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Bangkok's Khao San Road:
Food and Drink Recommendations

Khao San Road offers one of the most diverse food selections anywhere in Bangkok. Since the street sees such a varied nationality of travelers, several ethnic foods can be found here. Street carts that line Khao San Road sell decent phat thai (fried noodles), quail eggs, roti (like a pancake), falafel, hummus, various bugs and some sell just cocktails. 

However, it's worth noting that some of it is specifically geared for backpackers — even the local phat thai, especially the 10 baht variety, economizes on the ingredients and uses soy instead of the traditional tamarind sauce. Those looking for gourmet food would be advised to head elsewhere, such as up to Sukhumvit.

Where and what to eat in Bangkok's Khao San Road district [Drink section is below]:

 Siam Oriental Restaurant, lively atmosphere, serves international and Thai foods. "Chicken satay" is recommended.

  Tom Yum Gung, the restaurant, is highly rated and great place to try some tom yum gung (spicy shrimp soup).

  Gulliver’s, on the west end of the road, is a decent sports bar with mid range pricing a good offering of Western food.

  Sidewalk Café 1, a great outdoor people watching venue with a large menu.

  May Kaidee's 1, on the road behind Aporia Books on Tanao Road (There are two 'T' junction roads at either end of Khao San Road; Tanao Road is the one at the other end to the road where the stop for the airport bus is located). This is one of the best vegetarian restaurants in the area. May also runs a cooking class for 1200 baht/day; those interested need to give at least a day or so advance notice.

  May Kaidee's 2, Samsen Road near Soi 1. An indoor air conditioned vegetarian restaurant with attached guesthouse - cheaper and cooler than May Kaidee's 1.

  Number One: located behind Aporia Books on Tanao Road. The restaurant offers a wide selection of vegetarian dishes.

   Ethos International Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant, on road behind Aporia Books on Tanao Road.  A unique place with an attitude! No MSG, preservatives or artificial colours and flavours. Some organic dishes. Menu consists of Thai, Indian, Italian and Middle Eastern dishes. Excellent coffee and deserts. A comfortable place that attracts the spiritualist/yoga/conservation crowd. The restaurant also offers a public notice board for travelers use and free Wi-Fi hotspot.

   Popiang House: A "classic Khao San Road" Restaurant, which isn't really on Khao San Road, but on Soi Rambuttri, which is on the northern side of the Chana Songhkram Temple. You will find it by looking for the red plastic chairs and the yellow cheap tables. Its a great place to sip cheap beer too. Can be very busy at night. A good selection of Thai food, and wonderful staff.

   Oh My Cod!, A British Café cum Fish and Chips Shop just around the corner on Soi Rambuttri (in Rambuttri Village - A great location and the best breakfasts in the area. Excellent Thai Food too!

  Prakorb's House, 52 Khao San Road - excellent food in this very friendly, family run hotel and restaurant - especially recommended are the vegetarian noodles.

  Mr Yim's: 2 Soi Chanasongkram. A small restaurant up a flight of stairs overlooking the wat. A wide selection of good quality food at good prices, including veggie options. The big baguettes are excellent value.

  147, 147 Tanao Road (next to the Burger King), is an old standby serving excellent, cheap Thai dishes including vegetarian.

Where and what to drink in Bangkok's Khao San Road district

Khao San Road has some of the cheapest bars in town, and these days even some Thais head down to knock back a few. A can of Beer Chang is 25 baht at 7-11. Worth a look are a few street side VW vans converted to mobile bars, serving cocktails made from cheap liquor.

  Lava, Middle of Khao San. Go down the steps to one of the more modern and western own bars on the Road. Sunday nights are good.

  Susies Pub, The pub that started it all. Owners of the is pub have branched out to owning Austin Pub, Tom Yung Gung, and The Club. Usually packed playing top 40s tunes.

  Gullivers, A sports pub.

  The Club, With a huge neon sign, you can't miss it. Interesting open design.


Most restaurants on Khao San serve freshly brewed coffee.

  There is a branch of the chain Coffee World (great brownies!) across from the McDonald's in Buddy's shopping center.



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