Bangkok Chinatown’s new street food area opens

Bangkok’s new-look Chinatown Yaowarat is ready to welcome tourists and the public after getting a makeover as part of City’s Hall’s policy to improve the capital’s street food culture.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) last month designated two pilot areas under the project
to remove street food vendors from the streets and house them in regulated areas.

They include Yaowarat Road in Samphanthawong district and Khao San Road in Phranakhon district.

Bangkok Governor Pol General Assawin Khwanmuang said that the new street-food spot on Yaowarat Road starts from the Chalerm Buri Intersection and runs to Ratchawong Intersection, covering about 600 metres. Most shops sell food, beverages and miscellaneous goods.

The BMA set up two committees to manage the project.

One committee is in charge of designating regulations for setting up stalls in public spaces and the other is charged with bringing the areas up to international standards.

Assawin said the project aims to preserve and enhance distinct street food while also improving hygiene and other factors to improve tourists’ confidence in street food.

A Line account with Thai, English and Chinese languages has been set up as a channel for the BMA to communicate with the public on how to improve services related to the street food areas.