One of the fun sights in Yaowarat in Bangkok was watching people eat on the streets, seated on these tiny stools with tiny tables in front of them. But that doesn’t mean you don’t get high quality service as this photo demonstrates !
*Durian Cooler Chat*
I know I write a lot about the smell of Durian, but those who have never been subjected to its sickly sweet odour just cannot understand how much Durian stinks for us non Asians. So sitting on a bench in front of a durian stand to chat, that seems just insane to me!
I love tuk-tuks. Sure, it can be a bit scary at times, but you experience the hustle and bustle of the city so much more vividly in a tuk-tuk. I often take photos from the side, most of them wasted because we’re moving too fast. I also try to frame the drivers in their mirrors, and last time I was in Bangkok I got a nice one (I thought) driving into the sunset.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Fuji Pro 400H
Walking the streets of Yaowarat towards the middle of the afternoon definitely felt like the calm before the storm. The streets were quiet, street food vendors were smiling and not very busy. A few hours later, once the sun set, it was an entirely different story with crowds of locals and tourists alike sampling the wares (although which tourist in his right mind would want to try durian, I’m not sure…)
Ricoh GR1 + Kodak T-Max 400
Ever since I started photography as a serious pursuit, I’ve been fascinated with doors. Not just any door, of course, but distinctive doors. If you go through this blog you will find many examples of doors, and the fascination continues. I can’t quite explain it. Anyway, here is the door to a Chinese style temple in Bangkok’s Yaowarat area. Even though it’s anything but canon, I like that my silhouette can be seen in the bottom part of the photo.
Ricoh GR1 + Kodak T-Max 400
As I was wandering around the Bangkok Chinatown on this hot and sweaty day I stumbled on this building. I found the mural quite fantastic and so Thailand that I had to take a shot. Really pleased of how it came out.
Yaowarat Rd. in Bangkok is the heart of Chinatown, although it looks very, very Thai. At night there’s tons of street food to be found and amazing neon lights. Because it’s touristy, there are also a lot of tuk-tuks waiting for clients. I loved everything about the place.
Walking down Yaowarat Rd. at night I saw so many stalls with Michelin endorsements that it was downright suspicious. Don’t get me wrong, the food in question was very appetizing most of the time, but I somehow don’t think Michelin would award so many street food stalls. Or am I wrong?
*Want a bite?*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak Portra 400
One of the wonders of street photography is that no matter where you are, if you are on the lookout there will be great opportunities. I was walking down a narrow street near Yaowarat in Bangkok when I saw this man eating something (no idea what it was.) The little kid walked forward and the man made him taste his meal. I couldn’t catch the kid’s face, obviously, but the man’s face was just fantastic.
*What you lookin’ at?*
This one was a clear case of waiting until the guy looked directly at me. Guess he didn’t look so pleased!