BANGKOK – Yaowarat Road which hosts a variety of street food outlets has been turned into a walking street. CNN has ranked Thailand as the destination with the World’s Number One Street Food.
Given the government policy to promote tourism, Yaowarat Road has become a walking street with street food available for visitors every evening, and during the night on weekends. Many Thais and foreigners come to the area to choose from a variety of food including Thai, Chinese and European food. The walking street starts at Chalermburi intersection and Soi Plaeng Nam and continues to Ratchawong intersection, covering a 600-meter distance lined with nearly 200 famous restaurants. Most visitors are Chinese in large or small groups. Some order food to take away, while others take a table in a restaurant and eat it there. There is normally a choice of seats and tables inside the restaurant or on the pavement.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s municipal officials ensure convenience for the people, undertake patrols to maintain public order along the walking street and issue a warning to any restaurant which might have violated the rules. Barricades and traffic cones are used to reserve a path on either side of the road to safeguard pedestrians who are giving orders for food or waiting for it, midst the traffic of passing vehicles. Yaowarat Road Walking Street opens on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The road is closed to vehicles from 7.00 p.m. to midnight on Sundays.
Elsewhere, Silom Road Walking Street opens on the third Sunday of each month from noon to 10.00 p.m., beginning December 15, and Khaosan Road Walking Street opens on Mondays from 4.00 p.m. to midnight, beginning December 16.