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Old October 12th, 2013, 01:58 AM   #1
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Bangkok. The baddest city on earth

Bangkok is a very dangerous place. If you go there once the chances are you will keep going back again and again and again. I warned you anyway.

This year's Bangkok experience starts in a Vietnam Airlines Airbus A320 enroute from SGN to BKK. It's got those cool looking folding LCD screens in the salon. They are good for nothing except the looking cool part
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Suburbs of Bangkok seen from the plane
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Industrial areas
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And here is Bangkok itself
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Old October 12th, 2013, 02:03 AM   #2
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China Airlines B747 in Suvarnabhumi Airport
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Arriving at Suvarnabhumi Airport. The interior is characterized by plain bare concrete structures and glass. Absolute coolness if you ask me
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Old October 12th, 2013, 02:13 AM   #3
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Views from the Airport train which connects the airport with the central part of Bangkok. There is an option to take a non-stop express service or all-stop regular service. The train line is built on an elevated bridge (you can see one of the stations on the right side of the picture) and uses Siemens Desiro Class 360 rolling stock similar to which is widely used in the UK
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Thanon Tanao right next to Thanon Khao San which is perhaps the world's most epic backpackers' destination
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Khao San road. This is where the backpackers be. You'll meet all kinds of characters from gap-year hippie-wannabes to hardcore old-school types who have been 'stuck' there for decades. All diluted with a vast number of regular tourist types who just want to check out the place because it's famous. I came back to Khao San after 7 years despite having travelled to Bangkok pretty much every year since 2006. It felt so nice to be back. It feels light-years apart from the modern part of Bkk just a few km to the East
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Old October 12th, 2013, 10:49 AM   #4
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I usually don't like pictures of such a big size, but in this thread it works out well. I love them, especially the street scenes. We're going to Bangkok next year, so I'm really looking forward to many more of your pictures. Keep them coming my friend, you have a fan here!
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Old October 12th, 2013, 12:23 PM   #5
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Great, very nice photos so far Pansori; keep them coming
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Old October 13th, 2013, 01:17 AM   #6
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Thank you guys.

@Benonie
I don't think the photos are that large. They are perfect for standard 'full HD' (1920x1080) screen sizes. Sadly I didn't take that many pictures this time (I was very tired and needed some.. eh... rest ) but I did manage to take a walk around some locations and perhaps give a little impression of what Bangkok looks like. In either case it is one hell of a fascinating place and I'm sure you'll have a great time there next year.
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Old October 13th, 2013, 01:26 AM   #7
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Meanwhile I will continue with the photos.

Two white girls walk down the street near Khao San. They probably think it's incredibly cool to walk with those traditional style umbrellas. I don't know why but I just got a feeling that those are the types of characters who do not turn off the flash while taking photos in the daylight, carry an iPhone and think that they're more cool than they actually are
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Khao San Road
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Chakrabongse Road walking from Khao San towards Rama VIII bridge
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Old October 13th, 2013, 01:35 AM   #8
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Crossing the Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem
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Smaller side streets. That's a rather common sight in the older part of Bangkok. It does look a little, shall we say, aesthetically not very pleasing. But on the other hand no other city that I have ever been to is as saturated with urban charm and character
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Old October 13th, 2013, 01:37 AM   #9
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Elevated road which is connected to the Rama VIII bridge nearby. Bangkok has quite a few elevated expressways and stack junctions which add to the grand feeling of a big city
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View of Chao Phraya river from the bridge
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Cables of the bridge
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Old October 13th, 2013, 01:42 AM   #10
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This is how the elevated Rama VIII road looks like from the elevated level
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Skyscrapers of Sathorn CBD in a distance (about 6.5km away)
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Underneath the Rama VIII bridge
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Seems legit
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Old October 15th, 2013, 02:12 PM   #11
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As always i like your photo reports
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Old October 15th, 2013, 10:48 PM   #12
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Great fotos!

I have visited Bangkok many times but it still is and always will be fantastic city!

Great job!
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Old October 15th, 2013, 11:47 PM   #13
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Continuing with the second leg of my Bangkok visit. This time from the modern Bangkok.

The area around Sukhumvit Road all the way from Siam to Asok and towards Thong Lo represent one of the multiple modern centers of Bangkok (other main center being Silom and Sathorn CBD). It looks and feels like a completely different city from the areas shown in the first part of this thread: skyscrapers, elevated Skytrain tracks, countless shopping centers of all kinds and general modern city vibe. Much of the shopping destinations and nightlife spots (including the naughty ones) are located within this vast area. To me this is what defines Bangkok of today: modern, intense, cool and a little bit messy in places. Good enough to qualify as one of the most incredible places on earth and be world's most visited city.

Junction of Sukhumvit and Asok Montri/Ratchadaphisek road near Asok BTS station. Those concrete pillars hold the Skytrain tracks and are also used as supporting structure for elevated pedestrian pathways as seen in the picture as well. In general Bangkok street level is not very pleasant and friendly to pedestrians but if you try hard it's walkable
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View from the elevated pedestrian walk
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Sukhumvit Road and Asok Montri. This is one of the bigger non grade separated junctions in this part of Bangkok. It turns into a notorious traffic jam during peak hours
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A cat resting on a metal box mounted on a light pole. It did in fact look at me by opening one eye slightly and giving that contemptuous look to what he probably thought as of just another pitiable human being
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Terminal 21 is a new trendy shopping destination. It does look very cool and glitzy. Bangkok surely has a fair share of top notch shopping malls most other cities could envy
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Old October 15th, 2013, 11:59 PM   #15
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That car on the left looks a little odd
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Non-A/C bus passenger
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Lost in the middle of the road
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Old October 16th, 2013, 12:00 AM   #16
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View from elevated Skytrain station along Sukhumvit Road
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Incredible pictures!! Keep 'em coming! What type of camera lens did you use?
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Old October 16th, 2013, 12:33 AM   #18
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Incredible pictures!! Keep 'em coming! What type of camera lens did you use?
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I use entry level Sigma lens.
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Old October 16th, 2013, 12:59 AM   #19
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nice but it looks dense and crowded.
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I use entry level Sigma lens.
Okay thanks! I was in Bangkok in August 2013.
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