Bangkok, one of whose greatest claims to fame is its streets full of exciting food, is moving to give it all up in the name of cleanliness.
City officials have announced that for “order and hygiene reasons” vendors will no longer be allowed to cook outdoors. Authorities have already spent months trying to force all the vendors into designated areas, but have now decided to ban them altogether.
While the outdoor eateries are world-famous as a place for cheap and authentic food, and to mingle with Thais, a spokesperson for the Governor sees it differently: the government "is now working to get rid of the street vendors...and return the pavements to the pedestrians...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.”
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