The Bangkok Days

A most surreal place where anything can happen and nothing follows logic. A crossroads of world culture tucked into a sinking, sweltering swamp. A wacky Wonderland where coexist prismatic monks and lewd ladyboys; lethargic locals and feisty farangs; weary world-farers and innocent initiates; and all those caught between simply passing through.

Podcast Interview with Bangkok Photographer Stev Bonhage

Last week when I returned to Bangkok, I met up with photographer and MMA fanatic Stev Bonhage. We met nearly four years ago at the Overstay Hostel and have crossed paths several times since then. A year ago, Stev began… Continue Reading →

Monday Travel Quote: Writing on the Wall

My 2013

When I returned to Bangkok in late 2012, I found a note in the pocket of a jacket I had brought from the US.  I don’t know when it was from, but the written message was ‘moving forward’.    I tried… Continue Reading →

The Bangkok Days: On a Monday

On a Monday, or every day really, even the ones I want to sleep in, begins at 6:45. A hot shower, sometimes a coffee, and then I’m out the door and on the elevator down 10 floors. Then on to… Continue Reading →

The Bangkok Days: Loi Krathong at the Rama VIII Bridge

Loi Krathong is a holiday I missed the best parts of in my first year in Thailand, having been on the train to Chiang Mai.  This year, it simply fell on a weeknight.  A few coworkers and I made the… Continue Reading →

The Bangkok Days: My Morning Commute – Path Two

A follow up to My Morning Commute – Path One, which I posted quite a while ago.  This photo essay follows the quieter path of winding through the alleys and side neighborhoods of Pinklao on my way to the van… Continue Reading →

The Bangkok Days: Fixing a Camera at Pantip Plaza

Taxi Ride:  85 Baht / US$2.75 SkyTrain Ride:  15 Baht / US$0.50 Camera Repairs:  1200 Baht / US$40.00 Tripod:  100 Baht / US$3.00 Extra Battery:  800 Baht / US$25.00 Taxi Home:  90 Baht / US$2.80 What do you do you… Continue Reading →

The Bangkok Days: Khlong Bang Luang, the Canal-Side Artist Village

It began as a strange photo and a tip from another travel blogger, Angie at Moments In Your Life. At first glance, I had to do a double take to make sure it wasn’t a naked local completely covered in… Continue Reading →

The Bangkok Days: That Time I Got Hit By a Car

It wasn’t until the third ride back from the hospital that I finally asked him what had happened.  “Oh, I’m so sorry,” he said in a voice I knew by now was of genuine remorse, “I put something in …. Continue Reading →

Chinese New Year in Bangkok

On a random whim of a hosted couchsurfer, I was on a riverboat down the Chao Phraya to see what the hubbub of Chinese New Year entails in a country much more influenced by China than anywhere I had been… Continue Reading →

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