Khao San Road is the backpacker and party capital of Bangkok. As night falls the 500-metre long strip starts to fill with neon lights and revellers looking to party the night away. There’s street food stalls to line the stomach, including a selection of fried insects to try, along with plenty of stalls selling clothing and other tourist souvenirs. Bars with house bands and DJs blast out into the streets, so finding one of these places to have a drink isn’t difficult, in fact, it’s impossible to miss them! For the super budget traveller you can even buy your booze from the local store and drink on the street. For those interested in the best places around Khao San Road, we have put together a list to suit those just looking for a nice place to have a chilled drink, somewhere to rock out or a place you can throw some shapes on the dance floor. Hippie de Bar (Restaurant & Bar) This is a cool little relaxed place oozing with kitsch, tucked down an alley away from the loud music of Khao San. It has good music with an indie/alternative soundtrack and also serves great food. It’s a little more pricey than some of its local peers but also unique in what its offering! Nice place to be able to chat and also has Wi-Fi. Entry: Free Open: 11:00am - 1:00pm Address: 46 Khao San Road Website: www.facebook.com/Hippie-De-Bar Jham Jun Bar & Bistro (Restaurant & Bar) If you fancy a relaxing sun-downer on a rooftop without having to leave Khao San strip this is your best bet. It’s on the open-air fifth floor roof of the Fortville Guesthouse. It has a fake-grass style floor with cushions and low tables. They have a band playing covers as the sun goes down and it’s a good place for a couple of drinks. They serve food also which is a little higher priced but not bad. Entry: Free Open: 6:00pm - 1:00pm Address: 5th Floor, Fortville Guesthouse, Khao San Road, Bangkok Website: www.fortvilleguesthouse.com/restaurantandbar Phra Nakorn Bar & Gallery (Restaurant & Bar) If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Khao San strip just a 10 minute walk away is this great 4 storey bar and gallery. It’s very chilled atmosphere attracts a predominately local student crowd. The fourth floor is a rooftop bar with views of the old city and they have musicians playing some smooth live music, think blues and jazz with possibly a bit of Elvis thrown in. They have really good value Thai food, a good selection of cocktails and the drinks are also pretty cheap. Entry: Free Open: 6:00pm to 1:00am Address: 58/2 Soi Damnoen Klang Tai, Bangkok Website: www.facebook.com/Phranakornbarandgallery Brick Bar (Live music Bar) This basement bar attracts a young local crowd for its rocking live bands playing mainly Ska and its lively atmosphere. It’s the only bar on the strip where you will be outnumbered by the locals. The place often erupts in dancing on the tables and serious head rocking. It gets very busy and is one of those places where people keep pouring into and you wonder where they put them all. Arrive early to get a table! Entry: Free weekdays, 150B at the weekend. Open: 7:00pm-1:30am Address: Buddy Lounge (just behind McDonalds), 265 Khao San Road, Website: www.brickbarkhaosan.com Superflow City Beach Club (Dance Club) This surprisingly large open-air club has brought the beach party to central Bangkok with a real sand covered floor, bamboo hut bars, palm trees and sun-loungers. It’s also Khao San’s first and only day and night club. The soundtrack is house with a relaxed daytime affair and starts to really liven up towards midnight. They have plenty of drinks promos including beach style cocktail buckets (300B) and cheap Thai beers (90B). Entry : Free Open: Midday-2:00am Address: Near the police station end of the street, Khao San Road, Bangkok Website: www.facebook.com/superflowbeachclub The Club (Dance Club) With its big dancefloor, front centred DJ booth and podium it does have a great party set up. Pumping house and techno rule and it’s a buzzing crowd every day of the week, especially after midnight. It has a relaxed no dress code, nice bar area and free entry most nights, a winning formula for Khao San Road! Entry: Free, sometimes 200B with a free drink Open: 22:00 to 03:00 every evening Address: Look out for the big blue neon sign. 123 Khao San Road, Bangkok Website: www.facebook.com/theclubkhaosanbkk/ Getting Here - Khao San Road is a tuk-tuk ride away from any BTS or MTR stations, so unless you are very far away it's probably best just getting a tuk-tuk the whole way. It is walking distance from the Phra Athit and Banglamphu Pier stops on the Chao Phraya River.