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Caitlin Ashworth

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Bangkok’s Chinatown is getting a makeover. A noticeable change will be to the food carts lining the main strip, Yaowarat Road, which are usually packed tightly along the street. In the revitalisation plan starting early next year, the food carts will be “more ordered” and “harmonised,” according to deputy governor Sakoltee Phattiyakul.

“After January, people will see a noticeable change along Yaowarat Road.. The food carts will be more ordered, their appearance will be harmonised and the operations will be more environmentally friendly.”

Plans for Chinatown’s new look is run by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. The BMA cracked down on street food vendors in the past in efforts to clean up the streets and make sure food carts were following regulations. For Chinatown, food vendors will continue to operate along the street, as long as they are up to code.

A new, special food cart is in the works as part of the Yaowarat Road revitalisation plan. The National Science and Technology Development Agency is working on a food cart they call “Rak Lok,” meaning “Save the Planet,” which is designed to enhance hygiene. Air filters would reduce smoke and grease traps hold the use oil.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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