Bangkok, Thailand



Khao San Road

Getting In
t's fairly easy to get into Khao San Road from anywhere in Bangkok. Taking the express boats, buses and taxis are your main options to this backpacker destination. While the Skytrain and metro trains are convenient ways of getting around in Bangkok, there are no connections to Khao San Road or to anywhere else in Rattanakosin, for that matter.

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By Boat
The Chao Phraya Express Boat is the cheapest and most scenic way of getting to Khao San Road. If coming from the city centre, take the Skytrain to Saphan Taksin Station, where you can transfer to an express boat at Sathorn Pier. Then ride the orange or blue flag line boat to Phra Arthit Pier, which takes about 35 minutes and costs 13 to 18 baht.
It's only a short walk from Phra Arthit Pier Khao San Road.

From Khao San Road, taking the express boats are the easiest way to get to Rattanakosin and Silom. The most important piers are Tha Chang (for the Grand Palace), Tha Tien (for Wat Pho) and Rachawongse (for Yaowarat). All the boat lines stop at Sathorn Pier, where you can transfer onto the Skytrain. From here, you can go to Silom, Siam Square, Sukhumvit and Phahonyothin. The Chao Phraya Express Boat stops running at 6:00-7:00 p.m. and therefore have to rely on other forms of transport in the evening.

Chao Phraya Express Boat by ubderzombie

By Taxi
The majority of the taxi drivers in Bangkok are reasonably honest. However, some of the metered taxis will try to charge you a flat rate of about 200-300 baht to Khao San Road, rather than use the meter (it is an 80 baht fare from Silom or 100-150 baht from Sukhumvit). There is no point trying to haggle and insist on the meter since it always cheaper. You can always walk away if the taxi refuses to use the meter and hail another (there are plenty of taxis in Bangkok). Avoid the parked taxis (dishonest drivers prefer to wait for gullible tourists) and instead hail for a moving taxi.

Coming from the airport, a metered taxi should cost not less than 300 baht and if using the toll roads, it can cost up to an extra 65 baht in tolls. Traffic during the day can make the toll roads very worthwhile, as they will save you time and money. The trip takes about 45 minutes in good traffic but allow considerable leeway during rush hour as the area around Khao San can get very congested. If you arrive after midnight, expect to pay around 500 baht. This 500 baht includes tolls, airport fee and the price stated on the meter. Taxis are your only option at night as the Airport Rail Link stops running by midnight.

Taxi in Khao San Road by Benutzer:Mr.bloom

 By Bus
The bus system in Bangkok is very complex but Khao San Road is not connected by the Skytrain or Metro trains. Some useful bus lines for travel to and from Khao San Road include:

  • Ordinary Bus No. 2 goes from Sukhumvit Road to Sanam Luang and passing Ratchdamnoen Klang Road which is very close to Khao San Road. The route is handy for connections to the Skytrain, Metro and the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai) and passes Pratunam on the way.
  • Ordinary and air-conditioned Bus No. 3 goes to the Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit) and passes by Chakrabongse Road (at the western side of Khao San Road).
  • Ordinary Bus No. 15 takes you from Ratchadamnoen Klang Road (near Khao San Road) to Siam Square.
  • Ordinary Bus No. 53 goes from Phra Athit Road (near the express boat pier) to Hualamphong Train Station, taking an interesting and convoluted route through Rattanakosin and Yaowarat.
  • Air-conditioned Bus No. 511 travels right across the city from the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai) via Sukhumvit and Ratchadamnoen Klang Road (near Khao San Road) to the Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai). Ordinary (non-express) buses pass by Ratchdamnoen Klang Road but express buses (with yellow signs) do not!
  • Air-conditioned Bus No. 509 travels from Mor Chit Bus Terminal, passing Victory Monument BTS Station and Ratchadamnoen Klang Road (near Khao San Road) before terminating at Bang Khae (in Thonburi).

From Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport, take the free shuttle bus to the Public Transport Interchange. From here, take Bus No. 556 which will drop you off about halfway between Khao San Road and the Democracy Monument at Ratchadamnoen Klang Road.

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