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Thailand to promote markets as tourist ‘must-sees’

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After a campaign of helping set up markets where local people can sell products with local characteristics, Thailand’s government plans to ask the Tourism Authority of Thailand to promote the markets as new tourist attractions.

The Bangkok Post quoted government spokesman Major General Sansern Kaewkamnerd saying the Commerce Ministry had set up 77 “must-see” markets (known as tong chom in Thai) in all 77 provinces for people to sell local products.

Under a policy championed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, some families earn up to THB 6000 (AUD 226) a day at the markets selling products that reflect the identity of each locality, the paper reported.

“Must-see markets are where quality local products are sold at reasonable prices,” Sansern said.

“The surroundings of the markets are beautified and arranged in a good order to draw tourists. Farm, handicraft and consumer products are available at these markets.”

Sarokrao market in Buri Ram, Nawong market in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Kad Khwuang Muang in Nan and Lam Phaya floating market in Nakhon Pathom were among those Sansern mentioned.

Written by Peter Needham