Clock winds back to river life


BANGKOK, 26 July 2017: The upcoming Bangkok River Fair: From Strangers to Neighbours, hosted 5 August, at Pipit Banglamphu, Phra Sumen Road, Bangkok, gains the promotional spotlight in the latest Tourism Authority of Thailand events update.

The fair takes visitors and residents back in time to the era when Bangkok’s city life was lived out on the Chao Phraya River and nearby canals rather than on the congested highways and streets we see today.

Just a few pockets of canal life and communities have survived and the TAT promotion encourages visitors to catch the nostalgic mood for the day-long fair.

The main activities will centre around Banglamphu community situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, which is partnering with Pipit Banglamphu – a community museum near Phra Sumen Fort on Phra Arthit Road.

Local and foreign visitors are invited to this cultural event in Bangkok to experience the charms of a traditional Thai way of life by the river.

There will be stalls selling Thai food and snacks, cultural performances and displays of handicrafts and local products produced by riverside communities, some of which have been around for over 200 years, when Bangkok was a young city.

In addition, there will be a series of seminars all in Thai language that will examine ways to protect the Chao Phraya River’s eco-systems and the communities that live on its banks.

The Bangkok River Fair will be held 5 August from 1100 to 1930. The event is free of charge.

(Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand)