A sobering day in Bangkok's poor neighborhoods
Bangkok Travel Blog› entry 7 of 10 › view all entries
April 22nd, 2008 – by: bcbusdriver
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 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.
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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