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Bangkok’s Chinatown

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chinatown vendor i, bangkok, 2012

chinatown vendor i, bangkok, 2012

I made these images in Bangkok about a month ago. I’d been to Chinatown (also known as Yaowarat for the main arterial that runs through it) many times, but usually for dinner or a late night snack. After having seen a photowalk series by a local professional, I was inspired to make a daytime trip. It was the middle of the day and hot and humid as can be, but having found a willing accomplice (thank you, Yui!), we made the trip. These were some of the things that I saw.

All images made with a Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120 f/4.

hong kong noodle shop, bangkok, 2012

hong kong noodle shop, bangkok, 2012

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fish maw, bangkok, 2012

fish maw, bangkok, 2012

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chinatown vendor ii, bangkok, 2012

chinatown vendor ii, bangkok, 2012

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pepper neon, bangkok, 2012

pepper neon, bangkok, 2012

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lor yaowaraj, bangkok, 2012

lor yaowaraj, bangkok, 2012

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Written by xinapray

December 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Adrenaline Rush

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Tuk-tuk ride, Bangkok, 2012

Tuk-tuk ride, Bangkok, 2012

Bangkok has long been a special place for me. From close-by but exotic holiday destination to a place where Dad conducted business to an annual destination for Yui and I, it is now one of the places that I call home. Indeed, it is home to half of my extended family; my heart seldom wanders far.

One of the unique modes of transportation in Thailand is the tuk-tuk (pronouced “took-took” with abbreviated double-O’s). Powered by a small gas engine, it is a gaily decorated three-wheeler with a covered cab, driver in front, passengers (usually 2-3 but I’ve seen as many as 6-7) in rear. A highly maneuverable small vehicle, it is the perfect solution to the helter-skelter bustle of Bangkok traffic where everything moves at one of two speeds – full tilt, or full standstill.

As you can imagine, a ride in a tuk-tuk can be quite the adventure. In a profession where time is money, drivers accelerate quickly and stop abruptly, diving through whatever openings the traffic flow allows. I made this image about 2 weeks ago, on a trip to Bangkok’s Chinatown. I think it helps explain what a tuk-tuk ride is all about. 😉

4/5 second at f/22, ISO 100. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.


Written by xinapray

November 8, 2012 at 4:38 pm

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