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Old July 2nd, 2011, 12:36 AM   #21
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61. Dekoratyviniusoe baseinuose plaukioja žuvys. Jos kažkodėl labai nebaikščios ir nori valgyti viską, ką mato aplinkui. Bandžiau įkišti pirštą, tai ir tą nori griebti. Nors nebandžiau įsitikinti, kas būna, kai pagriebia


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67. Going back to the more central areas of Bkk


68. Near Phetchaburi MRT Station. On the elevated concrete bridge above a City Line airport train is passing


69. Small shrines are dotting Asok Montri street (or any other street for that matter) on the way towards Sukhumvit Road


70. Traffic


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77. Sukhumvit Road. For those who are not familiar, Sukhumvit Road is perhaps 'the' street in Bangkok i.e. the main street connecting some of the busiest central shopping and nightlife areas. Bangkok, however, like many other big cities in Asia does not have a single strictly defined 'downtown' or 'main street' (such as Oxford street in Lodnon) and has a number of major shopping, business and nightlife/dining/entertainment areas. Sukhumvit Road is one of a few 'main' streets in a vast area that could be loosely defined as Bangkok 'downtown'. Sukhumvit is a very vibrant area full of hotels, shopping, eating facilities, nighclubs, bars and all other kinds of stuff that happen all around. A fascinating contrast to the old areas of Bangkok


78. BTS elevated bridge along Sukhumvit Road


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81. Siam BTS station. The main interchange of BTS where both BTS Skytrain lines join
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Interesting and very nice photos from Bangkok
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Old July 3rd, 2011, 01:53 PM   #26
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Impressive city!
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oh bangkok how i miss you!
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Old July 4th, 2011, 01:58 AM   #28
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82. Pedestrian spaces around Siam Paragon shopping center. During the day it's hot (+33C) and humid, hence few people actually hang outside. It's going to get more busy after the sunset when heat doesn't cause so much discomfort


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84. Next to Siam. Those concrete bridges carry BTS trains. Pedestrian skywalks are attached to those massive concrete pillars. Very urban indeed


85. View from one of the skywalks
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86. Jumping to another area, Sathorn CBD. Sathorn is perhaps the major CBD of Bangkok where most large company HQs and offices are based


87. Concrete used as decorative material on newly built elevated walkways


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89. Empire Tower and a newly built elevated walkway.
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91. Sathorn. The main street of the CBD


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93. Bangkok recently launched a BRT line. Wide and straight avenues are well suited for that and Bangkok has plenty of them


94. Sathorn Square tower. Designed by P & T Architects


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very good pics of BKK
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More Sathorn CBD

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98. BRT bus


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100. Thanon Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra. Not the easiest of the names to remember for a foreigner. BRT line goes along this street


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107. Why Skytrain is so much better than taxi in some situations... not to mention that it's much cheaper


108. Sathorn Square. A new elevated pedestrian walkway was built recently. It connects to the BTS station and nearby BRT station


109. If I am not mistaken this is Volvo 140 produced during 1966-1974m (this particular version was produced after 1973). There were no Volvo factories in Thailand at that time so I assume this one is made in Malaysia where Volvos were produced since 1967m. It was the first time I saw Volvo 140. It was either restored or taken extremely good care of


110. Silom Road. Another busy street nearby. A bit like a smaller version of Sukhumvit Road with shopping, street trade, restaurants, bars and nightclubs


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112. One of the new BTS trains on Silom line. They seem similar to the old trains despite some minor changes in design and 4 cars instead of 3. At the moment this is the most extensive form of rapid transit in Bangkok made of two lines which intersect at Siam station. It's an excellent way to see the city too as the trains go on elevated bridges way above the streets


113. The new trains have displais above doors which show the location of the train


114. Siam Paragon and a nearby square seen from Siam BTS station


115. Ratchaprarop street. Above the street Airport City Line Ratchaprarop station


116. Bangkok is interesting because you may find interesting things in places you would least expect them. There are plenty of shabby-looking little sidestreets and yet there you may bump into a modern (and perhaps not cheap) boutique hotel like this one to the right


Next destination Baiyoke Tower and its rooftop observation deck where we'll observe the sunset and the evening rush hour.
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Wow, very nice photos indeed! I don't know if Bangkok is really an amazing and modern city.
I should add Bangkok to my next travel destination then!
Thanks for the photos, by the way
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Old July 5th, 2011, 03:14 AM   #36
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Thank you, pi. Bangkok is indeed a modern and amazing city. However the main interest I find there is not just about the city and its urban features (although that plays a major role) but its character and people. I think this is the most important feature and what makes Bangkok unique and exceptional.
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Views from the observation deck of the tallest skyscraper in Bangkok - Baiyoke Tower II. At 304m it is the tallest skyscraper in Bangkok. Possibly not for too long as Ritz Carlton Residences & Edition Hotel is being prepared for construction as we speak. I must admit I am not a fan of Baiyoke tower, however the views from the top are spectacular. Especially once day turns into night. And believe me, Bangkok is spectacular by night.

This time we'll be watching as the dark covers the city and elevated expressways and streets paint in red and white lights filled with traffic. Quite a view.

117. Sukhumvit and Siam areas. This is the main modern area of Bangkok which boasts countles number of shopping centers, dining and nightlife facilities in addition to ordinary office and residential towers.


118. To the distant right there are older parts of Bangkok where highrise construction seems to be limited. That is a very different part of Bangkok


119.On the right Phaya Thai train station which currently works as the terminal station of Airport City Line and Airport Express trains


120. View to the West where the old part of Bangkok is located. The Grand Palace and famous temples are located there. Although this time we're not going to see them.


121. View to the North-West. Chatuchak weekend market is somewhere there in a far distance


122. A very impressive expressway junction which must be photographed by every visitor to the Baiyoke observation deck.
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123. Even in central areas there are some unfinished constructions dating back to 1997 as the financial crisis struck Thailand


124. The River. 265m high 73storey apartment tower nearing completion


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126. Old city beyond the Hua Lamphong train station


127. Victory Monument


128. Unfinished highrise in a far distance. I assume this is also from 1997
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132. Traffic. It is not an ordinary evening traffic congestion but rather a one-off jam caused by a blocked road. For some reason the police blocked-off one side of the expressway. Minutes later traffic was moving again


133. Cop who stopped the traffic can be seen at the bottom
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Great pics! What month were they taken in? I'll be in Thailand on 8/1/11 Bangkok is truly a one of a kind city.
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Lucky you
Pictures taken in Late april/early May 2011.
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