We are not staying near Khao San Road in Bangkok, which was a good call, but we took a tuk-tuk there last night. If you’ve never been, and you’re imagining Leo DiCaprio in The Beach right now, stop. It’s more like a very small, condensed version of Waikiki/Venice Beach, with a Thai flare.
There’s a Starbucks. Fast food restaurants and upscale hotels. And loads of towheaded families, souvenir shops, street vendors/beggars, and travel agencies.
But despite the schlock, the drunk backpackers, and unabashed tourist clap-trapiness, we had a good time. The weather was perfect. The surprisingly wide, short, pedestrian only street is lined with outdoor bars playing generally decent music, and store-front spas offering cheap Thai massages that take place on outdoor recliners.
And we managed to stumble upon the best live ska band performance, in the downstairs club behind the McDonalds, that I’ve seen since I snuck out to see the Mighty Mighty Bosstones in high school. It was packed with skankin’ Thais, and we had a blast dancing for hours.