It’s said that Chinese people’s “complex” for night market is innate. For example, in Thailand, there are so many cheap, beautiful and lively night market streets in every city. This is also the main reason why I come to Thailand again and again. One of my favorite is the night market of rachada in Bangkok, also known as the night market of trains.
So, two years ago, I wrote an article with more than 20 million readers across the Internet to introduce its zero complaint night market: strongly refusing Chinese businesses to settle in, punishing customers with a hundred times of fraud for five years, attracting numerous authors to follow the trend of creation, and letting more Chinese tourists know about this beautiful and honest night market. But now it seems to be quite different from my original intention. I even regret to recommend it.
In the early stage of the night market, it was named after renting the old railway station of the Railway Bureau. In order to expand its scale, it moved to shinakalin Road, adjacent to the BRT station and the La Chada block of Thailand Cultural Center, which is known as the “new night market” or “La Chada night market” by the local people.
The relocation of the train night market has provided convenience for the lives of many local residents. From the early two or three hundred merchants, it has rapidly expanded to more than six hundred households, becoming one of Bangkok’s new landmarks, and also attracted many Chinese merchants to settle in.
In order to avoid the bad phenomenon of “replacing the inferior with the best”, the night market management department put forward the slogan of “building a star night market with zero complaints”, excluding the Chinese merchants who join hands to protest and want to discuss the conditions behind, and never hiring, becoming the first night market in Thailand that explicitly forbids Chinese merchants to enter.
In the early management of the railway night market, it did achieve the “high-quality” level in the night market. All the businesses in the market had to sign seven guarantees, such as food safety, price after-sales, etc., of which the most difficult one for the merchants was the priority return and compensation system for consumers. It can also be said that the night market management is standing in the perspective of consumers to “bully” businesses, covering all the clothing, bags, souvenirs, fruit snacks, drinks and other commodities in the night market.
Not only that, from 5pm to 1am every day before the closing of the next day, there will be external administrators randomly checking the quality and pricing of commodities in the night market. The most strict spot check is the stock of food materials in and out of the market. The food materials that enter the market on the same day are forbidden to be taken away after the market is closed, which directly leads to the merchants having to make a substantial price reduction and promotion before the closing of the night market.
There will be staff at the entrance and exit of the night market who will randomly consult with tourists or deal with complaints. The complained merchants will be punished with a maximum of 100 times the amount (the fine belongs to the complainants), and will be focused on “care” for a long time, until the suspicion of “recidivism” is completely eliminated. Therefore, it is praised as the most difficult night market in Thailand by local merchants, even as the “first night market” in Thailand.
What impresses me most is the price of the train night market. The fried rice with squid and seafood of at least three prawns is a large portion of 150 baht (the exchange rate was about 30 yuan two years ago), the coconut or juice is basically between 25-40 baht (5-8 yuan), the seafood such as conch and shellfish is basically 50-100 baht, and the RMB 100 is enough for three people to eat contentedly here, and the per capita consumption two years ago was 30 yuan.
It’s said that Thais don’t sell fake goods, because the cost of counterfeiting is very high, but Thailand can’t prevent foreigners from selling fake goods here. In order to avoid the entry of fake goods, the train night market implements the accountability system for all merchants and charges high margin. It also puts forward the concept of “killing customers and fake goods is equivalent to suspected fraud”, and punishes violators with severe penalties such as penalty, life-long ban on business, and even deportation.
In my eyes, the train night market almost meets all the requirements of Chinese tourists for the night market, so I spare no effort to recommend it to you.
What I didn’t expect was that when I went to the train night market to play games with Lan Su’s little partner every two years, the scale of the game had been expanded several times. There were at least 2000 merchants in the market. The products sold almost covered all the characteristic products of Thailand, including latex pillows and medicines. But the price has doubled several times. You can’t see 25 baht of coconuts in the whole night market. For example, the consumption of seafood exceeds 150 yuan per capita. The price of almost all goods is more than five times that of two years ago. The key is that you haven’t eaten enough.
Why regret coming again? Because there is no “soul” in the night market without local people!
At such a high level of consumption, the local people in Thailand quickly classified the train night market as a “tourist night market”, and few Thai people would easily consume thousands of baht a snack here. I spent the whole night in the night market of the train. All the places I saw were Chinese tourists, almost no local people.
The sharp rise in prices did not stop the “succession” of Chinese tourists, and even gave birth to several “wanghong Xishi”. The import and export were also forced to move under the viaduct, which was still crowded like a sea of people, mainly travel groups, so noisy that even the parking lot staff had to wear soundproof cotton.
Interviewed one of the staff at random, full of dissatisfaction and helplessness, said: I don’t like the current night market, nor do I like working here.