Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Day Trip to Thonburi

Children at the Artists' House in the Khlong Bang Luang neighborhood of Thonburi play with a smart phone. 

I went on a walkabout through the Khlong Bang Luang neighborhood with members of the Bangkok Photo Club Sunday. Khlong Bang Luang is in Thonburi, on the west side of Mae Nam Chao Phraya. Neighborhoods on the west side of the river are a little more rustic than the Bangkok side. 

I took a motorcycle taxi to the subway, took the subway to the Silom stop, then took the BTS Skytrain to the Wongwian Yai stop where I met the other club members. Then we took taxis to a street close to the khlong and from there we walked. Getting anywhere in Bangkok is half the adventure of living in this city. 

Khlong Bang Luang is one of the larger khlongs (canals) in Thonburi. It's almost an aquatic freeway with big passenger boats zooming up and down the waterway, knocking smaller boats and canoes around in their wake. Homes on stilts line the waterfront and "streets" like the ones in Ban Krua, are as narrow as the sidewalks in downtown Bangkok. That doesn't stop the motorscooters from putt-putting past or the vendors from navigating the tiny throughways with their cumbersome pushcarts. 

Our first stop was the Artists' House, a wonderful 18th century wooden home built around an even older chedi. A young man, playing Hanuman, danced a scene from the Ramayana. Then we just walked through the neighborhood. It was a very relaxing and fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon. 

There are more photos from Khlong Bang Luang in my archive or available from ZUMA Press.

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