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Bangkok street vendors fear new governor's relocation plan

Chadchart Sittipunt wants to 'clean up' his city and remove 'ill-mannered' cooks

Restaurants don't get much more convenient than Bangkok's famous street stalls, but they also don't become more of a nuisance. (Photo by Kosuke Inoue)

BANGKOK -- The Thai capital, famous for its street food stalls and the wafting aromas they send out, has pitted its sidewalk chefs against its new governor.

The informal eateries want to stay put, but Gov. Chadchart Sittipunt, who took office in June, intends to round them up in outdoor markets modeled on Singapore's famous "hawker centers."

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