So long, Sukhumvit 38, and thanks for all the street food

Bangkok’s tourists and drunks will need a new source of khao ka moo after one of Sukhumvit Road’s most famous street food hangouts closes next year.

A guidebook highlight and neighborhood staple, the food stalls of Soi Sukhumvit 38 say they’ve been given nine months to clear out to make way for another unremarkable wonderful condominium project.

One food vendor told Bangkok Post the landowner died late last year and now his family is selling it to a developer. City Hall told them to move, but they were given a stay of execution until February.

Vendors complained that hasn’t stopped city officials from harassing them. On Thursday, representatives from the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority showed up with soldiers and police to tell street vendors they could no longer operate on the sidewalk.

The stretch of road, now lined on both sides by stalls, carts and even trendy food trucks, has been a street food destination for four decades.

Photo: Randolph Ruiz

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