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    Khaosan Road or Khao San Road (Thaiถนนข้าวสาร) is a short (410 meter long) street in central BangkokThailand constructed in 1892 during the reign of Rama V.It is in the Bang Lamphu area of Phra Nakhon District about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) north of the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew.


    "Khaosan" translates as "milled rice", a hint that in former times the street was a major Bangkok rice market.[1] In the last 20 years, however, Khaosan Road has developed into a world-famous "backpacker ghetto".[2][3] It offers cheap accommodation, ranging from "mattress in a box"-style hotels to reasonably priced three-star hotels. In an essay on the backpacker culture of Khaosan Road, Susan Orlean called it "the place to disappear."[4]

    Despite its reputation a diverse group of travellers can be found on Khao San Road.[3]

    In this small area one can observe the interactions and groupings of disparate characters such as well-educated young Westerners on extended leave from affluent society, high school graduates on gap year travels, Israelis fresh out of military service, university students on holiday or sabbatical leave, young Japanese in rite-of-passage attire, ordinary holidaymakers, (ex-) volunteers from various organizations, and the like.

    — Anders Sørensen, Annals of Tourism Research



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