When the subject turns to Khao San Road, do you think of backpackers, budget guest houses, cheap bars, tattoo parlours and used book shops? All those are still there. But there’s more these days. Khao San Road has great shopping as well, bargain and otherwise.
For well-made local handicrafts and gifts, stop by Lofty Bamboo. The shop features works by skilled artisans and likewise is known for its commitment to village self-reliance through fair trade practices. If it’s high-quality, custom-made silver jewellery you’re after, then Rainbow Silver has been producing precisely that for more than three decades.
However, if you still want to experience the Khao San Road spirit of old that can be easily done. Considering a tattoo? There’s BKK Ink Tattoo for something permanent. Otherwise, Pakgai does lovely henna designs. And if you can’t leave Khao San Road without a dog-eared paperback, then second-hand shop Thatvee Bookstore stocks the latest bestsellers and popular reads.
Keep in mind that if you’d rather not wend your way through Khao San’s night-time revellers, all the above mentioned shops and many more are open in daytime.
From Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit Sukhumvit, you can get to Khao San Road in approximately 30 minutes by taxi.