Bangkok's canals reveal hardship and perseverance

Lat Phrao Road led to nowhere in particular, away from the high-society and the posh tall buildings of multi-national companies. Walking, exploring the many twisted alleys and sampling the living environment.

Yet despite it all, I returned to the canal. The people are poor, and their homes are made from wood and low-grade cement. Many homes are located near the canals, and it is an indicator of the poor adapting to the urbanisation of Bangkok.

The residents are vulnerable to water-borne diseases and floods. Yet they have lived here for decades. Like many, Bangkok is a mega city of societal contradictions and hardship.

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