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A Great City for Street Photography

We had just three days in bustling Bangkok so we hit the streets with our cameras and went to see what we could see…

Man with a walking frame and bright yellow sunglasses

My eye was caught by his glasses

Smiling man doing a peace sign on a pink bus

He was happy to have his picture taken!

man waiting for food at a street cafe in Chinatown, Bangkok

Waiting for dinner

The Decline of the New Empire Hotel

We had arrived very early in the morning on the overnight sleeper from Vientiane in Laos. (Click here to read about that journey.) Making our way the short distance to Chinatown on foot, it did not take us long to reach our hotel of choice.  The New Empire on Yarowat (AKA Yaowarat) Road is a large hotel which we found to be good value when we stayed last year.  However, prices rise and places change.  We would no longer recommend staying at the New Empire.  We took a room at the back when we found out the prices of the larger front rooms in which we’d been so comfortable last time.  The wifi was cripplingly slow, so much so that even downloading an email was impossible most of the time. The final disappointment came when I asked for the breakfast voucher on our first evening there; we were told that they no longer did breakfast! What had happened to the lovely ladyboy maid who’d so faithfully served us our coffee, marmalade and toast last year?!

B+W street photo - SOCKS

Man with interesting socks

sleeping person in Bangkok

man crossing a clear Yarowat Road in Bangkok

A rare moment of clear traffic

We got our 10,00 steps in easily being based in Chinatown. The area is not well served by the amazing BTS; you have to walk to the railway station to connect with the underground MRT before you can then connect with the overhead BTS. women reflected

Golden Buddha is housed at Wat Traimit

Wat Traimit (which houses the largest Golden Buddha in the world) is between the railway station and Chinatown

After looking at several other cheaper (and distinctly dodgy) places on the same road we decided that as it was only for a couple of days we would stay put.   So, Yarowat Road was our stomping ground and most of the pictures on this post are from the Chinatown area.

Yarowat Road in Chinatown, Bangkok

A true city picture – nothing like this in Vientiane

men playing Chinese chess in Bangkok

Chinese chess at a food court

Bangkok night street shot

View from the BTS bridge in Silom on the way back from MBK

We did make it back to the enormous MBK shopping centre though. I bought nothing more exciting than our dinner there but Henry purchased a new camera! He got a good deal and will be able to claim the tax back via the VAT refund scheme when we leave the country.

yo-yo craze Bangkok 2013

One of a group of youngsters practising their yo-yo tricks outside MBK shopping centre.

man selling food from a cart in Chinatown Bangkok

One of the first photos from Henry’s new Fuji

Tuk Tuk on Yarowat Road

Classicc Bangkok tuk-tuk

Chinatown by Night

Juice selling at night in Chinatown

Selling freshly pressed juice, particularly pomegranate, on Yarowat Road

Bangkok’s Chinatown is interesting by day; the tiny alleyways, the vast array of shops and markets and street side vendors and the people that live there all contribute to that. It is at night though when it really comes alive, and Yarowat Road is the beating heart of nocturnal Chinatown.

Lights at dusk in Bangkok's Chinatown

Dusk falls on Yarowat Road

Durian stall at night

The scent of durian hangs thickly around this stall

pork wonton stall

Freshly fried pork wontons – one of the many snack type foods we indulged in

Lady selling lotery tickets

Buying lottery tickets is the ONLY legal form of gambling in Thailand – no wonder it is so popular

Waiting under the lights of Chinatown I hope you enjoyed some of our street photography from the largest Chinatown outside of China.  Read about our journey to the northern city of Chiang Mai in my next post… I’ll leave you with a relaxing shot of some gentleman enjoying a foot massage in a small mall: B+W men enjoying foot massage

Bangkok: 20th –  22nd July 2013

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