Bangkok - How to Get from the Khaosan Road to...


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  • Page 1 : How is the Khaosan Road ? Part 1
  • Page 2 : How is the Khaosan Road ? Part 2
  • Page 3 : The Food and Restaurants at the Khaosan Road
  • Page 4 : How to go from the Khaosan Road to places in Bangkok
  • Page 5 : Budget Hotels in the Khaosan zone

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star Read Notes and Advices about the ways of Transport that are mentioned on this page. Read about common Taxi and Tuk-Tuk scams.

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Orientation Map, click to enlarge :
(More maps, in the Maps page).
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From the Khaosan to the boat station on the Canal Saen Seap

The closest pier of the canal is about 1.2 Km from the Khaosan. It is the last station of the boat service to the west of the city. It is pier number 4 and the name is Phanfa Leelard.
It is situated near the famous temple Wat Saket. See the canal station on map
To arrive to the pier, you can either:
  • Walk 20 minutes
  • Take a Tuk-Tuk or Moto-Taxi (about 40 baht, 7 minutes). Tell the driver, "to Wat Saket", it will be much easier than to explain that you want to go by boat.
Note: Normal Taxis will not be very enthusiastic to take you for a short ride.
See more on the public service of boats on the canal Saen Saep

From the Khaosan to the boat station on the River Chao Phraya

The access to the station (pier 13) is from the street Phra Athit, which is on the river. From Khaosan road you need to go to Rambuttri walking street (river side) and then there is a shortcut to Phra Athit. See everything on map.

Khaosan Bus stops

There are two stops. One is on the main avenue with the Democracy monument (the Buses 2, 15, 44, 47, 59, 60, 70, 79, 157, 159, 171,183, 201, 509, 511 stop here) and the other stop is on Phra Athit road by the river (Buses 3, 15, 53 and 524 stop here).

From the Khaosan road to the Skytrain (BTS) stations

The skytrain of Bangkok doesn't reach the part of the city where the Khaosan is located. (Nor does the underground system, the MRT).
The closest skytrain stations are Siam, National Stadium and Ratchathewi and they are about 5 Km from the Khaosan so you need to take some transport to arrive there. See a Map with bus, boat, skytrain at Siam area.
  • To the skytrain stations Siam, National Stadium and Ratchathewi:
    • By Taxi : 20 minutes if no traffic problems, about 70 baht. Also you can take a Tuk-Kuk or moto-taxi, of course.
    • By boat on the canal Saen Seap: Go to the canal station near Khaosan (see how) and get down at pier number 1. It is about 10 minutes sail.
    • By Bus (see where are the Khaosan bus stops):
      • To Siam and National Stadium skytrain stations : buses 47, 15, 79
      • To Ratchatewi skytrain station : buses 2, 59, 60, 79, 511
  • To the skytrain station Saphan Taksin
    • By boat on the river Chao Phraya : Walk to the Khaosan boat station (see location), and take the boat (direction of sail to left), till the last station at pier 0. (about half hour sail).
    • By Taxi, Tuk-tuk, moto-taxi

From the Khaosan road to Bangkok Big Malls at Town Center (MBK, Siam Center, Central World, Fashion mall, Pantip, Pratunam)

All the following malls are grouped in the same zone and are a walking distance from each other. Click to enlarge this map :
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See this tour of Bangkok malls with map
  • To MBK, Siam Discovery and Siam Paragon malls : They are located beside the skytrain stations National Stadium and Siam. See how to arrive to these skytrain station.
  • To Pratunam wholesale market, Central World mall, Platinium Fashion mall, Pantip Computer mall
    • By Taxi : About half hour if no traffic, 80 baht.
    • By boat on the canal : Go the the canal boat station near Khaosan (see how), then sail till Pratunam station (pier 0). About 15 minutes sail time.
    • By bus (see where are the Khaosan bus stops) : bus 2, 60, 79, 511
The following mall is not grouped with the previous ones :
  • To Terminal 21 mall- This mall is located outside Asok skytrain station. See how to get to Asok.

From the Khaosan road to Sukhumvit : Nana and Asok.

  • By Taxi : About 30 minutes, 90 baht.
  • By boat on the canal Saen Seap: (need to walk a lot) Go to the canal boat station near Khaosan (see how), then sail with the canal boat till Nana or Asok stations. It is about 20 minutes sail time. Then you have to walk from the pier till the main street Sukhumvit about 20 minutes.
  • By bus (see where are the Khaosan bus stops): 2 or 511 Note : Some of these buses get only till Pratunam, so get down near the skytrain station Ratchathewi and continue with the skytrain.
  • By skytrain : Go to the nearest skytrain station  (see how), Get down at stations Nana or Asok.

