Yesterday was the 86th birthday of Thailand’s revered king, his majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. This day is celebrated throughout the country as Fathers Day (Wan Poo, วันพ่อ) and obviously the biggest celebrations take place here in Bangkok. To be more precise, at two places in the old town near Khaosan Road: At the Sanam Luang (Royal Plaza) and Democracy Monument.
It was the first time for me to join the celebrations – what a wonderful experience. I took the public bus from downtown to the Democracy Monument at about 2pm (see the description at the end of the article), walked all the way to Sanam Luang, had some food, soaked up the atmosphere, strolled back towards the Democracy Monument, got a bottle of (free) water and a plastic mat (20 baht) and sat down somewhere just about 50 meters from the monument.
It didn’t take long until I made new friends: A local Bangkok family asked me to take their picture and we started chatting, eating together and just had a great time right in the center of this big party. They even offered me to bring me back to my apartment with their car after the candlelight and song-singing part at 7pm.
Find below some of my best photos and videos of this amazing day.
Long Live The King! ทรงพระเจริญ
How to get to Sanam Luang / Democracy Monument:
From Sukhumvit: Public Bus no. 2 takes you from Sukhumvit Road all the way to the Democracy Monument (6.5 baht). From there, it’s a 20 minute stroll to Sanam Luang.
From Khaosan: From the southern end of Khaosan Road, turn right, walk straight 30 meters, then left, and you will see the Democracy Monument just 200 meters in front of you. For the Sanam Luang instead, turn right and walk straight for about 500 meters.