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Old May 5th, 2009, 03:13 AM   #1
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Bangkok 2009 - final part 3 of 3

In many Bangkok photos we see big elevated motorways which look so cool and modern. Yet not that often we see what is happening UNDER those massive concrete bridges. I did go under this junction to see what was happening and what the local people who lived there were up to.

Seemingly it's some of the poorest residents of Bangkok who stay there. It's a complete opposition to what we're used to see in most areas around Sukhumvit Road, Siam, Silom or elsewhere with shiny shopping malls and luxury hotels. This is a slightly different touch of Bkk.

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Just after turning out from one of the main streets the view starts to change. There still is some street-trade and gatherings of people. However the deeper in the area the less lively it looks. Those motorway intersections may not look that huge from the air but in reality they occupy vast areas of land
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Those who drive on those concrete flyovers can't see what's under them. Just as we can't see them from down under. It's two different worlds here and there even though only a few meters apart
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Seemingly the motorway was built over something that looks like a canal or some other open water reservoir which now looks neglected and full of some little creatures (not fish)
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Some people having dinner. I was offered to have a bite. Only way of showing my gratitude was to take a photo which they could see only in my camera's little LCD screen. Anyhow, maybe some day they will see this photo somewhere on the Internet and remember that strange guy with a camera wandering under the motorway junctions
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Some unfamiliar mechanisms which, I assume, have something to do with the canal infrastructure. Not sure if they are still operational though. Would be extremely interesting to know more about that and the whole area in general
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The first 'normal' area outside the junction which is in Din Daeng. It wasn't that easy to get out because one way was blocked by the canal and the other way was blocked by fences and little shabby houses. There was another little canal I had to cross via bridge which had no rails and seemed dangerous. It was exciting enough to ignore any potential dangers though. There was some food-trade going on in the yard surrounded by multistory concrete residential blocks
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Some local guys who seemed like 'gangsters' of local scale. They were wandering around and playing with some sharp looking weapons and asked me to take a photo of them. No problem. Not only they didn't look too aggressive but also knew how to smile
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Day after in Sukhumvit Road. Ballack pushing his tuk tuk
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Some new year celebrations in Sukhumvit Soi 4 at the entrance to Nana Plaza which is one of Bangkok's largest and most concentrated 'red light' spots which in the evening becomes a massive partyzone
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Religion occupies a very important place in the daily life of ordinary people
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One of a number of different deities that we can found in small shrines and temples all around Bangkok. I'm not too familiar with them but looks like it's mainly Hindu gods. I'm not sure how that works out in Theravada Buddhist tradition which is the predominant religion in Thailand
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Siam Paragon fountains and sale advertisements
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View from the Skytrain
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BTS On Nut station with is quite some distance away (about 15km) from the main central areas. It's also the Eastern terminal station of BTS Sukhumvit line
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Some funky small-scale contemporary architecture.
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Tesco Lotus is a joint venture between British supermarket chain Tesco working in cooperation with a local business. I'm a frequent visitor to Tesco in UK and have noticed that Tescos in Thailand normally look much cleaner, pleasant and have friendlier staff
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Hua Lamphong, the main train station of Bangkok.
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Canals (khlongs as they are called locally) in the old part of Bangkok
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Inside the train station
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Siam is a small area packed with little shops. The interesting and unique thing about it is that it's made to look very "European" with highstreet-like shopping as opposed to mall shopping which is dominant in Bangkok and the rest of big cities in Asia. Shopping malls, especially in subtropical climate, seem much more convenient though
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Above the entrance to Hard Rock Cafe
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"Salaam alaikum, sir, please try our restaurant, great food for you sir..." Soi Arab which is Soi 3-4 Sukhumvit. The area is not only Arab but also influenced by other Islamic cultures. There are some Arabic restaurants and shops
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A great place to drink - Gullivers Inn which is essentially a very nice (and large) pub.
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Street sellers at Sukhumvit Road
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Bangkok would not be Bangkok if not Khao San Road. Labeled 'Backpacker's Ghetto' it's one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan areas one could ever imagine. It's one of world's major backpackers' hubs
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A lovely quiet street just off Khao San rd.
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It's got one of the most amazing and unique Starbuck's I've ever been to
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There are 12-15 seats inside and although it was full that time (I found a seat though), it was absolutely silent inside. Like a meditation place where even a blade of grass could disturb everyone. A lovely and interesting place to hide away from street noises
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Comrade cockroach, a very common resident of Bangkok (about 3.5-4cm in length)
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Sondhi, one of the PAD leaders got shot the day before. His car got struck by over a 100 bullets fired from a machine gun, including one that hit him in the head. Yet he miraclously survived the assasination attempt. Later he said that soldiers were behind the shooting. One thing for sure, there is some dirty politics still going on
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Spires of the Grand Palace which hosts a huge open-air museum with temples, Monarchy relicts and other interesting expositions. I have been there twice already so this time we're not going there
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Green bike is a great idea but not sure how this will work in a city where anything that is not a car does not deserve respect on the road. Also, cycling in a this climate may not be such a great idea. I would much prefer an air-conditioned car myself . Good luck to them though
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Chao Phraya River and river taxi boat
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Art Market. Some artists selling their stuff which they also make on the spot
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This guy was creating his own bust simply by looking at the mirror
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Evening in Sukhumvit Soi 11 next to Bed Supperclub. Entry is 600THB (US$17) and for that you get two drinks. Ladies go in free on some nights. The great thing about this nightclub is the interiors and the beds where you can actually lay down and chill out while listening to great music and having a drink. There are also two separate rooms which play different styles (e.g. hip-hop and jazzy-house). All in all a very cool and chic place with great music and visits by best international DJs from all around the world
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If Bed SUpeprclub seems too expensive and too cool, then there's an option of some to-die-for roast beef and chicken pieces just on the opposite side of Soi 11 (or pretty much on every corner all around Bangkok, to be more precise). To me it takes 4-6 of those to have a decent lunch and costs 10THB (US$0.3) each. It comes with a piece of green pepper and pineapple. Absolutely (and I mean it) delicious!
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Lets have the last look through the hotel window. I'll miss Bangkok!
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This is the end. Thanks all who watched and hope you enjoyed the City of Angels. Of course, it's only a matter of time (and $, of course ) before we'll be back.

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Old May 6th, 2009, 02:29 PM   #2
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great picture...lovely to seeing bangkok ...
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Old May 6th, 2009, 03:34 PM   #3
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Thanks for sharing your photos in these 3 threads, some great shots of the city, you make me wish i was back there.
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Old May 6th, 2009, 03:37 PM   #4
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thankyou, what a great tour. Fascinating city. Is it true that there are less and less tuk tuks around nowadays
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Old May 6th, 2009, 06:10 PM   #5
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i love everything about bangkok apart from the tourists, sex tourists and hippy backpackers
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Old May 6th, 2009, 07:07 PM   #6
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emmm...seeing bangkok makes me wonder on how we want our city/hometown/place to be looked clean, efficient and organized, yet we appreciate other's city which rather rustic and full of mess. huh...how conflicting we are.

anyway, a shot of gang with tattoos and smiles is....precious!!! great that you've done that

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Old May 7th, 2009, 03:41 AM   #7
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@eastadl

I think it's true, even though I never really paid attention to that and neither I ever used a tuk tuk except once back in 2006 just for fun. I didn't even like it anyway
I think there was some order or something that doesn't allow any new tuk tuks to be launched onto streets which means only old ones can be used. I'm not sure if that's really true though.

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Tru... except of backpackers though. I think it's one of the main attributes of Bkk. As about sex tourists, I think £ dropped steeply enough to deter some of those fat greasy bad-mannered w***ers from going this direction

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I don't think Bangkok is that unorganized or inefficient as some presume or believe. In many ways it's a well organized and efficient city. What I really noticed as one of the most negative attributes is lack of pedestrian-friendly atmosphere... it feels as if those who planned streets and public spaces forgot that it's not only cars but also humans who occasionally walk on sidewalks or public spaces. It would really help to improve that.
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I know... one in 11th photo as well
he looks hot though!
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And this thread about Bangkok was great too
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I know... one in 11th photo as well
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Well, I don't know but I was quite certain about that. Not that it's anything unusual in Bangkok though... and certainly not least in Sukhumvit soi 4 lol
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Really cool threads, all three of them, made me consider even more to go there soon!

And great pictures by you Pansori!
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Very nice city!
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This BKK compilation is first-rate. Best ever I saw on SSC.
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Overall, a great collection of photos of a very fascinating city.
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If you have more photos from Bangkok, please post them
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