Bangkok at War

| May 17, 2010 | 10 Comments | 3,860 views

The fighting continued today-Monday.

Here are some pics from Monday night.

This is the west end of the area where the protesters are penned in. There is a roadblock on Rama 4 just west of Asok. You can climb up on top of the pedestrian bridge and get a good view into the area although the main encampments are about 2 km down the road.

This is a picture standing on the corner of Sukhumvit and Soi 3 looking west. Just past the end of the picture are the railroad track, the freeway overpass, and Wireless Road. There is a roadblock before Wireless Road. The fighting is taking place all the way from Wireless down to Central World.

Outside the blocked off areas life goes on albeit in modified form.

Sukhumvit is mostly deserted with only a few white faces to be seen and the bars and restaurants are mostly bereft of customers.

A friend said the neighborhood was more deserted than when the Yellow Shirts closed the airport.

Since the hostilities have been going on for over a month, The World has been able to fully adjust and everyone who had a trip to Thailand on the agenda canceled it long ago. The place where I leased a car for the summer said, that everyone who had put down a deposit to reserve a car had already canceled and forfeited their money.

Here are some pictures of Soi Cowboy. They pretty much speak for themselves.

It’s brutally hot and humid and the farang business climate is equally brutal.

40+ days of no customers. How long can people hold on? When does it make economic sense to just pack up an leave?


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