In the summer of 2o10, Charlotte, daughter Elle and I went on a bicycle tour of Bangkok’s Chinatown and its adjacent Talat Noi – a historic neighborhood in Bangkok not too far from my favorite district, Bang Rak.
Talat Noi consists of several small roads and alleys between the eastern bank of the Chao Phraya River and Yaowarat Road in Samphanthawong District – one of the fifty districts (khet) of Bangkok, Thailand. In addition to a plethora of piles of used car, truck, and bus parts, including engines, transmission, drive trains, and just about any other gearbox, bolt, and crank you can possibly imagine, Talat Noi also has several small restaurants and a really nice temple.
Talat Noi is also a thriving residential neighborhood with many families living above the street-level workshops where piles of auto parts dominate facades. The smell of diesel, oil, and lubricating agents is tangibly thick in Talat Noi. It’s the most macho place I’ve ever visited so far and I have yet to see a single woman working there. Which made it all the more interesting to contrast the masculine vibe by shooting a few local models there, one of which was dressed up in a white ballerina outfit.
No visit to Bangkok is complete without at least one visit to Talat Noi.