Boats on the canal in Bangkok, circa 1965. Long-term expats recall a time when the Thai capital was a low-cost paradise. Photo: Getty Images
Boats on the canal in Bangkok, circa 1965. Long-term expats recall a time when the Thai capital was a low-cost paradise. Photo: Getty Images
Thailand

When a beer in Bangkok was 50 US cents: low-cost, low-rise laid-back city of old has given way to a metropolis of high-rises and high prices

  • Expats who arrived in Bangkok in the 1960s and ’70s recall living on a shoestring and feeling spoiled in a city that was laid-back and a lot smaller than today
  • Since then the Thai capital has grown bigger than London, and lot more expensive, and much of Old Bangkok has been bulldozed for malls, condos and office towers

Boats on the canal in Bangkok, circa 1965. Long-term expats recall a time when the Thai capital was a low-cost paradise. Photo: Getty Images
Boats on the canal in Bangkok, circa 1965. Long-term expats recall a time when the Thai capital was a low-cost paradise. Photo: Getty Images
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