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The long overdue pictures from Bangkok is here, the Black and White series anyway. I still have some architectural photos (mainly temples) yet to be processed, and of course that juicy story from red light district and the other food hunts around the city. But anyway, here is my very small contribution to the world of photography.

The photostream at flickr is here.

showmanship, Bangkok tour 2008
showmanship

I was walking around taking photographs, and suddenly this ice cream seller started performing for me. He scoop up the ice cream, threw it up about 20 feet and drop it on the cup. This was his victory pose after performing his trick. It was a shame I did not manage to capture that in action, but at least we have this pose.

tuk-tuk, the 3 wheeled taxi - Bangkok
taxi stand

Tuk-tuk, the three wheeler “taxis” are omnipresence everywhere in the city. You can catch a short ride for as low as 20 baht. However, do be careful as some of them do conspire with shops in an attempt to con unsuspecting customers. The normal taxis, on the other hand, are very reliable and honest in Bangkok.

line up - elephant statues at Bangkok
the line up

This photo is taken at the famous 4 faced Buddha statue (Thao Maha Brahma). It is said that many Hong Kong celebrities pay their respect at this place yearly.

busy chatuchak weekend market, bangkok
the crowd, chatuchak weekend market

Chatuchak weekend market is a congregation of over 6000 stalls selling anything from bacon stick to foot massages to pet rabbits. The place is packed with bargain hunters and clueless tourists alike.

divers at chow praya river, bangkok
divers at chow praya river

These kids at chow praya river make a living by fetching and reselling animals released to the river. Here they are just warming up to start the day. It is a common practice for pilgrims to release animals to the wild. (for good karma?)

bell ringing, bangkok temples
ringtone

A baby girl guided by her father to ring the bell at the temple, probably for the first time in her life.

guardians, guards at bangkok
guards – emerald Buddha temple

The guards at Emerald Buddha temple reminds me of those Buckingham Palace guards. They were completely stationary with only movements on their eyeballs. Respect.

fat boy supper, Bangkok trip
fat boy supper

Day or night, you can find hawker stalls by every roadside. Bangkok is the city very favorable to food hunters like me, I just wish I had a bigger stomach.

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Discuss : KY photos – Streets of Bangkok in B&W

  1. i like the showmanship photo.. :)

  2. nice foto..Chatuchak best..

  3. there’s just always something about all these black & white photos that make them so nostalgic. Nice.. :)

  4. chatuchakkkkkk

    did you go to khao sannnnn? :D

  5. syamsulariff.com,
    Thanks. :D

    Yatz,
    Very very busy place, it was so hot.

    twosuperheroes,
    And it removes the distractions of colors as well.

    pinkpau,
    khao san? Sounds like high mountain, didn’t go lehhh…

  6. the ice cream seller is cool

  7. Did you ‘reward’ the ice-cream seller cum showman? 2 scoops of ice-cream, probably?

    The guards are like the englishman standing in front of the birmingham palace. But how about the colour of the uniform? Can’t see it as in BnW series.

  8. good pictures ky. but then again’ i’m a fan of b&w pictures … still.. good pictures ky..

  9. ky didnt go to khao san. too busy in hotel with the guys

  10. hwchua,
    Haha yah the guy’s a real showman.

    aidan,
    The color of the uniform was .. well, black and white. :P

    adry azad,
    Yeah, B&W streets is nice.

    Kelvin,
    Yah cos we had to eat bugs! :D

  11. Nice pics. I was just wondering about the “release animals to the wild. (for good karma?)”. If the people know that the animals are going to be recaptured again, there is no point is there? It just becomes a ritual.

  12. wah KY.. love the “ringtone” shot. very artistic! nice way of capturing bkk :)

  13. Adam,
    Exactly, a very cruel thing to do to the animal if you think about it.

    cumi&ciki,
    Thanks! :D

  14. i like fat boy supper most

  15. suanie,
    Everyone loves the fat boy. :D

  16. The food haven part, I cannot agree more. My previous trip was dominated by gastronomic indulgence.

  17. Great insights and photography skill.

  18. nocturnale,
    Yeah I’m missing that!

    AkiraSabine,
    Thanks! You’re very kind. ;)

  19. Looks like a think boy having supper to me. ;-)

    Those tuk-tuks are the same sort of vehicles that used to deliver our bread and groceries in Penang.

  20. I liked the one of the boys splashing around in the river. And that last one of fat boy supper.

  21. nice! like the crowd and ringtone the best

  22. Dabido,
    oOo interesting, how many years ago was that? :P

    pamsong,
    Thanks! :D

    slowcatchupkuan,
    Thank you. ;)

  23. Looks like you enjoy your trip.

  24. David Chew,
    Certainly, certainly. :D

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