Approximately one kilometer north of the Grand Palace and just a couple of blocks from the river is Khao San Road, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Bangkok. Khao San means "milled rice" because in the past, this was the major rice market for Bangkok. However, within the past twenty years it has become known as a world famous "backpacker's ghetto" full of hostels and cheap hotels. The street is lined with venders and shops selling handicrafts, clothing, pirated cd's and dvd's, as well as a wide range of fake id's. Anything you want can be found here. As day turns into night, the focus shifts to bars, drinking, and dancing. In mid-April, around the time of the traditional Thai new year, Khao San Road plays host to a water splash party, which is really just a big water fight.
Carl and Lorraine Aveni are two retirees planning on traveling through Europe for at least one year.