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Greetings from Boromrachachonnanee Road!

…At least, I think that’s where I live…

I had one of the Thai teachers at school call my landlady (“The Boss”) to translate my address into English and this was what she came up with.

Since moving into The Aqua Room off of Boromrachachonnanee Road, I haven’t had much time to walk around my neighborhood. Lucky for me, it’s a holiday weekend (the Queen’s Birthday/Mother’s Day) so I got the chance to do just that. I wanted to post a photo essay featuring my new ‘hood in the style of Waegook Tom’s “Other Side of Korea” post.

Welcome home:

new home
The Aqua Room in all her glory. Bed looks comfortable, right? It’s as hard as the floor. It doesn’t bother me too much except that my hip bones are bruising from sleeping on my side.
Exploring the new neighborhood
I love walking under this tree on my way to work. Nature can be hard to come by in this grimy city, but it’s peaking through in certain spots – you just have to look a little harder for it.
Exploring the new neighborhood
These guys always make me smile.

Neighbors

A pomegranate tree near my new home
A fortuitous pomegranate tree.
Neighbor
Not sure what he was doing but it involved putting mud into a bag…
A nearby school
I walked to a local school. Like most schools in Bangkok, everything is open-aired except the classrooms.

A neighbor walking

Inside Central Pinklao
There’s a mall down the street equipped with a movie theater, bowling alley, and lots and lots of restaurants.
The view from my new home
Made it back just as the afternoon rain came in. I can’t believe I’ve made it this long without an umbrella.

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8 comments

  1. Laurey Kawalek says:

    Michelle, Love seeing Thailand through your eyes – the pictures are wonderful. Are you on your own or with any of the others you trained with? Looking forward to seeing more. xo

    • mishvo says:

      Hi Laurey, good to hear from you! Glad you’re reading and enjoying the photos! I was the only one from my training who was placed in my school. I live in an apartment alone but lucky for me many of my coworkers live in the same area (Pinklao).

  2. waegooktom says:

    Glad that my post provided you with some inspiration! I’m loving the photos here. I had no idea that schools in Thailand are open-aired?! That’s kinda cool! Also, kinda jealous that you can just go and pick a pomegranate off a tree if you so desire!

    • mishvo says:

      Hey there 🙂 Yeah – I liked the idea of capturing the atmosphere of a particular neighborhood through photos. I also find Bangkok to be really photogentic, what with all of the grimy texture and bright colors…Just not sure I know how to photograph it all yet!
      I should try picking a pomegranate. Was afraid I would get caught stealing poms from someone else’s tree though haha

  3. Ben says:

    Reblogged this on Slightly Removed and commented:
    Located on the opposite side of the river from Rattanakosin Island where the Grand Palace, Khao San Road, and most of the locales associated with historic Bangkok are located is Thonburi. After the fall of Ayutthaya, the second capital of Thailand and center of SE Asian civilization for 400 years after the fall of the Khmer Empire, the Thais moved their capital to Thonburi. Less than 20 years later, it was moved across the river to Rattanakosin, an artificial island created by carving a canal around a bank in the Chao Praya River. To this day, Rattanakosin remains the center of Thailand royalty and politics.

    Little remains in Thonburi today to remember its few years as capital of Siam 300 years ago. Canals still criss-cross the area hidden in between the residential skyscrapers. A few temples dot the raised highways heading east toward Nakhon Pathom. In the center of the area stands a Central Plaza, a branch of one of the biggest mall chains in Thailand.

    It’s an urban neighborhood; a part of the real Bangkok, which is something I wasn’t getting living in the suburbs where I was. After a while out there, it just made sense to move here, the neighborhood called Pinklao. It’s accessible to all parts of the city, directly on the bus line to Khao San and to a BTS Skytrain stop. It’s got much more dining options than where I has been living, which most night consisted of getting variation of the same 10 dishes at 2 or 3 food stands nearby.

    Though it may not have the random elephants wandering through town like my last location did, Pinklao has much more character to it once you wander away from the main road and the Central Plaza Mall. My friend and coworker, Michelle, did a fantastic job in summing this up in pictures.

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