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Aspects of Bangkok

By AlanBW
Many thanks for the comments and votes on my previous upload – and special thanks to sergedlm, who gave me a User Award for the Long Neck Karen image.

This is another series depicting different facets of everyday life in Bangkok.

1. Here a lady has been very busy shopping in the wholesale clothing area of Pratunam and is calling for her husband to come and collect her. The guy sitting behind is a taxi driver; she didn’t want him but it wasn’t too long before he had a fare.
2. Taken around lunchtime from a bridge near the Erewan Shrine, this street vendor was doing a fine trade with his barbecued snacks.
3. A young Thai man keeps fit jogging in Chatuchak Park; the temperature was over 30C and the humidity was high, but he kept going!
4. This mobile drink stall always does a good trade in the back-packer haven of Khao San Road. Love that sign!
5. I spotted this guy taking a nap when we were exploring the area of Bangkok known as Din Daeng. We did not see another Occidental face in over two hours – the locals were inquisitive as to our presence, but were also welcoming and friendly.
6. An old lady accompanied by her dog hawks her towels around on a trolley in Bangsri Meuang, on the opposite side of the Chao Praya river from Nonthaburi.
7. This is Li, a young Akha girl who we have befriended over the years, Li and other members of the Akha hill tribe sell their handicrafts in and around Khao San Road. Whenever she sees us, Li rushes up and gives us both a hug and a kiss, much to the incredulity of passers-by!
8. Two Buddhist monks share a joke as they wait for the river boat at Tha Tien.
9. Thai people love to take a family picnic and relax in public parks at the weekend. Here at Chatuchak Park two tourists have joined in.
10. A young mum and her son have spotted dad returning – love their expressions! Taken in Soi 8, leading off Sukhumvit Road.
11. Three young girls wait for a tuk-tuk just outside the bustling market area in Wang Lang.
12. This young lady is in contemplative mood as she relaxes beside an artificial lake in Chatuchak Park.
13. A park bench is the perfect place for a quick snooze – captured in a public park near Pra Sumen Fort on the banks of the Chao Praya River.
14. A street vendor squats by the roadside and prepares a food order – taken in a small side street near Chinatown.
15. This young schoolgirl must have had a hard day – she fell asleep on the crowded, rocking express boat, but she must have had an inbuilt alarm clock because she was wide awake when the boat came to the stop that she wanted.
16. A young lady has her hair braided in Khao San Road, she was thrilled when I showed her the photograph!

This is likely to be my last upload of the year as we are taking a short trip to the Rhine Valley in a few days and then spending Christmas with family in Devon. Early in January we are heading back to Thailand for a while and although I will look in on the site from time to time, it is unlikely that I will upload any images from there. Will begin posting again after our return.

Tricia and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful 2009.

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Ray42 10 3 England
8 Dec 2008 11:33AM
Best series of candid shots I have seen for a long while - great work each one is worth a vote

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Hanners Plus
12 875 10 Ireland
8 Dec 2008 11:42AM
totally agree with the above comment, all are excellent and I really like #6 Smile
8 Dec 2008 11:50AM
Wonderful series all good shots great candid. WILL
RTDS 9 Cyprus
8 Dec 2008 11:53AM
Absolutely awsome series.
Great presentation.
They all are fantastic...superb!
8 Dec 2008 11:54AM
So many stand alone shots Alan, no 15 reminded me of myself, (tend to nod-off a bit Smile) preference for no 12, the girl looks deep in thought,lovely scene, I wonder what Buddhist monks laugh at?, great catch, all fine images, Adrian
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
8 Dec 2008 12:04PM
A lovely candid serie and I must say that I like #15

m3lem 12 England
8 Dec 2008 12:04PM
Fantasstic images, hope you have a lovely christmas, enjoy your break and look forward to seeing more of your images in the new year. Best wishes Andrea
8 Dec 2008 12:13PM
Very good series and individual shots.


photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
8 Dec 2008 12:13PM
Super shots Alan. 4, 13, 15 stand out for me but I enjoyed all. Excellent.
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
8 Dec 2008 12:19PM
an excellent series
markharrop 14 191 England
8 Dec 2008 12:24PM
These are just great. Agree, love the sign!!
8 Dec 2008 12:36PM
Alan, your photos are of the best here...congrats..and many many thanks...
colin beeley Plus
15 1.2k 10 England
8 Dec 2008 12:40PM
you shaw made me feel even more fed up now !
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
8 Dec 2008 12:41PM
A super intake here of a slice of life !!!
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
8 Dec 2008 12:43PM
another wonderful set of `life' V13 & 14 particularly

