Worries over future of Bangkok street food

City is tightening rules for street food vendors
Media reports about Bangkok banning its famous street food have caused a stir, but while the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration now says its strict regulations do not equate to a crackdown on sidewalk vendors, there is still unease in the travel trade about the impact of the changes.
New regulations will include measures to ensure that street food vendors meet universal hygiene standards and reflect local identities.
Kitichai Siraprapanurat, managing director of Bangkok Food Tours, welcomes the idea of putting order into Bangkok street food vendors by applying zoning regulations in Yaowarat (Chinatown) and Khao San roads, both popular areas for foreign visitors.
But he said that misleading reports about the regulations have affected the company’s image, as they created doubts among travellers on whether its tours would continue. He assures it is business as usual for the company.
Benchawan Pholpituke, manager of Mama Travel and Tour, worries that the strict regulations may have an impact on tour operators, citing the example of the authorities preventing street vendors from selling food or products on Khao San Road every Monday in recent years, resulting in reduced visitor traffic and loss of potential business from tourists on Mondays.
Meanwhile, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will jointly organise a Bangkok Street Food Festival in June to promote the country’s street food, considered a big tourist draw for Bangkok.
TTG Asia


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