Contradictions Within The Land of Smiles

Posted: June 7, 2015 in Bangkok
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The same boy, a diligent young man, smartly dressed, who comes to perform in front of a 4-star hospital. Almost every day. He plays a Lao musical instrument on the pavement, often oblivious to his surroundings.

All for coins, that loose change that people at times are quick to drop. It’s not a complex, really, as the increasing cost of living in the metropolis causes young people, street kids, and the elderly, to make their livelihood in public.

Its obvious isn’t it?

Times are bad, and I’m not talking about the blistering heatwave of Thailand’s summer. Urban poverty goes unchecked, while the social elites continue their merriment. That’s life, all clumped into this land of smiles… the realm of contradiction.

A boy taking a break, consuming the sights and sound of Bangkok.

A boy taking a break, consuming the sights and sound of Bangkok.

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