Do you know the real Thai name of Bangkok? Of course you do not! But don´t worry! I guess not even the average Thai or even Bangkok citizen knows it because it is long. Very long: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. Actually this is the longest city name on earth. And that is probably why the Thais just call it Krung Thep Mahanakhon or even shorter, Krung Thep. It means city of angels.
Anyway, today is New Year´s Eve and I had to save some energy for the action lying ahead of me tonight. So I decided to just walk around a little bit in the nearby Banjasiri park and on Sukhumvit Road where my hotel is located in a so called Soi, a small side street.
Banjasiri Park is not very old. It was constructed in 1990 and covers an area of 47.000m². In its centre there is a large lake. In fact the lake makes up the biggest part of the park. Walking alongside the north western banks of the lake gives you a nice view onto the skyline of the Sukhumvit district.
This gardener approached me with lots of smiles and talking Thai to me. Naturally I did not understand what she said but she was happy when I took a photo of her.
Then I went back to Sukhumvit Road. The road is well known for its shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, bars and the two entertainment complexes Nana and Soi Cowboy, two of the three red light spots in Bangkok.
An electrician hanging on a lamp post and securing that the lights will stay on tonight.
Soi Cowboy in the afternoon. This is a small street stretching over roughly 250 meters but packed with Go-Go-bars and other sex related places of fun. They were just preparing the decoration for the night.
And a few portraits od the cheerful staff working here.
On my way back to the hotel I passed by a mother with her little children begging in the street. Especially during the night you see quite a lot of poor people, most of them seriously disabled, but also many kids who even sleep on the walkway.
The night I spent just around Soi Cowboy in one of those small mobile street bars which are set up on the walkway every night close to midnight. I love those little bars. You can sit there and talk to the girls, you always get in touch with interesting or funny people or you can just watch the scenery and the people passing by.
I was surrounded by a Danish guy I met a few days before and who lives and works in Bangkok. And of course some of the nice and fun loving girls joined us. We all together had quite a lot of beers, Tequillas and Yadongs. Yadong is a special mix of Thai whiskey and some other ingredients which I do not really want to know about. And it does not really taste very well but you can feel an impact for sure.
On the street there were small barbecues. And the grill master offered us some of his dishes. Very delicious and very spicy.
And that is how Soi Cowboy looks at night.
Happy New Year to everyone
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