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Bangkok Announces Street Food Festival Just Days After Announcing Ban on Street Food

Yesterday, the National News Bureau of Thailand reported that the country’s capital would host the Bangkok Street Food Festival this June. On its surface, the announcement makes sense: Both food publications like this one and Major news organizations have repeatedly named Bangkok as one of the best street food cities in the world. But the announcement comes with a seriously bizarre caveat: Media outlets recently reported that Bangkok had banned street food vendors entirely—literally just days ago.

Earlier this week Wanlop Suwandee, chief adviser to Bangkok’s governor, appeared to be very clear about a planned street food ban. “The [Bangkok Metropolitan Administration] is now working to get rid of the street vendors from all 50 districts of Bangkok and return the pavements to the pedestrians,” Wanlop was quoted as saying. As if that wasn’t unequivocal enough, he continued, “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. Every street vendor will have to move out.”

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