No More Bangkok Street Food19 Apr 2017
If you love sampling all the delicious Thai street food from the ubiquitous hawker stalls dotted around Bangkok, you’d better get your street food fix in soon. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has just announced that street food vendors will vanish from Bangkok by the end of the year for health and safety reasons.
The news comes as a shock to Thai food lovers all over the world (including us!), especially given that CNN just named Bangkok best in the world for street food barely a month ago, beating out other culinary capitals like Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong.
However, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration insists that “street vendors have seized the pavement space for too long” and that they aim to clean up all 50 districts of Bangkok as the street vendors are already allowed to sell food and other items in the markets.
It seems no exceptions will be made – stalls and carts in areas like Siam Square, Pratunam and the Phra Phuttayotfa Bridge flea market have already gotten the chop, with Yaowarat and Khao San Road facing the axe next.
We’ll be very sorry to see the iconic food streets go, but hopefully some happy compromise can be reached so that the traders and their delicious food won’t vanish entirely! It might also be a good wake-up call for Malaysian hawkers to clean up their act, given that cleanliness has been a longstanding issue with roadside food vendors.
Planning to hit up Bangkok on that food trip before it’s too late? Here are some suggestions for other destinations in Bangkok you might want to check out while you’re at it.