A narrow canal separates Ratchathewi and Phaya Thai, but the neighborhoods' differences don't extend beyond the waterway. Ratchathewi and Phaya Thai's mega malls and late-night lounges create an energy that never seems to abate. Motorcycles crowd the main roads underneath its skytrain stations as marketplaces and malls redefine the way Bangkokians shop. Skyscrapers tower above sois (read: side streets) where curbside food vendors and silk trade museums shelter themselves from the area's constant locomotion.See places to stay Save this neighborhood
Crowded Centers and Quiet Sois
There area is a very busy area of Bangkok and good for shopping and street food. You will hear the trains go by a few times a day, but they didn't bother me - Bangkok is a noisy city."
Visited in 2012
Fast-Moving In a Transit-Friendly Hub
The area is nice, because you get to see more of the 'real' Bangkok, but it's still very central so that you can reach anything quite quicky!"
Visited in 2012
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Nic Dunlop is a Bangkok-based photographer and writer represented by Panos Pictures in London. In 1999, he received an award from the John Hopkins University for Excellence in International Journalism for his discovery and exposure of Pol Pot's chief executioner Comrade Duch, a story told in his book, 'The Lost Executioner'. He also co-directed the Emmy nominated HBO film 'Burma Soldier'. His new book, 'Brave New Burma' spans 20 years of his photographs of Burma's crisis.
Paula Bronstein is an award winning photojournalist with over 30 years in the business. Originally from Boston, Bronstein worked for newspapers including The Hartford Courant and The Chicago Tribune before moving overseas to Thailand in 1998 to cover the Asian region including Afghanistan and Pakistan. Paula has been employed as a senior staff photographer with Getty Images for 10.5 years. Presently Paula has moved back to freelance and is being represented by Reportage by Getty Images.