The annual Ploenchit Fair will be held at its original home this year for the first time in 18 years, as it returns to the grounds of the British Embassy on Wireless Road in Phloen Chit.
This celebrated festival, organised by members of the British community in Bangkok, is a high-profile fundraiser for Thai charities, and has been taking place each year since 1957. That first event and those in subsequent years were held at the British Embassy’s Thanon Witthayu location, before being relocated elsewhere in 2001 as a result of space limitations and increased security concerns. In recent years the event has been held at the British Club in Silom.
However, this year organisers have achieved a long-time goal of returning the fair to its true home. The Ploenchit Fair is reported to have raised as much as 70 million baht for causes around Thailand, with the proceeds from each year’s event supporting various charities across the country. Attractions on the day – which this year will fall on 24 November – include food, drink, games, and rides, plus live music that is laid on throughout the occasion.
It remains to be seen where the event will be held in 2019, given that the sale of the remains of the British Embassy’s historic Phloen Chit compound has been confirmed.
Image by Ploenchit Fair.