Wrong Way to Khao Son Road

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Navigating

I woke up early on my second full day in Bangkok eager and ready to go. The goal was to make it to Khao Son Road. Khao Son is a famous backpacker destination. In the movie The Beach, Richard (leo dicaprio) starts off on this road, drinks a little snake blood and meets all sorts of crazy people.

Bangkok from a distance

Bangkok from a distance

After about an hour into the trip to Khao Son I realized I went the completely opposite direction. In the photo above you see Bangkok from where I was. Whoops.

After another hour I finally made it about 2 miles from where I wanted to go. So I decided to walk. Within a minute a was in this amazing temple.

Temple on the way to Khao Son

Temple on the way to Khao Son

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Khao Son

Khao Son Road

Khao Son Road

Finally made it! And what an experience. Khao Son is basically a road with tons of bars, shops and street vendors. Oh…and TONS of backpackers. I’m pretty sure they all just come here to party.

Pad Thai with chicken and egg.

Pad Thai with chicken and egg.

I hadn’t eaten yet so I went straight for the food. A little street cart was cooking up Pad Thai for 30-50 baht ($1-1.50). Yep I stopped!

Bangkok Day 3 1609The food was amazing. In fact, as I write this, I think I’ll go out in a few minutes and get some!

This pretty much sums it up.

This pretty much sums it up.

I continued to walk around as I ate. Khao Son isn’t very long so I ended up walking through the side streets and other roads parallel to Khao Son.

An old fortress

An old fortress

Monks walking by. Didn't realize I had the shutter so slow.

Monks walking by. Didn’t realize I had the shutter so slow.

The back of a Tuk Tuk.

The back of a Tuk Tuk.

Incredibly fresh Mango Smooth.

Incredibly fresh Mango Smooth.

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Khao Son_2

And then the sun went down…

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I ended up taking a seat a pub for a beer. My feet were a little tired and I wanted to just sit and take in the sights, sounds and smells. Within a few minutes I was chatting with the people next to me. And a few minutes later it was 4 German travelers and I having a good. time. One beer turned into a few more πŸ™‚

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Backpackers just arriving

Backpackers just arriving

Local Merchants

Local Merchants

Indecisive

Indecisive

It was funny watching people come up to the bar and look, think, talk to each other. They just don’t know…

Local Fare - Scorpions

Local Fare – Scorpions

I don’t think so.

Local Fare - Grasshoppers

Local Fare – Grasshoppers

Local Fare - Worms?

Local Fare – Worms?

And Frogs!

And Frogs!

Foot Massage

Foot Massage

So amazing. Buy a beer for a dollar and sit down and have the best foot massage ever for $4.

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Fish Cleaning

Fish Cleaning

This was cool. You just put your feet in and these little fish eat the dead skin off. I heard it is quite nice. ha.

Security going through the BTS...or lack there of.

Security going through the BTS…or lack there of.

After leaving Khao Son, my new friends and I headed to Thong Lo. Which is close to where I stay but quite far from where we were. So we took a cab and then the BTS. I just thought this was funny. A lone table as the “security checkpoint”.

Street market on in Thong Lo

Street market on in Thong Lo

The street market view from the BTS station. LOTS of great food.

Eating late night Thai style

Eating late night Thai style

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And that’s where the night ended. Eating late night Thai food.

It was a great second day in Bangkok. I think I know my way around now! πŸ™‚


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5 responses to “Wrong Way to Khao Son Road

  1. This is a perfect example of J.R.R Tolkien’s quote “Not all those who wander are lost” – great story of exploration!! You really should have tried the grasshoppers though… they’re delicious πŸ˜‰

    • Hey Ian! I know I should have. I hear they basically taste like chips.haha. I’m up in Chiang Mai Now looking for an apartment today. Any suggestions?

  2. Someone pointed me to your blog, figure I’ll follow you while I’m heading out on my own travelling adventure starting in Thailand. Maybe we’ll cross paths someday and we can sit and chat over a beer telling stories.
    – Mike
    epiclife.ca

    • What’s up Mike! Sorry it took me so long to reply. Have you started your trip? I’m living in Chiang Mai now. It’s fantastic here. Alright, let me know if you’re around and well try and connect.

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