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Khao San Road

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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 of the market, and there are a few stalls that fry up noodles or wok-dishes to order scattered... Read our full review of Streetfood: Nang Loeng Market.

Adhere the 13th Blues Bar
13 Samsen Rd, Bangkok (turn right from the west end of Khao San Road, walk straight and you'll see it just after the canal on the left.)
T: (089) 769 4613

Sometimes discovery happens the hard way, requiring a lifetime of slogging through a city, measuring and weighing and comparing to see if you’ve found the one true thing you have been after. And sometimes it happens the easy way. Possibly when you are just the tiniest bit tipsy after drinking beers and complaining about live music options, a friend leads you to the one true thing you needed.... Read our full review of Adhere the 13th Blues Bar.

Nai Soey Beef Noodles
100/2-3 Phra Arthit Rd, Bangkok
T: (086) 982 9042

A really good beef noodle soup (kuay-tiao neua) is not so easy to find in Bangkok. One exception is Nai Soey, a no-frills shop near Khao San Road that’s been slinging tender beef in a delicious cow’s blood broth for over 40... Read our full review of Nai Soey Beef Noodles.

A-isa Rot Dee
178 Tani Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 282 6378

Hidden down a dark alley near Khao San Road, A-isa Rot Dee is a congregation of carts that churn out quality Muslim-Thai food. A mash-up of Southern Thai ingredients and flavours thought to have been brought by Middle Eastern traders many centuries ago, the cuisine is known for rich curries, turmeric-laced rice and unleavened breads. A-isa is a fine place to try all of the... Read our full review of A-isa Rot Dee.

Sor Roong Roj
Soi Nakhon Sawan 6 (next to Nang Loeng market), Bangkok
T: (02 281 9755

Located right next to century-old Nang Loeng market in a corner of Bangkok’s historic district, Sor Roong Roj has been dishing out fantastic Hokkien-Chinese fare, with a Thai touch, since... Read our full review of Sor Roong Roj.

Steve Cafe and Cuisine
68 Sri-Ayutthaya Rd, Bangkok
T: (081) 868 0744

Defined by piles of fresh fruit, bundles of flower garlands and charmingly dilapidated houses, the area around Thewet pier and market is one of the most colourful in Bangkok. This is where you’ll find Steve Cafe and Cuisine, serving quality Thai fare on a deck next to the Chao Phraya. It’s a great option if you’re after a relaxing riverside atmosphere and don’t mind paying for... Read our full review of Steve Cafe and Cuisine.

Chomp Cafe
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 our full review of Chomp Cafe.

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 probiotic super-foods or sipping seven different types of Kombucha... Read our full review of Ethos.

Streetfood: Western end of Rambutri Rd
Open for dinner until around midnight

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 English to answer questions and have translated menus. Beer is available, and sometimes mixed drinks from one of the mobile cocktail bars along the sidewalk. Great outdoor atmosphere!... Read our full review of Streetfood: Western end of Rambutri Rd.

56 Phra Athit Rd
T: (02) 282 7507

The menu is extensive and the staff is well trained. While the downstairs dining area is preferable to the upstairs, this place does get busy on the weekends and it's worth sitting anywhere to get a serving of their Thieves' Salad. Hemlock also has good cocktails and a reasonable wine list, or you can bring your one (corkage 150 baht). Plates from 60 - 240 baht. This is one of the nicest... Read our full review of Hemlock.

Greenhouse Restaurant
84 Rambutri Rd
T: (02) 281 4293

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 service is good. For dinner, the grill is lit and good seafood is barbequed. Drinks are cheap-ish, and the atmosphere is nice. Live music plays most nights out front; free WiFi.... Read our full review of Greenhouse Restaurant.

Streetfood: Soi Rambutri
North of Chakrabongse Rd

Walk north from Chakrabongse and turn left when the soi does, and food stands spread out all the way around the temple walls. Mr Yim's vegetarian is a great choice (across from Merry V Guesthouse), but there's also Isaan food, shakes and yogurt smoothies, coffee, grilled meats, fried noodles, and curries available. It hits the spot late at night. Dishes 30 - 60 baht. Confused with all the... Read our full review of Streetfood: Soi Rambutri.

Streetfood: Eastern End of Rambutri Rd
Near traffic circle that connects Rambutri, Tani, and Tanao Rds

This collection of stands near the Swenson's Ice Cream Shop and 7-Eleven has some excellent offers — Thai sweets, trays of prepared curries, fried noodles, fantastic fried chicken and grilled meat. With the curries in particular being noteworthy __ and spicey! Just point at what you want and grab a seat in front of the stalls. 30 - 65 baht a... Read our full review of Streetfood: Eastern End of Rambutri Rd .

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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 strip, but the music is good and it's a fun place to get your kicks on, so have fun on KSR and show up in... Read our full review of Brick Bar.

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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 Illy coffee the café serves up. In the evenings, cocktails and bossa nova rule the roost. With... Read our full review of The Fabulous .

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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 Atit Road to the left (as you face the entrance to the pier), you'll find the entrance to the lounge... Read our full review of Phra Athit River Lounge.

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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 cheese on real baguette served with rocket and sharp mustard, or a breakfast sandwich on a toasted... Read our full review of Ricky's Coffee Shop.

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

Street carts selling fried roti (an unleavened bread that originated in India and is popular across South and Southeast Asia) are not hard to find in Thailand. The sweet version, often stuffed with bananas and drizzled with sweet condensed milk, is popular all over Thailand. After nearly 60 years of blending Indian, Thai and Malaysian tastes, the folks at tiny Roti Mataba restaurant on Phra Athit... Read our full review of Roti Mataba.

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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 — no one can claim the Thai's haven't adapted to their tropical climate), two remaining Lampu... Read our full review of Santichai Prakan Park.

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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 popular place is excellent as well — the menu focuses on fresh seafood served in a Thai preparation.... Read our full review of Khin Lom Chom Saphan.

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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 some work done as well. Directly across from Thewet market, it makes a good place for a pit stop... Read our full review of Thom Hom Pak Chi.

Street food: Chakrabongse Road
Chakrabongse Road

Whether it’s pizza by the slice, buckets, tattoos, fake degrees, or enough Chang Beer tank-tops to clothe a binge of backpackers, many things may be purchased on Khao San Road. Really good Thai street food, however, can be tough to find. If you’re tired of the over-priced, Westernised Thai food so often found on and around Khao San, you’ll be glad to know that a footpath market comes to... Read our full review of Street food: Chakrabongse Road.

Bar Bali Bistro
58 Phra Athit Rd
T: (02) 629 0318

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 good food: the fried rice was nicely studded with chunks of roasted pork belly, and the beef salad was tangy and spicy, just they way it should be. Open for evening drinks, the upstairs often has live jazz performed by Thai... Read our full review of Bar Bali Bistro.

Tom Yum Kung
9 Khao San Rd
T: (02) 629 1818

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 offerings, but if you are looking for good Thai actually on Khao San Rd, this is the best bet. The menu is extensive, and the outdoor seating is nice at night if it's not too hot — it feels a long way away from... Read our full review of Tom Yum Kung.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Khao San Road? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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