Rolling Down Sukhumvit Soi 4 at 6am

I’m a local now, the sights and sounds of Bangkok are normal to me. I lived in San Francisco for 15 years, a number of people that visited me during my years there would say ‘wow, San Francisco is weird’. I always laughed at that statement, their weird was my normal, when you see something everyday, it becomes the baseline rather than the exception.

Certainly Bangkok is the same- the sights and sounds that are hardly recognized by locals would surprise (and entertain) many a guest to the Big Mango.

Soi Nana (Sukhumvit Soi 4, with Soi meaning Street) at 6am is always guaranteed to raise an eyebrow. I live in lower Sukhumvit and go out for bike rides many mornings just before 6am, my cut through to the quiet roads involves a trip down Soi Nana. And it’s always a great trip.

This morning was a scene likely only found in BKK: gaggles of lady boys, bar staff just getting off work, the dilapidated farangs that won’t gong themselves and go home, a fortune teller, noodle venders setting up for the day, and a monk on morning alms.

Please Bangkok and Soi 4, never change.

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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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One Response to Rolling Down Sukhumvit Soi 4 at 6am

  1. Arrive in BKK around 5am on a Tuesday in January, with an onward departure around noon. Could you suggest how we could spent that time outside of the airport? Thanks for any suggestions. Enjoy your blog.

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