Getting Photos of the Locals at Work

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Not sure what these are, but they sold them everywhere for people to eat - didn't look to appetizing to me

Tuesday morning, I decided to venture out early to get some good pictures of locals setting up their market stands or vendor stands for tourists. I wanted to just walk around in the nice weather and take good photos before heading out to the airport to catch my flight for Chiang Mai.

I went and found a cab, negotiated a price with a nice cab driver. The cab driver agreed to pick me back up at a certain time, so he could have me back at the hotel in time to get my stuff ready to head to the airport.

So I walked around Khao San Road, and then over by the Royal Grand Palace where I saw street vendors lining up and setting up their booths. They were busy preparing and making food, hanging their wind chimes, and setting up magnets, wallets, clothes, shoes and trinkets.

Tuk Tuk in Thailand
I bought a few things and asked the vendors where I bought stuff if I could take their pictures. There was one lady that was so nice. She was well dressed and got so excited when I asked if I could take her picture. She made me wait while she put make up on and looked in the mirror, ensuring she would look good for my picture. Maybe she thought I would be posting her picture in a magazine or something. Ha ha! So I took nice pictures of her and showed them to her.

As promised the cab driver showed up right on time. He and I talked a bit on the way back, since again I was trying to learn more about the locals. The driver told me he has two children – a 24 year old daughter and a 26 year old son. He showed me pictures of his family. He was very friendly. I asked him if he could pick me up at the airport later that week (I quickly learned the 1100 I paid to get from the airport to the hotel was way too much). He gave me his cell phone number, told me to call him before I board my flight back to Bangkok, and he’d be waiting for me at the airport. He agreed to do this for only 400B, which is less than half of what I paid to get to the hotel the first time. I just think it’s so interesting how they overcharge tourists here. The minute they see you’re a tourist anywhere, they think you have money and want to rip you off. I guess it’s how they know to make their living.
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Not sure what these are, but they …
Not sure what these are, but they…
Tuk Tuk in Thailand
Tuk Tuk in Thailand
A day in the life of...
A day in the life of...
A lady preparing food for tourists…
A lady preparing food for tourist…
Selling food
Selling food
The lady I bought a bracelet from,…
The lady I bought a bracelet from…
Selling food
Selling food
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photo by: Deats