The moment I step outside of the cozy confines of my Thai flop house I’m inundated by the flashing neon lights of a ritzy nightclub, overwhelmed by the exotic aromas dazzling my senses from nearby street stall vendors and dumbfounded by the madness of crowds passing by and animals scurrying about scrounging for scraps of garbage wantonly discarded on the pavement.
This is for better or worse, the brashness of Khao San Road at night. Khao San Road, is infamously regarded as ‘the’ Backpacker Ghetto of South East Asia: a moniker well deserved. This side street is a clustered monstrosity of guest houses, night clubs, bars, tailors, shops, entertainers, performers and street vendors that somehow all exist together in one cohesive chaotic spiral that never seems to experience a moment of silence.
The lively atmosphere is something I thoroughly enjoy and find to be a true spectacle; however, I would certainly not want to be venturing off into this kind of territory without the assurance of high quality international travel insurance as a safeguard.
The following is a photo essay showcasing Khao San Road at night:
A Thai vendor tries to encourage passing crowds to stop at his makeshift curbside bar for a beer.
A Thai break dancer captured in the middle of a spinning manoeuvre.
The same performer transitioning into another move.
Finally, this street performer shows off his best move by spinning around on his head.
A cluster of farang (Thai word meaning foreigner) treat themselves to a comforting foot massage.
A Thai crowd hovers outside this section of the street curb selling all kinds of different trinkets and drinking beer.
A Thai lady vendor prepares packages of curry and soup.
This young boy entertains an ever forming ring of spectators gathered around to watch him perform.
A heaping selection of ingredients used to make Pad Thai on the street.
The uncanny and unrivalled Mr. Thailand. He’s been peddling down Khao San road for years.
Mr. Thailand is a one man attraction. In this photo a couple of travellers pose with him on Khao San Road.
A Thai lady looks on at potential customers nearby a parking lot.
This mangy cat stops in its tracks just long enough for me to snap this shot.
A Thai crowd heads down Khao San road.
A mobile street vendor pushes a cart down Khao San Road.
A couple of men jump on a motorbike to scurry off somewhere else.
Amidst all the chaos, this Thai man comfortably sits down on the curb to enjoy reading a newspaper and drink a beer.
This cute cat with large eyes glances over at me briefly.
This shot shows the ingredients of Phad Thai with the vendor who is preparing it blurred in the background.
The scraping of utensils as a man fries Pad Thai.
This boy (featured earlier) entertains the crowd from a different angle.
A group of enthusiastic backpackers head to a street bar to sit down and drink buckets.
Street musicians perform with hopes of receiving a few Baht.
Another break dancer caught mid-pose all tangled up.
A dog patiently stands still.
A street vendor tries to make a sale selling a pair of shoes.