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Khao San [Pier N13]

Khaosan Road or Khao Sarn Road is a short street in central Bangkok. It is located in the Banglamphu area of (Phra Nakhon district) about 1 km north of the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew.

"Khaosan" translates as "milled rice", a reminder that in former times the street was a major Bangkok rice market. In the last 20 years, however, Khaosan Road has developed into a world famous "backpacker ghetto". It offers cheap accommodation, ranging from 'mattress in a box' style hotels to reasonably priced 3-star hotels.

It is also a base of travel: coaches leave daily for all major tourist desitinations in Thailand, from Chiang Mai in the North to ko Pha Ngan in the South, and there are many relatively inexpensive travel agents who can arrange transportion to the neighboring countries.

There are several pubs and bars, where backpackers meet to discuss their travels. The area is internationally known as a center of dancing, partying, and just prior to the traditional Songkran festival of April 13 to April 15, water splashing that usually turns into a huge water fight. One Thai writer has described Khaosan as "a short road that has the longest dream in the world.

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