Connect with us

Phuket

Phuket’s Koh Kaew Market to rise from the ashes

Published

 on 

PHUKET: Forensic Police continue to investigate the cause of the fire that ripped through the Koh Kaew Market in Patong last month, raising the distinct possibility that the complex could be rebuilt and open for business before the cause of the blaze is determined.

Tossapol Rungruengpawan, president of Patong Retail Business Club, said work cleaning up debris is ongoing and preparations are well underway to build a new and improved market.

“As the retailers’ representative, I had discussions with their lawyers two weeks ago. The new market will probably include addresses for each stall so that the vendors will be able to apply for insurance policies. Also, the electrical work will be to a higher standard to ensure safety,” he said.

The work is scheduled to begin in about two weeks and the market should be ready to reopen in October, he said.

“All the same vendors will be back to run their own shops,” he said.

The original Koh Kaew Market, a 200-stall facility, occupied a key location next to the Jungceylon shopping and leisure complex on Rat-U-Thit Road. Many of the vendors, including a large number of ethnic Nepalis, were left penniless after the late-night blaze reduced it to cinders in about two hours.

Patong Police duty officer Chaowalit Neawadee said his station was still awaiting results from Forensic Police who are investigating what caused the fire.

“The fire was probably not arson, as the landlord plans to rebuild it for the vendors,” he said.

There is a history in Thailand of landowners razing markets to collect insurance, clear out unwanted tenants or resell the property for profit.

Mr Tossapol said many vendors were keeping close track of the situation and pleased with the progress.

Yanma La, a 39-year-old Nepali vendor who operated three garment stalls in the old market, said the blaze cost him 4 million baht in destroyed merchandise. He has since been forced to move his operation to the OTOP Market, located about one kilometer away along the same road.

“Thanks to my honesty and good credit going back ten years, the stall owner in Bangkok will allow me to stock merchandise and pay him back later. So now I am counting my blessings,” he said.

“I will come back to run my shops at Koh Kaew again, as it seems business is better at that location than at the OTOP Market,” he said.

“I have been told that the new market would be finished around late October, but it appears that they haven’t done anything yet,” he added.

— Atchaa Khamlo

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Road deaths1 hour ago

‘Drowsy’ driver crashes van, killing 3 Laotian workers

Thailand2 hours ago

Is the dream over? China walks back Belt & Road ambitions

Politics3 hours ago

Prasert levels 6-billion corruption accusations at Prayut

Sponsored4 hours ago

Segafredo Zanetti Coffee teamed up with Bangkok Airways and hosted “Bangkok Airways Surf Festival 2022”

Thailand3 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Baht plunges to 38 against USD for the first time in 16 years

Phuket3 hours ago

Phuket dwellers honour 10th Lunar Month

Thailand3 hours ago

Thai govt owes 100 million baht to hospitality industry

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand4 hours ago

BMA reveals Bangkok druggies buy yaba online 

Phuket4 hours ago

Delivery driver & customer brawl over payment in Phuket

Transport4 hours ago

Thai Airways flying high at Skytrax Awards

Thailand5 hours ago

Soi Dog Foundation steps up fight against rabies and dog meat trade in Vietnam

Visa5 hours ago

Thailand to extend Smart Visa scheme to draw talent

Cannabis5 hours ago

Can I take cannabis on domestic flights in Thailand?

Thailand5 hours ago

Thailand pays 3.8 billion baht for first train hub in hospital

Transport6 hours ago

Bomb scare on flight from San Francisco to Singapore

South6 hours ago

English teacher’s body found in South Thailand

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending