Bangkok Puts Ban On Street Food, Vendors Told To Get Out

Bangkok Puts Ban On Street Food, Vendors Told To Get Out

Bangkok has grown a reputation as a destination of choice for many foodies, but that’s about to end.

The municipality, anxious to improve the image of the city, has forbidden street vendors to carry out their activity.

Street vendors who contribute to the bubbling, fragrant and colorful image of Bangkok are no longer welcome. They are now banned by the municipality, which wants to offer a clearer image of the Thai capital. How many people live off this trade? Twenty thousand, according to elected officials in Bangkok, but 400,000, according to figures unofficially closer to reality and quoted by AFP. In fact, the authorities dream that the capital is a new Singapore with clean, very clean streets …

In the past, the city-state had also decided to suppress the peddlers who thrombosed its arteries . Putting Bangkok to the chord will also be a very difficult task. This city of 12 million inhabitants has always accommodated this swarming of postcard. The determination of the public authorities is real: the stalls will disappear. “They will no longer be authorized for reasons of order and hygiene,” an AFP councilor told the AFP. All types of stalls – clothing, counterfeit goods and food stalls – will be banned in the main streets of the city. ”

Women work at a street food restaurant in central Bangkok © Damir Sagolj / Reuters
Women work at a street food restaurant in central Bangkok © Damir Sagolj / Reuters

If this operation “Return of sidewalks to pedestrians” is appreciated by the luxury brands, which thus see the disappearance of networks of counterfeit flow, it is a disaster for the sellers of soups with noodles and skewers. Some leave the sidewalk to settle on the roadway. And so much the worse for traffic, already difficult.

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  1. The newly unemployed Bangkok street food vendors can just come to New York and work at Anthony Bourdain’s “highly anticipated” and no-gringos-allowed food hall. Oh, yeah, right. Never mind.

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