Many of us have fond memories of Khao San Road. It has long been Bangkok’s mecca for backpackers and budget travelers looking for the streets famous Pad Thai, cheap souvenirs and a youthful place to party.
A journey to the new Khao San road reveals a very different destination today. A 48 million baht or 1.5 million dollar facelift during Covid has resulted in a new streamlined and paved walkway with upgraded footpaths and a new drainage system. A maximum of 480 street vendors are split into two separate shifts. No more fake goods can be sold and there are spot checks for cleanliness. And these days no entry is allowed without a rapid Covid test on site or proof of double vaccination.
Like all other places serving food & drinks in Thailand these days there is a cutoff time for alcohol consumption – depending on the current rules.
We’ll let you decide if you like the new face of Khao San road.