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Old February 15th, 2009, 10:36 PM   #1
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What is Bangkok?

Toyotas, food, shopping malls, more Toyotas, elevated freeways, Khao San road, nightlife, dogs sleeping on sidewalks, Buddha statues, pretty ladies, souvenir shops, massage parlors, touts, heavy traffic, Singha beer, Baiyoke Tower, lots of tourists, 7-Eleven, temples, Skytrain, hotels, humidity, digital screens at big road intersections... these could be some of the briefest 'tags' one would put to their mind after a day (and night) in the city of Angels.

Bangkok is not a pretty city. It's gray, visually chaotic and by many standards ugly... filled with concrete and more concrete... and big-ass roads... and cars.. skyscrapers and even more concrete. Yet it's the city I fell in love with from the very first second I stepped from the plane a few years ago. A hell or paradise depending what you represent. Without an argument, though - an ultimate urban experience which cannot leave any space for hesitation. It's one of the world's most visited cities and Mecca for backpackers not least because of vibrant nightlife (one of the world's best and most open-minded, to say the least) and safety which allows anyone to feel safe even in unfamiliar places and without a guide

So here we go, my little summary of few brief visits to Bangkok in 2006, 2007 and 2008 where I spent 5 to 12 days each time. Note, some images may be outdated by now, especially ones from 2006

Some unfinished business from 1997/1998

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not so heavy traffic
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streetlife
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very happy
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Khao San rd. backpackers' Mecca
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Hostel sets its rules very clearly
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working hard up there
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...more traffic
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for tourists (The Grand Palace)
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roads, roads and even more roads
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hotel - do you know which one?
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big snake, or maybe airport, one of world's largest
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for those who love long skylines
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Tiananmen Square under the roof? Someone somewhere called this picture so... Check-in area of Suvarnabhumi airport
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you'll need a ticket before travelling
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fancy any fruits and vegetables?
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...I'll rather have a beer
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pub for those who want to drink it English way but without the bad smell of an English pub (Sukhumvit Soi 5)
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McDonald's clown gives a wai
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cars, cars and more cars (Ratchadamri)
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fresh grapefruits, a good way to start a day
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more tourist attractions at Wat Pho
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a rare old VW (at Silom rd./Rama IV intersection)
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need some strength
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Toyota Corolla. There are about five hundred millions of Corollas in Bangkok (I may have exagerated a bit). In fact there are over 5 million cars registered in Bangkok. Most of them seem to be Toyota corolla
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Toyota is by far the most popular car brand in the Kingdom (in this picture at Ratchadaphisek - two Toyota Camrys which are identical to Australian Toyota Aurion but are different from Camry sold in N.America)
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BTS Skytrain line above Sukhumvit road
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badass city (at Siam, one of Bangkok's main downtown areas)
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badass Toyota
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This American man fought in Vietnam and his wife left him taking all his assets... or at least that's what he says. He's now begging and 'looking for job' on a sidewalk next to Asoke Junction in Sukhumvit rd.
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Fancy a cocktail 200 meters above the streets on a roof with only sky above you?
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Banyan Tree open roof hotel restaurant and bar with Sukhumvit skyline in the background
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...if the previous was not cool enough, what about this? Lebua Restaurant at State Tower at 220 meters above the streets and Chao Phraya River. Prepare to pay a substantial bill for a decent dinner at this one
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place with a view
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Happy new year 2552! Children have fun during Songkran festival
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Mega Bridge
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My shooting range was better
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London?
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Towers in Chamchuri Square
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Want to say a quick pray? No problem.
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Yaowarat rd., sometimes described as world's largest Chinatown
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Sexy movie, for you, good price (pornography is illegal in Thailand)
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CBD skyline from afar
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CBD street level
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Stret level... sorry, I mean freeway level snapshot
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driving in Bangkok is fun and traffic is not nearly as bad as some might believe
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Dollhouse. Use your own imagination to figure out what's inside (hint: it's not for children)
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One of many sois at Silom Road
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Dogs in Bangkok love to sleep on sidewalks
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fountains are a common sight. No surprise, any hint to coolness (in terms of temperature, I mean) is a positive sign in such hot and humid climate
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Fact: there are about 1500 7-Elevens in Bangkok
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Night train
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Fancy some shopping? Siam Paragon, one of the largest and coolest shopping malls in the town
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Tracks
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I believe SUVs and pick-up trucks are no less common in Thailand than in Texas
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All kinds of transport
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One of many Sukhumvit hotels... I loved staying there because of excellent location and reasonable price
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Bed Supperclub at Sukhumvit Soi 11. One of the trendy and funky clubs in the town offering a good selection of local and international DJs and sophisticated electronic music
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Chinatown sidestreet
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What was this man of respectable age doing there with a woman of 1/3 his age? It's actually none of my business
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Public space (Siam)
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Camry is the most popular mid-size sedan on the streets of Bangkok...
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Some 'heavy' traffic in Chao Phraya river
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Elephant statue
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Sometimes taxis fly as fast as 130-150km/h (80-90mph) on this road which leads to and from Suvarnabhumi airport
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Hotels operate their boat services
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Siam is the place to be seen and to look at others (and cars)

