On a nice hot night (nearly every night) a few of my friends and I decided to hit Khaosan Rd (Bangkok) and see what the nightlife was like. We started off by just having a few drinks in an outside bar just in front of McDonald's, just sitting back relaxing and watching everyone walking along Khaosan Rd.
I was surprised to see a lot more tourists then Thai's, Khaosan rd has a lot of entertainment on the streets, from magic shows to people just jumping doing back flips with gadgets on there legs. If you ever go to Bangkok, Khaosan Rd is a must. It can be very busy at times too, but it's entertaining.
After a few drinks my friends and I just thought we would walk down Khaosan Rd and check it out, there is many stalls which you can buy pirated dvd's, shirts and pretty much anything your looking for and you can even get your hair braided which costs pretty much next to nothing.
There is plenty of street food stalls down Khaosan Rd which looks and smells delicious. You can get Pad Thai for around 20 baht. I came to a stall which was selling fried insects, I have tried some in the past once but I was very drunk and probably could of eaten anything. I bought a few locusts and this time I wasn't drunk. It took me about 10 minutes to work up the courage to eat it but finally I just put it in my mouth, closed my eyes and swallowed. It actually doesn't taste that bad, its just the thought of it that is hard to get past. It tastes like a french fry, but not sure if it will be something I'm going to eat again. But at least I can say I have done it.
There are some nice touristy bars on and next to Khaosan Rd but they do tend to close early, 2am is the normal times they start to close. There is also a lot of cheap hotels on Khaosan Rd which start from 150 baht. My friend was staying at one for the night, it was pretty much just a bed and a small room. but for that price you can't really complain.
I can see why Khaosan Rd is a known place to tourists, it has good food, good beer, cheap whiskey, good bars, good shops and cheap hotels. What more can you ask for.