Chatuchak will be a better place to "go"

The old and inadequate toilets at Chatuchak weekend market are about to become history as the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) plans to build new and more modern facilities.

The SRT is looking to private firms to build more toilets at the market in exchange for free ads at the toilets, Paisal Suprungrote, the acting chief of the market, said on Wednesday.

The most popular market for Thais and tourists has eight toilet locations, most of them old, and that is not enough to cope with users, especially on weekends.

Officials have surveyed new locations for toilets to be built and the construction will begin soon, the SRT official said.

The railway office, which controls the market, has an extra 70 million baht in this fiscal year's budget to improve other Chatuchak facilities, including roads and the electricity and drainage systems, he added.

About 8,480 vendors rent booths at the market from the SRT and their contracts are due to expire at the end of this month.

More than 2,000 vendors have renewed their leases for another five years for 3,154 baht a month.

Mr Paisal suggested the rest do it by the deadline falling next Tuesday. ''When the contracts expire on March 4, the SRT will not extend them,'' he warned.

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Discussion 1 : 28/02/2014 at 12:21 AM
you are absolulty correct. The toilets at Hua Lamphong are discusting and with so tourists going there as well this should be done 1st
Discussion 2 : 26/02/2014 at 10:43 PM
If only the SRT were allowed to Charge Thais a symbolic 1 Baht for their now fee rides, they would be able to replace the old toilets at Hua Lamphong. The people in my small farming town, who are getting the free rides, seem to have plenty of money to spend at the sparkling new 7/11 store. Some rethinking needed. Maybe a new government needed. (oops , sorry)
Discussion 3 : 26/02/2014 at 09:46 PM
This market is the symbolic of Thailand which can attracted many foreigners from all over the world. This place need to develops and promotes as much as we can.
Discussion 4 : 26/02/2014 at 09:22 PM
Chatuchak has been ruined. Its lost all its character now...We want to rummage through old fashioned stalls looking for bargains...Now its going to be just another shopping centre....We don't want high tech...

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