Otop fair has all you could want

published : 13 Aug 2020 at 04:00

newspaper section: Life

If you're no longer thrilled by online shopping and mass-produced goods, here's a chance to once again enjoy the shop-till-you-drop experience in immense halls full of not just exquisite hand-made products from across the Kingdom but also fascinating and uncommon travel ideas.

From now until Sunday, the "Otop Silpacheep 2020 Fair" is taking place at Challenger Halls of Impact Muang Thong Thani. Otop stands for the one-tambon-one-product scheme to promote local businesses and the word silpacheep comes from the Thai name of the SUPPORT Foundation, which is short for the Foundation for the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Related Techniques Under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen which has been helping villagers in all parts of the country revive and continue their ancestors' art and crafts since 1976.

Like in previous years, the current event is a grand gathering of small-scale producers from far and wide, offering a variety of hand-made products, from silk and other traditional textiles to home decorative items, accessories and much more. Various kinds of rice, fresh fruits, snacks and other yummy goodies from different regions will also be available.

Tourism is another product several communities are now focusing on. At the fair, you'll find out about several villages where you can go visit and learn more about people's local traditions and ways of life.

Also happening simultaneously at Impact Muang Thong Thani but in Impact Hall 6 is the smaller "Kad Klang Krung Fair" where you'll find a plethora of health and wellness goods and services as well as more food from Chiang Mai and other northern provinces.

The Otop Silpacheep 2020 Fair is welcoming visitors from 10am-9pm, while the Kad Klang Krung Fair is open from 10am-8pm.

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