Originally Bangkok's largest rice market, Khaosan Road has recently developed into the hub of the city's budget traveler community and earned itself the nick-name of "the backpacker's ghetto". The short stretch of street and the surrounding area has earned an international reputation as a center of partying. Bars, night clubs, tourism agents, guest houses, and hotels line the streets with vendors selling all sorts of goods from food to clothing to electronics.
It was 2 AM on Saturday by the time the taxi dropped us off and the streets were brimming with people. We were worried about finding a place to stay, but quickly found a cheap room at a local guest house. After throwing our bags down, we headed out for some food and beers. We hadn't eaten since 4 PM, and a beer only seemed fitting after 18 hours of traveling.
Finding food on Khaosan Road is not a problem. You can even eat some bugs if you're interested (see photo below). Many insects are considered a delicacy in Thai cuisine. The maeng da, for example, is a gaint water bug said to taste like gorgonzola cheese! Other insects on offer include grasshoppers, scorpions, termites, bee larvae, and silkworms. They are mostly deep-fried with a selection of different spices, such as kaffir lime leaves, cumin, coriander, and/or chilies. I have been known to eat insects, but I don't think I've ever paid for any before. One scorpion cost 30 bot ($1 US), the same as a whole dish of pad thai!
We ended up spending about 150 baht (just over $5 USD) for some delicious pad thai, some chicken skewers, and a couple cold Chang Beers. It was nearly 4 in the morning by the time we retired to our guest house for a short sleep.