Bending over backwards to make a sale

Thai street vendor Wasan Ketsuwan swings by, dressed up in a Spider-Man costume, to sell garlands of flowers to motorists on a highway in the Tha Yang district of Thailand's Phetchaburi province. He and his elder brother create various superhero cost
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Thai street vendor Wasan Ketsuwan swings by, dressed up in a Spider-Man costume, to sell garlands of flowers to motorists on a highway in the Tha Yang district of Thailand's Phetchaburi province. He and his elder brother create various superhero costumes such as Spider-Man, Iron Man and Batman to attract customers and entertain motorists on their journeys. In Thailand, the flower garland is a symbol of luck and respect. Thai motorists hang garlands on the rear-view mirrors of their vehicles in the hope that they will bring good luck and a safe journey.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2019, with the headline 'Bending over backwards to make a sale'. Print Edition | Subscribe