In 2017, Bangkok holds the second spot for the city with the most number of visitors. The capital city of Thailand welcomed a total of 12.2 million tourists based on the figures by Euromonitor International, a market research firm. Majority of these tourists stayed in hotels such as hotel in Ploenchit while others stayed in serviced apartments and condominium units.
The capital city alone holds many attractions with a variety of options to choose from. There is the world-renowned street food most tourists are dying to try and the sex industry is also booming in the city. There is no shortage of nightlife in the city which is one of the main reasons why foreigners flock Bangkok. The downside is that the military junta is targeting these very reasons why the city became popular in the first place. They are conducting crackdowns in order to change the current image of Bangkok.
Last year during the month of April, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration announced that they are going to clean the street vendors and bring back the order to the streets of Bangkok. According to Dr. Vallop Suwandee, Bangkok governor’s chief adviser, they are ridding the streets with vendors slowly. The process does not have to be done at once but they are already intent on relocating around 20,000 street vendors.
Aside from the street food, the military junta is also targeting the party scene in the city. Crackdown has been conducted on of clubs and bars in the last year, which resulted to the closure of a number of them. This is because the government has imposed stricter laws regarding curfews and licensing. They are no longer able to bribe the authorities as they have been influenced by the failing politics in the country.
Suwandee clarified that the measures they are taking is for a good cause despite complaints from people that they are taking away the employment of many locals. He added that the city wishes to be on the same level as Singapore and Tokyo. The question now is whether it will affect the number of visitors, some staying at a hotel in Ploenchit, that are coming to the city and if the locals share the same ambition as the government.