“Get in loser, we’re going shopping!”
While the reopening of Bangkok shopping malls this past Sunday (May 17) may have made mall rats jump with joy, some are still skeptical about going out and mingling among scores of shoppers. Cue The Circle Ratchapruk’s drive-thru flea market, recently launched as a way for us to safely shop as the city eases out of its lockdown.
Located at the community mall’s parking area, the market features more than 30 shops on rotation selling all kinds of goods, as well as food and drinks—familiar names include Li-bra-ry cafe, Alto Coffee Roasters, Oh Ka Jhu, Sousaku and Henryfry. As the name suggests, visitors can browse and buy stuff from their cars by pulling up into a parking lane in front of the booths.
The market will enact standard safety measures, such as temperature screening all drivers and passengers at the entrance and encouraging contactless payment through QR codes. Meanwhile, each booth is spaced five meters apart for vendors to maintain social distancing.
The Circle Ratchapruk’s drive-thru flea market is open every Fri-Sun from 4-8pm through May 24. For more information, see www.fb.com/The.Circle.Ratchapruk