Bangkok – city of contrasts

August 22, 2012

The Rama VIII Bridge crossing Bangkok’s lifeblood – the Chao Phraya River.

IT’S a steamy, pulsating, heady mix.

A metropolis of more than 10 million people, it is intense, intoxicating, but thoroughly addictive – Bangkok.

Thailand’s capital is one of Asia’s most frenetic cities and a tourist mecca, the large amounts of cash that flows into the city from visitors is as crucial to its survival as the Chao Phraya River that flows through it – bisecting the city.

By night it turns into a hedonistic playground with a well-documented seedy underbelly.

In daylight it is a very different place, perhaps even more fast-paced, but somewhere you will find huge wealth and grinding poverty existing side-by-side.

From glitzy air-conditioned megamalls a stone’s throw from grimy back streets to elaborate Buddhist temples sharing the same space as neon-lit sleazy sex-bars.

Jared Morgan of Booked.net shares some photographs of perhaps one of the most contrasting and confronting cities in the world.

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