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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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  1. Ynwaps

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Can we get rid of non electric tuktuks?

  2. Issan John

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    I wonder if it’ll be as successful as Singapore’s makeover of Bugis Street …..

  3. Pete

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    BKK authorities still don’t seem to understand that the more “orderly and harmonized” the tourist spots are, the less tourism they will see in the future. Nobody comes to Asia to see another western city. Fight trash, pollution and scammers instead.

    • James Pate

      Monday, December 21, 2020 at 6:19 am

      Exactly! We want to see unique charm. What Yaowarat really needs is a serious upgrade in water supply, sewerage and, electricity (Too many fires!). Better methods of cooking grease disposal, of course! Real health and safety inspections, with penalties. What we don’t need is another sanitized theme park!

  4. Khun plastic

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    Ah,so another scheme to rid the city of angels of street vendors, not so cunningly disguised as being eco friendly progress.
    No doubt the fancy new greenish carts will be well beyond the means of aunty lek and uncle somchai.
    Hopefully the usual standards of incompetent and stupidity will be applied and all will remain as normal.

  5. James Pate

    Monday, December 21, 2020 at 6:07 am

    Another BMA revamp project due to fail, just after BMA admitted its failure in the Kho Rattanakosin revamp. Having ignored advice of architects, preservationists, community leaders and residents, they steam-rolled through with their ‘we know better than you’ top-down plan. This will be like sandblasting a 100 year-old wok, ruining the seasoning. Does anyone remember the ‘specially-designed’ carts for the APEC meeting back in the Thaksin era? Vendors hated them. I watched the unused carts deteriorate in the parking lot of a gov’t. building near Victory Monument.

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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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