A man washes his face with a hose on the street in Baan Khrua, a shanty town in the centre of Bangkok in the shadow of upscale shopping malls, hotels and condominiums – built where orchards once stood. Photo: Tibor Krausz A man washes his face with a hose on the street in Baan Khrua, a shanty town in the centre of Bangkok in the shadow of upscale shopping malls, hotels and condominiums – built where orchards once stood. Photo: Tibor Krausz
A man washes his face with a hose on the street in Baan Khrua, a shanty town in the centre of Bangkok in the shadow of upscale shopping malls, hotels and condominiums – built where orchards once stood. Photo: Tibor Krausz

Two worlds collide at a Bangkok shanty town hunkered in the shadow of glitzy malls, five-star hotels and condominiums

  • Huddled next to a fetid canal where older residents used to swim, Baan Khrua is a jumble of shacks and decaying wooden houses in the shadow of wealth
  • Once a centre of silk weaving – thanks to American businessman Jim Thompson, who lived nearby – it fell on hard times and illegal drugs took root

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A man washes his face with a hose on the street in Baan Khrua, a shanty town in the centre of Bangkok in the shadow of upscale shopping malls, hotels and condominiums – built where orchards once stood. Photo: Tibor Krausz A man washes his face with a hose on the street in Baan Khrua, a shanty town in the centre of Bangkok in the shadow of upscale shopping malls, hotels and condominiums – built where orchards once stood. Photo: Tibor Krausz
A man washes his face with a hose on the street in Baan Khrua, a shanty town in the centre of Bangkok in the shadow of upscale shopping malls, hotels and condominiums – built where orchards once stood. Photo: Tibor Krausz
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