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Friday Photo 003- Khaosan Road

Khaosan Road

Friday Photo 003

Khaosan Road, Bangkok.

I’m really not keen on this place at all, a bit too touristy for me but, according To Wikipedia ;

“Khaosan” translates as “milled rice”, a reminder that in former times the street was a major Bangkok rice market. In the last 20 years, however, Khaosan Road has developed into a world famous “backpacker ghetto”. It offers cheap accommodation, ranging from ‘mattress in a box’ style hotels to reasonably priced 3-star hotels. In an essay on the backpacker culture of Khaosan Road, Susan Orlean called it “The Place to Disappear.” It is also a base of travel: coaches leave daily for all major tourist destinations in Thailand, from Chiang Mai in the North to Ko Pha Ngan in the South, and there are many relatively inexpensive travel agents who can arrange visas and transportion to the neighboring countries of Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia, as well as Vietnam.

Khaosan shops sell handcrafts, paintings, clothes, pirated CDs, DVDs, and second-hand books, plus many useful backpacker items.

Khaosan Road in recent years has become popular with local residents, especially artists and art students. There are several pubs and bars, where backpackers meet to discuss their travels. The area is internationally known as a center of dancing, partying, and just prior to the traditional Thai New Year (Songkran festival) of April 13 to April 15, water splashing that usually turns into a huge water fight. One Thai writer has described Khaosan as “a short road that has the longest dream in the world.

Khaosan Road

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Friday Photo 002- Friday Market Madness

So far so good, thats two fridays in a row… 

Friday Photo 002.

Aug 27th 2010

Friday Market. Kanchanaburi, Thailand.

A typical Thai outdoor food market. Busy, noisy, smelly and all round  pretty mental. But there are an endless amount of new spectacular foods to try. Of course if you are feeling brave there is always some of the usual weird bugs, intestines, frogs and all that funky stuff.  Keeping it still adventurous (without being daft) there is also an incredible variety of fruits and vegetables. I still to this day, keep discovering new fruits and vegetables that I have not seen before.

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