Khao San is known for its booze, music, and partying but its shopping area is hardly mentioned. Yes, Khao San also offers some items for sale. The whole Khao Road stretch is filled with different vendors. Things being sold include clothes, food, and some unique and truly Thailand items. These are the times that you will hardly find anywhere else in the world. Some stuff are crazy, some are weird, and some are downright funny.
Actually, prices here are not as affordable as Pratunam and Chatuchak but it is still more affordable than the items you will find in malls.
Tours and Travels
If you are looking for bus tickets, travel tours, hotels, plane tickets, and other things related to traveling, you will find it here in Khao San. Travel agencies here also offer packaged tours and customized tours. That already includes food and the drive to and fro you hotel. If you do arrive in Bangkok without any hotel accommodation, you will also find a lot of hotels here or agencies that could book and take you to your chosen hotel.
Many travelers prefer to stay in Bangkok and do day trips to different sights. Khao San is the perfect place to stay in because it puts you right where the party is, a fitting closing to your day of touring.
Many of the city’s second hand book shops are also located here. The book shops also sell old magazines, graphic novels, and other antique toys. Like everything else in Bangkok, you will be able to buy it at a reasonable price. You will find firs issues of legendary comics that may be sold for thousands of dollars in the open market. There first issues books in perfect condition too.
Asians are the best when it comes to copying popular international brands. They are also the best when it comes to spoofing them and Thailand is the best when it comes to selling them. You will find shirts with the spoofed version of their brand names printed on it. It is a great gift for your friends when you return back home. Most of these shirts have a vintage look and not exactly suitable to be worn during the winter.
Hand Crafted Exotic Items
This is the only place where you will find hand crafted ashtrays shaped like naked people. Some of these items were made by members of the Northern Hill Tribes. Aside from ashtrays, they sell hammocks, croaking ornament made from frog skin, and one-of-a-kind jewels. It is also a perfect give away to your friends back home. The designs are good conversation starters.
Unique Belts and Accessories
You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to get your hands on those intricately-designed belts usually worn by pop and rock stars because Khao San has them for much less. They have tribal designs inspired by Polynesian, Borneo, Maori, Haida and others. You will also find contemporary graffiti-inspired designs on belts, bags, and headbands.