Red Cross Fair in Bangkok
Bangkok Events & Festivals0
The Red Cross Fair takes place twice a year to raise funds for the Thai Red Cross society. It is a combination of a temple fair and open-air market, with a multitude of merchandise from private, government and non-government organisations as well as carnival games and food stalls.
The venue is at Suan Amporn, the expansive outdoor ground near the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall and the Royal Plaza. Much of the Red Cross Fair is about goodwill and volunteerism, particularly those under the guidance of HM the King and members of the Thai Royal Family. The main theme usually revolves around an anniversary celebration of the royal duties and various sustainable projects. Healthcare education is also an integral part of the fair, as well as charity raffles, games and shopping.
Red Cross Fair Highlights
Friendly, down-to-earth and fun, the Red Cross Fair is popular among Thai families and school children. In the past, young couples usually went for a date at the fair, as it offered plenty of opportunities for men to impress their girlfriends by winning lucky draws and games. Today, people just go there to shop, eat, play and basically spend a good quality time together.
The fairground section is undoubtedly the most animated and ‘loud’. A good handful of game and lucky draw booths display their prizes and colourful setups to attract fairgoers. ‘Soi Dao’, meaning seize the stars, is a highly popular old-fashioned game of lucky draw. A simple game of pure luck, it only requires you to pull a ticket from a mock sky display, and whatever is written inside the ticket is your prize (which could also be nothing at all).
Shopping and street food are also major highlights. Expect to find more than 200 vendors from private and non-governmental organizations, as well as charity booths, OTOP (One Tambon, One Product) and products under the royal project brands such as Doi Kham and Chitralada.
Health Education at Red Cross Fair
There’s also an exhibition area where you can learn more about the activities of the Thai Red Cross, seek free health consultations and get basic check-ups by healthcare professionals from leading government hospitals. Blood donation is another activity that’s worth considering, if you are in good health and qualified.
Red Cross Fair
- The fair usually draws large crowds, so plan to arrive early
- Red Cross Fair is almost always outdoors. Although the booths have canvas covers, you will be exposed to direct sunlight and the midday heat as you cover the ground.
- Drink lots of liquid. Wear a hat, light clothing and a good pair of comfortable shoes.
- Red Cross Fair is not limited to Bangkok. It also takes place at major provincial towns and cities across Thailand at various times. But the one in Bangkok is the biggest and liveliest.
- An admission ticket costs 20 baht, and the proceedings will go to support activities of Thai Red Cross
- Opening Hours: 30 Mar-7 Apr 2012, 14:00-23:00 (weekdays), 10:00-23:00 (weekends and national holidays)
- Location: Suan Amphon (near the Royal Plaza and Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall)