(Last) order on the pavement: Thailand

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(Last) order on the pavement: Thailand

Post by hhfarang » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:42 pm

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CNN’s travel website ranks Bangkok as the world’s top street-food destination. And yet, as new-year celebrations wind up, a ban on vendors kicks in today on the capital’s main thoroughfare. The military junta, obsessed with keeping up appearances, is stopping pavement sales of moo ping, guaythiew pik gai and other favourites on the grounds that they impede pedestrians, make a mess and attract vermin. Vendors will lose jobs, Thais and tourists will no longer be able to eat cheap, delicious food at rickety tables—and the pavements will look almost as uncluttered as Singapore’s. Thailand’s foreign ministry, a promoter of street food, will have to bin its “Street Food” app. The bosses in uniform are following a pan-South-East Asian trend of governments “tidying up” their cities. Free to govern without regard for public opinion, the junta has launched a new political, economic and moral order; now it is squeezing the beating heart of the national cuisine."

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Re: (Last) order on the pavement: Thailand

Post by stretch » Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:25 am

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Post by centermid7 » Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:18 am

" they impede pedestrians, make a mess and attract vermin." Like it or not, this part is true

" Thais and tourists will no longer be able to eat cheap, delicious food at rickety tables ". And this is a bunch of overly dramatic horse pucky as you can find all of those dishes mentioned in the article and a 100 more just about anywhere.

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Post by Name Taken » Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:58 am

centermid7 wrote:
Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:18 am
" they impede pedestrians, make a mess and attract vermin." Like it or not, this part is true

" Thais and tourists will no longer be able to eat cheap, delicious food at rickety tables ". And this is a bunch of overly dramatic horse pucky as you can find all of those dishes mentioned in the article and a 100 more just about anywhere.
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Re: (Last) order on the pavement: Thailand

Post by Name Taken » Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:54 am

I doubt this latest 'crackdown' on street food vendors will have any impact at all, the street food vendors will just disappear for one day and come back the next day. :banghead: There must be literally hundreds of thousands of street food vendors in Thailand.

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Post by Vital Spark » Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:05 pm

Oh, for goodness sake! What another utterly ridiculous idea. Don't those morons realize that this is one of the wonderful charms of coming to Thailand? Apart from that, walk along any street in Bangkok at around midday and it's teeming with office workers getting a bite to eat. There's no way that the restaurants can cope with that amount of people, and I very much doubt that those same people could afford to pay restaurant prices. And what about the street vendors? How are they going to earn a crust?

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Post by oakdale160 » Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:58 pm

Come on VS, its not riduculous its just theatre. For a day or 2 there will be less carts and then the tea money will be paid and its business as usual.

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Post by Vital Spark » Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:15 am

oakdale160 wrote:
Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:58 pm
Come on VS, its not riduculous its just theatre. For a day or 2 there will be less carts and then the tea money will be paid and its business as usual.
Be that as it may, those potential tourists who read about it in international publications will take it verbatim. Whether or not Mrs. Papaya Pok Pok can pay tea money ain't going to make international news. As with any ridiculous decision made here, the volte-face is quietly swept under the carpet.

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Post by Takiap » Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:44 am

I think there is a special term for these sort of actions...........
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Post by Nereus » Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:10 pm

International News now:
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Bangkok ban on cheap, quick and delicious street food

https://thewest.com.au/travel/asia/bang ... b88451531z

On a quiet stretch of Sukhumvit Soi 55, one of the Thai capital’s most upscale commercial avenues, a street-food seller is huddled beside a case of skewered meatballs and sausages, glancing occasionally over his shoulders.

“I’m taking a risk being out here tonight and I’m very worried, but I need to make money,” said the 42-year-old, who asked not to be named.

Bangkok, a city long defined by its street-food culture, is suddenly facing the unthinkable: a government that wants to ban street food.

The ban already went into effect in three popular districts, Thong Lor, Ekkamai and Phra Khanong, on Monday.

The chief advisor to Bangkok’s governor set off a local media firestorm on Tuesday after reportedly saying the ban would expand to include all street food in the Thai capital by the end of this year.

Chinatown and the world-famous backpacker district Khao San Road will be the government’s next targets, according to Wanlop Suwandee, the advisor, who was quoted in The Nation newspaper.

“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,” he said.

“Every street vendor will have to move out.”

And so, the anxious Thong Lor vendor spent part of Tuesday afternoon driving his hybrid motorbike-food stall through the smaller lanes searching for customers. ............................................> more
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Re: (Last) order on the pavement: Thailand

Post by handdrummer » Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:49 pm

in a couple of years we'll be able to say remember when.................?

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Post by Nereus » Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:56 am

This has to take the cake, even for Thailand: :roll:
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TAT to host street food festival

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will host Bangkok Street Food Festival in June to give local roadside cuisine greater exposure to international tourists.

TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn said the authority is ready to host the street food festival in partnership with Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) on a popular road in the capital.

The potential venue will be on Khao San, Yaowarat or Pratunam Road.

"We will use this opportunity to present Thailand's street food gastronomy to lure more international travellers to come to the country," he said.

CNN recently ranked Thailand the top sport for street food in the world.

Thai cuisine has long been loved by gourmands of every nationality, and the TAT hopes to promote street food to complement its international renown.

Mr Yuthasak denied rumours that the government would order BMA to ban street food vendors across Bangkok.

Instead, TAT aims to promote Bangkok's street foods both among foreigners and locals.

"Bangkok's street food is known for being diverse, delicious, and coming at affordable prices. There shouldn't be any ban on street food, though the government does need to make it more systematic and hygienic," he said.

Meanwhile, the TAT governor said Thailand will also host the 4th UNWTO forum on gastronomy in April or May next year to further promote tourism and fine dining in the country.

That forum will likewise seek to generate more revenue from international travellers coming to Thailand to try the local cuisine.

That event will not only be a Mice event, but also help promote Thailand among various nationalities, said Mr Yuthasak.
The forum is expected to be held in Bangkok or Phuket.

Thailand is also ready to host the upcoming World Travel Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit from April 25-27.
He said Thailand could use this opportunity to show more than 750 international participants, from country leaders to well-known business people around the world, the country's readiness in hosting an international tourism forum.

Those 750 WTCC member participants will together represent more than 30% of the world's travel trade market.

Some famous participants include Britain's former prime minister David Cameron, AirAsia founder Tony Fernandes, Emirates Group president Gary Chapman, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group's chief executive James Riley, Google Travel managing director Rob Torres, Agoda co-founder Robert Rosenstein and Siam Piwat Ltd's president Chadathip Chutrakul.
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Re: (Last) order on the pavement: Thailand

Post by HHTel » Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:18 am

And the BMA has already done a u-turn on street food. No surprise there then!

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Re: (Last) order on the pavement: Thailand

Post by Big Boy » Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:26 am

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Re: (Last) order on the pavement: Thailand

Post by handdrummer » Sat Apr 22, 2017 1:05 am

what other country provides such opportunities for humor? it's like living in cartoonland. my next business will be designing a t-shirt that has a photo of an ATM on it, with the caption: Baby, I'm your ATM, to be worn when looking for a Thai girlfriend, wife or bargirl.

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