• 11 Mar0
    Goodbye Pattaya

    Goodbye Pattaya

    I’m happy to leave Pattaya, the civic equivalent of a frat house bachelor party.  It earned its reputation as the sex capitol of the world, but I was more impressed by the devotion to beer. Acres, square miles are devoted to hundreds of open-air beer bars staffed by thousands of young and not so young […]

     
  • 10 Mar0
    Along the Tracks in Khlong Toei, Bangkok

    Along the Tracks in Khlong Toei, Bangkok

                  The Khlong Toey neighborhood of Bangkok is home to some of the city’s poorest residents. We walked through the market and along the tracks where we were received graciously. Children played on the tracks, laughed or fled when they saw us, and were watched over by parents busy […]

     
  • 9 Mar0
    The Playhouse Cabaret in Bangkok

    The Playhouse Cabaret in Bangkok

                  Although I had shot a ladyboy cabaret show on Koh Samui years ago, when Madhvee told me she had secured permission to photograph at the Playhouse in the Asia Hotel in Bangkok. I jumped at the chance.  The performers on Samui gave it their all, but the production […]

     
  • 6 Mar0
    Around Nana

    Around Nana

                  Last night Madhvee Deb and I walked from the Nana BTS station to Nana Plaza. Several ladyboys graciously consented to have their pictures taken. As usual, the sidewalks were jammed with stands selling all manner of clothing, knicknacks, and appalling artwork to a parade of tourists. At Nana […]

     
  • 2 Mar0
    Bangkok Governor’s Race Disrupts Flow of Goods and Services

    Bangkok Governor’s Race Disrupts Flow of Goods and Services

    Tomorrow is election day in Bangkok for the Governor of this megacity. Accusations of election fraud are being traded and innocents are being tossed off the election rolls.  So unlike the USA. However, there is a dark cloud over the democracy, one that prompts many to dream of a benevolent dictatorship so that no such […]

     
  • 2 Mar0
    Ayutthaya

    Ayutthaya

    I haven’t been to the ancient Thai capitol Ayuttaya (accent on the “yu”) since the 90s, and I hadn’t shot the famous Buddha head embraced by tree roots.The city was destroyed in the 18th century by Burmese invaders- that’s why Bangkok is the capitol today- and not restored until the 20th when the head was […]