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The days of Khao San road being a haven for Western backpackers seem to be well and truly over.
Gone are the days of banana pancakes and fake student cards – here are the days of vendors greeting tourists with a hearty “Ni Hao Ma”.
The Chinese are there in droves and the government has started to teach traders to speak Chinese instead of concentrating on English.
The Thais are doing all they can to promote the area as a “must do” for every Chinese visitor.
Deputy at the Department of Business Development Lalida Jiwananthaprawat went to the area to survey the needs of small traders.
She determined that Chinese language lessons were a priority to boost their income.
A trial course has already started and will be a two day affair completed by August 19th for 50 of the 234 vendors on the street.
They will be taught basic conversation and particularly how to explain about their products and services to the Chinese.
Following the course the department will be back for another survey to gauge results and examine the way forward.
The Chinese language classes are a joint collaboration with her department and the Phra Nakorn municipal district.