Thailand Travel

Bangkok Backstreets

Over the Christmas holidays, I travelled to Cambodia by way of Bangkok, spending two nights and a day in the capital. Since I’d already seen most of the main sights back in 2012 it was nice not to be under any pressure to do anything specific and steer well clear of the crowds.

Given that an early start was due the next morning in order to catch the train to the border I booked a hostel within walking distance of Hua Lamphong Station which turned out to be a fascinating district full of metalworking shops and small businesses.

Heavy plates of sheet steel littered every available space.

A precarious makeshift bridge made of stamped steel offcuts.

The colourful backstreets full of small industries reminded me of the Yaowarat and Phahurat districts which I had explored on my last visit.

Tailors, printers, car mechanics, cake makers, hairdressers, greengrocers – you name it, this place has it.

While I usually opt for Airbnb these days, I was pleasantly surprised by Cosy Bangkok Place which was among the best hostels I’ve stayed at.


Originally from the UK, David is designer and wanderer currently based in Kamakura. Prior to this, he lived in China and longs to explore more of this vast and varied land. He started Randomwire in 2003 to chronicle his travels and occasional musings. Feel free to drop him a line.

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