Travelling around South East Asia is really easy because most major cities have backpacker streets. Areas dedicated to us travellers, everything is always in one place. In Bangkok, its called Khaosan Road. This, together with Pub Street in Siem Reap, are my favourites.
As soon as the tuk tuk driver indicates you are on the right street you are whirl winded through a series of emotions, from fear and worry to excitement and curiosity. It is a great place for those of you who just want to show up in Bangkok without having anything booked or planned as you have everything you need within walking distance.
Facilities here include:
- Accommodation - From hotels to hostels you will find somewhere or someone who sells room nights right on the streets.
- Cheap Food - There are food stalls lining these streets offering anything from Pad Thai and Pancakes to Spiders and Scorpions. Yep you can try these insects right here!
- Markets - I absolutely love shopping and had to hold back as there were rows and rows of stalls selling everything imaginable. One mistake I made was bringing too much stuff with me, I should have left more things at home to have enough space for new things. Also, never buy things at the stated price... Haggle!
- Travel Agents - If Bangkok is not going to be your final destination, there are lots of travel agents that can help with onward travel to all major locations. We got our transport to Siem Reap, Cambodia from there and also our bus and ferry tickets to Koh Tao.
Khaosan Road is full of weird and quirky sights!
Unfortunately, we only spent a day and night in Bangkok and couldn't really go sightseeing too much, but I am glad we stumbled across this place. If you are ever in Bangkok make sure you visit it!