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Those food stalls you love about Bangkok are about to disappear from Bangkok

Bangkok’s iconic bustling streets, lined with food vendors may soon vanish.

The government is moving to ban these food carts and makeshift clothing stalls from the capital’s main roads, as part of a campaign to clean up the city.

"All types of stalls including clothes, counterfeit goods and food stalls will be banned from main city roads," Walop Suwandee, chief adviser to Bangkok’s governor, told news agency AFP.

"They will not be allowed for order and hygiene reasons."

Officials have for weeks been forcing vendors out of Thonglor, one of the city’s popular tourist districts, but the latest announcement confirms that the ban is city-wide.

Bangkok was earlier voted the world’s best destination for street food by CNN, and is known for its wide variety of cheap food dishes served in stalls along the road.

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Street food can cost as little as $1 in Bangkok.

Officials say the street food stalls clog the foot paths, littering the streets and blocking the way of pedestrians.

But for many, the city’s street stalls are part of its main draw:

I’m upset Bangkok is banning street food stalls! That’s a big part of the color and culture of the city! 🙁

— Noel Boyd (@noelboyd) April 18, 2017

I think my heart actually started to ache reading this. Street food is the soul of Bangkok. And I felt hungry 😋 https://t.co/4NR7G6F6LB

— Karen Tumlin (@KarenTumlin) April 18, 2017

But this decision isn’t new.

Bangkok had last year already started on its plan to clean up its streets — evicting some 15,000 vendors from 39 public areas across the city last year.

A Bangkok resident who agreed with Bangkok’s Metropolitan Administration (BMA) that the streets needed cleaning up, added that she believed another zone could be set up for street stalls.

"The BMA should set up a zone for the street vendors, so they can keep their jobs and preserve the charm of Bangkok’s street food," Romdheera Phruetchon told The Nation.

"The people can benefit from selling, while the tourists can enjoy the unique street food of our city."

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