and the ... read more

  • Streetfood: Soi Rambutri
    4 stars

    Hits the spot late at night

    North of Chakrabongse Rd

    While Soi Rambutri is mostly about drinking, when you are feeling peckish after those beers there are some good options available as the soi curls around the backside of the temple. Walk north from Chakrabongse and turn left when the soi does, and food stands spread out all the way around the ... read more

  • Streetfood: Eastern End of Rambutri Rd
    4 stars

    Excellent offerings

    Near traffic circle that connects Rambutri, Tani, and Tanao Rds

    Bangkokians who work on Khao San Road have to eat somewhere, and they're not chowing down at the same expensive restaurants that also serve towers of beer and play Bob Marley 24/7. This collection of stands near the Swenson's Ice Cream Shop and 7-Eleven has some excellent offers — Thai sweets, ... read more

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    Brick Bar
    4 stars

    More expensive, but good music

    1/F, Buddy Lounge Bldg, 265 Khao San Rd
    T: (02) 629 4702

    This dark brick cave in the Buddy Complex on Khao San is a strange hole in the social fabric of Khao San Rd; it's a place more popular with Thais than with foreigners. No Heineken girls, no buckets, just three sets of ska per night. The drinks are more expensive than elsewhere on this heaving ... read more

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    The Fabulous
    4 stars

    Swanky dessert cafe

    32 Khao San Rd
    T: (02) 629 1144

    The Fabulous is a dessert bar and café with swank seating and an eye towards retro design. Their dessert list is tempting, with traditional desserts like tiramisu and crepes, but the sweet tooth really craves their Fabulous Toast. It's French toast taken up a notch, and it goes well with the ... read more

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    Phra Athit River Lounge
    4 stars

    An easy going spot

    Chana Songkhram, Phra Atit Rd
    T: (02) 282 9202

    This easy going place by the Chao Phraya is just off the main pier — if you walk down the access alley to the pier from the road, turn right on the walk way that goes along the river off to the left. A hundred metres, down there's an entrance to the lounge. Alternatively, if you follow Phra ... read more

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    Ricky's Coffee Shop
    4 stars

    Relax with coffee

    18-20 Phra Atit Rd (Opposite Phra Atit Pier)
    T: (02) 629 0509

    Ricky's is the kind of place that the Khao San/Banglumphu area needs more of: a relaxed place to enjoy an excellent cup of coffee, have a read of the paper, or during the hot hours of the day, to sip on a fruit shake. Their real draw is their food; many a weary traveler has been revived by melted ... read more

  • Roti Mataba
    4 stars

    Best roti in town

    136 Phra Athit Rd, Bangkok
    T: (02) 282 2119

    Roti is an unleavened bread popular throughout southern and Southeast Asia, and since 1943, Roti Mataba have been Bangkok's roti experts. This unassuming hole-in-the-wall restaurant was founded by a southern Indian Muslim family and gained a loyal following thanks to its distinct blend of Indian, ... read more

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    Santichai Prakan Park
    4 stars

    Picnic spot

    Corner of Phra Athit Rd and Phra Sumen Rd

    Housing one of the two remaining octagonal fortifications to the city built in the late 1800s, this now peaceful park is an excellent place to stretch out and relax alongside the Chao Phraya River. There's a traditional Thai sala (which is a culturally enshrined structure built solely for relaxing ... read more

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    Khin Lom Chom Saphan
    4 stars

    Great riverside deck

    11/6 Sam San Soi 3, Sam Sen Rd
    T: (02) 628 8382-3

    This riverside restaurant has a great deck alongside the Chao Praya River, immediately downriver from the Rama 8 Bridge. Normally, claiming that a restaurant can see a bridge in Asia is not really a selling point, but the Rama 8 Bridge is pretty special when lit up at night. The food at this ... read more

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    Thom Hom Pak Chi
    4 stars

    Central and southern Thai food

    326-8 Sam Sen Rd
    T: (02) 282 8353

    Thom Hom Pak Chi specialises in central and southern Thai food: tom yum, geng som, curries with chicken, duck, and pork. The restaurant is eclectic in its approach to decoration, but it's a charming place for lunch or dinner. Free Wifi, good air-con and excellent coffee make it a nice place to get ... read more

  • Street food: Chakrabongse Road
    3.5 stars

    The real deal

    Chakrabongse Road

    If you want something a little more authentic than the watered down and overpriced Westernised Thai food sold by so many Khao San eateries -- head here. Wander to Khao San's western end, take a right on Chakrabongse Road and walk past the T-shirt and trinket vendors that line the footpath near Soi ... read more

  • Bar Bali Bistro
    3.5 stars

    Nothing Balinese, but still reasonable

    58 Phra Athit Rd
    T: (02) 629 0318

    This swish shop front bar and restaurant has a very tenuous connection with Balinese food — basically the sign over the door. They have good breakfasts though (served all day), and with free Wifi, this makes a nice place for a slow morning of catching up. The menu is mostly Thai, and it's ... read more

  • Tom Yum Kung
    3.5 stars

    Fresh and well-prepared Thai favourites

    9 Khao San Rd
    T: (02) 629 1818

    Tucked off in a small side soi, along with a beer garden and The Fabulous Café is Tom Yum Kung Restaurant. In a street dominated by toned-down fried noodle dishes and sweet curries, Tom Yum Kung manages to serve up fresh and well-prepared Thai favourites. It's more expensive than other ... read more



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