A street vendor on Yaowarat road looks on as shoppers walk by Thursday.
A street vendor on Yaowarat road looks on as shoppers walk by Thursday.

BMA backs away from street food ban, but adds conditions

national April 20, 2017 15:21

By The Nation

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Street food vendors in Bangkok will still be allowed in small alleys and designated areas, but they have to be properly managed to prevent negative impacts on other people, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has announced.



In s press conference on Thursday morning, Wanlop Suwandee, chief adviser to the Bangkok governor, said street vending in China Town’s Yaowarat and Khao San Road would still be allowed in zoned areas.

“The BMA plans to promote Yaowarat and Khao San Road as major tourist attractions in Bangkok. Street food and street vendors are still allowed in the zoned areas, as we are trying to make the areas tidy and clean, but sellers must comply with the law,” Wanlop said.

He added that street food vendors operating in small alleys would still be allowed, with the condition that they must not cause difficulties for other people.

The BMA also acknowledged that street food was integral to the soul of the city.

However, he said street food vendors would not be allowed to operate anywhere they chose, as was the practice in the past, because Bangkok had become a crowded city.

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