Popularly known as the ‘Backpacker Central’ or the ‘Mecca of Backpackers’, Khao San Road serves as a hub for Backpackers around the world. You will find this place brimming with travelers. Visiting Khao San is like a rite-of-passage when you are starting off with your travel dreams. This street is a pulsating mass of humans. This 1km long strip has many hotels, cheap hostels, clubs, massage and tattoo parlors and much more, all packed together. The energetic and carefree vibe of this place will make you forget all your inhibitions and you will just disappear into the crowd. The ambiance and atmosphere of this place is so infectious, that I spent every single night at Khao San during my stay in Bangkok, even though my hostel was 10km away in Silom. And this where I ate a scorpion for the first time. Read on to find out how it tastes.
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After a day long Temple Run, me and roomies decided to the end the day at Khao San. That was my first visit to the Khao San and it turned out to be the wildest night of all. We might have reached there at around 8pm and I will say that the crowd was pretty moderate at that time but I was expecting it to be more packed. Well later I realized we were just too early for Khao San. The real party starts after 11pm.
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When I ordered Pineapple Rice for dinner, I did not expect to get this. It tasted good though.
As they say about Las Vegas, Khao San is where you make ‘bad’ decisions and this is where I made mine when I decided to gobble a full scorpion. It looked quite fried and oily and I was in two minds to eat it. They usually cut out the end of the tail which is the poisonous part, so it is kind off safe to eat. I closed my eyes and munched on it. So did my roomate. I am not sure how to describe the taste, it tasted like roasted chips or maybe a lobster. You got to eat one to see how it tastes, difficult to put it in words now. But it is very crunchy. You chomp through the front claws and legs and tail which are all crunchy and tasteless as the whole thing is quite deep fried. The real deal is the mid rif where you start getting the roasted taste. They said it is quite healthy and packed with proteins; But I think my body did get a shock because as soon as I ate it I started having an itching sensation on my lips and 5 minutes later I could feel small swellings inside my mouth. Nothing showed up outside, the swellings were all inside and I could feel them with my tongue. That did scare me a little. I quickly downed a bottle of ‘Chang’ Beer and that seemed to have cured the swellings. My roommate was fine by the way. He showed no signs of discomfort after eating it. He was even more psyched after that and wanted to eat all those bugs and fried crickets on display. For me it was a complete NO, I was not going to try any more weird stuff after that swelling.
The music was getting louder by the minute. The crowd had started to push in. It was getting difficult to stay on the streets then. So we moved into a dance club by the street. It was pretty fancy and we had DJ Monster P performing. I am not sure what P stands for, seems like to be popular figure with the locals. We got out at around 2am, hoping the crowd might have reduced but the Khao San was still awake and alive. Well I was too tired and wanted to get back to hostel. We got a tuk tuk to our hostel, after the usual haggling.
That is when two guys on a tuk tuk passed by us screaming ‘Race…Race’. We pushed our driver for it as the traffic was less around that time. We chased them down and finally came side by side at a traffic signal. Guess what…the Race was ON. The roads where empty and the traffic light was RED. It turned Green, and both the Tuk Tuks roared across the urban jungle. We were ahead by a good margin and the race went on till the other tuk tuk took a turn and went the other way. So technically, we won. That put an end to one crazy night in Bangkok.
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I visited Khao San every single night during my stay. But I toned it down after the crazy night. No more partying, scorpions and racing, even thought it was fun. I usually went for a simple dinner and then explored the Khao San road and the alleyways. In one of those alleys we found the ‘Happy Bar’. It had a peaceful ambiance, away from the noisy Khao San Road.
Many people find Khao San overwhelming, and so did I, after the first crazy night. I did feel Khao San to be loud and unpleasant on my second visit. It is a ground zero for scammers and pickpockets, ready to prey on unsuspecting tourists. You will also be surrounded by many hawkers selling their crappyware and ‘Ping Pong’ shows. It can be really irritating at times.
The Khao San road is so piled up with shops and restaurants that it has spilled over to the roads running parallel to it. These roads were a bit toned down and had a different kind of vibe. They were well lit up with colorful lanterns and had a more peaceful and laid-back feel to it.. Even the music was live and performed by bands and not the usual EDM stuff. This street appealed more to me than its blaring sibling.
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I did miss out on Khao San during the day though. It seems to be a shopping space by day and turns into a party scene by night. Well I am not sure if I will visit this place again on my next trip to Thailand as I have seen enough of this place. But If you are in Bangkok for the first time, then make sure you experience the energetic vibe of Khao San Road, which even made an introvert like me dance.