Entrance to a small Soi with large buildings in the background
One enjoyable part of Bangkok, and many cities in Asia, are the small streets found amongst the massive high rise buildings. In America we have transitional areas of cities, an area of a city that is undergoing the transition from old to new. Bangkok is basically a massive transitional area- large buildings a few meters from old houses and high rise buildings on the same city block as traditional style Thai houses and architecture.
The small streets- called Soi’s- are one of my favorite parts of Bangkok. Some streets are so narrow only motorbikes can drive on them; they connect the larger streets, winding between old houses and big buildings.
The Soi’s are one of the things that make Bangkok unique, a great way to sightsee in Bangkok is good walk through small Soi’s and markets.
A small Soi, and large building
One of my favorite entrances to any Soi- only 2 minutes from the Four Seasons Hotel, heading toward Langsuan.
I began working in Bangkok during 2008- a time that featured a great deal of political unrest in Thailand and particularly Bangkok.
I had lived in San Francisco for 15 years and was working on a project in Thailand. Generally, I spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and then 3-4 weeks in San Francisco. Did Bangkok begin to feel like home? Yes, and No. Bangkok and the Thai culture forced me to feel many things, the change in culture and environment was so dramatic it forced the decision- embrace or ignore.
I embraced and made Bangkok my home and base in 2009. I have enjoyed living in Bangkok, experiencing Thailand and the entire ASEAN region. I moved to Singapore in 2016...fallen behind on this blog since.
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