Thais tighten their belts as economy slows

In this photo taken on Oct 29, 2019, a man carries plants on a cart at an outdoor flower market in Bangkok.
In this photo taken on Oct 29, 2019, a man carries plants on a cart at an outdoor flower market in Bangkok.PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK - Sitting down and playing with her smartphone, store owner Thienmanee Ngamsaptawee waited for customers to go to her aroma product shop on a Sunday afternoon at Bangkok's once bustling Chatuchak weekend market.

"Five years ago, I hardly had time to sit down. Now, I don't have much to do," Mrs Thienmanee, the owner of two outlets at the market, told The Straits Times.

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