Khao San Road nightlife & illicit drugs
Please, if you value your freedom and your life, do not attempt to buy drugs here or in any of the little roads and alleyways in the vicinity.
Khao San Road nightlife can be electrifying, and it is easy to get carried away and do something silly. Reggae bars in the area have got a reputation for providing things that they shouldn’t and, with Police raids not exactly uncommon, you could end up being tested at a really inconvenient time…
I went on to become quite good friends with the owners of one particular
Reggae bar, and I must admit to having bought weed there on a few
One night, just as I had been handed a tiny packet of the
green stuff, a policeman came down the alleyway very slowly on his
motorcycle. As he came alongside me he looked at the one owner, who I
noticed shake his head, as if motioning to the policeman to pass by.
was hardly noticeable, but also unmistakable, and I immediately knew
that the young Thai owner had just saved my butt.
Several months later, when I was out enjoying the Khao San Road
nightlife again, I was forced to sit at the bar adjacent because I was
with a few friends and there wasn’t enough space for us.
I can clearly
remember that there were two backpackers sitting there, and when a
policeman came past he looked at them and then glanced at the owners. On
this occasion neither of the owners shook their heads. In fact, they
basically acted as if they had not even seen the policeman.
the space of about 5 minutes, three policemen arrived and the two
backpackers were escorted away. What happened to them is anyone’s guess…
On another occasion I overheard a group of Scottish friends talking about buying cocaine. The one woman in the group was clearly quite a bit older than the rest of them, and she was quite loud, so it wasn’t hard to hear what she was saying. Anyway, after much debate, I heard her telling her friends that if you want to buy drugs, just look for Nigerians and then speak to them.
Whilst you may not see them, Khao San Road is full of cameras and undercover police officers. Contrary to what you may have heard, the police know their environment and they know how to catch drug users, even if it is only to try and extract large sums of bribe money out of them.