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Bangkok is indeed a city that hardly ever sleeps (albeit, it does at some point in the morning I guess... not during the night though)
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Silom street life
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You wn't have to starve. Food, literally, is never further away than a few meters from you, at all times. It tastes good, too
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BTS Skytrain is by far the coolest and fastest mean of public transport
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Trafic can get nasty. Giant LED screens at most major junctions help to observe the live traffic information onscreen
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two-level Skytrain route
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Asoke junction
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One of many Sukhumvit Sois, full of things going on on the street and in the backyards
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Room with a view (kind of)
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Skytrain stop
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Soi 11 of Sukhumvit Rd.
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Inside one of BTS trains
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Street market
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Night scenes at around Sukhumvit rd.
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Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew
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For the end
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this is it for now. More will follow after my next visit to Bangkok which will be soon

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Old February 15th, 2009, 10:53 PM   #2
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Absolutely fantastic tour. Thanks for posting those.

That rooftop restaurant looks amazing.
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Old February 16th, 2009, 02:21 AM   #3
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yeah, amazing presentation. I think I felt what you tried to show. At least, a bit of that.
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Old February 16th, 2009, 05:27 AM   #4
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This thread is great! So why are no thai girls allowed upstairs?
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Old February 16th, 2009, 05:33 AM   #5
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Bangkok look amazing!!

I love your pictures, very good.
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Old February 16th, 2009, 05:41 AM   #6
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Wonderful pics! Bangkok is a great city indeed.
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Old February 16th, 2009, 06:41 AM   #7
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Cool thread. Anyway, Toyota is still the most popular and most common in any Asian country. Also the Camry is not considered a mid-size sedan. The Corolla more fits this.

The Siam Paragon is one of the best malls I've seen in Bangkok though Central World is also great!
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Old February 16th, 2009, 08:42 AM   #8
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Incredible photos. Great wide angle shots. Bangkok is full of colour.
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Old February 16th, 2009, 10:28 AM   #9
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magnificent shots. Bangkok is an awesome city, a true concrete jungle mess. Its amazing how such a huge city can be so safe too.
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Old February 16th, 2009, 10:45 AM   #10
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Bangkok, a truly organic urban jungle. It's an interesting place and my family loved their time there.
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Old February 16th, 2009, 07:06 PM   #11
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Great photos Bangkok looks great, i would say its the city of the future...
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A more clear presentation of Bangkok. Nice.
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Thanks all. I'm glad you like it and share your opinion. It's a truly unique city in many respects. I guess those who have been to Bkk, understand what I mean. Bangkok is one of few big metropols which doesn't feel hectic or crazy fast. On the contrary, it feels chilled out, relaxed and cool despite all the traffic, masses of people and movement in every square foot all around the place. An unforgettable feeling and, to me at least, the most amazing urban experience I have ever had.

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Wow :wow: !!! This city looks huge, I love those busy streets and highways/skytrains.
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endless vibrant scenes from mega city. superb!
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It's a truly unique city in many respects. I guess those who have been to Bkk, understand what I mean. Bangkok is one of few big metropols which doesn't feel hectic or crazy fast. On the contrary, it feels chilled out, relaxed and cool despite all the traffic, masses of people and movement in every square foot all around the place. An unforgettable feeling and, to me at least, the most amazing urban experience I have ever had.
haha...damn, you are right dude! bangkok seriously one of the best for an endless urban experience and a great place for urban photography...

truly recommended
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Old February 17th, 2009, 05:49 PM   #17
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thanks for those pics, Pansori!
btw city doesn't look that ugly,lol
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Amazing pictures. I realy like your style and the city looks very nice.
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Great shots!! Bangkok is one of those fantastic cities that stays in your mind forever.
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Old February 19th, 2009, 12:41 PM   #20
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Thanks again, guys.

Btw, I don't really think that Bangkok is that 'ugly'. It's all quite relative. I just mean that it's not exactly Paris or Rome when it comes to aesthetic side.

I personally, however, get more excited seeing big elevated roads than Champs Élysées
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