If you have ever visited Bangkok, it’s obvious that street food is the heart and soul of this city.
In fact, it has been named as the best street food destination for two years in a row by CNN, which is why it’s ironic that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has planned to ban street food vendors in the interests if cleanliness, safety, and order within the city. According to Food & Wine, The BMA has already cleared vendors from popular street-food areas such as Siam Square, Pratunam, and the flea market under Phra Phuttayotfa Bridge. Next, it will clear the carts from Yaowarat and Khao San Road, where there are more than 200 street-food vendors alone. And by the end of the year, the administration pledges, not a single street-food vendor will be left on the sidewalks.
“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,” Wanlop Suwandee, chief adviser to Bangkok’s governor, told the local Nation news portal. “The street vendors have seized the pavement space for too long … so there will be no let-up in this operation. Every street vendor will have to move out.”
There has been notices placed around the city warning vendors to vacate the area between April 16 to June 1. If you’ve been planning to visit Bangkok, you’ll have to do so ASAP.
While you sit there and ponder whether to book that ticket, check out these street foods that makes Bangkok the Best Street Food Destination in the world.