Having just spent 3 weeks in Bangkok I had a lot of time to suss out the good places to eat and get a massage around Khao San Rd area.
There are heaps of places on Khao San itself which are pretty decent but if you walk into the small alleyway (Trok Mayom)that runs parallel to the street (Khao San Palace side) there is a literal rabbit warren of charming and cute little places that aren't as rowdy and drunken as those on KS. My favourite was a restaurant called 'Smiths' which is located about halfway along upstairs from a jewellery shop. The food is seriously amazing, fresh, delicious. It has a mixture of Thai and western dishes - satay burgers, the best chicken caesar I have tasted and great cheap red wine. On top of this, it is a funky little place owned by a lovely young Thai guy and I suspect, his mum is the chef.
Another goodie is Green House on Soi Rambuttri.....yummy food with a Middle Eastern focus, real coffee and free WIFI!
As a former masseuse I am picky about massages but the girls at Chandara Spa - which is on the same alley as 'Smiths' are truly talented, and strong! for about 250baht you can get 1 1/2 hrs of bliss combining oil, thai and herbal massage. And the place is very clean and looks like a traditional Thai house.
Let me know your favourite spots in the city.
My favorite place to stay is the honey house inn (Honey House one, not two). It's buried in a little courtyard, has a cute massage place (foot massage there is tough to beat) there, Larry's Dive (which serves some pretty good Quesadea (spelling?) and the famous CIA Burger is right on the corner, and there is also an excellent Korean restaraunt buried in there as well (I love Bulgogi). Rooms are cheap at 800 baht a night (OK, cheap for me... I know some here would consider that pricey) and clean. It's on soi 22 of Sukhimvite road in Klong Toey. In fact, I'm going there next week - need a new passport.
I've always been a fan of Cabbages & Condoms restaurant on Sukhumvit Soi 12. Great food, reasonable prices for what you get, and a delightful garden atmosphere. It's a fun stop on any trip to Bangkok.
MADMAC also mentioned Larry's Dive. That used to be one of my favorite spots in the lower Sukhumvit area too. MAC, do you know if Rob, the Canadian who founded the place is still around? Cheers.
I like to eat at Suda Restaurant off Sukhumvit.Don't know the Soi number but it's pretty well opposite Soi 19.Very good Thai food and cheap.It's been there ever since I've been going to Bangkok which has been 20 years or so.Very popular with Expats living in BKK.