The wildly popular Train Night Market Ratchada in Bangkok is believed to be permanently closing, according to some Thai stallholders who have taken to social media to share about their plight and sadness at the tourist attraction's impending demise.
Thai language website reported temporary closure becoming permanent
According to Kapook, a Thai language lifestyle site, several food and beverage operators at the world famous night market, also known as Rot Fai Market Ratchada, have said they were asked to move out as their stalls will be demolished soon.
Was open in first half of 2021
The night market was operating in March and April, with visitors donning face masks with little social distancing, and food and beverage stalls offering dine-in fare.
Temporary closure past three months
Currently, the night market has been closed indefinitely since the start of Bangkok’s partial lockdown.
The notices tentatively informing the public about the temporary closure for each one-month stretch was put up on a monthly basis.
The last post on June 22, 2021 mentioned that the night market will reopen on Aug. 1.
Those working at the night market spill beans
However, a Facebook post by a bar owner working at the night market revealed that the Train Night Market Ratchada will be closing down permanently.
The stated reason was that the owner of the night market no longer has the wherewithal to ride out the impact on business caused by Covid-19 and the watering down of visitors due to a lack of international travellers.Photos shared by Train Night Market Ratchada Facebook page in March and April showed the venue mainly patronised by locals.
No official word yet
Train Night Market Ratchada has so far not issued any official word on the status of its future operations.
The Aug. 1 opening is understood to be unconfirmed.
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All photos via Train Night Market Ratchada Facebook