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Rambling Khaosan

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An October 2008 trip to Bangkok by SeenThat

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Quote: Defined as cheap kitsch by many, Khaosan Road provides one of the most eclectic environments in Bangkok, spicing up Mexican tacos with Indian curries. Swiss rosti is rumored to be the next hit amidst the food stalls. Labyrinthine and crowded, it offers more than dream-catchers to modern Marco Polos.

Khaosan Road

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Attraction | "Labyrinthine, but Completely Straight"

Khaosan Road Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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It is difficult to find a better place to put in use the word "labyrinthine" than while writing about Khaosan Road. "Wait a minute," the readers that know the place are saying by now, "Khaosan Road is completely straight."Well, yes and no. By its geographical definition they are right; fewer streets are straighter in Bangkok. Yet its spirit spills out into a maze of alleys and surrounding streets. Learning them takes a while, though the joy of being there is immediate.The heart of the area known as Banglamphu, is Thanon Khaosan, a short street running paral...Read More

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Thanon Rambuttri

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Attraction | "North: Parks, Markets and Coffee Shops"

Thanon Rambuttri Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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North of Khaosan Road, Thanon Rambuttri, runs almost parallel to it, though it features a curve on its east end. The two streets are connected by several alleys. Following in the same direction, the next road is Thanon Phra Sumen (on the western side, the eastern side of the avenue is divided into three shorter blocks). Right next to Thanon Phra Sumen is a canal named Khlong Banglamphu that delimits the area. The area is home to the Banglamphu Market; fisherman pants are one of the best buys here. Thanon Phra Sumen runs parallel to the canal until its junction with the Chao Phray...Read More

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Soi Damnoen Klang Nua - East Side

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Attraction | "Why Should I Visit Soi Damnoen Klang Nua?"

Democracy Monument Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Eastwards, Khaosan ends at Thanon Thanao; Thanon Ratchadamnoen is a few meters southwards. East of Thanon Thanao are several alleys surrounding Soi Damnoen Klang Nua, which is the direct continuation of the alley of the same name, just south of Khaosan.Why Should I Visit Soi Damnoen Klang NuaSoi Damnoen Klang Nua is the narrow alley separating Khaosan Road from Thanon Ratchadamnoen. Towards the eastern end of Khaosan it turns somewhat dingy. Across Thanon Thanao, Khaosan ends, but Soi Damnoen Klang Nua continues and is home to the low end zone of the Khaosan area, her...Read More

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Soi Damnoen Klang Nua

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Attraction | "South: the Black Metal Temple and Hot Baguettes"

Thanon Ratchadamnoen Klang Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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The first avenue south of Khaosan Road – they are separated by less than a hundred meters – is Thanon Ratchadamnoen, one of Bangkok main arteries. Between the two runs an alley called Soi Damnoen Klang Nua. These three streets are interconnected by several alleys.Thanon RatchadamnoenThanon Ratchadamnoen avenue is the centre of government administration in Bangkok, and hosts even the United Nations office in Thailand, on Ratchadamnoen Nok. Since its construction, many defining events in the Thai society took part along it.Despite the Western style of parts of it,...Read More

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Soi Rambuttri

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Attraction | "West End: Kickboxing to Khaosan"

Soi Chanasongkhram Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Westwards, Khaosan Road ends at Thanon Chakkrapong and Wat Channasongkhram. However, Soi Rambuttri – the continuation of Thanon Rambuttri – surrounds the temple and several alleys spin off it. Less crowded than Khaosan Road, this beautiful street features open restaurants, hotels and a myriad of stalls and shops selling everything a traveler thinks he needs, providing thus an attractive option for ending a busy day in ...Read More

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