Street food update: Partial reprieve, stricter rules

Street food update: Partial reprieve, stricter rules

Those street-food venues that remain open with be subject to stricter safety standards and limited hours of operation.  PATIPAT JANTHONG.
Those street-food venues that remain open with be subject to stricter safety standards and limited hours of operation. PATIPAT JANTHONG.

Vallop Suwandee, chairman of the advisers to the Bangkok governor, said the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has come up with stricter rules to manage street food on Khao San and Yaowarat roads.

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Vallop: Will train vendors on how to sell food. PAWAT LAOPAISARNTAKSIN

Street food will be improved in regard to hygiene and safety for tourists and locals, according to City Hall, which continues its programme to close down all street food sales despite public outcry.

Vallop Suwandee, chairman of the advisers to the Bangkok governor, said the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has come up with stricter rules to manage street food on Khao San and Yaowarat roads.

Vendors in Khao San Road and Yaowarat Road are able to ply their trade in their original spots but service hours need to be adjusted, he said.

Vendors will not be allowed to sell food around the clock, Mr Vallop said.

Mr Vallop said the BMA's plan involves pavement and street vending regulations, food safety measures and improving food hygiene standards.

The BMA has issued pavement regulations in response to a large number of complaints by residents who say street vendors obstruct footpaths, forcing them to walk in the street, he said.

City officials have been instructed to work out how to tackle illegal street vending and food quality, Mr Vallop said.

Health Department officials in Samphanthawong district, which oversees Yaowarat Road; Phra Nakhon district, which is responsible for Khao San Road, and traffic police are working together to solve the problems.

Meanwhile, a team of city officials is speeding up the introduction of rules regulating the sale of street food on Khao San Road and Yaowarat Road, Mr Vallop said.


Officials are preparing a training programme for street vendors who have registered with authorities to sell food in the city, he added.

The programme involves good hygiene practices in the preparation and sale of food, waste management and dress codes concerning food vendors, he said.

All vendors are required to attend the programme, Mr Vallop noted, saying they will receive a certificate if they complete it.

Inspections will be conducted periodically to boost consumers' confidence, he added.

Thursday's story

People enjoy street food, literally on the street in Yaowarat Road. The thoroughfare, which is famous for its street food, will be allowed to carry on serving though City Hall has banned street vendors in many parts of the capital. (Photos by Patipat Janthong)

Khao San, Yaowarat skirt BMA's ban on street food

Supoj Wancharoen

Street food will still be allowed on certain parts of Khao San Road and Yaowarat Road, two tourist magnets, despite a newly revealed plan to ban street vendors from the capital this year, City Hall said yesterday.

The issuance came after local media reported earlier this week that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) plans to wipe out all street food from the city by the end of this year.

The BMA was hit with a barrage of criticism this week after it started to ban street food from Thong Lor on Monday. Last month, CNN voted Bangkok the world's No.1 city for street food for a second year running.

Street food is a way of life for many low-income workers.

The food ban marks the latest measure in a clean-up campaign orchestrated by the National Council for Peace and Order that City Hall has been implementing for the last two years.

Vallop Suwandee, chairman of a group of advisers to Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang, said yesterday the BMA plans to maintain certain spots on the two roads, which are among the city's top attractions for foreign visitors.

He said the BMA is aware that Thailand has gained a strong international reputation for its street food, which ranges from gang kiew waan gai (green chicken curry) to giem ee (Chinese-style handrolled noodles).

Many Bangkok pedestrians support the city government's efforts to get street vendors off the footpaths.

The agency is now choosing which areas should be exempt from the ban and how to regulate them, he added.

City Hall is also working with related agencies on how to manage the issue and keep vendors in line, officials said.

The BMA will hold a press conference today to disclose its plans, it said.

