Yaowarat: The Last Chinatown
Tiny alleyways with creepy old men and smoking teapots; the clacking of Chinese chess pieces and choppy conversations in Teochew; tired prostitutes and lotus bud-shaped coffins; bespectacled dogs and beggars; these are the sights and sounds of Yaowarat, Bangkok's Chinatown.

Unlike other Chinatowns around the world, which often can seem like culturally-themed shopping centers, Bangkok's clings to its roots and continues to be a living, breathing, albeit gritty, community.

I spent a year exploring the back streets and main drags of Yaowarat and these images depict the realities and oddities of life in a Chinatown that has yet to succumb to gentrification

Man napping in front of a Chinese coffin, Chinatown, Bangkok
From “The Last Chinatown”, Kathmandu Photo Gallery, 2008/2009

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Woman in front of gold shop, Chinatown, Bangkok
From “The Last Chinatown”, Kathmandu Photo Gallery, 2008/2009

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Man eating a streetside curry stall, Chinatown, Bangkok
From “The Last Chinatown”, Kathmandu Photo Gallery, 2008/2009

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In a market in Bangkok’s Chinatown
From “The Last Chinatown”, Kathmandu Photo Gallery, 2008/2009

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Behind the stage at a traditional Chinese performance, Chinatown, Bangkok
From “The Last Chinatown”, Kathmandu Photo Gallery, 2008/2009

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A street scene in Bangkok’s Chinatown
From “The Last Chinatown”, Kathmandu Photo Gallery, 2008/2009

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A transvestite prostitute in Bangkok’s Chinatown
From “The Last Chinatown”, Kathmandu Photo Gallery, 2008/2009

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A rainy evening on a street in Bangkok’s Chinatown
From “The Last Chinatown”, Kathmandu Photo Gallery, 2008/2009

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Man and dog, Bangkok’s Chinatown
From “The Last Chinatown”, Kathmandu Photo Gallery, 2008/2009

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Homeless man napping on the streets of Bangkok’s Chinatown
From “The Last Chinatown”, Kathmandu Photo Gallery, 2008/2009

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Teapot and street scene, Bangkok’s Chinatown
From “The Last Chinatown”, Kathmandu Photo Gallery, 2008/2009

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Vendor selling sexual aids, Bangkok’s Chinatown
From “The Last Chinatown”, Kathmandu Photo Gallery, 2008/2009

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Chatting, Bangkok’s Chinatown
From “The Last Chinatown”, Kathmandu Photo Gallery, 2008/2009

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Catching up on TV(1s), Bangkok’s Chinatown
From “The Last Chinatown”, Kathmandu Photo Gallery, 2008/2009

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Indifference, Hualamphong Train Station, Bangkok
From “The Last Chinatown”, Kathmandu Photo Gallery, 2008/2009

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