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  • Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest 2019 in Bangkok

    BANGKOKProst! Get your fill of German beer, brawny sausages, and giant pork knuckles when you celebrate Oktoberfest starting this weekend.

    Bangkok may be a long way from the home of the world’s biggest beer festival, but a number of bars are serving up great selections of traditional German brews and fare throughout the two-week celebration.

    GTCC Oktoberfest – Oct. 25-26

    Photo: German-Thai Chamber of Commerce

    Claiming to be “the one and only authentic German experience in the kingdom,” perhaps it is because it’s organized by the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce. Get your Bavarian outfits ready to enjoy live music, a festive buffet feast, and a lucky draw.

    The event will be held on Oct. 25 and 26 from 6.30pm to 1am at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park on Sukhumvit Soi 22. The venue is reachable by a short walk from BTS Phrom Phong. Admission is 2,000 baht for Chamber members and 2,500 baht for non-members. The price includes a beer, a souvenir mug, and food buffet.

    The Irish Pub Oktoberfest – Sept. 21 – Oct. 6

    Photo: The Irish Pub Bangkok / Facebook
    Photo: The Irish Pub Bangkok / Facebook

    Don’t get the Shamrock wrong – they’ll also celebrate the Volksfest in style with five traditional dishes and special beer deals.

    The menu includes Schweinegulasch (pork goulash), Geschnetzeltes (chicken ragout), pork knuckles, a sausage platter, and apple strudel. A live band plays every Wednesday to Friday.

    The event will be held from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6 from 10am to 12pm at The Irish Pub on Sukhumvit Soi 5. The venue is reachable by a short walk from BTS Nana. Dishes cost between 219 to 299 baht, excluding VAT and service charges.

    Mikkeller Running Club Bangkok #57 Oktoberfest Edition – Oct. 5

    Photo: Mikkeller Bangkok / Facebook

    Get your feet ready, though not for dancing. This Danish microbrewery in Ekkamai is holding a running event before the party starts. Runners will earn their beer calories with a 5.6 kilometer course around Ekkamai. Instead of a medal, they’ll get a cold house-brewed beer. Special food and booze deals will be offered for runners after the race.

    The event will be held on Oct. 5 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm at Mikkeller Bangkok on Soi Ekkamai 10 Lane 2. The venue is reachable by taxi or motorcycle taxi from BTS Ekkamai. A lifetime membership costs 500 baht.

    Bei Otto Oktoberfest – Oct. 29 – Nov. 2

    Photo: Bei Otto / Facebook
    Photo: Bei Otto / Facebook

    This old school German restaurant, which has served traditional dishes for over three decades, will offer not only a classic feed, but also games and a lucky draw.

    Sip the seasonal Erdinger Oktoberfestweizen, presented by Bavarian outfitted waitresses, while a live band stirs your appetite into action.

    The event will be held from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2 from 5pm to 11pm at Bei Otto on Sukhumvit Soi 20. The venue is reachable by a short walk from BTS Phrom Phong.

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  • 4K Cameras at 30 intersections across Bangkok this September.

    A new 4K project was introduced on 30 August 2019 called the “Red Light Camera System”. The new cameras will be running 24/7 to protect against drivers running the red light in Bangkok. During the trial period of 14 days from 1 – 14 August, 22,260 drivers were caught driving the red light which is an average of 1,590 drivers per day. The punishment for such violation of traffic law is 1,000 THB fine with a delivered ticket to your doorstep.

    Police Major General Jirasan Kaewsangek from the Metropolitan Police stated that Bangkok is one of the leading cities in the number of accidents. Running the red light is very common. Traffic Police have been doing their best and in July there were 1,932 drivers who ran the red light.

    From the regulations of Thailand 4.0, The Royal Thai Police and related government sectors have been ordered to be more strict in the protection of safety on the road by adopting new technologies into the system. The Red Light Camera System is an automatic sensor that highlights those who ran a red light.

    The system has actually been in use since 2009, but back then the technology wasn’t efficient enough to detect cars at night time. The technology has been updated and installed in 30 red light intersections across Bangkok. The police are ready to start using the system on 1st September 2019.

    Credit: Sanook
    Credit: Sanook

    There will be 2 warning signs for drivers to be aware of the automatic 4K red light violation cameras at 100 meters and 50 meters before the actual red light. Each point will have 2 to 3 cameras at each intersection with 4K resolution (12 MP) and infrared technology.

    The 14 day trial period showed that the Ratchada – Rama 4 had the most red-light violations at 3,082 out of 22,260 from all intersections.

    FB Caption: During the 14 day trial period from 1 – 14 August, exactly 22,260 drivers were caught running the red light.

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