Bangkok launches clean, cheap community food campaign


BANGKOK – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has launched a campaign for clean and cheap food in four communities and may increase it to 10 within this month.

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang visited the clean and cheap food spot near Lotus shopping center in Pathumwan district, which is one of the four locations for the campaign started today.

The food markets are provided for street food vendors in designated and regulated areas at Lotus shopping center in Pathumwan district, Lumpini Park parking lot, in front of Koong Luang restaurant in Pinklao district, and ner Somdet Chaophraya Hospital in Bangkok Noi district. The campaign is aimed to help street food vendors currently affected by restrictions along the Bangkok streets.

Participating vendors are not entitled to any lease, but can only open their stall according to the time limit at each location, and must ensure the food of its quality and safety. The BMA aimed to open 10 more locations by the end of this month.

A total of 8,007 street merchants are being affected by the street food regulations, 6,334 of whom being food vendors, 681 clothes vendors, and 992 traders of other items. The affected vendors can register at respective district offices to be able to trade at the designated locations.