Tuesday: Dance in a trance with gods, demons at Bangkok’s Navratri street festival (Map)

Photo: Coconuts
Photo: Coconuts

The Vegetarian Festival has hit peak blood and blackpowder in Phuket, but Bangkok can get its taste of that ancient magic as its Hindu counterpart is celebrated this evening.

Starting this evening until about midnight, thousands of spiritual seekers will flood Pan Road around Hindu temple Sri Mariamman to celebrate Navratri by swallowing swords, juggle fire, consult with mystics, pay homage to the gods and dance in trance ecstasy. Later at night, a large procession of musicians and holy men will parade down Silom and up Sathorn roads to offer their blessings.

There are few things like it and one should definitely check it out at least once.

As of 5pm, vendors have started setting up booths along the parade route.

Photo: JS100
Photo: JS100

On the downside; massive traffic. A square bounded by Silom, Sathorn and Naradhiwat-Rajanagarindra roads, as well as all of Surasak and Pan roads will be closed — some stretches starting at 6pm and some at 8pm. Check our handy map for the deets.


Thanon Pan, between Silom and Sathon roads

Five-minute walk from BTS Surasak


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