living in the ‘Land of Smiles’

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thailand – Songtaew (song = two, taew = benches)

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1927 – Muang Sukhothai

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See more historic photos of Siam/Thailand, HERE:

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September 24, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Thailand – The Culture of Ladyboys

Via: Beautiful/Decay

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In Thailand, the term ladyboy is a nickname for transgender women, and they are a population often met with intolerance and prejudice. Their place in society is explored through photographer Soopakorn Srisakul’s series Mistress, in which he captures the daily life of his girlfriend and four other ladyboys. They all work at bars and as call girls in the infamous red-light Nana district in Bangkok.

Srisakul’s images are his journey in understanding his partner and the others experiences. There are few positions that are hiring transgendered women, so this community typically finds work in department stores, makeup counters, and cabaret venues. Those that are bargirls generally make better the better wages, which allows them to save up for gender reassignment surgeries.

Mistress presents us with poignant pictures of both work and home. There are moments of dark clubs, sure, but there are also quiet scenes in bright bedrooms. Srisakul writes:

They go out working, come back to their room, go relaxing outside, occasionally go back to visit family in the countryside, and then go to work. They, like anyone else, just try to get by. They laugh for joy, cry for sorrow, they work to earn a living, and they have an argument with their boyfriend, just like anyone else. In this sense, what makes them so different from us as to warrant a harsh treatment from the moral society, and do they deserve it at all?

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See more photos, HERE:

http://beautifuldecay.com/2014/09/10/poignant-photos-reflect-culture-thailands-ladyboys/?view=true

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September 14, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bangkok – 1957

Via: Teak Door

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August 10, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chiang Mai – 1960 flood

Via: Teak Door

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July 17, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Chiang Mai – Suriwongse Theatre as seen in 1958

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July 13, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Thailand – ‘Photo of the Day’

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‘Baby Rice Field’ @ Mae Jam by wanas by wanas

http://500px.com/photo/75435989/baby-rice-field-@-mae-jam-by-wanasapong-jaiinpol

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July 6, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Bangkok – Japanese tank runs along Royal Palace December 1941

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June 29, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Thailand – 1899 Chiang Mai

Via: TeakDoor

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June 24, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Bangkok – 1972

Via: TeakDoor

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May 22, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment

Thailand – Chiang Lai – ‘Post-quake Photo of the Day’

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May 20, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment