Before visiting Bangkok, I heard many people talking about ‘things’ they did in Bangkok. Terms like ‘sex tourism’ were common when they told me about Thailand, especially about the country’s capital.
When I visit a new city, I don’t keep its image in my mind. I like to see things with a blank mind which means I enjoy the place better than others. When I landed in Bangkok, all I knew was that it’s among the most visited cities in the world. I was expecting people, a lot of people, and I knew this was going to be an exciting trip.
After meeting Khalyf, I visited a lot of different places, met many people, and did a lot of photography with him. Together, we visited Bangkok’s markets, malls, and so-called ‘adult entertainment zones’ aka red light districts. I even went on a date with a lovely Thai lady.
I spent much of my time walking around the streets of Bangkok, observing, learning, and doing my favourite activity – people watching. In this post, I am trying to exhibit my Bangkok trip through some of my favourite photographs.
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1. I Just Called…
We spent a lot of time walking around the streets of Bangkok – mostly during the night time. Photographed here is an elderly man using a public telephone late at night on a street of Bangkok.
2. Try Your Luck?
The lottery vendor. He posed, gave me some tips, and asked me if I was interested in buying some lottery tickets. He spoke good English, too.
3. Wat Pho aka the Temple of the Reclining Buddha
The gorgeous temple of Wat Pho. Both Wat Pho and Wat Arun temples truly define that #architectureporn hashtag on Instagram.
4. Coconut Ice Cream
The popular coconut ice cream which is made of coconut, smells like coconut, and tastes like – you guessed it – coconut! In fact, some vendors serve it in a coconut shell, too. One of my favourite things in Thailand.
5. Raising Funds for Education
A young schoolgirl is photographed playing a guitar at the Saphan Taksin ferry station to raise money for her education.
6. Security Pesonnels
Three security personnels standing overlooking Chao Phraya River near Wat Arun aka the Temple of Dawn.
7. Oh, There You Are, Ferry!
Passengers including some foreign tourists waiting at a dock for their ferry to arrive. Ferries are among the most convenient and economical (and crowded) ways of transit across different areas of the city.
8. The Soi Cowboy Adult Zone
The busy street of Soi Cowboy bustling with workers, tourists, and locals alike. Soi Cowboy is one of the largest red light zones of Thailand and is famous for its go-go bars. Although it caters strictly to adults (of course), I saw some tourists visiting the street with their children, too.
9. Keep Posing
A young girl poses for a photograph at Coppia Bar, Chang Chui market. Chang Chui is one of my favourite night markets in Bangkok, by the way.
10. An Old Man and His Beautiful Smile
We found many people to be rude or ignorant to us. During a late-night walk around Bangkok, we were discussing how many people would not smile back at us, talk to us, or often not even look at us.
We were proven wrong by many locals that night and this smiling old man was one of them. Looking at the camera, he seems nervous for a brief moment before flaunting his beautiful smile at me.
A Photographic Journey Through Bangkok: Summing Up
My visit to Bangkok was intended to learn more about the world’s most visited city. Bangkok has everything to cater to every type of visitor. I spent less time visiting popular tourist attraction in the city and devoted more time getting to know locals.
With lavish malls, local markets, affordable street food, interesting culture, beautiful temples noisy streets, Bangkok is surely a place worth discovering beyond popular tourist spots.
This is the first part in ‘A Photographic Journey Through Bangkok.’ More photos can be seen in the second part of the series.