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"We are not coming back" : Tourists give the thumbs down to Khao San Road changes

 

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WE are not coming back... message from tourists

 

Thai media said that tourists have given a strong message to the Bangkok authorities and the government after attempts to sanitize Khao San Road.

 

They have clearly spoken out saying: You are destroying the life and soul of the city - and we are not coming back!

 

Thailand's most influential and far reaching media Thai Rath went to the Khao San area to investigate after the authorities have tried to shift out the traders and stalls from the sidewalks.

 

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Picture: Thai Rath

 

Despite opposition and refusals the area is already a shadow of its former self and tourists arriving are convinced they have come to the wrong place it is so quiet and lacking in life.

 

Thai Rath said that traders in regular shops, tuk-tuk drivers and motorcycle taxi ranks in the area were all speaking with one voice saying that the tourists have virtually all gone.

 

One comment from a motorcycle taxi guy said it all:

 

"No one believes it is Khao San anymore. They arrive then stand about looking confused. They ask "Have we come to the right place?". They look left and they look right. I have pointed to the street sign to show them that despite their confusion they are indeed in the right place".

 

The message is clear: This is not the Khao San Road - not the vibrant Bangkok in the guidebooks and tourist promotion handouts.

 

Traders spoke of a once busy and eclectic road and a thriving trade being obliterated in the name of progress and order.

 

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Picture: Manager Online

 

While Thai Rath said that it is a conflict between matters like the law vs the life of the capital and people's livelihoods vs convenience.

 

They said that the issue has divided opinion of people resident in the capital of Thailand.

 

But they said the government's efforts to change Bangkok into a place of order may be its death knell in the eyes of tourists wanting to see something they cannot experience in other cities around the world.

 

The standoff between the the Bangkok authorities continued, reported Manager in a related story on Monday.

 

But they said in the meantime from Aug 6th there would be a seven day calming period when traders would be allowed to set up one stall each on the sidewalks in the area from 6pm to midnight.

 

But it is not known that this will be extended in a Thai compromise or whether the authorities will stick to their guns come next week and clear everyone out for good.

 

Sources: Thai Rath, Manager Online

 

 
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Deputy Bangkok governor to brainstorm ideas with agencies in bid to resolve Khaosan Road dispute

By The Nation

 

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BMA officials are dispatched to enforce the ban on roadside vending on Khaosan Road on August 1.

 

Bangkok Deputy Governor Sakoltee Phattiyakul will call a meeting this week with relevant agencies to seek possible solutions to the ongoing dispute with street vendors at the capital’s highly popular Khaosan Road, after a ban of pavement vending was defied over the past week.

 

In the meantime, a temporary solution has been worked out to allow stalls to continue to be set up on the pavements, subject to certain conditions, for one week.

 

Agencies invited to the meeting include the Metropolitan Police Bureau, the Tourism and Sports Ministry, the Commerce Ministry, the Social Development and Human Security Ministry, and the Internal Security Operation Command, Sakoltee told local radio station Jor Sor 100 on Monday.

 

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) earlier banned vendors from pavement vending from August 1, but some 70 per cent of the operators at Khaosan Road have refused to comply with the order since traffic police do not allow them to trade on the actual road surface instead.

 

In the evening and at night, Khaosan Road has always been blocked by huge numbers of tourists and vendors, but the BMA believes activity along the street should now be legalised, the deputy governor said.

 

As no permanent solution has yet been reached, nearly all of the roughly 300 Khaosan Road street vendors would be allowed to set up stalls on the pavements from 6pm to midnight, starting from Tuesday evening for a week, he said.

 

However, the stalls must not take up more than 1.5 metres of the street’s 3-metre-wide pavements, and restaurants and bars cannot place their tables and chairs on the pavements, Sakoltee stressed.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30351605

 
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Just another brain dead idea by brain dead people.

The brain dead bar stewards are slowly destroying Bangkok with these stupid schemes, what they fail to realise is tourists love what Kao san road was like before they tried to sterilize it.

Welcome to Bangkok the city where the only thing you will experience is nothing but empty streets.

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So now the Indian tailors have nobody to harass on the sidewalks? And the poor tribal lady with the frog who always harassed me while eating in a restaurant is also gone? Oh i will miss them so much.

 

And all those fake Nike slippers which break in 2 days and become waste, the tourists still miss those? 

 

They should open a nice market close to kao sarn and real shops in the fronts, taxi's on the street waiting...i don't see the problem.

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Further proof that stupid people always find a way to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. Tourists dont go there for a sanitised environment and clearly won't go at all if this idiocy continues.

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11 minutes ago, colinneil said:

Just another brain dead idea by brain dead people.

The brain dead bar stewards are slowly destroying Bangkok with these stupid schemes, what they fail to realise is tourists love what Kao san road was like before they tried to sterilize it.

Welcome to Bangkok the city where the only thing you will experience is nothing but empty streets.

Do you think it was good for the image of BKK and Thailand that the whole world knew that on kao sarn road you can buy fake id's, presscards, university degree's, and probably everything else fake...It was just open on the corner of the street for loads of years...

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Instead of decimating an iconic street with oodles of character,

why don't you get rid of the ebony / uzbekistan whores and nigerian pushers that congregate between Sukhumvit Soi 1- 5?

 

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Khaosan rd died 20 years ago. It used to be lined with 'hole in the wall' guest houses  for 80 baht/night and mountains of backpacks waiting to be loaded into buses  fanning out all over Asia and beyond.

Khaosan  was taken over by developers  in the early noughts  and is now just like any other street littered with vendors and Indian hustlers not to mention  kfc , mcdonalds and expensive hotels and western style beer bars. 

 

A townhouse on Khaosan sold for about 1 million baht back when i first arrived.  Price now?? 50 million maybe.

Very high rents and deposits.Trendy Thais went there for a while but unlikely nowdays.

Bangkok has totally westernized the tourist areas.

No longer Asia.

 

 

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Who is going to go to a place with 100's of police roaming around like in the picture to enforce the law. Maybe someone could explain to me what they are trying to achieve here? This only really hurts Thai's who are working there in my opinion and is a massive OG. Military Govt, Boy Scouts everywhere. Noooooo Thanks. 

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56 minutes ago, colinneil said:

Just another brain dead idea by brain dead people.

The brain dead bar stewards are slowly destroying Bangkok with these stupid schemes, what they fail to realise is tourists love what Kao san road was like before they tried to sterilize it.

Welcome to Bangkok the city where the only thing you will experience is nothing but empty streets.

Not forgetting all the street food vendors moved on - which made worldwide news, BKK being famous for its street food , and people from all walks of life using it, loving it, and now missing it.

Except the Big Wigs in a military govt.

Cleanliness and Orderlyness is next to Godliness for this lot...

Numpties.

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46 minutes ago, Thian said:

So now the Indian tailors have nobody to harass on the sidewalks? And the poor tribal lady with the frog who always harassed me while eating in a restaurant is also gone? Oh i will miss them so much.

 

And all those fake Nike slippers which break in 2 days and become waste, the tourists still miss those? 

 

They should open a nice market close to kao sarn and real shops in the fronts, taxi's on the street waiting...i don't see the problem.

The problem is that "the nice shops with taxis waiting" can be found anywhere else, including the many useless and energy wasting malls.

People come to see and experience things unique but many people don't seem to realise this. Thailand used to have many places and people that were totally unique. Most of these have become diluted or disappeared completely, consequently tourists will disappear also.

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