Bangkok, Thailand



Khao San Road

Khao San Road offers some of the cheapest and most diverse food selections anywhere in Bangkok. Travellers from all over the world come to Khao San Road and therefore there's a high demand for all kinds of ethnic food. Alongside the usual Thai dishes, you will find Indian, Italian and Jewish cuisines well-represented here as well as restaurants specialising in vegetarian food.

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Food stalls in Khao San Road by eric molina

Street carts on the road sell a decent variety of cheap foods such as pad thai (fried noodles), quail eggs, roti (like a pancake), falafel and hummus. However, much of it is specifically geared for foreign backpackers i.e. cheap and not to hot or spicy.  Even the local pad thai (especially the 10 baht variety) saves money on ingredients and uses soy sauce instead of the traditional tamarind sauce.
Street food in Khao San Road, Bangkok

Thai street food in Khao San Road by Texugo

As Khao San Road leaves its backpacker roots, standards and prices rise. In the last ten years, many popular international food chains have set up outlets in Khao San Road including Burger King, McDonald's and Subway. More mid-range restaurants have also opened but don't expect to splurge. Those looking for truly good food should head elsewhere, such as Sukhumvit.

You might like freshly brewed coffee in the early morning or a drink of coconut juice or iced chocolate to cool you down in the hot afternoon. You can find plenty of cafes serving these drinks on Khao San Road.  Coffee World is across from McDonald's at Buddy's Shopping Plaza and there is Starbucks at Sunset Street in the middle of the road. Go to Phra Athit Road for a more sophisticated cup of caffeine. It is home to many colonial-style townhouses and shophouses converted into artsy cafes and restaurants. 

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