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Khao San Interrupted

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with Super-Takumar 55mm f1.8

Khao San Road, Bangkok.

It’s been done.

Countless times.

As have many of the tourists who go there.

I still remember the first time I went there, all bright eyed and bushy tailed. Some things (people) excited me; others really, really didn’t.

And yes, I did fall for the tuk tuk scam.

“Oh, that place you’re going to? Yeah, closed mate. King’s Buddha Birthday-day. Get in me tuk tuk, I’ll show you a better temple anyway. Hang on, you know what? I’ll take you to them all. Yeah mate, for a ridiculously cheap price. You look like you need a new suit anyway.”

“Oh, right. Good job we found you. Would’ve looked stupid otherwise, going to this shut temple…”

I still see people, when I go back, falling for the same trick.

First time in Bangkok, lads?

Tuk tuk

Khao San Road photography

The first time I visited Khao San Road after getting into vintage lenses, I tried to get some pictures of the scenes with my Super-Takumar 55mm f1.8.

I wanted to capture the real essence of the place.

The Same Same vests, the daytime drunks, the stupid trousers, the street food, the Chang t-shirts.

The whole Khao San Road market; be that clothes, souvenirs, or meat.

The pictures you see here are the result of that day.

khao-san-road-same-same

khao-san-road-market-trousers

khao san road tattoo

khao-san-road-hair-braiding

khao-san-road-monkeys

Khao San back street

Perhaps you’ll notice that there aren’t actually that many photos, and that a few of them look quite similar. i.e. mannequin heads.

That’s because my day of photography was unexpectedly interrupted.

However, before it came to its premature end, I did walk down a back street parallel to Khao San Road.

It allowed me to add a bit of variety to the set.

buddhist fingurines

khao-san-road-reggae-bar

bangkok graffiti dove

Cat on a motorbike

The cat on the motorbike was the beginning of the end.

As I headed back onto Khao San Road proper, I heard someone calling my name.

It’s always a touch worrying when that happens and you don’t think you know anybody in town.

I turned around to see a friend from Shanghai sitting there with a beer.

Just like that, my day of taking pictures – and this photoblog – was over.

I maintain, it wasn’t my fault.

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Khao San Road, Bangkok. I started my day with the best intentions. I'd take my time, stalk around, capture the essence of the place, maybe (probably) have a few drinks after I'd finished. Unfortunately, my day was interrupted by a familiar voice and face. This small set of images is what I got before that happened. Expect Same Same vests, daft trousers, braids, and a cat on a motorbike.

 

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