On 29th June 2020, Mr. Sakoltee Phattiyakul, Deputy Governor of Bangkok, revealed that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has been implementing the policy on the management of hawkers and stall vendors in Bangkok in order to strengthen local economies for better lives of the people and communities by dividing the works into three stages, namely urgent, medium-term, and long-term stage. In the urgent stage, the BMA approved 3 appropriate spots to be pilot trade areas: 1) the pavements of Rama II Road at Soi 69, Bang Khun Thian District, 2) the pavement at Soi Ari 1, Phaya Thai District, and 3) empty space at Soi On Nut 70, Prawet District. At present, Metropolitan Police Bureau has legally approved and will declare that the areas are trade areas soon. The district offices will be responsible for the vendors or traders who may want to submit a request or draw lots.
For medium-term stage, the BMA will provide appropriate places for trading by establishing new market or new trade areas called “Hawker Center” or shopping spots in office areas around Si Lom, Sathon, and Sukhumvit roads.
For long-term stage, the BMA will consider better places for trading which can be a zone or spot especially for trade and business. Eligible traders or vendors must be the poor and State Welfare Card holders.
Moreover, landscape regeneration projects have been implemented, for example, at Khao San Road and Phran Nok Pier, to beautify and reorganize the areas so that more people would like to visit and go shopping in the areas.