From the Khaosan road to the Airport (Suvarnabhumi)

  • By mini-bus : There are minibuses picking up travellers from the hostels and going directly to the international airport. The frequency is about each hour. For the other direction, from the airport to the Khaosan, this service may operate or not (it changes every season).
  • By Airport-link train. The preferred choice for getting to the airport. Unfortunately it doesn't reach the Khaosan area. The last station in town of this train is called Phaya-Thai, it is also a skytrain station, (close to Ratchathewi skytrain station). From the Khaosan you can take a taxi till Phaya Thai (60 baht, 20 minutes) and then take the train to the airport (30 minutes, 45 baht). Read more about the airport train (with maps). You can also take bus 2 or 59 or 60 or 79 or 511 to arrive from the Khaosan to the Phaya Thai train station, but you will need to walk 10 minutes at the Phaya Thai area (59 gets exactly there). See where are the Khaosan bus stops. To see where is the bus stop near Phaya Thai station, continue reading, I have joined a Map. 
  • By Taxi : About 300 baht if the taxi-meter is running (and if the driver is not charging you extra-costs like suitcases and high-ways). From the airport to the Khaosan it is more difficult to get this tariff, it will be more like 500 baht. It is about 1 hour drive if no traffic.

How to get from the airport to the khaosan road with a minimum cost and maximum comfort:

  1. After the flight, go to the luggage belt and look for people with a backpack. Ask the person: “Excuse me, are you going to the Khaosan road ?”.  You have 50% chance of success at the first attempt. Take this person with you, he will help you reduce your travel expenses. If he is not going to the Khaosan, try to convince him that he should, explain to him why. (repeat step 1 as needed)
  2. Take the airport train at the underground level. The regular train costs 45 baht and takes half hour ride. Get down at the last station Phaya Thai.
  3. Take a taxi (with your friend that you met at the airport) to the Khaosan. It should cost 60 baht. Agree with the Taxi driver (from the beginning) to make the Taxi-Meter run, if he doesn’t accept and ask for more, just stop the next taxi, there are plenty of them passing.

If you prefer to take the Bus over a taxi for the final journey to the Khaosan (from Phaya Thai to the Khaosan road) :

Should I remind you that you are after a flight of 27 hours ?
Anyway, it could be that when you will get out of the train station (Phaya Thai), the Taxis will see that you are a vulnerable tourist and they will ask you for 300 baht instead of the 70 baht that it should cost with the taxi-meter (or it could be that it is rush hour) so I will show you how to beat the system and travel to the Khaosan for 7 baht (or 15 baht, if the bus is air-conditioned).
You need to walk 10 minutes to the bus station and then you can take bus number 2 or number 511 or number 59  or number 60 or number 79 (Their frequency is around 10 minutes).
The nice thing, is that when you will arrive to the bus station, the Taxis will suddenly accept to take you for the normal price.
So, look at the following map. You need to get out of the Phaya Thai station, and turn left to Phaya-Thai street and walk under the skytrain line for one station. Then, just before Ratchathewi skytrain station turn right to Phetchaburi road, and then cross the street in order to be in the direction for the Khaosan (you don’t want to return to the airport).
For an unknown reason, there is no bus sign at the station, but you will probably see people standing (or ask someone). The station is in front of a 7-eleven store, just after the hotel Bangkok City Hotel and before a little street to the left with the number 10 on the sign.
Note : Bus number 59 has a stop also at the Phaya Thai station, but I prefer to walk 10 minutes and have a choice of 5 bus lines instead of just one with unpredictable frequency.
Click on the map to enlarge :
walk from phaya thai to bus to khaosan road

From the khaosan road to Don Mueang Airport (mainly a domestic airport, not the main one)

  • By Taxi : About 250 baht if the taxi-meter is running (and if the driver is not charging you extra-costs like suitcases and high-ways). From the airport to the Khaosan it is more difficult to get this tariff, it will be more like 400 baht. It is less than 1 hour drive if no traffic.
  • By Minibus : There are minibuses picking up travellers from the hostels of the Khaosan and going directly to the Don Mueang airport. The frequency of these minbuses is lower than the ones that are going to the main airport Suvarnabhumi. These minbuses are not operating in the other direction (from the airport to the Khaosan).
  • There is a private bus company called Limobus, they have a direct bus every hour. Look at their website for details.
  • By Bus : Bus number 59 goes between the airport and the Khaosan. It operates also at night. The frequency is not great at night.
  • By Shuttle Bus + skytrain + Bus : There is a shuttle bus A1 (high frequency) betweem Mochit skytain station and the airport. See how to arrive to Mochit skytrain station (Chatuchak, the week-end market) from the Khaosan.

From the Khaosan road to the Train Station Hua Lamphong

  • By Taxi : About 60 baht, 20 minutes drive.
  • By bus (see where are the Khaosan bus stops): Bus 159 from the main avenue with the Democracy monument.
  • By boat on the river Chao Phraya: (You will need to walk a lot, but you bypass all traffic problems with the boat) Take the boat at Khaosan station (see location), sail and get down at pier 5 (China Town). Then you need to walk about 25 minutes till the train station.
  • See Hua Lamphong train station on google map, see metro map (Hua Lampong has an underground station (MRT) called also Hua Lamphong.)

From the Khaosan road to Pat-Pong (Silom district)

  • By Taxi : About 20 minutes, 70 baht
  • By bus (see where are the Khaosan bus stops): bus 47 or 15
  • By Skytrain : Go to Siam or National Stadium skytrain stations  (see how) then take the skytrain for 3 stations till station Sala Daeng.
  • By boat on the river Chao Phraya: Walk to the Khaosan boat station (see location), and take the boat (direction of sail to left), till the last station, pier 0. (about half hour sail). You arrive to the skytrain station Saphan Taksin. Take the skytrain for 3 stations, get down at station Sala Daeng.

