12 Best Things to Do Around Khao San Road

What is Khao San Road Most Famous For?

Khao San Road is known as the Bangkok backpacker central yet has no historical sights to speak of. Even so, its location in the Old City (Rattanakosin) makes it an ideal base from which to explore Bangkok’s classic attractions. That's not to say there's nothing to look at or admire here. 

On the contrary, being a hub of unwashed humanity means Khao San Road is the perfect place to do some people watching, and only minutes’ walk away lies the distinctive bohemian atmosphere of Phra Arthit Road. Regular Khao San backpackers know this bustling strip for its easy access to the Chao Phraya River Express boats. 

What are the best things to do around Khao San Road?

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Bangkok National Museum

In the former grounds of the 18th-Century Wang Na Palace, The Bangkok National Museum houses the largest collection of Thai art and artefacts in the country. It's definitely worth a visit, especially if visiting nearby Wat Phra Kaew or the Grand Palace. Opened by King Rama V to exhibit the antiques and gifts bestowed to him Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Wednesday–Sunday from 9am to 4pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Location: Na Phra That Alley, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 224 1402
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Democracy Monument

Bangkok’s Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Road is circled by perpetual swarms of traffic. It’s a large Western-style symbol of Thailand's adoption of democracy and liberty. Designed by Italian-born Thai citizen Corrado Feroci (who later adopted the Thai name Silpha Bhirasi), it's rich with symbolism relating to the constitution's birth date of June 24, 1932. 

A copy of the 1932 constitution is in its central pedestal, the surrounding wing-like structures are 24 metres high, each symbolizing one of the four branches of the Thai armed forces that guard it. Bas relief sculptures at the base of the monument depict the armed forces both as champions of democracy and as the personification of the Thai people. 

  • Location: Ratchadamnoen Avenue, Wat Bowon Niwet, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
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The Grand Palace

If there’s one must-see sight that no visit to Bangkok would be complete without, it's the dazzling, spectacular Grand Palace. Built in 1782, the palace undoubtedly continues to be the Thai capital’s most famous landmark. For over a century it has been the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8.30am to 3.30pm
  • Location: Na Phra Lan Road, Bangkok Old Town (Rattanakosin), Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 623 5500
  • Price Range: Tickets sold from 8:30 - 15:30 and cost 400 baht! One ticket includes entry to Vimanmek Palace and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall.
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National Gallery

Housed in a former Royal Mint built during the reign of King Rama V, the National Gallery displays work by Thai artists from the 17th Century onwards. Inherited by the Department of Fine Arts in 1974, it includes permanent exhibitions of works by King Rama VI and H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, traditional murals from early periods Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Wednesday-Sunday from 9am to 4pm
  • Location: 4 Chao Fa Rd, Chana Songkhram, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 281 2224
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Phra Sumen Fort

During the reign of King Rama I, 14 forts were built to protect the borders of the Old City, but most have disappeared over the years. Only this one on Phra Arthit Road, together with the Mahakhan Fort on Ratchadamnoen Road, now remain. 

Nestled in the quiet Suan Santichaiparkran Park, which itself straddles the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the hexagonal shape of this pale white concrete fort, with battlements, canons and observation deck are still in good, albeit slightly distressed looking shape. Come here during the day and combine your visit with a spot of relaxation in the park, or lunch at one of Phra Arthit Road's hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Even so, the fort looks best when lit up at night. 

  • Location: Phra Athit Rd, Chana Songkhram, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
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Santichaiprakarn Park

Built around one of the few remaining structures of the old city fortifications, Santichaiprakan Park has become very popular with tourists and city dwellers, especially in the evening when the park fills up with families as well as young Thais and foreigners.

The nearby Phra Artit Road has several eateries and 'chill-out' pubs and bars. You can also make your way to the infamous Khao San Road from here, which is only a 10-minute walk away. 

  • Location: Phra Athit Rd, Chana Songkhram, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
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Soi Rambutri

A hidden gem just a few metres from its bigger sister Khao San Road, Soi Rambutri is a more laid-back version of Khao San. The feel is almost like Khao San of yesteryear before it shot to fame with the release of the Hollywood flick The Beach in 2000. 

Fringing Soi Ram Butri’s stone-paved path are Read More...

  • Location: Soi Rambuttri, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
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Wat Chanasongkram

Wat Chanagonkram is proof that the sacred can survive amid the profane. Its location in the backpacker enclave of Banglamphu, close to Khao San Road and mildly less frenetic Soi Rambuttri, belies both the ancient heritage and the tranquillity of this small temple and its shady grounds. Its origins date back to the Ayutthaya period, but it was restored in 1787, during the reign of Rama I. 

At the rear is a sedate tree-lined courtyard, including temple housing where monks and lay workers still reside. Within the temple’s compound is a small courtyard. The windows and gable of the small 'Ubosot', or ordination hall, feature elaborately gilded wood, while inside at the altar sits a famous Buddha image in the subduing mara posture called Phra Phra Buddha Norasee Trilokachet, dating from the reign of Rama I. 

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 5pm
  • Location: Chakrabongse Rd, Chana Songkhram, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 281 9396
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Wat Mahathat

Wat Mahathat is the headquarter of Thailand's largest monastic order and Vipassana Meditation centre. It’s also an important centre for the study of Buddhism and meditation.

Although most programmes are in Thai, there are some in English and the temple has become a popular place to learn Vipassana Meditation (Insight Meditation). Classes are held daily and Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 5pm
  • Location: 3 Maha Rat Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 222 6011

Wat Pho

Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or Wat Phra Chetuphon, is right behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and is a must-do for any first-time visitor to Bangkok. It's one of the largest temple complexes in the city and is famed for its giant reclining Buddha that measures 46 metres long, covered in Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8.30am to 6.30pm
  • Location: Maharat Road, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 226 0335
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Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (officially known as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram) is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. Located in the historic centre of Bangkok, within the grounds of the Grand Palace, it enshrines Phra Kaew Morakot (the Emerald Buddha), the highly revered Buddha image meticulously Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8.30am to 3.30pm
  • Location: Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
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Wat Saket

Wat Saket, popularly known as the Golden Mount or ‘Phu Khao Thong’, is a low hill crowned with a gleaming gold chedi. Within, the 58-metre chedi houses a Buddha relic and welcomes worshippers all year round. The temple also hosts an annual temple fair in November, which lasts a week during Loy Krathong. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 5pm
  • Location: 344 Chakkraphatdi Phong, Ban Bat, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok 10100, Thailand
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