18 Apr '17, 4am

Bangkok to ban street food stalls in clean-up crusade

Bangkok to ban street food stalls in clean-up crusade

BANGKOK: Street food stalls will be banned from all of Bangkok's main roads under a clean-up crusade, a city hall official said Tuesday (Apr 18), prompting outcry and anguish in a food-obsessed capital famed for its spicy roadside cuisine. For months city officials have hemmed in hawkers of all kinds across the metropolis, where hitting the pavement for everything from late-night noodles to fried insects is the closest Thailand has to a national pastime. "All types of stalls including clothes, counterfeit goods and food stalls will be banned from main city roads," Wanlop Suwandee, a chief advisor to Bangkok's governor, told AFP. "They will not be allowed for order and hygiene reasons," he added. Officials insist the city's street vendors clog the foot paths, leaving little space for pedestrians and littering the streets. But many Bangkokians say this chaos is part of the c...

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