Koh San Road – Bangkok Pictures
Khao San Road Bangkok Photography
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Crazy Koh San Road also known as ‘old town’ or ‘backpackers universe’ is a great place to capture unforgettable Bangkok Pictures for friends and family to see at home. This area is unique even for Bangkok. Read further for tips to remember about traveling in Thailand and to see some of the Riverside area.
Traveling in Old Town and Koh San Road
Old Town, Khao San Road and Riverside are in the same area. Riverside is next to the river and is within walking distance to Khao San. Both areas could also be referred to as Old Town. Riverside is more upscale, Khao San is more of a backpackers kind of place for cheap hostels, but there are a few nicer hotels. The major of the luxury hotels are in Riverside.
First Days and Nights in Thailand
Old Town Bangkok was my first destination after I arrived at 2 A.M. on my first trip to SE Asia. Arriving at Night seemed overwhelming because the darkness has you wondering what the area really looks like. I booked my hotel online before leaving USA.
Khao San Road
My first hotel was just outside of Khao San Rd/Riverside and the next night I decided to visit Khao San Road. In the darkness Khao San seemed like a big street party with food and sidewalk vendors, Tuk Tuks, tailors, hotels/guest houses, cafe’s, and lots of loud music and people carrying beer. Asian restaurants are everywhere along with a very popular McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Burger King.
Worth a Visit to See Khao San Rd
On top of it all there are all sorts people from all over the world wandering around trying to figure out where to go and which beer is best and how to meet girls or if the girls are real or if they are ladyboys. It’s seems like anything goes here and your either love it or had enough after one or two nights.
Street Photography on Khao San Rd
Photographers love this ares and the photographs below were taken on the same day, the Kings Birthday in the month of December 2014. These Photos represents my day of fun shooting anything and everything .
Koh San Road – Photo Ops
Have your camera ready, there are many photo OPS here; people from all over the world and Thai’s too, There’s the all popular Street food vendors all offering a multitude of colors and interesting subjects in this Old Town area of Bangkok. There are also relics and idols to photograph which gives the street character. Whether you use an your phone or a better camera, its a great chance to walk away with some great photographs.
Vendors on Koh San Road
I walked the same streets almost everyday on and off for my first 3 months after arriving. Many of the same people here day-in and day-out;, tuk tuk drivers, street peddlers, and tailors. taxi drivers, motorbike delivery people.
Multiple Visits Walking Khao San Rd.
After spending three months in Bangkok, people on Khao San Rd. approach me time and again. After a while it gets tiresome. After a while I just waved them off, but I tried to smile to be kind. Their approach while on Koh San Road seems novel at first, but after a while it becomes a nuisance. Many of them are out to take as much of your money as they can because they think all foreigners are rich. It’s really no different than anywhere else in SE Asia.They don’t like to hear the word no, but who does?
Riding in a Tuk Tuk is a Must One Time
Travelers that have never been in a tuk tuk need to take a ride; its an experience not to be missed. Since my first ride I learned I like taxi’s more than tuk tuks. I’m 6 feet tall and the canopy is too low and its hard to see anything outside. I also prefer air conditioning from a nice taxi, cleaner air and smoother ride. Try a tuk tuk, its a must for you if your new to SE Asia. In Cambodia I prefer tuk tuks to taxi, they are different then in Thailand. Caution…Ask how much before you get in the Tuk Tuk. Ask your hotel receptionist how much you should be paying. Transportation is one area that locals try and take advantage of tourists.
A couple having a good time by a fruit stand. Many people wear yellow in December in honor of the Kings Birthday.
Street photography abounds here. Antiques, colors, people, you name it, it’s all fun to get great photographs whether you use your camera phone or a DSLR.
Safety is Important For Travelers
Any place you travel it’s good to be aware of your surroundings, be careful, watch your step and the people around you. I have never had a problem or heard of any problems in this area, its a late night center-attraction.
Tips to Remember
Do not get mad at anything, be calm because Thai people do not like it when people get mad. Try to be a good tourist, you are in a foreign country. Thai people do not like confrontation and you are in their country. If you make trouble they will not want you as a customer and you will have to leave the store/hotel.
Koh San Road is Famous
Khao San Road Bangkok is very touristy. This is a unique area and will give you a feeling for the Old City and how many foreigner travelers come here . Thai locals also come here to enjoy themselves and to meet their friends at the local restaurants for food, drink and music. Sometimes later at night Thai kids come and street dance, they are very skilled and it’s a treat to watch them do their acrobatics.
Take Home Great Photos
Khao San Road Bangkok is full of things to see, unique people. Take some great photographs, have fun, listen to some music, have a beer and watch all the interesting people on the street. Enjoy the street food too, it’s all over Khao San Road and many adjacent streets too, and safe to eat. Don’t just stick to Khao San Road, there are other places to see in the area as well. Tons of Temples, buddha’s, monks, Thai’s and 7 – Elevens too.
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