Khaosan Road

  • Khaosan Road skips Songkran this year to prepare for coronation

    Business operators on Bangkok’s famous Khaosan Road have decided to cancel activities for Songkran this year to allow authorities to prepare the area for the coronation of His Majesty the King.

    The Khaosan Business Association President Piyabut Jiwaramonaikun disclosed the decision to scrap all activities during the Songkran festival to allow the government and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to improve and decorate the areas for the coronation celebrations.

    Khaosan Road is part of Rattanakosin Island where all roads and buildings will be decorated for the auspicious event.


    KHAOSAN ROAD: A foreigner was killed by a bus Thursday morning on Phra Sumen Road in Bangkok’s old quarter.

    Police were alerted just after 9am that an air-conditioned bus No. 516 had run over a Caucasian man near the Bang Lamphu intersection. The man’s identity and nationality were not yet available.

    A witness said the man had been walking back and forth across the road many times this morning before he laid down on the road just as the bus was coming, according to Capt. Rattakarn Thongthai of Chana Songkram police.

    Police found both Thai baht and euros in his possession.

    Investigating officers were questioning the driver and witnesses.

  • Khaosan street stalls to operate from 4pm to midnight: BMA

    A new regulation from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will allow street stalls on Khaosan Road to stay open from 4pm till midnight, Bangkok deputy governor Sakoltee Phattiyakul said after a meeting with related agencies yesterday.


    The regulation will allow street stalls to operate on Rambutri, Chakrabongs, Krai Sri, Sip Sam Hang and Tani roads in Banglamphu area.

    Over the next 10 days, Phra Nakhon district will also collect opinions from street vendors and building owners.

    “Every vendor has to register with the Commerce Ministry. We will make it legal and transparent,” Sakoltee said.

    “We will ensure that everybody gets an equal share of the footpath, and only one stall will be allowed per vendor,” Sakoltee explained.

    Bangkok officials have previously claimed that some vendors own as many as seven stalls.

    “The officials don’t understand the situation in Khaosan. Many vendors do their trade during the day. They should consider those making a living during the day time too,” Yada Pornoetrumpa, president of Khaosan Road Street Vendors Association, said.

    “Ideally, I would want Khaosan Road to stay open 24 hours. They think vendors are greedy, but actually stalls help look after the street’s cleanliness,” Yada added.

    Source :The Nation

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