I thought I’d figured out how to use my thumb drive. Alas, I could only get a few pictures to the point where I can where them on the interwebs. I guess it sucks to be me.
These are some of my “first impressions” photos, when I nearly borked my iPhone battery by leaving it on so I could take a shitton of photos.
I was told pretty much all my life that Thailand was “dirty” or “primitive”, and that they used their river as an open sewer.
Thailand is a hellabunch cleaner than Brisbane. And you can bet your last dollar that the Brisbane river has less and less healthy fish in it, too.
In Bangkok, the river is a larder. But it’s only there for folks who are not fishing for business. It’s for people who are catching dinner, only.
While it is true that you can’t trust the water, that’s majorly because the bottled water industry has almost the same stranglehold over the economy as, say, the ATF does in America. Introduce drinkable tap water and half the economy may well collapse.
That said, there is no unemployment in Thailand. If you don’t have a job, there’s no reason to not make one. Sure, you see people picking through garbage, but it’s not because they’re starving.
There’s a healthy recycling industry going, which pays citizens to bring in recyclables. Severe hints can be taken here, western industry giants. Cough cough, hint hint.
Will post more when/if I can. And some more coherent points about things we can learn from other countries.
The streets of Bangkok
One view among millions of Thai wiring.
Paved areas have pot plants or shrines.
Thailand lets its street trees grow.
Even the highway supports grow things
Bunting outside a royal residence
Pictures of His Majesty are everywhere
Thai wiring nexus.