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  • LEARNING

    French yum woonsen a hit in Yaowarat

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 29/12/2012

    » A French national and his Thai wife are doing a good business selling Thai street food in Bangkok's Yaowarat district, drawing startled looks from passersby.

  • NEWS

    Khao San, Yaowarat skirt BMA's ban on street food

    News, Supoj Wancharoen, Published on 20/04/2017

    » Street food will still be allowed on certain parts of Khao San Road and Yaowarat Road, two tourist magnets, despite a newly revealed plan to ban street vendors from the capital this year, City Hall said yesterday.

  • LEARNING

    Hollywood-style chase in Chinatown

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 07/12/2012

    » It looked like a Hollywood movie chase, but bystanders in the famous Yaowarat Chinatown section of Bangkok quickly learned it was the real thing.

  • LIFESTYLE

    It's no child's play

    Muse, Published on 13/01/2018

    » This Children's Day, Lego aficionados can witness the beauty of Bangkok via the world's most popular building blocks. Created with over 500,000 Lego bricks, 11 iconic destinations in Bangkok have been recreated in both mosaic and 3D, and from an 8.5m, snap-ready panorama. Both traditional and colonial treasures are on display, be it the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, Wat Phra Kaew or Yaowarat Road. The model-building team -- all men who have a hobby of Lego building -- first decided where to position each place, before they worked together to connect the sky mosaic in the background. Then, each person worked to scale down their building, a process which averaged up to two months, with one month to design the final display and another month to build the actual destination. We talked to two of the 11 builders who have long been on the Lego circuit about how creating model destinations is no child's play.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Retro grade

    Life, Pattramon Sukprasert, Published on 09/12/2015

    » Charoen Krung Road, Thailand's first road completed in 1864, was once a hub of prosperity, rich with money, culture and diversity. Now in 2015, the road that runs past the Old City, along the river all the way to Thanon Tok, has enjoyed an urban revival. Once home to expats, embassies, religious and ethnic communities and shophouses, the road and its many sois have now been enlivened by a younger vibe, from Maitri Chit Road near Yaowarat (Chinatown) to the galleries in mid-Charoen Krung.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Life's no drag for Natalia Pliacam

    Muse, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 05/05/2018

    » Where do you fancy meeting a drag queen for the first time? At a performance, a show's backstage or in a bar, perhaps?

  • LIFESTYLE

    Raising the yellow flag

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 30/09/2014

    » The sky above Chinatown is blocked by a dense layer of yellow flags and lanterns and banners; the air heavy with grease from industrial-sized frying pans. Navigating Yaowarat with any form of transportation, on foot or on a bus, during the past week has been more chaotic than ever. The annual Vegetarian Festival, which ends on Thursday, is celebrated not by just believers, young and old, in white and in every other colour, but also by the media and sponsors ranging from banks to amusement parks.

  • LEARNING

    City police on terror alert

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 23/01/2012

    » They look like they are part of the Chinese New Year celebrations but the women in traditional Chinese attire checking visitors bags in the Yaowarat area are part of a serious police operation.

  • BUSINESS

    At home in Asean

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 05/02/2018

    » The first thing that impressed me about Hideaki Iwasaki, country director for the Thailand Resident Mission of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), was his fluent English. I assumed it was the result of his educational background.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Five things you need to know this week

    Muse, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 20/01/2018

    » 1.With February just around the corner, it's as good a time as any to start shopping for those all-important Valentine's Day gifts. Nothing says "I love you" like a good, warm mug of coffee in the morning, so get your loved ones a special-edition Valentine's Day mug or bottle from Starbucks, available in both plastic and ceramic. Coming in various shades of blue, pink and gold, the drinkware items will cost anywhere from 550-1,150 baht. You can find them at a Starbucks near you.

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