8 Dec 2008 12:45PM
stunning shot looks like a lot of fun was had
Ayelet_A 9 11 3 Israel
8 Dec 2008 12:47PM
What a wonderful collection of life shots!
Numbers 5,6,10 and 13 are my favourites - beautiful work and excellent atmosphere. All so natural and yet so special, wonderful candid shots.

Have a great holiday and good year! Smile

Richsr 11 91 223 England
8 Dec 2008 1:09PM
Excellent series of candid captures Alan - love number 13 - well captured.
Regards Richard.
imagio 11 12 1 England
8 Dec 2008 1:22PM
Amazing series Alan, fab street photography

Techno Plus
9 2.7k 8 England
8 Dec 2008 1:23PM
Nothing short of what we have become to expect from you Alan, quite magical in content and quite brilliant in technique.

Have a fantastic time on your adventures, and look forward to your uploads in 2009

Merry Christmas and a Happy New to you both, and keep safe.

MandsH 11 England
8 Dec 2008 1:24PM
Great set of shots
dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
8 Dec 2008 1:55PM
Amazing series of shots .Your candid shots are outstanding..
Hope you and Tricia have a wonderful Merry Christmas and that your trip will be safe... Happy New Year as well...
Thank you for all your continued support.
skye1 11 29 4 Wales
8 Dec 2008 2:16PM
Again another amazing set of images capturing the life of these people, so detailed and each shot is packed with things for the viewer to see and lol that sign with the drink seller is a classic, lovely colours throughout all the images too so vibrant and sharp. Look forward to seeing the next upload.
MalcolmM Plus
12 910 5 Scotland
8 Dec 2008 2:18PM
Great series, well done
looboss 11 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2008 2:20PM
Like your composition a fine capture.
cjl47 10 4 3 England
8 Dec 2008 2:25PM
Wow what a series, 16 great candids. Still laughing at #4. So much better than "Probably the best lager etc."
myrab 11 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2008 2:26PM
Another good shot, well seen.

Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
8 Dec 2008 2:35PM
Outstanding set

BBB 10 2 England
8 Dec 2008 2:40PM
Super series Alan, who needs to go there with your photo's to look at.
Have a great time in Germany, leave the beer alone and stay off the Brockie's.
ginz04 14 281 20 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2008 2:53PM
hi alan another great coleection of photos.

Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
8 Dec 2008 3:19PM
Terrific set of pictures, Alan.
Have a lovely trip, and I wish you, both, all the compliments of the season.
peugeot406 11 7 1 England
8 Dec 2008 3:28PM
Superb set of images
koka 9 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2008 3:38PM
now thats what I call retail therapy! I also particularly like the park bench shot with the reflection. Thank you for your support on my pictires. it is greatly appreciated Katie
SandraKay Plus
11 233 4 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2008 4:10PM
These are SO good... brilliant.
Have a good break - look forward to seeing more of your pics when you return.
sergedlm 9 9 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2008 4:11PM
4th picture I like the writing on the side of the drinks vendor
6th picture she is one old lady, Fantastic picture
8th picture I really like the colours in the head dress

Alan you have a fantastic montage of pictures here lovely job mate
sergedlm 9 9 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2008 4:12PM

Quote:4th picture I like the writing on the side of the drinks vendor
6th picture she is one old lady, Fantastic picture
8th picture I really like the colours in the head dress

Alan you have a fantastic montage of pictures here lovely job mate

hope you both have a good break and a very happy Christmas and happy new year
glyndwr 11 66 10 Wales
8 Dec 2008 4:24PM
Best wishes, have a nice break (I like V4).

