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Thailand: Last day in Bangkok (Chinatown)


My last day in Bangkok and I was ready to hit the road. Five nights is at least one night too many in the capital, and I wanted to put some space between me and the the chaos. Before leaving I had to pick up my passport and visa from the Myanmar embassy no earlier than 3:30 pm. I took a few shots in the morning and then returned to the River Side Guesthouse to write a blog post or two. Sitting with a coffee in the rooftop restaurant, I bumped into Troy, an Aussie from the east coast. We decided to go out for a final stroll around Chinatown and a grab bite to eat. A nice way to fill up the day.

Wat Traimit, home of the Golden Buddha.

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Another tuk tuk shot that i am not totally happy with, but at least i got a ‘thumbs up’ 🙂

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Chinatown in the early morning, before the traffic gets chaotic.

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I’m not travelling with a tripod so I take these motion shots handheld, sometimes leaning a lampost to steady the camera.

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Later in the day i took a walk and swapped to my 85 mm lens. I spotted this lady sitting among the hats she was selling. Difficult to get a shot without someone walking between us, but i just about managed it.

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Love the ability of the 85 mm to separate subject from background. There is no lens like it.

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Another opportunity to put the 85 mm to use.

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Walking back to the guesthouse to collect my bag i walked through the mechanic’s area again and couldn’t resist a few shots.

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After picking up my passport and visa from the Myanmar embassy I said goodbye to Chinatown and made my way to Hua Lamphong train station. As the train pulled out of Bangkok I took a couple of shots out for the window, and smiled as the distance between Bangkok and I steadily grew.

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Goodbye Bangkok… i’ll always love you, and always love to leave you! Next stop, Lopburi….

Thailand: The River View Guesthouse, Chinatown


This photograph should possibly have been taken an hour earlier, when there was just the slightest touch of light remaining from the sun sinking behind the skyline. Never mind, can’t win them all!

You can’t really escape the pollution in Bangkok. At night only the brightest stars can be seen through the smog, the opposite from my hometown where the air is so clean the entire Milky Way can be dazzling on a moonless night. Looking out from the rooftop restaurant of the River View Guesthouse it feels a touch cooler and more relaxed. The humidity is less overwhelming, and you can chat with other tourists and watch the river traffic.

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I really recommend the River View Guesthouse. There are a variety of rooms available, from dormitories to rooms with private bathroom and television. Of course, i took the cheapest option 🙂

Why do i recommend the River View Guesthouse? Well, it’s certainly not for the service or the food. The reception staff are particularly grumpy, and it can take an eternity to get a waiter’s attention in the restaurant. It’s not for the rooms either, which are nothing special although they are clean and towels are provided. No, I recommend the River View Guesthouse because the roof-top restaurant provides a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the streets below. I will definitely return. Next time, however, i will bribe one of the staff to let me into the restaurant area early to watch and photograph the sunrise. Assuming there is a sunrise throughout all that pollution that is….

Thailand: Chinatown Cats

I love taking photographs of cats. Sometimes people show interest in what i’m doing, normally laughing, which can make things fun. But whether there are locals around or not, i still like taking photos of cats 🙂

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Thailand: Chinatown, Bangkok


Chinatown has got so much life and character. The area used to supply motor vehicle parts to Malaysia. Although that trade no longer occurs, local demand keeps many small businesses in action. There are plenty of temples to look at, as well as great street food. I took a few photos (below) and decided I would move here for my final night in Bangkok.

These riverside homes looked full of character, although i suspect that floor might not be quite level.

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Piles of parts are found throughout the mechanic’s section of Chinatown.

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This monk gave me a cheery smile as he saw me with my camera. His robe, a vibrant orange, shows as black with the Lightroom settings i use.

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I’m always drawn to taking photos of stray dogs and cats. So much character comes through, and you don’t have to ask permission. Sadly, some are in a bad way.

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More mechanical part stockpiles.

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Most people seem to be fine with having their photo taken. Some enthusiastically welcome it, whereas others just give a nod to indicate they are fine. Only one person refused, although very politely.

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Small food stall businesses are everywhere. I love the street food in Bangkok. I haven’t actually eaten anything else but street food so far.

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Old vehicles appear to be part of the buildings, I presume they are gradually cannibalized for parts as time goes by.

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Mechanics at work, shy to have their photo taken but not refusing.

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I love the feel of these mechanic shops.This guy was busy cutting steel.

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Another characteristic old car rotting away.

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This guy was rolling a cigarette and was fine for me to take a photo. He was pretty keen to have a conversation with me, but sadly my Thai is as bad as his English, and therefore smiles were all we could manage.

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I liked how this kid was leaning out of the window and into the light.

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A scene from one of the many temples around the Chinatown area.

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This elderly monk was giving me the biggest toothless smile as i walked past. I gave a ‘wei’ to show respect before taking his photo. He seemed pretty happy about the whole thing.

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I’m not sure where temple this is, but there was an dead monk in the glass case. I’ll have to find out who he is and how long he’s been in there for. You could see all the veins on his legs, which was a bit weird.

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One of these days i am going to get a tuk tuk photograph i am happy with. The problem is that the driver is always in shadow. Perhaps i’ll try a little fill-flash soon.

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As i looked through today’s images i discovered i had photographed a lot of cats. Perhaps they deserve their own page…. please see next post…