Impacts of Sustainable Transportation on City Tourism: a case of Chatuchak Market in Thailand

Wejwithan, Amphai and Knoflacher, Hermann and Frey, Harald (2017) Impacts of Sustainable Transportation on City Tourism: a case of Chatuchak Market in Thailand. REAL CORP 2017 – PANTA RHEI – A World in Constant Motion. Proceedings of 22nd International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society. pp. 261-269. ISSN 2521-3938

Text (Impacts of Sustainable Transportation on City Tourism: a case of Chatuchak Market in Thailand)
CORP2017_105.pdf - Published Version

Download (1MB) | Preview


The paper describes the interdependences in transport between tourists, local customers and store owners in Chatuchak Market (Thailand). It is the most famous market in Thailand and is located in the center of Bangkok nearby the Northeastern Bus Terminal. A mass transit system was launched in Bangkok in late 1990s as Sky train (BTS) and Bangkok underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) was implemented in the beginning of the year 2000. These transport systems have played an important role for economic growth in Bangkok, particularly for shopping destinations that were promoted along the BTS and MRT lines and become good examples of environmentally friendly transport of densely populated city of Bangkok. The effective mass transport system is fundamental to destination development and generates visitors and business. Tourism is the key benefit on the economics of the Chatuchak weekend market and local customers. Mass transit systems and services are providing effective accessibility for this weekend market. The market area with more than 15,000 stores and more than 200,000 people is designed for Pedestrians. Analysis of the transport behavior of the market visitors shows that 63% of the visitors respondents traveled to the market by public transport (Buses, BTS, MRT, public van). In addition, 24% of the respondents arrived by taxi and 2 % used the Tuk tuk (three wheels vehicle with roof). The other visitors walked or used their car, bicycle or motorcycle. 39 % used more than 15 minutes and 16% used less than 5 minutes to walk into the market. Furthermore, visitors were asked to assess the satisfaction of 12 principles and 12 important issues to engage the transport for accessing the market. The important variables were linked to the public transport intensity and existing infrastructure surrounding the market. The second target group of this study are store owners. The analysis shows that 60 % of the store owners traveled to the market by car, 12 % of the respondents used Tuk Tuk and taxi . The market is designed as a car free environment. During opening hours no car is allowed to enter. The paper shows these important preconditions for the high share of public transport and describes the quality of connecting infrastructure for a car free accessibility of Chatuchak market.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mass transit, public transport, pedestrian, tourism, Thailand
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Depositing User: Maria Molnár
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2017 17:19
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2017 15:57

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item