Faces of Thailand
Updated: 2 days ago
The seen and unseen of Thailand!
Makkasan Community is situated right in the most developed zone of Bangkok, where new condominiums claim the highest price in Thailand and the most luxurious shopping centers at a comfortable walking distance. Yet, it is also an area ignored by public attention. Residents there live with worries of being forced to relocate without compensation to give room to profit-hunger project developers in the guise of city authority.
The households nestled along the train track for decades, as close as only to allow the train to pass, which nowadays reduced to only occasional service trains. Walking on or right next to train tracks is the only way from one household to another. Trian track is an integral part of their lives, where they sit and rest as if it is furniture and a playground for the kids, or sometimes as a bed for the babies.
Thatchai, in his late 50s, sold to the Teochew Opera owner when he was 7 as a solution to his Chinese mother's gambling debt for 5,000 baht, including the 10% cut for the middleman. The Teochew Opera changed his life since. And He is one of the prominent faces of the Teochew Opera in Thailand today.