Bangkok – Holiday shopping with a twist: The Great Gatsby Christmas Market

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Enjoy the cool weather and the holiday spirit at the K Village Gatsby-themed Christmas market this weekend.

There will be over 150 kiosks of food, drinks, baked goods, handmade items, arts and crafts, home decor, accessories and fashion. Plus kids and pet accessories, so your babies (and fur babies) don’t get left out.

The Great Gatsby Christmas Market is happening at K Village, Sukhumvit Soi 26 on December 16-20 every evening from 4pm-10pm.

It all takes place outdoors, under the night sky. Get in touch with your inner 1920’s flapper with games (go ahead, invite the whole family), lots of photo opportunities with charming Gatsby themed decor and live music, including Christmas carolers to really get you in the spirit.

Up and coming food trucks like Currylicious, Hogfather Foodtruck and Meat & Greez will be providing decadent holiday dishes. But save room for dessert from bakeries and cafes like Chika Licious, Annette Itim Tuktuk, POLLEN&B and more.

Pick up presents for your loved ones like leather goods and stationery by Hare & Hound and Thesis Crisis. Shop trendy fashion from your favorite online brands such as JANE Sleep & Play, NICH P, Vintage Philosophy, Snow Pixie and Lilla Shoes. Children’s brand Oyakonoki will feature cute kiddie clothes for your mini-me.

Don’t forget to register those little princes and princesses at the fairy tale themed Children’s Costume Contest at 5pm on December 19th. The little ones can win prizes, plush toys and lots of goodies.

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Khaosan Road, #Bangkok

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Khaosan Road or Khao San Road (Thai: ถนนข้าวสาร) is a short street in central Bangkok, Thailand.
It is in the Banglamphu area of (Phra Nakhon district) about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) north of the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew.

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“Khaosan” translates as “milled rice”, a reminder that in former times the street was a major Bangkok rice market. In the last 20 years, however, Khaosan Road has developed into a world famous “backpacker ghetto”. It offers cheap accommodation, ranging from “mattress in a box” style hotels to reasonably priced 3-star hotels. In an essay on the backpacker culture of Khaosan Road, Susan Orlean called it “the place to disappear”.It is also a base of travel: coaches leave daily for all major tourist destinations in Thailand, from Chiang Mai in the north to Ko Pha Ngan in the south, and there are many relatively inexpensive travel agents who can arrange visas and transportation to the neighbouring countries of Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

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Khaosan shops sell handcrafts, paintings, clothes, local fruits, pirated CDs, DVDs, a wide range of fake IDs, used books, plus many useful backpacker items.

During late evening, the streets turn into bars and music is played, food hawkers sell barbecued insects, exotic snacks for tourists, and there are also locals flogging ping pong shows.

There are several pubs and bars where backpackers meet to discuss their travels. The area is internationally known as a center of dancing, partying, and just prior to the traditional Thai New Year (Songkran festival) of 13-15 April, water splashing that usually turns into a huge water fight. One Thai writer has described Khaosan as “…a short road that has the longest dream in the world”.

A Buddhist temple under royal patronage, the centuries-old Wat Chana Songkram, is directly opposite Khaosan Road to the west, while the area to the northwest contains an Islamic community and several small mosques.

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Erawan bomb suspect arrested

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Turkish suspect arrested in Bangkok with bomb making equipment.

Police arrested an Arab-looking man at a rented room in Bangkok’s Nong Chok district Saturday afternoon and found a lot of bomb making tools and materials.

The arrest took place at Poon-anand apartment in Nongchok district in eastern Bangkok. A large quantity of explosive-making materials were found at the apartment.

Initially, police said the suspect was a Turksih but Police spokesman Pol Lt Gen Prawut Thawornsiri late said the suspect carried a fake Turkish passport.

As a result, police could not yet confirm his nationality yet.

Prawut said the suspect was not the bomber but might belong to the movement as police found bomb making materials in his room, including 0.5-mm ball bearings used in the bombs that exploded at the Erawan Shrine and the Sathorn pier.

The arrest was made after about 100 police and troops surrouned the apartment at at 1:30 pm.

Among things found were 0.5 cm diametre ball bearing similar to those found at the bomb sites at Ratchaprasong Intersection and Sathorn pier. The Ratchaprason attack happened on August 17.

Police and troops surrounded the apartment building on Soi Chuamsamphan 11 for about two hours before making the raid.

Several senior police officers joined the raid, including Metropolitan Police Commissioner Pol Lt Gen Sriwarah Rangsitpramkul and Crime Suppression Division Commander Maj Gen Akkaradej Pimolsri.

The suspect was renting rooms No 412 and 414 on the fourth floor of the apartment, a police source said.

The explosion at the Erawan Shrine on August 17 killed 20 victims, mostly foreign tourists. I also injured more than 100 others.

A man in yellow shirt was seen leaving a backpack under bench in the shrine compound shortly before the bomb went off.

Feeds from security cameras led to facial sketch of a foreigner who appeared like an Arab. A police source said the arrested Turkish looks resemble to the facial sketch of the bomber.

Sriwarah said the suspect rented about three to four rooms and police were checking the rooms.

Sriwarah confirmed that police found some materials in the suspect’s rooms that were similar to those used in the two bombs.

Sriwarah added that the suspect had started renting his room in July.


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Police has scheduled a press conference for 6pm.

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