Chatuchak to go cashless amid upgrades

Top draw: Visitors walking among more than 1,000 stalls flogging wares ranging from plants to pets at Chatuchak market.

BANGKOK: Tourists heading to one of Bangkok’s most popular shopping destinations, the Chatuchak market, could do away with cash payments by June, as part of several upgrades that will be made available later this year.

The Bangkok Post on yesterday reported that the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), which manages Chatuchak, aims to begin turning the weekend market into a cashless commercial area by June.

Shoppers will pay for items through using a single card for their purchases or by QR code, said the SRT’s director for land development Siripong Preutthipan.

Occupying an area of nearly 11ha in the city’s north end, Chatuchak is said to be one of the world’s largest weekend markets with more than 1,000 stalls divided into 27 sections selling everything from plants to antiques, clothes, books, food, home products and pets. Thousands of shoppers head to the market every Saturday and Sunday and the market is a main draw for tourists to the city.

The SRT will spend more than 100 million baht (RM12mil) on developing the market this year, Dr Siripong said. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

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