Khaosan Road’s Skid Row – Backpacker Style

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.

Maybe not so stupid or pissed (up) after all...

Maybe not so stupid or pissed (up) after all…

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.

A shared hostel room

A shared hostel dorm room somewhere in Backpackerworld

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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Front cover of BACK Part 1.

modern-day Vietnam War novel of backpackers encounter secrets of the Vietnam War

Front cover of BACK Part 2.

 

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