JudeC 11 6 3 England
8 Dec 2008 4:29PM
Cracking set of images - have a wonderful Christmas and New Year - look forward to seeing your uploads in the new year - Jude.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
8 Dec 2008 4:33PM
A splendid series of shots showing people going about their everyday business in Thailand, i've enjoyed viewing them all. Merry Christmas to you and Tricia and best wishes for 2009, Ed
Silverzone 10 2 England
8 Dec 2008 4:39PM
great series thanks for sharing. Sylvia
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
8 Dec 2008 4:41PM
incredible series !
so varied... a pleasure to look at
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2008 4:55PM
Great series, My favourites No1 and No13. Look forwardto seeing more on your return, Have a great time
Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2008 5:02PM
Superb collection.
Wonderful set of great images. Will
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
8 Dec 2008 5:40PM
Another superb set here Alan, a pleasure to view,
piccy 12 8 Wales
8 Dec 2008 5:44PM
Superb set, Merry Christmas and New Year.
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
8 Dec 2008 6:01PM
Another wonderful series of life in Bankok, with V6 being my particular favourite. Have a great Holiday.
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2008 6:06PM
A brilliant set really deserve more than just one click. They are all so different I really can't choose a favourite. Superbly taken and presented.
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
8 Dec 2008 6:13PM
A good set of candids.
RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2008 6:59PM
Another set of great shots, Alan. Number 4 made me laugh! Have a great Christmas.

8 Dec 2008 7:04PM
A great set Al', 1-12-15 for me. All very nice shots though.

John Smile
Cormy 10 3 England
8 Dec 2008 7:11PM
Some beauts here.I think No.15 is my favourite.
8 Dec 2008 7:30PM
What morte can one say without repeating other comment, great series.
Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
8 Dec 2008 7:34PM
Great shots of a very interesting city.

We stayed in the Indra Regent on our last visit.

Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
8 Dec 2008 7:40PM
A superb series Alan
marecki 10 Poland
8 Dec 2008 8:09PM
A fantastic set of street life.
8 Dec 2008 8:20PM
excellent streetstory
SFd 10 10 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2008 8:32PM
Number 4 Fing good love it!
WillieH 12 2 Scotland
8 Dec 2008 8:37PM
Every picture tells a story, another cracking series of images. Love number 4 and the guy in number 5 must have paid 4 a visit. Hope you both enjoy the festive season and have a great New Year. All the very best.

Kind Regards Willie
bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2008 8:58PM
superb series of shots, every one brilliant
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
8 Dec 2008 9:06PM
jeeps the lady in v1 cetainly knows how to shop!.lesley
TelStar 13 116 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2008 9:22PM
A marvellous collection; I particularly like 6, 10 & 13.

8 Dec 2008 9:30PM
Another brilliant set of every day life in Bangkok, makes me want to go back there. I like to read your comments on each photo, they put the photos into context, not that they don't tell a story in their own right. Well done.
You also have a lovely Christmas and a fantastic time in Germany and then Thailand - you lucky things.
Best Wishes
Tracey Smile
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
8 Dec 2008 10:30PM
Fascinating to see some things the same the world over....
Natzdad 9 29 2 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2008 12:05AM
beautiful images,keep em coming...Mick
9 Dec 2008 7:44AM
Extremely impressive reportage V15 is beautiful as are the rest of the shots

Caledonia 11 2 Scotland
9 Dec 2008 8:39AM
V15 is fab! I also love 5 , 7 & 13. Great captures.
iancam 9 23 England
9 Dec 2008 9:02AM
Super set of images
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
9 Dec 2008 10:21AM
Another superb set of images Alan.
Happy Xmas to You and Tricia too - have safe journeys.
9 Dec 2008 12:26PM
Hi Alan, have just been able to catch up with your latest uploads. All are fantastic, I love to see the Bangkok scenes. Hope you are all well.

ShedMan 12 3 2 South Africa
9 Dec 2008 2:30PM
Sorry Alan, I have a really slow connection and haven't been online much recently anyway, so I have a lot of catching up to do and don't have time to look at all 16 shots (would take all day on this connection).

If the first shot is anything to go by, the series will be excellent and perhaps when I have more time I'll come back and look at all of them.

Thanks for your c&c on my 'Bermuda Triangle' shot, much appreciated.

Grim1 11 49 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2008 2:33PM
My favourite is number 4 - such an elegant, well groomed lady.....I can only think she doesn't really know how rude that word is!
9 Dec 2008 2:50PM
Excellent selection, 4 and 6 for me.
DebbieBMP 9 33 1 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2008 3:41PM
Fantastic series of shots - Debbie
Nettles 11 England
9 Dec 2008 4:30PM
What a fabulous selection of shots Alan, I think #13 has to be my favourite by a small margin.
I will wish you both an extremely happy Christmas and wonderful trip in the New Year.
I'm looking forward to seeing your uploads on your return.
Take care
norton 14 6 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2008 7:49PM
Wonderful set of candids Alan,superb captures...............

