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Old October 21st, 2013, 02:29 AM   #41
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Emporium Mall on Sukhumvit Road. One of many hi-end shopping centers in the vast central area of the city. Without a slightest exaggeration Bangkok is a heaven for those who like large multi-storey shopping malls. I wonder if there is a city anywhere in the world which has more shopping malls in its urban core? I doubt it. There is a good reason for it though. Hot and humid climate with typical outside temperatures of +33C means that you want an air-conditioned environment. Large shopping center is a perfect refuge for this purpose. Even if you're not planning to buy anything it's still a perfect location to have lunch at one of numerous dining establishments which can range from SE Asian style food courts serving wide ranges of very inexpensive and delicious foods to fine-dining establishments for the evening

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Old October 21st, 2013, 02:37 AM   #42
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New luxury apartment complex in Sukhumvit Soi 24
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We Love The King Road. Yep, this is the name of the street. It goes parallel to Sukhumvit Road a few blocks away
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Old October 21st, 2013, 02:43 AM   #43
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This narrow bottleneck reminds me of the Italian or Swiss villages where roads get very narrow between old buildings. Obviously because the buildings are heritage and must not be touched. This is not the case here but still for some reason uses the same idea
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Decreipt building on Setthi Thawi Sap street
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Old October 21st, 2013, 02:48 AM   #44
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CRT TV screens. I remember when they started making actual flat CRT screens. It seemed like such a nice innovation back then (late 90's)
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Again an iteresting car. Could not figure this one either but looks like a Japanese luxury sedan from the 70's
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Turning to Sukhumvit Soi 16/Sam Mit street
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The next bit will be from Suvarnabhumi Airport before departing the city of Angels.

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Old October 21st, 2013, 03:35 AM   #45
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Again an interesting car. Could not figure this pone either but looks like a Japanese luxury sedan from the 70's
If I'm not mistaken, that's the good old Toyota Crown, plenty of those still running here in Indonesia.

Nice shots! Since I'm going to Bangkok for the first time next year, this thread has been really an eye opener
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Old October 21st, 2013, 03:54 AM   #46
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If I'm not mistaken, that's the good old Toyota Crown, plenty of those still running here in Indonesia.

Nice shots! Since I'm going to Bangkok for the first time next year, this thread has been really an eye opener
Thanks! I'm sure you'll have a great time.

I was looking up Toyota Crown on Wikipedia and elsewhere. There are models that look somewhat similar but none actually look same as this one.
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Old October 21st, 2013, 02:39 PM   #47
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But it looks very similar.

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Old October 21st, 2013, 05:28 PM   #48
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Hey Pansori,
Do you post every picture you took or just the best ones?
Anyway, great pictures from Bangkok!
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Old October 21st, 2013, 06:52 PM   #49
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Great thread from Bangkok!
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Old October 21st, 2013, 10:56 PM   #50
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It does indeed look similar but if you look at the details they differ. I was trying to search for more photos and found quite a number of different versions of Toyota Crown some of which looked even more similar but none of them look same as that one. I'm just curious.

Btw, bangkok is a good place to spot some old and unusual cars. I have seen some very old Volvos, VWs and other cars which I had never seen before.
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Old October 21st, 2013, 11:07 PM   #51
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Hey Pansori,
Do you post every picture you took or just the best ones?
Anyway, great pictures from Bangkok!
Thanks.

I post all pictures that I have. Admittedly this hasn't been the most comprehensive photo tour of Bangkok.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 03:55 AM   #52
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It's a Toyota Corona, ~78 or so. I guess corona and crown are synonyms, but amongst cars, the Crown is a bigger, cooler, more expensive model.

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_...0010_large.jpg

There's a '78 Toyota Corona in my neighborhood. That example in Bangkok is especially impressive, as the humidity turns old cars into rust.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 04:10 AM   #53
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What I can conclude from these pics are...

Bangkok = Tokyo of South East Asia.

Quite Crowded but Modern one.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 04:16 AM   #54
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It's a Toyota Corona, ~78 or so. I guess corona and crown are synonyms, but amongst cars, the Crown is a bigger, cooler, more expensive model.
http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_...0010_large.jpg
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There's a '78 Toyota Corona in my neighborhood. That example in Bangkok is especially impressive, as the humidity turns old cars into rust.

Wow thanks for that
Corona, at least in some markets later turned to Carina (or Caldina in some places) which later became Avensis in Europe which is affiliated with Camry in US and Asia while in Australia Toyota Aurion is visually identical to a Camry for Asian market whereas Camry in Australia is similar to that in the US. I wonder if people at Toyota itself are not getting mixed up with their marketing strategies in different markets? I honestly don't get that.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 04:17 AM   #55
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What I can conclude from these pics are...

Bangkok = Tokyo of South East Asia.

Quite Crowded but Modern one.
It may have some visual similarities (concrete. Lots of it) but I'm sure those two cities can't be more different.
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It may have some visual similarities (concrete. Lots of it) but I'm sure those two cities can't be more different.
Prove it with more pictures, much more pictures!
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 02:43 AM   #57
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I had been to Bangkok twice before. It's urban plan is even worst than the Chinese mega cities, like Shanghai, Guangzhou.

However, the living expense in Bangkok is much cheaper than the Chinese cities.
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I had been to Bangkok twice before. It's urban plan is even worst than the Chinese mega cities, like Shanghai, Guangzhou.
'Even worse' than Chinese megacities? Those Chinese megacities, in fact, have some of the best urban planning anywhere on earth.

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What is 'much cheaper' in Bangkok? Transport, eating out, entertainments, beer and similar daily stuff costs rather similar. I guess property prices are higher? What about rent though? From what I understand despite high prices for buyers the rental is not that expensive in Chinese first tier cities.
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The last batch of my Bangkok photos from this year

The impressive passenger terminal of Suvarnabhumi Airport which was opened in 2006 and at the time was world's largest airport terminal

Check-in area
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Departure areas
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The terminal is massive and spacious. However even despite the sheer size of it (over 563 000 square meters) it already feels a little overcrowded in places. Many of the low-cost flights moved to the old Don Muang airport which will temporarily ease the load on Suvarnabhumi but there is an obvious need to expand the airport in order to keep it top-notch. An extra runway and second terminal of similar size is what is needed I suppose
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 04:53 AM   #60
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My flight is to depart soon. Unfortunately I only changed planes in Hanoi but I already have Vietnam in my plans for next year.
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This is it from Bangkok. It was a great pleasure to come back to this fascinating metropolis. Hope it was interesting even if not very comprehensive.
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