Street vendors will be banned from pavements and roads on Khao San Road, Bangkok’s top tourist destination, and two other locations in the city, starting from August 1st, says Bangkok deputy governor Sakoltee Phattiyakul.
The other two sites are Lao market, or Talat Laos, in the Klong Toey area and a flower market in front of Wat Hua Lamphong in Bang Rak district. For Khao San. Mr Sakoltee said vendors would be relocated to a temporary area designated for vending close by. Their stalls would be set up in an orderly way without any encroachment on pavements and the road surface. Mr Sakoltee said a City Hall inspection had found pavements along Khao San Road were packed with vending stalls both day and night. The inspection was launched in response to Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang’s order after the agency received public complaints about vendors encroaching on paths. Mr Sakoltee said the congestion could also be dangerous in the event of a fire. After vendors relocate, a parking space for ambulances and a security checkpoint will be built to provide health services and safety for tourists. “The reclamation will not ruin the image of the tourist spot as vending stalls will be regulated in an orderly fashion to create a more scenic area,” said Mr Sakoltee admitting that some vendors are still resisting the relocation. Khao San Road is the third bustling location where the scheme has been implemented this year following markets outside Central Lat Phrao in Chatuchak district and Bang Kapi in Bang Kapi district. Bangkok Post