Portraits of Bangkok

Bangkok perhaps is the most photographed city in the world and many of these photos are in the internet in high resolution as well as in large size.

One group of photographs I find interesting is the panorama. Tom Riddle has in his site photos which cover the whole expanse of Siam Square to Mochit BTS Sky train station. In this photo you could see with clarity the National Stadium, MBK Shopping Complex, Siam Discovery centre and the unending run of the sky train. The serpentine curve at Victory Monument is clearly registered.

There is another panorama shot in a different web site where the area covered is the whole of Sukhumvit road from Vibhavadi Rangsit road to Phya Thai Road and Siam Square. The buildings recognisable with clarity are Ambassador Hotel (though small,with its unique circular structure)Landmark Hotel, Amari Boulevard Hotel, the Sheraton and Marriott Hotel, and further to the right Gaysorn Plaza, Anorma Hotel. Hyatt Erawan, Central World Plaza and Amari Watergate etc.

Every small Hotel, lane or by lane is captured. One has a feeling of being there. In case of photographs of restaurants, one could almost smell the food.

Another interesting feature is the documentation of change through these photographs. The single most interesting example being the demolition of Siam Intercontinental Hotel. You could first see the unique structure of the trapezium shaped roof of Siam Intercontinental in one snap (the roof was slanting and maroon-coloured), then, in another, the razed ground of its premises overlooking the Baiyoke towers, Amari Watergate, and the Double Diamond Towers. A temple complex to its right gives the snaps a sense of history. Now Siam Paragon has come up on the old site.

Baiyoke Tower has given photographers a sky-high vantage point. I have seen a panorama image of the Don Muang Express Way overtaking Central Plaza, Ladprao. This photograph has been taken from Vibhavadi Tower. As if the sky view were not enough, we have now Google Earth, which makes the Bangkok landscape more familiar. In one site I have seen soi 7 Sukhumvit with the outline of Amarii Boulevard.

Next perhaps we would be having real time cameras placed at MBK intersection or in every small restaurant like Peppermill or Beer garden. One could decide to go to these places when they would look most appetising.

Even the humble cottages with tin or GIC roof by the klongs beckon us with life.

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