Vendor ban sees city lose flavour
Sellers and customers alike losing out due to indiscriminate edict
Thailand has been recognised as a global capital for street food over the past few years, with the food stalls scattered here, there and everywhere, on the pavements and by the roadside, considered part of the city's charm.
But the rather strict implementation of a policy aimed at regulating Bangkok's pavements by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) has had an adverse effect on the character of this metropolis.
Cleanliness, pedestrian safety and the rights of shop owners and tenants whose shopfronts or driveways are blocked by the street stalls and vendors are among the main reasons cited to justify the move to clear all street hawkers off Bangkok's pavements and the roadside.