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  • “Walking Street @Silom” New destination in Town.

    Brand New city market “Walking Street @Silom” opens up (15 December 2019) welcoming visitors to the brand new destination in town every 3rd Sunday of the month from 12.00 to 22.00. Right from lunchtime, big crowds of locals and tourists have joined in the grand opening by shopping for goods and tasting cool dishes along the famous Silom road. The stalls line both sides of Silom road under the BTS Skytrain elevated rails to give some shade from the bright sun. 

    Over 300 businesses have joined the walking street with 70% being food stalls including classic Thai food and trendy options including drinks and desserts to end a perfect meal. Visitors can also shop home products including handmade goods, OTOP (One Tambon, One Product) goods, clothes, and other goods. There are also street performers who will be a part of the experience of Walking Street @Silom.

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    There is a stage in the middle of the street with various shows such as a Thai Dance show. The Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha went on the stage to officially open Walking Street @Silom up for business. The main concept behind the event is to “Walk, Eat, Taste, and Explore”. The new walking street will promote tourism in the area along with boosting the economy in the area. The Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang joined in the grand opening celebration.

    Credit: INN News
    Credit: INN News

     

    The Prime Minister stated in his ceremonial speech that tourists visit Thailand because of the beautiful nature, delicious food that is good and cheap, and Thai Smile. The Thai people need to keep these good qualities by continuing to smile and to have peace along with efficiency and safety. The government wants to increase tourism, but safety and stability must come first. The government can’t approve every project because there is a budget. The Prime Minister touched on a few other topics before ending with a statement that the people must become one, the Thai’s must stand solo and to not let any person destroy this unity.

    FB Caption: The Prime Minister gave an opening speech at the brand new walking street on Silom Road, Bangkok.

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  • Taxi driver leaves passenger to look for bathroom in heavy traffic.

    A taxi driver had to go to the bathroom so bad that he decided to let the passenger drive the car while he looks for a toilet. This incident took place on one of the worst roads to be on while the busy hour takes place on the Ladprao – Ratchayothin Road. The story was shared by the passenger on his Facebook “Pakapak Sankhasundara”. This story helps prove how bad the traffic can get in Bangkok.

    Pakapak stated in his post posted on 15 October 2019 “An eye-opening experience for me today. I called a taxi from Ladprao and the car was stuck in traffic at the Ratchayothin Intersection for 20 minutes without moving. The driver turned on the air conditioning up it was like he had a pet penguin in the front seat. Of Course, he ended up having to use the bathroom so bad.

    Suddenly he jumped out of the car without warning me first at all. The driver said, “Please drive the car forward!”. He then ran to the side of the road and disappeared. I quickly jumped out and sat in the driver’s seat. Then the traffic started moving, I tried to look for the driver and he still hasn’t found a toilet. He was walking on the side of the road. As he saw that the car has moved forward to the SCB Bank exiting the intersection, he ran like his life depended on it and I tried to drive the car as slow as I could.

    I decided to turn left with the fear of getting hit from behind, thankfully he made it just in time. He still hadn’t gone to the toilet and there were no gas stations ahead. The driver suggested whether he should just do it right by the road in front of the long lines of traffic. He decided to not do so as the people walking by might yell at him.

    Facebook User: Pakapak Sankhasundara
    Facebook User: Pakapak Sankhasundara

    I continued to drive and suddenly remembered that there was a community mall called Box Space up ahead. I told him “Uncle there’s a restaurant up ahead I’m sure there’s a bathroom”. The driver responded “No, I’m afraid I can’t find it” to which I reassured him “Don’t be afraid I’ll find a bathroom for you”. As soon as I made the turn he jumped out of the passenger seat and ran, the car was still moving. For a moment I thought he would have to come back to my Condo.”

    It’s lucky the driver had a passenger who knew how to drive a car and knew the locations in the area or the story might turn out much more terrifying.

    Credit: Sanook
    Credit: Sanook

    Facebook Caption: Suddenly the driver jumped out of the car and said: “Please drive the car forward!”. He then ran to the side of the road and disappeared.

    Source: Sanook, Facebook User: Pakapak Sankhasundara

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  • Bus driver fired after driving into Railway Barrier

    One of the Bus drivers of the No.8 bus drove into a railway barrier on 7 October 2019. The bus registration is 39 – 115 and the license plate is 10 – 5785 Bangkok. The bus driver drove straight into the train barrier. The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) reported on 9 October 2019 at 14.00 together with the 39 company that is responsible for the operation of bus no.8 in Bangkok.

    Nitikarn Virarunpong the representative of the 39 Company. Admitted that Bratan Buaban was guilty, he is the driver of the bus involved in the incident. They had no arguments for his actions and promised to take better care of their drivers. This will be done by training for the drivers to be more strict in following the law and the BMTA regulations.

    The BMTA has taken into consideration the actions of Bratan and will punish him as follows. 1. The 39 Company has to pay a fine of 5,000 THB, 2. Bratan is fired from his position as a bus driver for the bus no.8, 3. The bus no.8 involved in the accident is prohibited from driving for 7 days starting on the 9th to the 15th, 4. The representative of the 39 Company is warned to strictly follow the law and the regulations of the BMTA, 5. If another employee of the company is found guilty again on a similar incident there will be punishments.

    Credit: Khaosod
    Credit: Khaosod

    The no.8 bus in Bangkok has always had a reputation for crazy driving. Thai people using public transportation often hear about how to be careful if you have to take bus no.8 as their drivers seem to drive similarly to each other with fast speeds and cutting in front of other cars. There has been no clear explanation for the cause that made the driver hit the railroad barrier, but such accidents can harm innocent people on the road. Hopefully, other bus drivers take this case as a good reason to why you should be careful when driving a public transportation vehicle.

    FB Caption: The company has to pay a fine of 5,000 THB and the bus driver is prohibited from driving bus no.8 ever again.

    Source: Khaosod

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