The HIP Coffee & Restaurant in Khon Kaen City is a popular hangout for young people interested in digital currencies. It is often full of people tapping away on their laptops or chatting about the latest market movements. It has become a home to cryptocurrency traders, with banks of screens showing the latest market movement and dishing out investment advice alongside coffee and cake.
The cafe opened its doors in 2013, and the estimated customers have doubled since it became a hub for digital asset investors.
Manager Oakkharawat Yongsakuljinda says the cafe is a response to the growing interest in alternative investments in the province. "People are always seeking new ways to make money, and we wanted to provide them with a place to come and learn about different options," he explains.
The cafe offers advice on everything from stocks and bonds to more speculative investments like cryptocurrency.
Yongsakuljinda says the cafe is a way to bring alternative investments into the mainstream. "We want to show people that there are other options out there besides putting your money in the bank," he says.
They also has become a hub for digital currency trading in the region, with many of its customers coming from neighboring Laos and Cambodia.
The management is also planning on starting its own cryptocurrency and working with several financial institutions to make this a reality. In the meantime, customers can come in and learn more about investing in cryptocurrency and get advice from the cafe's experienced staff.
So, if you're in Thailand and looking for a place to trade cryptocurrencies or want to get advice on where to invest your money, HIP Coffee & Restaurant is worth visiting. Who knows, you might even walk away with a few tips on how to make money from digital currencies.