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Every morning, I take one of two paths to my ride to work.  The first is a calm walk through a zigzag of alleyways.  This feels like a small neighborhood tucked away into the city.  These alleys close in so tightly at some spots that there is not enough room for the ever-present Bangkok motorbikes to get around.

The other route is following the main streets to the intersection of two of the major roads in Bangkok.  Under construction for 2 years before I ever arrived in this city, this crossing was dubbed the “Intersection of Death” by several coworkers.  Traffic backups and unpredictability lent a lot of truth to this title.

Recently, the construction of an underpass beneath the intersection has relieved the vast majority of traffic in all directions and made crossing a much more feasible and safe option.  Enough so that these wicker men felt comfortable wheeling themselves straight through the Intersection of Death.

Benjamin Williams

Hi all, my name is Ben. I’m a native Michigander with a passion for human culture and new places, and more than that, new experiences. I have degrees in archaeology and writing, pursuing a career in the latter. However, I never quite lost that fascination for archaeological theory. For the past 11 years, I’ve been living and travelling between Asia, Europe, and North America, documenting ancient sites and the peoples who built them, and then adapting them into practical archaeological travel information at

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