Street food order starts in Chinatown, Khao San

Tourists enjoy a meal close to traffic on Yaowarat Road, Bangkok. (Photo by Patipat Janthong)

The government will improve the pavements and impose zoning and opening hours on street food vendors on Yaowarat and Khao San roads in Bangkok.

A reform committee on the environment headed by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon resolved on Wednesday to improve the condition of street food sales in both areas as the Cable News Network (CNN) praised street foods as the charms of Bangkok, said Sub Lt Pornchanok Amphan, a spokesperson of the Defence Ministry.

The footpaths would be repaved, cleanliness would be improved, food stalls would show unique designs, and traffic flows would be facilitated to prevent congestion, she said.

"These measures are aimed at promoting the value of Thai food and souvenirs," the spokesperson said without elaborating on the measures and their timeframes.

Sub Lt Pornchanok said authorities had already removed street vendors on 431 locations in Bangkok.

They would also dismantle 33 remaining houses encroaching on the Mahakan ancient fort on Bangkok's historic Rattanakosin Island within this month.

Besides, the committee already improved bus stops for interprovincial passenger vans at 124 locations in 29 provinces to promote public safety and convenience and facilitate traffic flows, she said.

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