I visited Artbox just once, on the day it opened, and found that it wasn’t very different from our usual pasar malams except that it was on a bigger scale. Today, I popped by the Thai Festival at the Royal Thai Embassy along Orchard Road, hoping to find Thai food and trinkets sold by actual Thai people 🙂 And I did! According to the organizers, there are over 110 booths selling Thai products ranging from food and drinks, to “health & beauty, fashion & accessories, jewelry and gift & decorative products”. I didn’t do a count, but there are indeed booths for everything you might want or need. I cannot be more happy to get yummy Mango Sticky Rice at just $3.90 along Orchard Road! The same stall even sells drinks at $1.50 each. 😀
Like Artbox, though, this festival brought rain with it. Thankfully, the Thai Festival folks have provided adequate shelter under their massive tentage. 🙂 That said, you’ll still need to bring an umbrella with you as there is still a short walk from Shaw House or International Building after you exit Orchard MRT station.
Once there, you’ll find Thai products everywhere…
And there are snacks, household items, jewelry, handbags and other knick-knacks too. It’s a good place to satisfy your craving for authentic Thai tom yum soup or phad thai. Somehow, I suspect I’ll be back again tomorrow. 😀
If you can pop by today or tomorrow during office hours, great. If not, you might have to brave the weekend crowds. And here’s a snapshot of the programme schedule if you’d like to watch some performances while you’re there…