Bangkok's revamped Chinatown opens with new street food area

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Bangkok's new-look Chinatown Yaowarat is ready to welcome tourists and the public after getting a makeover as part of City's Hall's policy to improve the capital's street food culture.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) last month designated two pilot areas under the project to remove street food vendors from the streets and house them in regulated areas.

They include Yaowarat Road in Samphanthawong district and Khao San Road in Phranakhon district.

Bangkok Governor Pol General Assawin Khwanmuang said that the new street-food spot on Yaowarat Road starts from the Chalerm Buri Intersection and runs to Ratchawong Intersection, covering about 600 metres. Most shops sell food, beverages and miscellaneous goods.

The BMA set up two committees to manage the project.

One committee is in charge of designating regulations for setting up stalls in public spaces and the other is charged with bringing the areas up to international standards.

Assawin said the project aims to preserve and enhance distinct street food while also improving hygiene and other factors to improve tourists' confidence in street food.

A Line account with Thai, English and Chinese languages has been set up as a channel for the BMA to communicate with the public on how to improve services related to the street food areas.

No more street food vendors in Bangkok by end 2017

  • Street food vendors will disappear from Bangkok by the end of the year in the interests of cleanliness, safety and order.
  • Bangkok which is internationally recognised for its street food, famous locations such as Chinatown/Yaowarat and Khao San Road would be cleared of vendors in a bid to beautify the city.
  • "The street vendors have seized the pavement space for too long and we already provide them with space to sell food and other products legally in the market,
  • so there will be no let-up in this operation. Every street vendor will have to move out," authorities said.
  • "The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration should set up a zone for the street vendors, so they can keep their jobs and preserve the charm of Bangkok's street food," a resident said.
  • "The people can benefit from selling goods, while the tourists can enjoy the unique street food of our city."
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