Food vendors banned from Bali Hai after rat outbreak

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Street vendors will be prohibited from selling food at Bali Hai Pier beginning Feb. 1 to prevent another invasion of rats after dark.

More than 100 rats were spotted Jan. 13, scavenging for leftover food and garbage around rubbish bins and rocks at the South Pattaya pier.

Looking at the unafraid vermin, one Thai tourist called it “disgusting” and said Pattaya officials should clean up the area, as it damages the city’s image among tourists.

Rats invade the beach Bali Hai Pier at night looking for leftovers.Rats invade the beach Bali Hai Pier at night looking for leftovers.

The following day, Wasinpat Chimtin, head of the Sanitation and Environmental Health Department, did just that, leading 20 workers to clean up garbage, wash pavements and scatter rat poison along the shoreline.

The Public Health Department said to prevent a new outbreak, food vendors next month will be banned from selling food at the pier, as they have been unable to keep the area clean.