Thailand’s biggest market once packed with tourists now deserted due to Covid-19


Footage shows the eerily quiet scenes at Thailand’s biggest market as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact the country’s tourism industry.

The Chatuchak weekend market in the capital Bangkok would normally be full with hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers from around the world.

However, on Sunday afternoon the area was deserted, with many of the struggling stalls shuttered and unlikely to re-open within the coming weeks.

Tourists were prevented from entering the country when cases first appeared last March and a further outbreak last month has lead to even stronger restrictions in the country.

Thailand recorded 9,635 new Covid-19 cases today (May 17) and 25 deaths, taking the total number of infections recording since the pandemic began to 111,082 with 614 dead.