Bangkok: Wholly Khao

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20 April 2009
  • Wat Chana Songkram, Khao San Road, BangkokKhao San Road, BangkokNavalai River Resort, Khao San Road

Every visitor to Bangkok knows Khao San Road, but it’s the bustling streets beyond that are calling the shots.

After a makeover, Bangkok’s Khao San district is now home to some of the city’s coolest bars, restaurants, shops and boutique hotels, attracting fashionistas looking for one-off designs, foodies after something well beyond som tum, and barflies wanting to sip their single malt with a river view. Wander down a quiet lane to find it opens up to a contemporary bar of steel and glass wrapped around a central swimming pool, or stay in a boutique hotel with every mod con imaginable. Khao San Road itself is still a chaos of cheap wares – with a few bargains if you look hard – but the legend has a new look.


Navalai River Resort
45/1-2 Phra Athit Road.

Eat & Drink

Bay Tara
100 Soi Rambutri, Chakrapong Road (opposite Viengtai Hotel).
+66 824 514 944.

Café Democ
78 Ratchadamnoen Klang Road.
+66 2 622 2571.

Hippie De Bar
34/1 Khao San Road.
+66 2 629 3508.

Jazz Happens Bar
Bar Bali, 58 Phra Athit Road.
+66 2 629 0318.


56 Phra Athit Road.
+66 2 2827 507.

It’s Happened To Be A Closet
32 Khao San Road.
+66 2 629 5271.

Shop With No Name
Chana Songkhram Road (between Lulla Bar & MT Printing).
+66 858 380 930.

See & Do

Siam Discovery Museum
4 Sanam Chai Road.
+66 2 622 2599.

Sor Vorapin Muay Thai Boxing
13 Trok Kasap, Jakapong Road.
+66 2 243 3651.

Wat Chana Songkhram
Between Khao San Road & Phra Athit Pier.

Source: Qantas The Australian Way May 2009

Cherie Hausler


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