By Graham K. Rogers
While tourists may head for the beaches and certain well-known areas of Bangkok, I prefer the unfashionable west side of the city: Thonburi. The area has some unusual back streets and I also find that the people here are much nicer: far more willing to pass the time of day, they rarely take advantage of my poorer language skills.
I have already visited the streets of Therdthai Road in a series of 7 photographic essays
One of the areas I pass several times a week has a busy market, focused on one or two small sois. It took a long time for the planning, but things fell into place recently and I found time to make the walk round the area this week. The results are here and start with the street entrance and the people. . . .
As much as the produce, a market is part of the community and that means the people who live there are contributors to the experience.
Above all, the faces. . . .
As well as the faces, some of the side sois and the shops themselves are worth investigating and, like many communities, there is a Chinese flavour.
The Other Bangkok (2): Wuttakat Street Market Area and the Line Home
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.