The World Capital of Street Food Is Banning Street Food

Bangkok’s bustling, roadside food stands are legendary. But with Thai government’s new decree to shut down street food — in an attempt to improve safety and cleanliness — outrage is growing.

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A woman arranges fried snacks on her street food cart in Bangkok's Pratunam district on April 18.

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People shop for food from street stalls in Bangkok's Phayathai district on April 18.

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A man sells drinks from a street cart in Bangkok's Pratunam district on April 18.

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A man makes food at a street stall in Bangkok's Phrakanong district on April 17.

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A woman works at a street noodle stall as a customer eats in Bangkok's Phrakanong district on April 17.

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A woman sells fruit at a street stall in Bangkok's Phrakanong district on April 17.

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People walk past a street noodle stall in the Phrakanong district of Bangkok on April 17.

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A man carries a dish at his street food stall in the Pratunam district of Bangkok on April 18.

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A street food vendor talks to a customer in the Phrakanong district of Bangkok on April 17.

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People wait to pick up food from a street stall in the Phrakanong district of Bangkok on April 17.

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A family prepares food for customers at a street food stall in the Phrakanong district of Bangkok on April 17.

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