Bangkok: My Week In Pictures

Posted on Jan 19 2014 - 3:09pm by Bangkok Girl

So on Monday, Bangkok went officially into shutdown. I went to Asok on Monday to film for work, and it was all pretty peaceful, although I never expected to see tents pitched along Sukhumvit Road:

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And of course my colleague insisted that we take the obligatory selfie:

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It’s been an odd week. I don’t know what the result of the protests will be. They don’t seem to have had that much effect save to demonstrate that the sound of a whistle is really annoying, and to show that in fact Bangkok can solve its traffic problems, but I don’t see Suthep, the protest leader giving up either. Towards the end of the week things got a little more violent, with three bombs on Friday and one today. I don’t want to comment too much more, as although my Thai friends have been great in educating me, and I actually now know far more about Thai politics than I do about UK ones, this is a subject I still know little about.

What I will say however is that it is a shame to hear and read that tourists/expats have been getting involved: buying whistles, wearing t-shirts and riding along on trucks wrapped in Thai flags when firstly in reality they are probably not aware of what is exactly going on apart from seemingly free rock concerts and secondly we have been warned we could be deported for joining in. Note to such people: buying a whistle does not make you cool, just stupid and ignorant.

But life has still gone one, and my week, apart from all of the whistles, has carried on as normal: roof top bars, lovely visitors from England, cooking school, Wat Pho, seeing Chinatown getting geared up for Chinese New Year and having cake and drinks with the lovely Hazel, here’s the rest of my pics:

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14 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Joe January 19, 2014 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    Hi Anna, Which root top bar in Bangkok is your first choice? Have u try them all? I only tried the Sky Bar at the state tower, but i feel not relax at all and crowd of people!!

    • Bangkok Girl January 19, 2014 at 3:46 pm - Reply

      I haven’t tried them all, but Sukhumvit is quieter and a great view. These are from Octave. I also like Long Table

  2. Courtney Bentley January 19, 2014 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the update, I am glad to hear you are still enjoying life and not letting the protest take control over your days! Cant wait to see you and cooking with poo looks so fun!! Lots of love C

    • Bangkok Girl January 20, 2014 at 5:26 am - Reply

      You should try it Court! See you soon, have a safe trip back xx

  3. JB January 19, 2014 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Yes I think very wise not to comment too much. Foreign office advise is for farang to stay away from demo sites. Heard there are less demonstrators day by day, don,t know if true. Cold at night here in Chiang Mai, need my fleece jacket for tuk tuk ride home.

    • Bangkok Girl January 20, 2014 at 5:28 am - Reply

      There are less numbers day by day, but it’s very sad it has now started to turn violent, I just hope that does not escalate.
      It was chilly when I was there in December! Have you been to Doi Suthep yet?

      • Jonathan Ball January 20, 2014 at 6:32 am - Reply

        No not as yet.May not bother this time as went up there when I had transport (diesel pick up) last time 7 years ago.

        I do though hope to go to Chiang Rai to see the white temple. Can you remember the name so your readers can google it?

  4. Mandy Indonesia January 20, 2014 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Your pictures are gorgeous! I have never been to Bangkok. I can’t wait to go.

    • Bangkok Girl January 21, 2014 at 7:08 am - Reply

      Thank you very much! I hope you enjoy it when you finally get to visit.

  5. Goodisongirl January 20, 2014 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    Great pictures – they have become part of my Sunday x x

    • Bangkok Girl January 21, 2014 at 7:09 am - Reply

      I am glad you enjoy them and I can share my life here with you xx

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