A cracking day out at the Ploenchit Fair


The British Community’s annual fund-raising blockbuster event for Thai charities will be held again this year on Saturday 26th November at the Shrewsbury International School, Charoen Krung Road in Bangkok from 10.00 am –9.00 pm

Ploenchit Fair is arguably the largest Fair in Asia and is a traditional day for all the family and has been one of the biggest events of the social calendar in Bangkok since it was first held in the British Embassy in 1956.  Everybody comes to Ploenchit Fair – you will be guaranteed to meet all your old friends and make new, buy everything and anything you need, enjoy fine international cuisine, totally exhaust your children with the variety of attractions on offer, enjoy a varied entertainment programme on the big stage throughout the day and win many of the thousands of prizes at the stalls and go home rich in the knowledge that every baht you spend will go towards those less fortunate than yourselves.

Once again all the favourite attractions will be there for the kids including the HSBC Ferris Wheel, Carousel, Transpo’s Giant Wave Slide, Shooting Gallery, King of the Mountain, Water Roller Ball, Go-Karts and the Bungy.  Many games stalls, the Colouring Competition, Clown Eckie the Ploenchit Clown and Bumrungrad’s Father Christmas will be paying an early visit to the Fair for the younger attendees.

For adults the Petticoat Lane bazaar will include some 50 shopping outlets along with the usual charity stalls selling their wares and offering a vast array of different products for all your Christmas gifts and needs, handicrafts and ‘bits of nonsense’.

When exhaustion overtakes, you can relax in the breezy green spaces of this scenic riverside location – have a cream tea, a foot massage and even have your fortune told.

BCTFN has raised over 55 million baht at the Ploenchit Fair since 2000 alone.  This has enabled the Committee to support a vast range of diverse charity projects in all regions of Thailand.  The fundamental aim of the support is to promote self-sufficiency and to improve the lives of the needy.

The Committee never allocates cash, always oversees the projects personally and monitors progress on a regular monthly basis.

Projects include agricultural schemes, sanitation and irrigation schemes, educational materials and equipment, medical equipment and training, fish and silk worm raising projects, assistance with HIV and Aids awareness programmes, rice banks, village weaving and vocational skills projects.  Some 25–30 different Thai charities are supported every year.  For full details please refer to the website www.ploenchitfair.org

The cost to attend this year’s Fair is just 150 baht for adults and 50 baht for children.  For more information call 02 204 1587 or Email: [email protected]

How to get there:  Skytrain to Taksin Station and free shuttle boat service to Shrewsbury School or 1922 Charoen Krung Road (exit Chan Road) off the Expressway, limited parking available.