'World's best street food city' Bangkok to ban all street vendors
Best make that trip to the Thai capital now
It's a sad day for food lovers everywhere – Bangkok authorities have announced that street food stalls will be banned from all major roads in the city. Yes, by the end of this year, you'll no longer be able to sit street-side, slurping on your freshly made pad thai or feasting on grilled meat skewers. Ironically, CNN recently crowned the Thai capital for having the best street food on the planet for the second year running.
According to The Guardian, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has said the drastic move is to prioritise "order and hygiene." It's also reported that most street food stalls in the major area of Siam have already been cleared out and efforts are now being focused towards Chinatown's Yaowarat Road and tourist haunt, Khao San Road.
"It would make Bangkok less charming," Bangkok-based food blogger Chawadee Nualkhair told The Guardian. "But it also takes a big chunk of cheap options away from working Thais, and closes up an avenue of work for many. Where will shop employees, construction workers and taxi drivers eat?"
While we foodies are hoping for a loophole of some sort, or an official plan involving the relocation of stalls to designated areas, the decision seems to be final. The chief advisor to Bangkok's governor, Wanlop Suwandee even said, "There will be no let-up in this operation. Every street vendor will have to move out."
Be right back; we're planning our next Bangkok trip while eating tom yam instant noodles in commemoration.