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Google Doodle Celebrating Charoen Krung Road

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Celebrating Charoen Krung Road

Users landing on the Google homepage in Thailand today will notice the Doodle celebrates Charoen Krung Road, the very first paved road in Bangkok, which officially opened to travel on this day in 1864.

Built alongside the banks of the Chao Phraya River, a tributary that flows through the heart of the city’s urban centre, this historic thoroughfare paved the way for the modernization of the Thai capital, all while retaining the charm of its long and winding cultural history.

In the 1860s, the Bangkok economy relied mostly on its network of canals for trade. But as the Thai capital became home to foreign traders and their horse-drawn buggies, the city sought to revamp its water-based infrastructure to land transportation in order to meet the demands of international commerce. The local government answered with the 1862 construction of Charoen Krung, which loosely translates to “Prosperous City” but is also often referred to as the “New Road.”

Today, Charoen Krung serves as an asphalt artery that connects a melting pot of old and new in areas like Bangkok’s first “Creative District.” This riverside neighbourhood features some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks such as the Old Customs House, where 19th-century foreign traders paid taxes before entering and exiting the country, alongside an eclectic mix of everything from French bistros to international street murals. This intersection of modernity and history emphasizes how Charoen Krung has always been a progressive cultural centre of Thailand; one that continues to clear the path for the ingenuity of the days to come.

Here’s to Bangkok’s oldest New Road!



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Monitor Lizard Visits 7-Eleven To Find Food And Cool Off

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Smartphone footage of a giant monitor lizard looking in the fridges and climbing up shelves at a 7-Eleven store in Nakhon Pathom province is the most viewed video of the day in Thailand.

The 6ft long reptile emerged from a nearby canal and ran into the convenience store sparking panic among staff and customers.

As the lizard climbed onto shelves and knocking cartons of milk to the ground a shop assistant called the police who soon arrived with reptile handlers shortly after lunchtime on Tuesday.

The rescue team dragged the lizard out of the store before ushering it away into nearby undergrowth.

Jejene Narumpa who filmed and shared the video on her Facebook page believed the creature was hot and hungry and only came in to cool off.




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Thai Girl Busts Awesome Dance Moves Selling French Fries

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A dancer who lost her job during the pandemic has become an online hit after showing off her crazy moves while selling French Fries.

Thanaporn Mankonkaew had been a backing dancer with Thai pop star singer Lamyai Haitongkam travelling around the country but when Covid-19 lockdowns came into force last year she was unable to continue working.

To make ends meet she opened a food stall outside her home in Bangkok and entertained customers with her wacky dance moves.

Videos posted on social media of her serving skills gained attention and customers were soon flocking to her roadside food stand.





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Hazardous Handrail Causes Internet Uproar

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Social media went into meltdown over the past 24 hours after photos of a flimsy sign warning pedestrians not to touch the handrail on an overpass went viral.

The sign warned of possible electric shocks from touching the metal handrail on the bridge located on Borommaratchachonnani Soi 68 in Thawee Wattana district in Bangkok.

Hazardous Handrail Causes Internet Uproar

For those who can’t read Thai it was also written in English but so small you would need a magnifying glass to see it.

The Metropolitan Electricity Authority said the problem was not from their wiring but likely other cables coming into contact with the handrail.



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