Government backtracks on street food ban

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The government is backtracking on its street food ban, saying they are only seeking to keep orderliness and contain disruptions to sidewalk pedestrians and road traffic.

Government Spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd dismissed news reports by some “foreign media” that the government is banning the sales of street food.

He said the government had received complaints from the general public and tourists regarding the disorderliness of pavements due to the placement of street food carts, thus the government is calling for cooperation among vendors to keep the area orderly, and to ensure food hygiene practices.

The government spokesman said street food is one of the country’s unique identities which allows tourists to sample tasty Thai food at an affordable price.

Bangkok is named one of the best street food cities in the world, while Or Tor Kor fresh market was recently named by CNN as one of the 10 best fresh food markets in the world.