Nice candid capture.
rmr 10 1 Wales
9 Dec 2008 8:33PM
wonderful collection alan ,thanks for your kind words
well done
9 Dec 2008 9:03PM
Excellent shots. Fascinating place.
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
9 Dec 2008 9:06PM
Great set of shots of interest, hope you have a super xmas and a great New Year

teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
9 Dec 2008 10:32PM
Just wonderful - cannot say anything that hasn't already been said - love them all, especially V6,8 and 14. Thank you for sharing these wonderful memories with us.
astyag 10 12
10 Dec 2008 7:13AM
As usual Alan you always have something interesting for us, great work
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
10 Dec 2008 7:37AM
A fantastic set photographs. Candid photography at its best.

helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2008 12:01PM
What a wonderful collection of candid shots. A delightful insight into everyday life
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2008 8:42PM
You have such talent. What a wonderful array of images. Love V4 just for the sign. V6 is one of my favourites for the composition and rusty old cart. V12 is a beauty, so relaxing. V13 is my absolute favourite, the man who has nodded off, and his reflection in the puddle. V14 is another favourite. I feel that you have taken me on your journey.
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
11 Dec 2008 12:42PM
A facinating series Alan . Each one is a great one on it's own . A wonderful journey through Bangkok
lostintime 10 13 5 Germany
11 Dec 2008 7:02PM
Terrific continuation of this series!
betts 10 1 England
11 Dec 2008 8:31PM
Fantastic set of shots, they all lovely but i do like V12.
Have a wonderful christmas and a happy healthy new year...
oppo 12 6 2 Scotland
11 Dec 2008 8:47PM
Alan ~ This really is a fascinating set of images. Each one packed full of interest.

Pegon 12 78 1 England
11 Dec 2008 10:48PM
A brilliant set of shots Alan. I really like Nos 4 and 13.
susanbarton 10 11 1 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2008 10:58PM
It looks as if the people in #9 have been inbibing from the vendor in #4, another great selection of inages from faraway places I feel there is a bit more optimism in this collection I particularly like #14 & #16

microchip 10 1 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2008 8:49PM
Excellent candids Each one a stunner,
una Plus
14 10 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2008 9:23PM
Excellent series, well done.
DP_Imagery 13 24 6 Wales
12 Dec 2008 11:09PM
Wow - what a stunning set of street life shots. Great stuff.

Gaz_H 11 150 1 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2008 9:28AM
Now thats what I call shopping. Is she calling the credit card holder to pick her up Smile
panda 13 5 1 England
13 Dec 2008 10:37AM
Outstanding series Alan. I am knocked out by the time, effort and skill you put into this site. Wonderful portfolio.

Regards Phil
Portknockie 13 48 Scotland
13 Dec 2008 1:43PM
16 Great shots of the street life Alan....13 & 15 are superb...

brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2008 10:39PM
Great photo reportage about life in the streets of Bangkock.
kanu 10 India
14 Dec 2008 5:41PM
very good set of candid shots.
churchill123 13 233 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 9:24PM
Great set & so interesting, I know at this time of year I feel exactly like no 16!!

GalleryGirl 10 4 2 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2008 4:23PM
Super colourful captures. Well done.
Marilyn x
GeorgeRusky 12 1 4
15 Dec 2008 8:25PM
Hi Alan
I guess your pictures and the descriptions tell us quite enough about the country and its inhabitances.
Thank you and
Mikelane 11 1 Wales
16 Dec 2008 11:35AM
Excellent series well done ,regards
16 Dec 2008 12:54PM
Wonderful montage (16) really good
anthhope 12 1 England
17 Dec 2008 9:56PM
Alan, another great photo.

Hope you have a great Christmas and all the very best for 2009.


wyatturp 12 2 England
18 Dec 2008 5:25PM
V 13 looks great well spotted

paulvo 11 2 United States
19 Dec 2008 2:53AM
Great series.

