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'It's a shocking idea': outcry over Bangkok street vendor ban

Tourists and stallholders say city’s attempt to sanitise the bustling, chaotic Khaosan Road is stripping the area of its charmFew streets evoke the chaos of Bangkok like the Khaosan Road, a place of pilgrimage for tanned, dreadlocked, tassle-adorned backpackers for decades.Yet this week, in an attempt to impose some order on the capital’s famed tourist road, the Thai authorities ordered all street vendors selling food, clothes and trinkets to clear off the pavements during the day.Nobody wants to buy a dreamcatcher in the night-time, so this plan is no good for meChaos is what makes Bangkok Bangkok, it’s messy and mad – they shouldn’t try to clean that away Continue reading......

 

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