With the worst of the pandemic hopefully in the rear-view mirror, Bangkok is discovering new ways to shop and eat.
While several venues in Thailand have been allowed to reopen, a shopping mall in the capital’s east, The Circle Ratchapruk, has spared space in its parking lot for a flea market where shoppers can browse and buy things from their cars.
Launched about a week ago, the Drive Thru Flea Market features over a dozen food vendors selling directly to customers pulling up in motor vehicles in a new form of “window shopping.”
The items vary from food and desserts (mango sticky rice!) to eco-friendly cleaning products. Some of the well-known vendors are premium coffee roaster Alto Coffee, Chiang Mai-to-Bangkok organic salad joint Oh Ka Ju and Thai-Muslim joint Sha Bee Bee House.
The market requires all vehicles stop at the entrance for a temperature scan of the driver and all passengers. They can then use their smartphones to scan a QR code to access information about all the vendors available.
The Drive Thru Flea Market is open 4pm to 8pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday now through May 31. It’s located in the parking lot of The Circle Ratchapruk in Bangkok’s Taling Chan district.
Drive Thru Flea Market
Open 4pm – 8pm until May 31 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday only)
The Circle Ratchapruk
Ratchaphruek Road, Taling Chan, Bangkok
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