Bangkok’s Hua Lumphong Station for beginners

Hua Lumphong Station is, for the time being, the beginning or end of most great Thai rail journeys. It serves over 60,000 passengers daily. It is a terminus for every line in State Railway of Thailand network, taking you north to Chiangmai, Northeast to Laos, East to Cambodia, West toward Myanmar, and South to Malaysia, including […]

Thailand’s mega transport miracle

I once shared a few beers with transport infrastructure expert from the Asian Development Bank. He was enthralled by talking about his own work (or perhaps he was just enthralled to be talking to another human). And I’m sure there are people that are equally enthusiastic about it. I, however, was bored to tears. But […]

Rama 9 and his Celestial Dwelling

Wang Dusit — or the Celestial Dwelling — forms the main administrative centre of the Thai kingdom. The district was established by King Chulalongkorn, who wanted to escape the cluttered area of Rattanakosin Island — the older part of Bangkok toward the west where the Grand Palace complex sits on the Chao Phraya river. Dusit Palace eventually became the primary — although unofficial — residence […]

Through the guts of Bangkok

Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit is the longest city name in the world. It translates to “City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of […]

Hua Lumphong station sits in a kink in our space-time continuum

While testing WindowSeater, we came to know Hua Lumphong Station (Bangkok Station) really too well. After travelling around 7,000km by rail in Thailand, I built Window Seater the app, tested it many times, and spoke to about 200 travellers in Hua Lumphong station about it. So all up, I’ve probably spent days there. And I […]

‘The Red Tendra of Bologna’ & the art of travel writing

I found it on Stuart’s bookshelf: John Berger’s ‘Ways of Seeing’. A strange find. A graphic designer, Stuart was never academic or interested in essays. Yet there it was, and its contents promised serious thinking. Pages filled with talk of compositional unity. Black and white photos of paintings. Subjects staring at the viewer whilst they […]

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