By Panu Wongcha-um
BANGKOK (Reuters) – Hundreds of street vendors in the Thai capital’s bustling backpacker district of Khaosan road ignored a ban on street vendors introduced on Wednesday and carried on business as usual.
Bangkok imposed a ban on all commercial activity on the sidewalks of Khaosan road which for decades has been filled with food hawkers, shops and stalls selling bags, wigs and hippy-era clothing, surrounded by bars, restaurants, tattoo parlors and cheap hostels.
The vendors were ordered to move to a smaller space on the road where stalls can only operate between 6 p.m. and midnight, part of a move to “create order and return the footpath to the people”, City Hall said.
But many vendors set up their stalls as usual.
“We will not move today,” Natta Potina, 43, who has been a street hawker for more than 30 years. “Our stalls are an important part of this street’s identity.”
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