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Rambuttri Road is a pleasant street with restaurants, terraces, shops and massage parlours. It’s often said that Rambuttri still has the old-fashioned backpacker atmosphere of yesteryear. Where Khao San Road is especially suitable for partying, Rambuttri is the place to chill out and chat. Two different worlds in the same area of Bangkok called Banglamphu or Old Town! So luckily you don’t have to choose because Rambuttri Road and Khao San Road are just a stone’s throw away from each other!
DID YOU KNOW?
There is a narrow alley that goes directly from Khao San Road to Rambuttri? From Khao San go into the narrow alley at Susie Q, walk straight ahead along The Pillow Hostel and you’re on Rambuttri Road. Route to Khao San Road. Google Maps for directions.
Rambuttri Road = Rambuttri Alley + Soi Rambuttri
Actually Rambuttri Road consists of two parts; Rambuttri Alley and Soi Rambuttri. Rambuttri Alley runs almost completely parallel to Khao San Road and Soi Rambuttri can be reached by crossing a (busy) road. Soi Rambuttri is usually a little quieter than Rambuttri Alley. Maybe this part is not known to everyone? In any case, there are plenty of nice restaurants, shops, hostels and hotels. In addition to the well known necessities for tourists, there are also regularly handmade products for sale here, also nice for a change! Every 2 minutes you have the possibility to take a (foot) massage, so the walk never gets really tiring. If you walk all the way out of Soi Rambuttri you will end up at the Chao Phraya River and the Phra Arthit pier. From here you can take the Chao Phraya River Express for example to the super beautiful Wat Arun Temple or Asiatique the Riverfront Market.
crossway between Soi Rambuttri and Rambuttri Alley | Image: Hrvoje Simich (Flickr)
A nice bar near Rambuttri is At-Mosphere Rooftop Café! Here you can get fantastic beers and other tasty drinks. And that with a beautiful view over the surroundings of Old Town!
Which hotel is located near Rambuttri Road?
Sleeping near or on Rambuttri Road is a must, you’re in the middle of the fun but you have (almost) no noise pollution. Some hotels also have a restaurant and there the music is sometimes just a bit louder than you would like when you go to sleep. Just like with Khao San it is wise to ask/book a room at the back of the building. But the noise nuisance is not comparable to that of Khao San Road anyway. The second part of Rambuttri has almost no loud music, this is the safest place to book if you don’t want noise pollution. Rambuttri Village is the best known and most popular hotel in this part.
3 of our favourite hotel near Rambuttri Road
Rambutrri Village is a big favorite among many travelers because of its affordability, good location and two swimming pools on the roof! You sleep in the quiet but cozy Rambuttri Road and in two minutes you are in the hectic Khao San Road. Don’t wait too long to book if you want to sleep here because the hotel is often fully booked!
The hotel has comfortable rooms as you would expect from an Ibis Styles Hotel. The rooms are well insulated, so street noise is minimal. Contrary to what the name suggests this hotel is located on Rambuttri Road and not on Khao San Road. The hotel is nicely designed and the narrow but long swimming pool is nice for a cooling dip. There are spacious family rooms available.
This hotel offers luxury at an affordable price. From the pool and terrace on the roof you can enjoy the beautiful view over the city. The hotel is located near the Phra Arthit pier and a short walk from Rambuttri Road. The rooms are fully equipped and very comfortable. The neat bathrooms all have a whirlpool bath.
Good food, drinks and shopping
Isn’t there any music on Rambuttri? Sure there is, but much less present! The music you hear comes from the many restaurants or live performances. But really partying on the streets like Khao San you don’t see easily. It’s mainly about good food, drinks, shopping and strolling around. Having a drink and seeing the whole world passing by is a popular activity on Rambuttri Road. If you get tired of it you can buy a nice snack at one of the many stalls or take a (foot) massage at one of the many massage parlours. Remarkably, Rambuttri still has a lot of greenery and trees. You even see squirrels regularly. The trees are often decorated with lights. But even where there are no trees, you see a lot of atmospheric lighting throughout the street, which creates a cozy atmosphere as soon as the sun goes down.
Nice restaurants on or near Rambuttri Road
Rambuttri Road is full of nice little restaurants where you can go all day long for whatever you feel like. At the small food stalls that come and go you can buy the tastiest fruit juices, sate or spring rolls. There is so much choice! To help you on your way we share some of our favorite places with you.
