Khaosan Road’s Skid Row – Backpacker Style
Above Photo: Khaosan Road Street Life.
The backpacker Mecca of Khaosan Road in Bangkok gets a few mentions in my backpacker/Vietnam War epic novel, BACK, so I was interested to see this guy crashed out on the pavement recently, on an early morning walk down Khaosan Road.
He was kicked awake by the street cleaners, which is a pretty ignominious way to see in your day in Thailand, and he was being watched by an assorted rum looking bunch of all night backpacker boozers and some shockingly terrible-looking ladyboys, sorry ladyblokes, in this case, in presumably police-connected bars which stay open all night on Khaosan Road.
I’d stayed in a hovel many years ago on Khaosan Road, on my first ever visit to Thailand, and vowed never to stay there again. The room was noisy, dirty, swealtering, it had a small fan, no windows, and the walls were so thin I could hear cockroaches eating next door.
Remembering my stay made me think that perhaps this guy hadn’t just crashed out; maybe he’d made a rational decision to get a better night’s sleep on the pavement than in his Khaosan Road dorm room.
Although things have changed a lot on Khaosan, with much posher hotels going up over the past decade, there will always be room for the budget backpackers down there.
For a modern-day take on the Vietnam War, POWs/MIAs and Adventure Backpackers trekking into the war-ravaged jungles of Asia, see: http://peteralanlloyd.com/back-part-2/backpackers-meet-the-vietnam-war-back-screenplay-finally-finished/
For POWs and MIAs in Laos, see:
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