The Khlong Thoey “slum” is home to some of Bangkok’s poorest residents – thousands of families crammed into a maze of narrow alleyways containing tiny shacks, often consisting of just one room. But despite its fearsome reputation, it’s one of the friendliest places in Bangkok, as these pictures hopefully show.
Following the gentrification of Thonglor & Ekkamai, Phra Khanong is Bangkok’s next up & coming area, with plenty of cheap commercial & office space attracting galleries, bars and startups – in fact my company’s office is there. But away from the new condos, art galleries & restaurants, there’s a big slice of old Bangkok, with narrow alleyways lined with traditional wooden houses. Here’s a glimpse into this fascinating area.
Beyond the shopping malls, restaurants and skyscrapers of Silom and Sathorn, and beyond the luxury riverside hotels, Wongwian Yai is like stepping back in time. A small, partly Islamic community lives right up close to one of Thailand’s oldest railway lines, and people still stop and stare at foreign visitors.
Cholon, Saigon’s Chinatown, is a real slice of Old Saigon. Old-school markets, street traders, workshops and friendly people who are still surprised to encounter foreigners make it a real paradise for street photographers. I joined my old friend Arnaud Foucard on one of his Vietnam Photo Adventures for a morning wandering around this fascinating part of the city.
Following the passing of Thailand’s King Bhumibol on 13 October 2016, people from all over the country have been converging on Sanam Luang and the Grand Palace in Bangkok. I spent an afternoon there experiencing the memorial commemorations and found a surprisingly festive atmosphere, and was impressed by the sight of people pulling together to feed and care for the visitors. Here are my favourite shots from the day.
On Saturday 28 January 2017, some Chinese new year firecrackers set off a fire which destroyed 38 houses in Bangkok’s densely populated Khlong Thoey neighbourhood. A week later I visited the scene to donate some money collected by fellow fans of Thai Port FC, and to photograph the aftermath. What we saw was an absolute disaster zone, but at the same time the collective effort to clear the damage and rebuild, and the smiles of all involved, was incredible.