Bangkok- Sinking and Rising

A Thai friend told me that Bangkok sinks 1/2″ each month, yet grows 1″ each month. This is part joke and part fact- Bangkok largely sits on water with “klongs” or canals everywhere; it is said that Bangkok is sinking and/or the water level is rising.

Bangkok is also constantly rising- there are construction cranes dotting the skyline. I found a picture from just over a year ago and one from a week ago that show a building under construction and the difference….around 36 floors added in 52 weeks.

Just above ground- the green draped building is only 5-6 stories in height in mid-May 2010

Sinking and Rising.

May 2011- The same building (green draped) with photo taken from a bit longer distance. Now over 40 stories.

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Additional pictures: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/faranginbangkok For more updates about Bangkok, Thailand and other thoughts: www.twitter.com/lilrichardb 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.
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3 Responses to Bangkok- Sinking and Rising

  1. Ray Malcolm says:

    I did some research into this myself. Apparently Bangkok is sinking at a rate of 2-4 inches per year and “experts” predict that it may be under the sea in the next 15-20 years. Here’s the article if you fancy having a read >> http://faraang.wordpress.com/2011/05/24/bangkok-city-of-swamps-and-scams/
    Nice blog by the way, I’ve just discovered it.

  2. In response to Ray’s comment, please have a read of his article: http://faraang.wordpress.com/2011/05/24/bangkok-city-of-swamps-and-scams/
    Very good and insightful. I appreciate his comment and agree with his article regarding buying property in Bangkok. This city changes very quickly, what is new today is outdated quickly. Nice to see that someone else heard the same “Bangkok is sinking” conversations and was able to substantiate it. I remain a renter….

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