Street life in Bangkok can be one of the most interesting and entertaining things to watch. As the sun goes down, the small sois (alleys) are hustling and bustling with traffic both human and automotive. There are street food vendors lining the side of the streets with little tables and chairs set up for dinner. Fruit carts with fresh fruit, some I have never even seen before, are there for your convenience. It is so compact in Bangkok that it’s not uncommon to almost get hit by motor bikes or tuk tuks while walking home in the small, dark sois.
Bangkok is a city of the future and a city of the past at the very same time. On one hand, you have a new skyscraper opening almost weekly. Twenty years ago the tallest building was only 12 stories and now, if I had to guess, there are at least 100 over 50 stories. New apartments, office buildings and hotels spring up out of nowhere with some of the fastest construction you can imagine. On the flipside, when you look down into the neighborhoods and old sois, you still see life as it was for the past 100 years. People conducting all sorts of business only steps from their house.
There are all different terrains in Thailand, from deserts to the thickest part of the jungle, you can see any scenery you desire in this country. It only takes about 10 hours to get to the far north of Thailand and there are spots dotted all across the map of the country. Beautiful landscapes and super friendly people equate to making Thailand one of the hottest tourist destinations in the world right now. Bangkok is the number one city getting instagramed daily. The cost of living in Bangkok is one of the most attractive things, it’s not uncommon to find apartments for the equivalent of $200. You can live on a pretty strict budget of street food and 711 beer…
Check out the images of Bangkok that my friend Peter Petcharattana and I captured on our 35mm film cameras.