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  • adjust: to change something slightly, especially to make it more correct, effective, or suitable - ปรับ
  • adviser (noun): a person who gives advice, especially somebody who knows a lot about a particular subject - ที่ปรึกษา
  • agency (noun): a government department that provides a particular service - หน่วยงานราชการ
  • allow: to let somebody/something do something; to let something happen or be done - อนุญาต, ยอมรับ
  • around the clock: throughout the whole day and night; 24 hours - ทั้งวันทั้งคืน
  • attraction: something that creates interest and brings people to see it - การดึงดูดความสนใจ
  • aware (adj): knowing that something exists, or to have knowledge or experience of a particular thing - ทราบ, รับรู้
  • ban: an official statement ordering people not to do, sell or use something - การห้าม
  • Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA): the local government of Bangkok - กรุงเทพมหานคร
  • barrage: a large number or amount of something, especially something bad like criticism - การระดมโจมตี
  • boost: to increase - เพิ่ม
  • campaign: a planned series of activities - การรณรงค์
  • capital: the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from - เมืองหลวง
  • certificate: an official document or record stating that particular facts are true - หนังสือรับรอง
  • chairman: the person in charge of a committee, a company, etc - ประธาน
  • City Hall: a city government, in this case, the Bangkok city government - กรุงเทพมหานคร
  • complaint: when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory - การร้องเรียน
  • conduct: to do something in an organised way; to carry out — - ลงมือทำ, ดำเนิน, ปฏิบัติ
  • confidence: being certain of your abilities or of having trust in people, plans, or the future - ความมั่นใจ
  • consumer: someone who buys and uses goods and services - ผู้บริโภค
  • criticism: comments that show that you think something is wrong or bad - การวิจารณ์
  • disclose: to make known to the public - เปิดเผยต่อสาธารณะ
  • dress code (noun): the rules covering what kind of clothes can and can not be worn -
  • efforts (noun): attempts to do something - ความพยายาม
  • exempt: not affected by something - ได้รับการยกเว้น
  • footpath: a path that is made for people to walk along - ทางเดิน
  • governor: a person who is chosen to be in charge of the government of a state or province or a government agency - ผู้ว่าการรัฐ, ผู้ว่าราชการจังหวัด
  • hygiene: the degree to which people keep themselves or their environment clean, especially to prevent disease - สุขลักษณะ
  • illegal: against the law - ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย
  • implement: to make something such as an idea, plan, system or law start to work and be used - นำแผนหรือนโยบายมาปฏิบัติ, นำมาใช้
  • improve: to make better - ทำให้ดีขึ้น
  • in response to: in reaction to something that has happened or been said - ตาม
  • inspection: an official process of checking that things are in the correct condition or that people are doing what they should - การตรวจสอบตรวจตรา
  • issuance: giving something out officially - ออกประกาศ
  • issue: a problem that needs to be considered - ประเด็น
  • issue: to officially announce or give out - ออก, ออกประกาศ, ออกคำสั่ง
  • keep in line (verb): to keep under control - ควบคุม
  • literally: really true; exactly as what was said - อย่างแท้จริง, อย่างตามตัวอักษร
  • local: in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น
  • locals: people who live in a particular place - ชาวบ้าน
  • magnet: someone or something that attracts and interests many people very strongly - สิ่งดึงดูดใจ, สิ่งน่าสนใจ
  • maintain: to keep - รักษา
  • manage (verb): to succeed in doing something; to deal with something - สำเร็จ,จัดการได้สำเร็จ, ทำได้สำเร็จ
  • mark (verb): to show that something is happening or happened - เป็นเครืองแสดง เป็นการเริ่มต้น
  • meanwhile: at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน
  • measure: an action taken to solve a particular problem - มาตรการ
  • media: radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group - สื่อ
  • National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) (noun): The military-installed group ruling Thailand following the 2014 coup d'état - คณะรักษาความสงบแห่งชาติ
  • obstruct: to make it difficult for something to happen or for someone to go somewhere - ขวางทาง
  • orchestrate: to plan and organise a complicated event or activity - จัดการ, วางแผน
  • original: the first of something - เดิม, แบบฉบับ
  • outcry: a strong expression of anger and disapproval about something, made by a group of people or by the public - การคัดค้านอย่างรุนแรง
  • oversee (verb): (past form: oversaw) to watch or organise a job or an activity to make certain that it is being done correctly - คุมงาน,ควบคุม
  • pavement: a path with a hard surface beside a road. The American word is sidewalk - ทางเดิน, ฟุตบาท
  • pedestrians: people who are walking, especially in an area where vehicles go - คนเดินถนน, คนเดินเท้า
  • periodically (adv): happening fairly often and regularly; from time to time - เป็นคราว ๆ, อย่างเป็นช่วงๆ
  • ply their trade (idiom): to do a type of work; to carry out a business activity - ทำงาน
  • practice: a way of doing something - การปฏิบัติ
  • press conference: an official meeting where someone makes a formal statement about a particular issue or event to journalists and answers their questions about it - การแถลงข่าว
  • quality: the standard of something when it is compared to other things like it; how good or bad something is - คุณภาพ
  • ranges from: to include a variety of different things in addition to those mentioned - ขยายออก, แบ่งประเภท
  • registered (adj): to be on an official list; to be on an official list of names of people who are allowed to do something, e.g., vote, study, sell something, stay in a hotel etc - ซึ่งลงทะเบียนไว้
  • regulate: to control an activity officially by using rules - ควบคุม
  • regulations: official rules that control the way that things are done - ระเบียบปฏิบัติ
  • related (adj): connected with something/somebody; referring to something/somebody - เชื่อมโยงกับ
  • reprieve (noun): officially cancelling or delaying a punishment or regulation - การชะลอการลงโทษ, การรอการลงโทษ
  • reputation: the opinion people have about how good or bad someone or something is - ชื่อเสียง
  • resident: a person who lives in a particular area - ผู้ที่อาศัยในท้องที่
  • responsible for: to have a duty to do something - มีความรับผิดชอบ
  • reveal: to let something become known - เปิดเผย
  • skirt (verb): to avoid talking about something unpleasant; to avoid having to do something unpleasant - หลีกเลี่ยง
  • spot: the particular place where someone or something is - ที่, สถานที่
  • spot: the particular place where someone or something is or happened - ที่, สถานที่
  • standards: a level of quality that is normal or acceptable for a particular person or in a particular situation - มาตรฐาน, บรรทัดฐาน
  • strict: demanding that rules are obeyed; very careful and exact - เข้มงวด
  • tackle: to make an organised and determined attempt to deal with a problem - จัดการกับปัญหา
  • vending: selling goods - ขายสินค้า
  • vendors: people who sell things, e.g., food or newspapers, usually outside on the street - พ่อค้าแม่่ค้าหาบแร่แผงลอย
  • wipe out: to get rid of or kill off something completely - กำจัดให้หมดไป
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