If the governmental goal will be achieved in Thailand, all street food stalls will be cleared from Bangkok's roads by the end of the year in a bid to bring order and hygiene to the Thai capital's streets. "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," a national newspaper in that country explained.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) order affects all of the city's 50 districts, including the the famous Yaowarat and Khaosan Road area. The official announcement Tuesday was issued from another perspective, different of a recent appreciation: a month ago the US TV network CNN named Bangkok's street food the best in the world for the second year in a row. In fact, the roadside restaurants serving up cheap bowls of chicken soup and pad Thai are part of the city's charm and culture. This is a major draw for tourists. A such plan will be a major change in the country, possibly with an adjacent economic impact.