A sobering day in Bangkok's poor neighborhoods

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The is one of coolest looking non religious or royalty buildings in the city and I looked at it from my room.
After we left Jomtien we had to return Benny's daughter to where she lives full time.  It is sad enough for me that Voon and Benny live apart but then to see how she has to live makes it sadder.  I am lucky I live in a rich country in a beautiful city and have a good job and make decent money.  Every time I go into this part of Bangkok it makes me realize how lucky I am.  I have had tough parts in my life but almost always have lived in homes with several rooms that are comfortable in all sorts of weather. 

Many of the working class of Bangkok live in one room flats without air conditioning or separate bathrooms.  This is I guess the reason Thai people are often seen socializing on the streets around the street vendors.
The view from Voons room
  If you lived with your whole family in a small space you would want to get out into the city as often as possible so you did not go crazy.

The section of Bangkok we went actually was not bad.  There were even some nice small houses in the neighborhood.  The streets were busy with people coming and going with many people on those darn motorbike taxis you see everywhere in Thailand.  It was hotter as anything this day and we were sweating quite badly just walking down the street.  We had to walk a bit farther then we wanted to because there were city workers blocking the street about 1000 meters from our destination so we had to get out of our nice cool taxi and walk.

I was so happy to hear from Benny upon arriving that Voon lived on the 5th floor and the building did not have air condition.
More views from Voon.
  Voon, being young and used to Bangkok's climate ran up the many floors while I dragged my sorry sunburned body slowly up to the top.  Inside the building has several rooms rented to workers that all seemed to work for one company.  The building might be old and full of the working poor but it was in good condition and clean unlike the poor buildings in Vancouver.  The building also was full of life as I could people going about their lives and I could hear and smell cooking in several of the rooms as it was lunch time when we arrived.  There was a heavy smell of chillies as every home seemed to be drying red chillies in the hallways.

The family that Voon lives with seem to be her grand parents though I admit I sometimes get confused with all the different branches of Benny's extended family.  I am not so sure these are blood relatives or just some people closely connected to her family.  All I know is she is looked after well and really that is all that matters.  Even though I do not speak Thai and they do not speak English we were able to communicate some basic ideas.  They of course were more then happy when I left Voon a bunch of Baht so she could buy some new clothes for the new school year that was just about to begin.
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The is one of coolest looking non …
The is one of coolest looking non…
The view from Voons room
The view from Voons room
More views from Voon.
More views from Voon.
Taxi anyone.  Walking from Nana St…
Taxi anyone. Walking from Nana S…
Tuk Tuk.
Tuk Tuk.
Voons Street.
Voon's Street.
The view from our hotel in Bangkok.
The view from our hotel in Bangkok.
Looking back at our Bangkok hotel …
Looking back at our Bangkok hotel…
One the many street vendors.
One the many street vendors.
My favourite Bangkok Street Sukhum…
My favourite Bangkok Street Sukhu…
Sukhumvit soi 11.
Sukhumvit soi 11.
Sukhumvit soi 8
Sukhumvit soi 8
That really is a Bangkok trasit bu…
That really is a Bangkok trasit b…
Bangkok
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