Bangkok river commuters who use the Chao Phraya Express Boat service can now pay their fares at three piers with a swipe of a QR code.
The government’s Marine Department has sanctioned QR code payments in collaboration with Kasikornbank and Chao Phraya Express Boat Co Ltd.
A pilot programme has begun at Bangkok’s three busiest piers – Nonthaburi, Phrannok and Sathorn – for Orange Flag and Yellow Flag boats.
Chao Phraya Express Boat hopes to see up to 30 per cent of its passengers using QR code payment, between 7,000 and 10,000 per day.
Chairperson Supapan Pichaironarongsongkram said the company was working with KBank to better serve commuters as Thailand seeks to become a “cashless society”.
With the Marine Department’s support, it developed the QR code system as an additional payment method for the company’s 35,000-plus customers who use the service at 40 piers every day.