Street food: Thai foodies defend Bangkok vendor culture

In a city where eating well is an obsession, a statement by a senior official last month, published in a national newspaper, caused a public outcry. Vallop Suwandee, who chairs an advisory board to the governor of Bangkok, was quoted as saying that street vendors would be removed from all 50 districts of the city. It seemed that one of the most popular and distinctive aspects of Bangkok life was to be wiped out, days after CNN had voted Bangkok the best place in the world for street food, and…

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Thai king death: Thousands throng streets for procession

Thousands of Thai people have packed the streets of Bangkok to see a convoy carrying the body of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. His body was taken through the capital to the royal palace as mourners wept and held up portraits of the late king. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has been named as successor, but has asked for a delay in the process. The death of the world’s longest-reigning monarch sparked an outpouring of grief in Thailand. Official mourning will last a year. The cabinet declared Friday a government holiday, and flags…

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