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    BMA bans all street food across Bangkok-or does it?

    BMA bans all street food across Bangkok this year
    April 18, 2017 01:00
    By Pratch Rujivanarom

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    STREET FOOD vendors will disappear from Bangkok by the end of the year in the interests of cleanliness, safety and order, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) says.

    In the capital, which is internationally recognised for its street food, famous locations such as Chinatown/Yaowarat and Khao San Road would be cleared of vendors in a bid to beautify Bangkok........................

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    Re: BMA bans all street food across Bangkok this year

    I didn't think they would really get rid of all street food vendors. I think Bangkok will loose a bit of it's flavor without them.

    No pun intended. My fingers went on automatic. It really makes me feel a bit sad for the people who make a living this way.

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    Re: BMA bans all street food across Bangkok this year

    Possibly designated cooked food markets will replace them-copying China again. No doubt these will have high rents and the locations cause much inconvenience for many workers who will not be able to get food quickly at meal break times anymore and have less choice. Can't see this ridiculous idea lasting beyond the end of the current regime, who seem set on both generally destroying the character of Bangkok and causing more unemployment before they go.

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    Re: BMA bans all street food across Bangkok this year

    In my own experience, and as I've said before on this forum, eating street food in Bangkok was always a meal of convenience. We never went to a particular place to eat food cooked by that vendor, but when we shopped at Sampeng Market, for example, we always had noodles prepared by a certain vendor outside a particular shop.

    I think street food must always be a convenience.

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    Re: BMA bans all street food across Bangkok this year

    “There has been confusion about how the policy will be implemented. The area’s district chief, Boontham Huiprasert, said push-cart vendors who could move around would still be tolerated but larger semi-permanent stalls with seating would have to go.
    “Or if they can find a place to set up their shop without obstructing the sidewalk, such as behind the railing of the Thong Lor police station or some other private building, that would be OK too,” he said.




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    Re: BMA bans all street food across Bangkok this year

    Richard Barrow @RichardBarrow The Nation's headline is nothing but sensational. Street food on private land and away from main roads will remain. There is NO blanket ban

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    Re: BMA bans all street food across Bangkok this year

    Yes; The Nation's piece is just one more in the litany articles, full of partial facts, playing on emotions.
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    Re: BMA bans all street food across Bangkok this year

    My take on the announcement is that it is not so much about the street food itself, but the vendors blocking the public walkways. They seem to "own" a section of walkway, install kitchen, tables, chairs and such. Surely not legal.
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    Re: BMA bans all street food across Bangkok this year

    Must admit I prefer the "pop up restaurants", which mainly only appear at night, to the street market traders who are there day and night and leave large piles of rubbish on the pavement when they do go.

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