An Alley? Hardly, dining paradise with a bonus: shade.
Food is everywhere in Bangkok. Correction- great food is everywhere. In restaurants, open air ‘shops’, stalls and on the sidewalks, you’re never far from some really good Thai food.
This is a picture of an alley in Ari, loads of food stalls with the bonus of a respite from the sun. This picture was taken mid-afternoon, the alley is so crowded during lunch time you wouldn’t be able to see many stalls through the mass of people.
Yet another benefit of life in Bangkok: ‘food alleys’, and there are many of them.
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.
About 2 stalls in from where the camera is positioned is where I got about 16 oz. of fresh squeezed vegetable juice everyday. The stall was operated by a nice young woman and either her husband or older brother. I would get off the Ari BTS, cut through this alley and grab a Veg. Juice, then get some grilled chicken and Somtam right on the next block. I stayed at a place called Bangkok Living Apartments up on Pradiphat. Can’t wait to get back to this place. Strange, beautiful, compelling city and people. I understand your self-directed question from one of your posts . . . “how can I leave Bangkok” . . . hard to explain to those who have not been there / or do not connect with the city. I intend to live about 10 months in BKK and 2 months in the U.S. . . .