Is Bangkok really banning street food?

Is Bangkok really banning street food?

When news broke this week that Bangkok was reportedly planning to clear the streets of its beloved street food vendors, outrage broke out among fans of the city's famously cheap eats as the story racked up global headlines, BBC reports.

Bangkok's governor, Wanlop Suwandee, was quoted by English daily The Nation as saying the city is now "working to get rid of the street vendors from all 50 districts of Bangkok and return the pavements to the pedestrians. Yaowarat and Khao San Road will be our next goal in clearing out illegal vendors."

Government officials now say that while some areas will be cleared of street vendors in the name of public safety, they'll impose stricter rules on cleanliness and hygiene in other popular street food areas like Khao San Road and Yaowarat (Chinatown).

Should fans of Bangkok street food be worried?

Responding to the controversy, the Tourism Authority of Thailand released a statement saying it would like to "assure all international tourists and travelers that Bangkok remains a top destination for street food."