Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand, is renowned as a loud, inexpensive and in-your-face party district, but backpackers are beginning to move away as it continues to gentrify. Could it go the way of Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco and King’s Road in London? Photo: ShutterstockKhao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand, is renowned as a loud, inexpensive and in-your-face party district, but backpackers are beginning to move away as it continues to gentrify. Could it go the way of Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco and King’s Road in London? Photo: Shutterstock
Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand, is renowned as a loud, inexpensive and in-your-face party district, but backpackers are beginning to move away as it continues to gentrify. Could it go the way of Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco and King’s Road in London? Photo: Shutterstock

Khao San Road, Bangkok: from low-rent slum to ‘flashpacker’ central to counterculture relic – will gentrified party strip be saved by a revamp?

  • Ask the Lonely Planet writer who helped make Khao San Road backpacker heaven, and he denies it’s the guidebook that ‘screws places up’
  • But there’s no question a street once famous for its cheap rooms and tourist touts went upmarket as it became a trendy party zone. Still, what use is nostalgia?

Topic |   Asia travel
Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand, is renowned as a loud, inexpensive and in-your-face party district, but backpackers are beginning to move away as it continues to gentrify. Could it go the way of Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco and King’s Road in London? Photo: ShutterstockKhao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand, is renowned as a loud, inexpensive and in-your-face party district, but backpackers are beginning to move away as it continues to gentrify. Could it go the way of Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco and King’s Road in London? Photo: Shutterstock
Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand, is renowned as a loud, inexpensive and in-your-face party district, but backpackers are beginning to move away as it continues to gentrify. Could it go the way of Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco and King’s Road in London? Photo: Shutterstock
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