Pratunam Market is next to be cleared – a tragedy for Bangkok?

Pratunam Market is next to be cleared – a tragedy for Bangkok?

Pratunam’s Flashy, Trashy Fashion to be Swept Away

A pedestrian walks through stalls specializing in apparel and fashion items in Bangkok’s Pratunam area.
Photo: Jef1947 / Flickr

By Sasiwan Mokkhasen
Staff Reporter at Khaosod English – Click here to see the original Khaosod English report

BANGKOK — The sidewalks of Pratunam, the nation’s biggest clothing bazaar, are the next target for the cleanup broom powered by a government tidiness campaign.

Nearly 700 street stalls will soon be gone from the area famous for affordable fashion as City Hall tightens up code enforcement and moves forward with its cleanliness and order campaign.

More than 100 street stalls located on the sidewalk outside an area where they’ve been allowed were ordered to leave by March 8, according to District Chief Chatree Wattanakhejon in Matichon Online. Another 576 stalls lawfully operating on the sidewalk will soon be forced out when the city revokes their permits to clear the sidewalks.

As has become a routine, authorities have prepared alternate sites for the vendors that many are likely to find objectionable. Three hundred vendors will be asked to move to a private market on Soi Phetchaburi 29, while a market in the Bang Kapi district can accommodate 1,000 vendors. A third at the Kuuk Kuk Tha Din Daeng Market can hold 600 vendors.

The biggest destination for clothes and fashion-related everything, Pratunam Market is known for selling at wholesale prices. It is situated in the heart of Bangkok at the intersection of Ratchaprarop and Phetchaburi roads in the Ratchathewi district.

District Chief Chatree said the reorganization plan was recently submitted to City Hall and vendors would have a later opportunity to discuss the matter.

Since the military government announced its policy to reclaim public space after it seized power in 2014, Bangkok has cleared a number of its informal markets well-known to both locals and tourists. The latest recently cleared spot was the famous Pak Khlong flower market.

The campaign has been met with cheers by those who want a tidier capital city and criticized by those who see a loss of its unique culture and attractions.

Added by blog author Barbara Simmons:

At present Pratunam Market sidewalk is closed every Monday and it truly looks like a sad, deserted, lonely and dirty ghost town. Is that what they have in mind for all of our precious City? I hope not, as will many thousands of tourists who come to the Big Mango to soak up their days wandering through these iconic markets picking up bargains along their way.

Pratunam Market closed on Mondays

Pratunam Market closed on Mondays

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WHY DO THAI GIRLS SIDE SADDLE?

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I had been watching and admiring the poise and balance of Thai girls sitting on motorcycles for over 14 years, then one day it dawned on me……

Why do Thai Girls Side-Saddle?

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From that day on, I started to look for any visible reasons that would explain why so many Thai girls sit on a motorcycle side-saddle, and not just mindlessly admire them, as I was in the habit of doing.

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Why do Thai Girls Side-Saddle?
This question needs to be answered!

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I was determined to find the answer. Not only to ease my mind, but to help the thousands of other men who have endured many sleepless nights wondering the same thing.

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For over one year I patiently observed as many Thai girls sitting as passengers on motorcycles as I possibly could.

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Watching all of these girls eventually started to pay dividends, I could see some trends appearing that may bring me closer to the answer.

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Fact 1: Around 50% of Thai girls sit side-saddle on a motorcycle.

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Fact 2: Obviously, the other 50% sit on the motorbike in the normal fashion.

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Have a close look at the photo above. What do you see?
This photo provides the answer that I have been searching for.

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Fact 3: Most of the Thai girls who wear shorts or jeans, DO NOT sit side-saddle.
The girls who are wearing jeans or shorts, predominately sit on the motorcycle in the traditional way, with one leg on either side of the seat.

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Fact 4: Around 90% of the Thai girls who wear skirts or dresses, DO sit side-saddle.
The girls who are wearing skirts or dresses, sit on the motorcycle side-saddled, some with their legs crossed and some not.

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Fact 5: Every male should know and accept they will never understand female logic. 
Being male, and long ago accepting that I will never understand females,
I knew that any explanation I thought correct, would most likely be wrong.

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The correct answer to this question would only come from the girls who sit on the motorcycles side-saddle!

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I set about the task of asking over 100 girls the potentially dangerous question, why do they sit on the motorcycle side-saddle, with extreme caution.

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As the girls got off the motorcycle I would approach them and ask for a moment of their time to answer a few questions.

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FACT 6: Here is a collection of the answers I received. (the ones that are printable in this article)

“If you sit with 1 leg on each side when wearing a skirt, it will be around your waist by the time you get to the end of your soi”. 

“I am shy and it is much more polite and modest to sit sideways with your knees together and your handbag in your lap”.

“My Auntie taught me to sit this way, just like the Thai girls did 100 years ago, when riding on a buffalo or elephant”.

“The wind blows up my skirt if I sit the other way”.

“If I sit on the motorcycle the other way, you can see everything”.

“I only sit this way when I wear a dress. I sit the other way when I wear jeans”.

A collection of photos of Thai girls on motorcycles.

 

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