Sunday, 13 June 2010

Silom Walking Street

The Grand Sale or 'walking street' on Silom, held to benefit traders impacted by the riots, continues this weekend and anyone who hasn't been down there yet should check it out this afternoon. I went yesterday, and the atmosphere was buoyant, bustling, the road turned into a long pedestrianised market selling all sorts of clothes, accessories, gifts and miscellanea, many at reduced prices, with food vendors, a marching band, and stilt-walkers adding a touch of carnival to the event. I came away with bags of the kind of clothes I usually make moon-eyes at in Siam Square but wish were a little cheaper - and this time they were. There are stages for bands which were vacant at the time; presumably to be performed on in the evenings. Fun for all the family!

The Bangkok Post reports that the walking street was to be extended today, as the numbers of registered and unregistered traders were too much for the original area. It also states that "Next week, the city will relocate the Grand Sales event to Soi Rang Nam, close to the Victory Monument, where the Center One shopping mall was once located."

Photos from yesterday:


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