For decades, economic growth in Thailand has been driven and defined by tourism and exports. However, while tourism remains steady, the demand for exports has slowed. There is one other significant economic problem that refuses to abate - household debt.
Thai households are among the biggest borrowers in Southeast Asia, (itself a notoriously complicated region for debt collections) and they are finding it increasingly difficult to keep up with payments. An October 2018 survey by Bansomdej Poll in collaboration with the Foundation for Consumers (FFC)’s Chaladsue (Smart Buyer) magazine indicated that up to 77.5% of Bangkok residents - over 6 million people - are in debt. Even more shocking, however, is the fact that more than half (53%) of those who are in debt have fallen behind on repayments and are in danger of defaulting on their loans.