Madame Musur Bar & Restaurant is frequently visited by foreigners and expats who come to Soi Rambuttri. It’s always very cosy and the staff is very friendly. The food and drinks are great and therefore we would like to recommend this nice place in Bangkok’s Banglamphu district to you!
Attractive open restaurant with very friendly staff on the cozy Soi Rambutri. Hygiene is of paramount importance. Serve good western and Thai cuisine at affordable prices. If you buy three drinks you get 1 for free.
Botanic Backyard Bar & Restaurant opened in 2020 and already a hit! A great place where you can enjoy delicious cocktails or other beverages with the Thai in a great atmosphere! Highly recommended if you are in the area of Khao San Road / Rambuttri Road. Cheers!
Not a real restaurant but a bakery with a difficult name. Here you buy everything you miss from the baker at home. But also sandwiches you wish you could buy at home. Everything is baked in their own bakery. There are a few seats, it is also possible to take them with you.
Delicious authentic Thai food, choice from a wide range of Thai curries, including the delicious massaman curry. You can compose your own dish. for example: Rice with 1 curry 35 baht, rice with 2 curries 45 baht. It’s nice and crowded and the locals eat here too, then you know it’s all right!
Also read our article the best restaurants in Old Town where Rambuttri Road is located.
How to get to Rambuttri Road?
Rambuttri Road can be reached by Chao Phraya River Express boat, bus, taxi and tuk tuk. Rambuttri Road has no direct connection to the BTS Sky Train. However, you can transfer to the Taksin Pier via BTS station Saphan Taksin, which is 2 minutes walk from each other. During rush hour this is the quickest and perhaps also the nicest way to go to/from Rambuttri. Outside rush hour a taxi and tuk tuk is the quickest option, always ask the driver if he wants to turn on the meter and discuss a price with the tuk tuk driver in advance. The city bus is the most adventurous (of all) slowest and cheapest option. The red bus 15 (no air conditioning) has a stop at Ratchadamnoen Road parallel to Khao San and costs 6.5 baht. This bus runs between BTS station National Stadium and Khao San Road. Khao San Road is just a few minutes walk from Rambuttri Road.
From Bangkok airports to Rambuttri Road
From Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
Departure from the first floor special airport buses to Khao San Road. The bus will take you to Khao San Road in a jiffy via the toll roads.
Bus number: S1, bus company BMTA
Boarding point: Gate 7, Gate 7, passenger terminal, first floor.
Departure: Every 30 minutes between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Price: 60 baht p.p.
Arrival: Tanao Road, 5 to 10 minutes walk to Rambuttri Road
From Don Muang Airport (DMK)
Busses leave directly in front of the terminals and make a few stops before arriving at Khao San Road: Wat Ratchanatdaram – Wat Bowonniwet – Khaosan Road.
Bus number: A4, bus company BMTA
Boarding point: Terminal 1, Gate 6, first floor | Terminal 2, Gate 12, first floor.
Departure: Every 30 minutes between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. | After 5 p.m. 1 time per hour until 11 p.m.
Price: 50 baht p.p.
Arrival: Tanao Road, 5 to 10 minutes walk to Rambuttri Road
Discover the rest of Bangkok
Bangkok is of course much more than just Khao San Road and Rambuttri Road. It would be a shame if you don’t visit one of Bangkok’s many other highlights!
These you can’t miss!
What Pho: the temple of the reclining Buddha, it is a half hour walk from Khao San Road.
The Grand Palace with the Wat Phra Kaew (Emerald Buddha) on its grounds: the famous royal palace of Bangkok, it’s a fifteen-minute walk from Khao San Road.
Sky Bars & Rooftop Bars: the literal highlights of Bangkok!
Shopping malls: shop till you drop in hypermodern shopping malls
Temples & museums: All about Thailand’s culture!
Parks: green resting places in the middle of the chaos of Bangkok
Other fun activities to do in Bangkok.
De reclinning Buddha at Wat Pho | Image: Hrvoje Simich (Flickr)
Further travel from Bangkok
From Bangkok you can easily travel on to other beautiful destinations in Thailand. This can be done by bus, train or plane. You can easily book tickets to any destination in Thailand yourself. Fill in your destination and when you want to leave and you will immediately see what the possibilities and prices are. Discover & Experience Thailand!