LEGAL | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Bangkok bans street food stalls from roadside

Authorities are removing street food stalls from its roads in the interest of safety and order.

By the end of the year, street food vendors will disappear from Bangkok, according to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.

Despite being lauded globally as the 'best street food in the world', Thailand's bustling Chinatown/Yaowarat and Khao San Road areas would soon be cleared of vendors in a bid to beautify Bangkok. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is reclaiming the pavements for pedestrians and announced that vendors would be banned entirely from the capital's streets.

Wanlop Suwandee, chief adviser to Bangkok's governor, said that the internationally recognised areas of Yaowarat and Khao San Road would be the next target after they successfully cleared the pavements of food vendors in areas such as Siam Square, Pratunam, and the flea market under Phra Phuttayotfa Bridge.

"The BMA is now working to get rid of the street vendors from all 50 districts of Bangkok and return the pavements to the pedestrians. Yaowarat and Khao San Road will be our next goal in clearing out illegal vendors," Wanlop said.

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