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BMA backs away from street food ban, but adds conditions

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19 hours ago, webfact said:

because Bangkok had become a crowded city

Ummmm.....and so it was when I first came here almost 40 years ago!!! It was single file down Silom at night then until recently (except for "footpath works" adjacent to Sala Daeng BTS

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I am Farang but I realize that street food is the soul of Thailand and having designated areas is a good idea

 

If you ban it you cut the heart out of the area

 

It is not only a food area but where people meet and mingle 

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19 hours ago, cunningstunt said:

Food carts in side sois cause total chaos. There is barely enough room for 2 lanes and they show up and you have one lane!

Lucky I live next to a bts and don't put up with it.

The carts were there long before the cars, generations of families have been cooking on the streets, it's the traffic that needs sorting, motorists using side streets as 'rat runs'

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Here is the fundamental problem with this Country, they are weak on policy. They introduce something, there is opposition to it, they wait, more opposition then they change the policy. From seat belts and riding in the back of pickups to street food and everything else. There seems to be this "let's throw it out there and see what happens" type of Governing. This is not NOT leading or Governing, it's popularity contest!

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21 hours ago, darksidedog said:

I don't know why Thais come out with really stupid, unpopular ideas and then immediately do an abrupt about face to get to something approaching common sense once the general populace start screaming.

We had it with the pick up trucks, with policy changing by the hour, and now on a matter of great importance to many people and the city itself, we are getting it again.

And Given Bangkok has been voted the best street food in the world, trying to get rid of it would be most unwise.

 

 

It's because they act before they think. The ability to recognize cause and effect, think critically, plan in advance of things happening, are not developed in the current education system or culture. This manifests itself in lots of ways which seem strange to us with our different education and culture. 

Examples are scenarios like this, always being late - often because they never think to allow enough time, never worrying about maintenance - no need till it's broken, etc etc etc.

 

Not right or wrong, just different.

 

Then add in the all import "face" and the always looking for a way to make an extra bit of money for doing nowt motivator and voila.

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Am I seeing things here? Common sense from a Thai government?? If the vendors are being regulated fairly to suit both them and pedestrians, then great, I just hope for their  sakes, that the government make sure the BiB keep their greedy paws well away.

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21 hours ago, darksidedog said:

I don't know why Thais come out with really stupid, unpopular ideas and then immediately do an abrupt about face to get to something approaching common sense once the general populace start screaming.

We had it with the pick up trucks, with policy changing by the hour, and now on a matter of great importance to many people and the city itself, we are getting it again.

And Given Bangkok has been voted the best street food in the world, trying to get rid of it would be most unwise.

 

Its not only the poor people that keep kicking a man when he is down. 

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21 hours ago, webfact said:

sellers must comply with the law,” Wanlop said.

And therein lies the smell of the BS: they will avoid complying, the BMA will avoid enforcing. And while stalls obstructing free movement on the pavement are a damned nuisance, the real, and neverending issue, is that of motorcycles riding, and parking, on them.

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20 hours ago, nuakmuaynina said:

I have never once been to Khao San Rd, nor do I intend to, far more interesting places in BKK.

How would you know that, if you have never been there???

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Dear Government

If you must have laws then for God's sake, enforce them. Otherwise you merely create inconvenience, confusion, and corruption. If it's a sensible law, ENFORCE it - if it's not then get rid of it.

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2 minutes ago, psyvolt said:

How would you know that, if you have never been there???

I've been there and I thought it was horrible.

 

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2 minutes ago, Saladin said:

I've been there and I thought it was horrible.

 

Ditto, also not my thing. But to state you dont like something but have never tried/been there is just silly

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maybe if the government is so quick to change its mind about minor issues, we should push for the bigger ones. Such as visa requirements and other silly requirements that us farang have to keep meeting or we are kicked out. I know for a fact my wife, who is Thai, is bored of having to keep going to immigration everytime my extenstion comes up. It is about time they give 1 yr to people who are married, 5 yrs to 10 yrs to people who are married and can prove cash in the bank.

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On 20/04/2017 at 3:30 PM, webfact said:

but they have to be properly managed

As usual, all is well managed in Thailand.

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They can say and do whatever they want,Rules an regulations and conditions mean Sweet fritz all,Give them 1 finger they will take a whole hand.It's all talk, nothing will change in the end.

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What is wrong with having street food in areas that can be cleaned properly once a day rather than everywhere where someone can set up a street side cart where there is no running water and no where to dump rubbish except in the gutter.
I don't eat street food, in fact I rarely eat Thai food, neither hold any appeal for me visually or taste wise.
Let it stay, let it be local but at least let it look and feel clean.

You don't eat it or find it visually appealing. Very well you still would allow it to stay if it can "look and feel clean". Since you don't eat it How about not worrying about what Thais expect and enjoy.

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More u-turns than Trump!

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On 4/20/2017 at 0:07 PM, edgarfriendly said:

i guess the rats squeaked loud enough that they wouldnt be able to breed like rats if there was no filth left night after night for them to feast, piss n shit all over

 

 

I like your rosy outlook on life! 

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On 4/20/2017 at 1:24 PM, cunningstunt said:


Exactly, slurping chicken soup with smelly backpackers and stoned aging hippies is not particularly enticing

Smelly backpackers? Having been one myself many moons ago I can honestly say that I never met one that smelled, and nor have I since.

Besides, unless you're fresh off the boat you should know by now that LOS really stands for Land Of Smells so if your olfactories are easily offended you're probably in the wrong place.

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On 4/20/2017 at 6:38 PM, robblok said:

Its a standard tactic all over the world.. bring something up that shocks everyone .. then come back with a milder version and get done what you really wanted to do.

 

How much salary do you want (most would say more so there is negotiation room). This is similar. 

I think you are giving them a little too much credit.....

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We all know what comes next. It'll get swept under the rug and things back to normal.

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