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Transformation in street food vending in modernizing Bangkok: trading pattern, vendor and product

Street food vending in Bangkok has been transformed in terms of the trading patterns, vendors, and products by the modernizing process. Thai female commoners and Chinese men were the first groups to join this business. After Bangkok shifted from water-based to land-based city, street food vending became an informal business due to sanitation regulations. In 1997, Asian Economic Crisis caused many laidoff workers to enter this business as a new generation of street vendors and drove many product changes. While in 2014, the Policy of Returning Walkway to the Public caused tremendously declined in Temporarily Permitted Areas for street food business. This article aims to examine the socio-economic aspects of the turning point in street food vending transformation process with the timeline of study divided into four sections. It will show the transformation of street food vending trading patterns, vendors, and products in Bangkok and their effects on the urban lifestyle and dining culture.

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