Happy Holidays and a Great New Year.
A Booth 15 11 4 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2008 3:47PM
a marvellous set of colourful candids of street life - excellent.
Wow that's some collection Alan, all beauties of course, love the bags in ver 1 but adore version 13 with the reflection.
19 Dec 2008 8:00PM
Wonderful series of Bangkok's everyday streetlife!!
BERTRAM 10 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2008 9:39AM
A brilliant set of images.
ChristineL 13 39 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2008 3:29PM
a great set of images Alan, I think V 14 is my favourite, would love to compare myself with Li in V7, but probably more like V6 Smile
SueTurner 13 81 3 England
20 Dec 2008 11:32PM
wow, what a superb colletion os candid images showing the life there
21 Dec 2008 8:59AM
A wonderful series of shots Alan. Very thought provoking. Thank you for you comments on my portfolio. Barry
steve_r 10 England
21 Dec 2008 9:11AM
GOOD SHOT. Great series of candid Images Alan, like them all but if I had to pick one it would be no15 for me.
Happy christmas to you and your family, and thank's for your all your support.
Regards Steve.
jkennedy 12 4 1 Indonesia
21 Dec 2008 11:00AM
Alan this is a simply wonderful collection of shots which I am sure you are very proud of - sets the standard for the rest of us.

Very well done.
OMG 9 51 2 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2008 12:37PM
This is another fabulous set of candid images Alan, you really should print all of your work in a book, I am sure it would be a big seller.
I particularly love the old lady in V6.
Many thanks for all your support on my gallery which is most welcome.
Have a very Happy Christmas and New Year if I don't get back before then.
All the best
foggytwo 14 36 1 Scotland
21 Dec 2008 6:20PM
A fantastic set of candid shots Alan,well caught.
oll1e Plus
11 57 2 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2008 11:42PM
excellent set of images Alan ,give Trish my regards and trust you both have a great time over Christmas and New year
Caledonia 11 2 Scotland
22 Dec 2008 12:02AM
Superb photos all telling a really should publish something with all these very interesting images! Love V5,6,and 9 best.
Merry Christmas Alan
JimV 11 6 3 Canada
22 Dec 2008 2:57AM
Way down here it's all been said Alan, only leaving me to wish you and Tricia a very Merry Christmas with best wishes for 2009, I hope it's kinder to both of you than this year has been.
Rgds., Jim
evelen 13 5 England
22 Dec 2008 6:36PM
great capture as allways, happy christmas and new year,
Malc_V 12 England
22 Dec 2008 8:07PM
Good series Alan.

Merry christmas to you and Tricia.

Borzos 9
22 Dec 2008 10:17PM
Excellent set of pictures! Love all of them!
22 Dec 2008 10:31PM
A great set of shots, well worth the time viewing them!
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2008 7:51AM
Another wonderful set of shots Alan
Linda Smile Merry Festivities to you
GrahamBaines 11 39 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2008 9:43AM
As always Alan, excellent candid photography covered by insightful narative. A very Merry Xmas to you both.

23 Dec 2008 10:51AM
Wishing you and yours a great Christmas and New Year Alan, thanks for all your comments over the year, Adrian
norton 14 6 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2008 11:28AM
Hope you and your family have a very Happy Christmas Alan and all the best for 2009........

Carl40 12 18 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2008 2:47PM
Yet another great images Alan

I know it been said but thank you for all your comments this year.

Hope you & your family have a great Christmas & a prosperous new year.

franfoto 10 2 32 England
23 Dec 2008 3:00PM
Thanks for sharing all the excellent candids from your part of the world with us throughout the year, always a pleasure to view and always interesting narratives to go with them. A great insight into a very different and fascinating culture.
A merry Christmas & A happy New Year to you and Tricia.
Kind regards
Yet another well observed candid Alan, well done !.....Joe
HUMIE 11 2 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2008 7:34PM
Wonderful series of candids , as ever Alan......Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you both !

Merry Christmas Eve Alan to you and your family, lots of good wishes for the New Year as well.

Cheers and Lotsa Hugs,
Suzan x
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2008 9:53AM
Happy Christmas to you too and thank you for your support
kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
24 Dec 2008 10:21AM
a great series of photographs Alan, Merry Christmas to you and your family with best wishes for the coming year
24 Dec 2008 10:30AM
Excellent series.

Happy Christmas.

Thanks for your comments and votes.