Khao San Road

Visiting Khao San Road during the daytime was something I had never done.
Until today.
But before we get to that part, let me rewind…
This morning I woke with a start, due to some stupidly excited creep looking at me very closely. That creep was S and he was excited because his friend, Tom, was in Bangkok for a few hours. Tom is one of S’ oldest friends, but as a photographer who flits around the world for fashion week and tropical projects, he never really gets to see him. However, that was about to change! So we jumped up, showered and headed off to Khao San Road for a little daytime action.

Khao San Road is a place notorious amongst travellers and whilst I don’t particularly enjoy it at night, it does have a different atmosphere during the day. Backpackers pass through topping up their attire (usually those beloved elephant pants!) before setting back on the road, whilst others chill along the bars eating street food and chatting amongst their friends. It was a lot calmer, and quite nice to see Khao San Road in a different light—one that made me see that beneath the wide eyed drunks and rowdy reputation it has accumulated over the years, it’s not all that bad when the sun’s out.
Bursting at the seams with stories to exchange we slipped into Mulligans Irish bar to rehydrate, and before we knew it the hours had flown by.
After an intense game of pool between the chaps, we decided to skip the air con and get out in the sunshine. So we took a wander along Khao San Road to let our hair down…
After Tom managed to tame the volume that his hair has amassed from months of travelling, we decided that, actually, it was too hot and set off to find somewhere to cool down. Which is when we found D&D Inn. Tucked away at the end of an inside walkway in Khao San Road, you could easily miss it if you weren’t looking for it or you managed to miss the giant sign hanging on the outside of the building.

But when you get to the seventh floor and walk out onto the rooftop, you’ll be glad that you didn’t. The pool is up high enough to escape the immediate noise from below, and with views of Bangkok to the right it’s the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the markets below.
Oh – and it also has a bar! Beers are priced around ฿60 and a spirit and mixer costs ฿130. D&D Inn has a high amount of backpackers passing through (standard with Khao San Road!) so if you’re looking for somewhere to meet like-minded people, this is a good place to start.
After a couple of hours in the rays it was time to say our goodbyes once more.

Until next time, buddy!

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Have you ever been to Khao San Road?
What did you think?

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