20 Apr '17, 10am

Bangkok 'unique' despite street vendor ban, says Thai tourism boss

Bangkok 'unique' despite street vendor ban, says Thai tourism boss

BANGKOK (AFP) - Bangkok's street food culture will survive a crackdown on vendors, Thailand's tourism chief vowed on Thursday (April 20), assuring travellers that a city renowned for its chaotic charm was not being remodelled into a Singapore-lite. The City Hall stunned Thais and tourists alike this week with plans to bar the capital's world-famous food stalls from all main roads to reclaim pavements for the public. On Thursday, the governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) pushed back against fears that Bangkok was being gentrified in the image of Singapore - a city that relishes orderliness but is often characterised as tame compared to its South-east Asian rivals. "We will keep our uniqueness. We won't change our Yaowarat (Chinatown) into Orchard (road)," Uthasak Supasorn said. ST_20170419_STREET19_3085952.jpg Related Story It's shutters for Bangkok's street v...

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