KHAO SAN ROAD
Popular book ‘The Beach’ described Khao San Road as “the centre of the backpacking universe”. Judging by the truth-seeking travellers who converge here to shop, exchange tales. Packed into a km long strip are countless budget guesthouses and mid-range hotels, internet cafes, bars and clubs, restaurants, massage parlours, travel agents, bookshops, market stalls, tattoo shops and much more. So much in fact, that the people, peddlers and party spirit have spilled over into nearby Soi Rambuttri. It’s quite unlike anywhere else in Bangkok.
Bangkok’s main airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport is located around 30km from Bangkok city. As I’m in and out of this place every month. I’d share some help you guys avoid getting scammed on your arrival in the land of smiles…
1) Take a taxi – if you do this, make sure you demand the meter to be used, don’t accept any bartering or set fees, it’s the meter or nothing. To Khao San Road from the airport it’s about 400 Baht ($13 USD), to the city centre about 350. The charge is made up from tolls + airport surcharge + the meter, so although the meter may state less, you also have to pay the rest! This takes around 20-30 minutes.
2) Take the Bangkok airport bus – This costs 150 baht ($5 USD) and drops you right at the end of Khao San road, it takes almost an hour but is very convenient (you need AE-2 which goes to Banglampoo, where Khao San is found)
3) Take the new Airport Link (train)
a) Express Line to Makkasan Terminal, near Phetchaburi MRT, runs every 15 mins, costs 150 Baht. Takes about 20 mins.
b) Cityline to Phaya Thai (BTS) station, runs every 15 mins and costs around 50 Baht.
NOTE: However, if you’re headed to Khao San road, then skip these options because you’re still another 30 min cab ride from there when you get off the skytrain.
If you’re alone, jump on the bus – it’s cheap, easy and you’ll meet people in the same situation as you. If you’re with mates, taxis are cheaper and faster. Enjoy Bangkok!