ON my last journey I went to Thailand, to Bangkok, Koh Chang and Chiang Mai to be precise. Bangkok is not exactly what you would call a recreation place. It’s loud, crowded, dirty in many places and and there is traffic jam all the time. Not an ideal place for someone like me, who likes to experience a city by foot.

Nevertheless, Bangkok has its own fascination. There are lots of sights, especially the temples (I will write a separate article about that). Besides this it’s impressive to see how many people live and work in places like Chinatown while still being relaxed and calm. I already wrote about Thailands children so I will focus on the adult world in this article.

Fo the photos I used large aperture prime lenses on my Olympus OM-D E-M1  and my PEN E-P5. The favorite lenses were the M.Zuiko 17mm to get much of the street life on the pictures and the M.Zuiko 75mm for portraits of the people. I addition I had the M.Zuiko25 mm and the M.Zuiko 45mm in my bag but I rarely used them. The lenses mentioned above have a large aperture of 1.8 so they were perfect to make pictures even in low light.

Khao San Road and surroundings

I will start in a chronological order: Since we had our hotel near the famous Khao San Road our first destinations were the direct neighbourhood. There are many backpackers (or flashpackers – like me I think) in and around Khao San Road. Bars and Massage Salons are available at every corner so party and relaxation are close to each other. Street food is also available everywhere so you will not need to stay hungry. It’s interesting that I didn’t take many pictures there, tourists are not as interesting as locals ;).

           Chatuchak Markt

After we had enough of the Khao San Road we went to the legendary Chatuchak Market. You can spend all day there and there is nothing you can’t buy. In addition there is a nice park right next to the market so you can relax after an exhausting shopping marathon. It’s a highly recommended place for shopping enthusiasts!


I you like it even more crowded consider visiting Chinatown. Even people with motor bikes try to drive through the narrow hallways and the goods are even more cheesy ;). Worth a visit for sure, the wiring (see last picture) was also astounding.

I hope you enjoyed the journey through the streets of Bangkok. Do you have any other tips regarding exciting places in Bangkok? I will be back for sure, there is still a lot to discover…


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Pierre Aden

I'm a photographer located in Frankfurt, Germany. When I am not travelling / taking pictures I like to play Table Tennis / Squash or watch TV Series. I work in a German bank in the Anti-Money-Laundering department.

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