You can’t come to Bangkok without experiencing the infamous Khao San Road. Known for its energetic atmosphere and nightlife options, the famous road is within walking distance from The Ember Hotel.

This neighborhood offers an ideal base for exploring the real Bangkok, however, no visit would be complete without a stroll down Khao San Road, and luckily, this iconic street is just minutes from the hotel. Take your pick of delicious street food snacks from one of the many food carts, practice your bargaining skills in the market or find a shady spot and soak up the atmosphere of this famous stretch of road.

Originally the site of one of the city’s largest rice markets, this stretch of road houses a chaotic blend of cultures and accents – Thai locals, Buddhist monks and domestic tourists mingle with backpackers and families, Khao San Road attracts visitors from all over the world.

Take some time during the day to enjoy a more chilled out vibe – this is a great place for bargain hunting amongst the hundreds of market stalls and shops that line the road. Be sure to stop for a Thai massage – the secret cure for jet-lag, or even a quick foot massage to recharge after a long day exploring nearby sites, then grab a delicious coconut shake and some mango sticky rice at one of the many restaurants and settle down for some first class people-watching.

And don’t miss Wat Bowon Niwet, one of the most important temples in Bangkok. Built in 1829, the temple is near Khao San Road and has strong ties to the Thai Royal Family. Several Thai kings have been ordained and served their monkhoods here. Additionally, Wat Bowon Niwet is well-known for its unique architectural style. Featuring a beautiful blend of Thai, Chinese and European influences, the temple has a stunning golden chedi and a number of fascinating Buddha images inside its ordination hall.

There is something for everyone along this lively street, and at night the energy really ratchets up a notch. As the sun sets, the neon lights come on, the bars and clubs open their doors and party-goers spill out into the streets to create a fun and vibrant atmosphere.

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