Khao San Road and the street along Khlong Ong Ang Canal will be turned into “walking streets” the last weekends of the next three months to stimulate local tourism.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration on Monday adopted the plan to closed both roads to traffic and invite street merchants and entertainers to set up in order to bring more people to the hard-hit neighborhoods.
The walking streets are planned for Oct. 31-Nov. 1 (Halloween and Loy Krathong), Nov. 28-29, and Dec. 31-Jan. 1 (New Year’s). The market will feature lots of food, exhibitions of Bangkok wares, and continuous cultural performances from morning to midnight.
At the Ong Ang Canal the walking street will run three nights, with traffic blocked between the Damrong Sathit Bridge to Osathanon Bridge Friday-Sundays from 5 p.m. to midnight.
Merchants in this area will be the original traders who had previously registered with the district office. Stalls will be free. In addition to the usual products, uncooked food will be sold for takeaway as well as appliances, ornaments, flowers, ornamental plants, all accompanied by live music.