If you regularly roam around Thailand you may have noticed rapid changes in the trendy attractions in recent years, with many stylish places mushrooming and quickly disappearing. And because of this, Thailand is in danger of losing an important part of its identity.
A decade ago, old-fashioned markets started making a big comeback when people were hungry for a nostalgic atmosphere. The markets, which feature wooden shophouses located by canals or rivers, as well as the floating kind where vendors take their boats out on particular days, became a popular trend. Many markets, such as Amphawa in Samut Songkhram, Suphan Buri's Samchuk Market and Khlong Suan Roi Pee Market in Bangkok's Lat Krabang area had lost their business to modern retailers, but have been revived and have actually become crowded again.I remember the old days when Amphawa was extremely quiet. The canal-side markets used to be very busy when boats played a significant role in transportation. The advent of road development meant these old markets lost their role. Shops closed. Young people went to work in town and left the old people to stay quietly at home.
So, when the trend towards old-fashioned markets was ignited, these were revived. Moreover, many more new markets were built to keep up with the trend. I was glad that Thai-style retail business was not forgotten.
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