March 24, 2015
All the fun of the Fair and why it truly is the ‘Land of Smiles’
When: Possibly 28th March – 4th April Normal hours are 14:00-23:00 (weekdays), 10:00-23:00 (weekends)
Where: Bangkok: The venue of the fair covers the areas and roads around the equestrian statue of King Chulalongkorn, Miksakawan intersection and Benjamabopit Temple.
How to get there: GEO Coordinates: Latitude: 13.769251 (13Â° 46′ 9.31” N)
Longitude: 100.512005 (100Â° 30′ 43.22” E)
Bangkok Red Cross Fair 2017
The fair takes place every year to raise funds for the Thai Red Cross society. The fair is really in two distinct parts, with one section containing the Red Cross booths, where you can give blood and where the Thai people, can avail themselves of free medical check-ups, it is also where the society promotes, the activities it undertakes right across the Kingdom.
The Shopping Section
It is also here you will find over 200 stools and booths selling a multitude of merchandise from all over Thailand, including OTOP products and goods from the Royal Projects such as Chitlada Villa, from HM the Queen Mother’s shop and the following foundations Phra Dabos Foundation and the Silpacheep Foundation for the blind, along with goods from all manner of private sector companies, government and non-government organisations.
Activities include contests for healthy babies and healthy senior citizens, plus the Miss and Mr Red Cross youth ambassador contest. While every-one is invited to try their luck at the Red Cross raffle, or try lady luck by picking a lucky star, this very old Thai game of chance is where the person playing may win a prize or on the other hand they may get nothing.
The Fun Section
The other section of the event contains the fun bit, with a colourful and riotous traditional Thai Fair, with its own big wheel and rides for all ages, plus a host of other fairground attractions. It is also here where you will find a mass of stalls selling delicious food and drink from all over the Kingdom
The Bangkok Red Cross Fair is the biggest of its kind in Thailand, during the fair dates the surrounding roads are closed to traffic and the whole area is handed back to the pedestrians.
The event is always well attended so you can expect large crowds on most days, especially the weekend, it is therefore always advisable to use public transport as parking is almost impossible.
Admission costs 20 baht, with the proceedings going to support activities of Thai Red Cross
The fair is a combination of a formal temple fair and open-air festival, with its serious side sat neatly alongside the fun of the fairground. One thing you will surely take from this event, is the memories of the smiles you will see in the faces of the people all around you and in particular the joy you will witness in the Thai people as they spend time with family and friends.
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