From the Khaosan road to Chatuchak week-end market

  • By Taxi : About 100 baht, half hour if no traffic.
  • By bus (see where are the Khaosan bus stops) : bus 3 or 524 from the bus stop at Phra Athit street or bus 44, 59, 157, 159, 509 from the bus stop at Democracy monument. About half hour drive if no traffic.
  • By Skytrain : Go to the skytrain station Ratchathewi (see how) and then take the skytrain to the north, get down at Mo Chit station. About 15 minutes of skytrain ride.

From the Khaosan road to the Big Palace, lying Buddha (Wat Pho) and Wat Arun

  • By Walking : The Big Palace is about 20 minutes walk fron the Khaosan. The lying Buddha is behind the big palace. Wat Arun is on the other side of the river in front of the big palace, there is a shuttle boat that takes visitors to the other side of the river.
  • By Moto-Taxi or Tuk-Tuk : It is a short ride, about 40 baht. A regular taxi will not be inclined to take a short ride.
  • By boat on the river Chao Phraya: Go to Khaosan boat station (see location), take the boat (direction of sail to left) and get down at pier 9 for the big Palace or pier 8 for the Lying Buddha and Wat Arun.

From the Khaosan road to Wat Saket

  • By Walking :  about 20 minutes.
  • By Moto-Taxi or Tuk-Tuk : It is a short ride, about 40 baht. A regular taxi will not be inclined to take you for very short ride.

From the Khaosan road to China Town

  • By boat on the river Chao Phraya: Go to Khaosan boat station (see location), take the boat (direction of sail to left), sail with the boat and get down at pier 5
  • By Taxi : About 20 minutes, 70 baht
  • By Bus (see where are the Khaosan bus stops): Bus 159 from the main avenue with the Democracy monument or bus 53 from the Phra Athit bus stop.

From the Khaosan road to Jim Thompson's house (museum)

It is near National Stadium skytrain station, see how to arrive there.

From the Khaosan road to Snake farm

It is near Pat-Pong. See how to get to Pat-Pong

From the Khaosan road to Bangkok Zoo

It is a relatively short distance to the north, better to take a Taxi.
  • By Taxi : About 50 baht, 15 minutes.
  • By Bus (see where are the Khaosan bus stops): bus 70 from the main road (democracy monument)

From the Khaosan road to Vimanmek Mansion

It is near Bangkok Zoo. See here Bangkok zoo

From the Khaosan road to the Sky bar Sirroco at lebua State tower

It is near Saphan Taksin skytrain station. See how to arrive to Saphan Taksin.

From the Khaosan road to Asiatique, the open air mall at night

There is a free boat, shuttle service from Saphan Taksin skytrain station (central pier of the boats, pier number 0). See how to arrive to Saphan Taksin.

From the Khaosan road to Ekkamai Eastern Central Bus station

By Skytrain :  Go to the skytrain station Siam or Ratchathewi (see how) then ride the skytrain to the east (7 stations) get down at Ekkamai.
By Bus : 2 or 511  Note : Some of these buses get only till Pratunam, so get down near the skytrain station Ratchathewi and continue with the skytrain.

From the Khaosan road to Mochit Northern Central Bus station

  • By Taxi : About 40 minutes if no traffic, 120 baht.
  • By Skytrain : Go to station Ratchathewi or Siam (see how), ride with the skytrain towards north (8 stations ) and get down at Mochit station. Mochit bus terminal is half an hour walk from the skytrain station Mochit so you should do it by Taxi (5 minutes by taxi).
  • By Bus (see where are the Khaosan bus stops): Take bus number 3, 157, 159 Ride the bus about 1 hour, get down at city bus terminal Mochit and walk (5 minutes) till central national bus station Mochit.

From the Khaosan road to Sai Tai Southern Central Bus station

Note: The station is on the other side of the Chao Phraya river
  • By Taxi : About 30 minutes, 100 baht.
  • By Bus : From the bus stop at the main road (with the democracy monument) (see where are the Khaosan bus stops), you need to cross the street, the direction is opposite city center.
    Buses : 79, 159, 183, 201, 511, 556

From the Khaosan road to Victory Monument (Suburban Central Bus station)

  • By Bus (See where are the Khaosan bus stops): Buses 59, 157, 159, 171, 183, 201, 509 
  • By Skytrain : Go to station Ratchathewi or Siam (see how), ride with the skytrain towards north (2 stations )
  • By Taxi : About 25 minutes if no traffic, 80 baht.

From the Khaosan road to the Immigration office for Visa extension

See how to arrive to the Immigration office of Bangkok in the Visa page, then return to this page and depending on the way you choose to arrive, you may look at : How to arrive from the Khaosan to Chatuchak week-end market (Mochit skytrain station) or how to arrive from the Khaosan to Don Muang Airport or how to arrive from the Khaosan to Victory Monument.

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