Bangkok Shuts Down Street Food Vendors! - EDITED WITH UPDATED INFO

10 days ago
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In an unprecedented move the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has ordered all street food vendors to shut down and cease operations by the end of this year.

This comes as a huge shock for a lot of people. The Bangkok street food scene is world renowned and anyone who has ever been there, knows its uniqueness of street food options and quality compared to other cities and countries.
When the powers that be make choices, it is always in their best interest, not of the people. The ban on Bangkok street food is a huge blow to the country and is said to be in the name of hygiene and order.

Bangkok is a hectic, chaotic and polluted city, and that’s what makes it so loveable too. Thais and foreigners alike flock to the myriad of food stalls all throughout the day and night for cheap, good eats, but it seems that may be ending. This is an ongoing story and concessions may be made and specific rules or areas may be exempt, but only time will tell.

Who's Experienced the Magic of the Bangkok Street Food Scene? And How Was It?



EDIT: 4/19/2017

Thanks to an insider tip from @kevinwong, I dug a little deeper and I just read Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand's Minister of Tourism and Sports' online statement "SEE HERE", that the Bangkok street food vendors would not be banned as reported by several media outlets. They just want a more hygienic standard and uniformity amongst vendors.

It seems this info was part of the dreaded fake news cycle. I apologize for any inconvenience this misinformation may have caused anyone, that definitely was not my intention. Steem on my friends, and be excited that the tasty street food of the Thai capital of Bangkok isn’t going anywhere!


Sources:
Photos are original by @sandstorm
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/18/the-best-street-food-on-the-planet-but-bangkok-bans-its-roadside-stalls
http://www.eater.com/2017/4/18/15339596/bangkok-street-food-banned
UPDATE ON SITUATION: https://www.facebook.com/kobkarn.wattanavrangkul.7/posts/10154722804258440
https://www.rt.com/news/385341-bangkok-food-no-ban/



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Good and interesting article!

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Thank you for checking it out @tangmo.

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You're welcome! :)

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Cheers! :)

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Cheers! ;)

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  ·  10 days ago

Ridiculous, knowing BKK !

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  ·  10 days ago

Exactly @mammasitta, they are known for doing some stupid things and this one will affect so many aspects of local and tourist life :(

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  ·  10 days ago

I am truly speechless ! I know how it is living in Indonesia for some crazy years seeing a zillion of idiotic changes on and on

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I have a feeling there could be some changes before this takes effect in 2018 but who really knows anymore, craziness is closing in everywhere we look these days.

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  ·  10 days ago

TRUE that 2x

67
  ·  10 days ago

Seems like a terrible idea, I wonder what the reasons are.

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Terrible indeed @natureofbeing! The reasons are to supposedly create more order on the streets and pathways and also for the sanitary and hygienic aspects to avoid illnesses from mishandled or contaminated food/ingredients.

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  ·  10 days ago

With these reasons they could simply add some more regulations for hygiene and organization, too bad they took such extreme actions.

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Thai logic, which is usually devoid of any real logic, generally takes precedent and the Thai authorities do some odd things because of it. I'm optimistic something or someone will make a case for increased regulations of sort and not a flat out ban, time will tell.

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I will miss the street food!

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  ·  10 days ago

I will too @lakshmi. And so will millions of other people.

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  ·  10 days ago

If they would reject rule by force they wouldn't have these problems.

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I don't see that happening with the Thais though.

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  ·  9 days ago

Are they too attached to violently dominating others, or just not willing to punch the bullies in the nose?

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  ·  9 days ago

They will likely just close up shop and move on. This will be a huge hit to their economy and tourism $$. Somehow I think there may be some sort of agreement or exemption to allow some street food vendors to be around in some capacity, but i could be wrong.

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  ·  9 days ago

Maybe they will sell permission slips called licenses?
I presume one didn't need one prior to this?

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If they are going to license people and have requirements (which are currently 'literally' non-existent) That would likely cause more chaos than just shutting everyone down. But setting up a license for a fee, could possibly work if implemented in a way the people could understand.

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Let's hope they riot before then?

Why folks would stand by while the gov't makes a huge power grab is beyond me, but then I know that crapitalism is a box that is hard to escape, even when one knows to do so.

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I don't want violence in any form, and they are already in martial law status, but some kind of understanding to be reached, such as licensing, or regulations, time & place of operation types of things.

Currently they have no government, the military overthrew them in the May 2014 coup, so that's part of the whole power grab mentality that's going on in Thailand.

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  ·  10 days ago

Wow, really. I can´t imagine how it looks now without those vendors. @sandstorm

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Yes, I think it's really going to happen @anahilarski. But they will have to the end of 2017, and then they are finished after that :(

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  ·  10 days ago

Wow, too sad I couldn`t see them. Visiting Thailand is a country in my bucket list ;) @sandstorm ;)

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  ·  9 days ago

@anahilarski , I'm sure that when you have the chance to visit Thailand, there will be a lot of other wonderful things to see and experience :)

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  ·  10 days ago

street food hopping, one of the best experience to try when traveling :-D Especially the exotic ones :D Glad to see your post @sandstorm

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Thanks @fernwehninja! Street food is the best, but if you want to enjoy it in Bangkok, you better do it before 2017 is over.

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yes i agree with you , i didn't have much experience on eating streetfood in Bangkok though , because some areas smell unpleasant and there are some scammers too hehe . Sadky , they will remove it as it is one of the attraction in the place. ..
I can recommend the Streetfood in Walking Street Pattaya, it's more festive. ;-))

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Yes, Pattaya's Walking Street has an extremely festive atmosphere and lots of great street food as well :)

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Definitely! Mostly everything you can find in one place, truly a Walking Street hahaha :D

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Yes indeed! A fun place to visit and experience :)

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yes, I like it there, but would love to visit more in Thailand, could be on the southern part, it's better i guess and I also heard Chang Mai is the cheapest area in the north .

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  ·  9 days ago

Many different areas to see and visit in Thailand. They all have their own character and are all worth checking out :)

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I am guessing the people a really shocked. When I visited it there had been food available on each street corner.

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These are shocking times and I'm not sure how this will come about and with enforcement etc. but it is a sad time for many to hear this announcement.

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  ·  9 days ago

Great post, I will put it in queue to be shared on the @Steemit social.

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Thanks a lot @hilarski! I appreciate that immensely brother.

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Wow one expects that stuff in the US but now such rules and regs are going to Bangkok?!?!

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That's what is so shocking, Thailand would be the last place I would think this would happen too, but apparently not. The world is in chaos in so many ways these days.

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Good reason to find other destinations when visiting Thailand. The street food is a major part of the Thailand experience!

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Thankfully there are numerous other parts of Thailand to order up street foods outside of the Bangkok metropolis. This thing will slaughter a lot of tourism if they go through with this.

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I've been to Bangkok last December. It's a real pity. I can't imagine Bangkok without it. It's part of their culture and apart from that it's really tasty.
Bangkok is really an unique city, hectic, but one of a kind.

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I can't imagine it like that either @alinabarbu! Bangkok has it's own insane personality, the street food is a huge part of that, and with that being gone, things will be eerily different.