After turning Silom and Yaowarat roads into “walking streets,” the BMA is gearing up to turn Soi Rang Nam, a popular tourist strip near Victory Monument, into Bangkok’s latest pedestrian-only shopping and entertainment zone.
The 600-meter street will shut down to traffic the last weekend of each month from noon to midnight. The first event will take place on Feb 15-16 from noon-10pm and feature restaurants and street food vendors from Soi Rang Nam and the Ratchathewi district. Visitors can also expect fruit and vegetable vendors, as well as concerts and performances at nearby Santiphap Park.
The announcement was made earlier this month by deputy governor Sakoltee Phattiyakul, who told the Bangkok Post
, “the street had huge potential as a shopping destination since tourist accommodation had mushroomed in the area.”
It comes as part of a broader campaign to promote tourism and boost the flagging local economy. Silom, Yaowarat and Khaosan roads each host regular, or at least semi-regular, walking streets.