Monday, January 14, 2008


The little soi leading off Sukhumvit Soi 11 is developing into a
decent destination. Tapas Cafe, The Pickled Liver, Charlie Brown's,
Soi 11, the legendary Cheap Charlie's... I'm not suggesting it's
particularly sophisticated, but it's pleasant enough. And now - in
what I'm absolutely sure is a first for car-obsessed Bangkok - the
whole soi has been pedestrianised.
It means you can now have your patatas bravas without the added diesel
fumes from the idling pickup truck two metres from your plate.

Thailand is good at stunning individual efforts oblivious to their
surroundings: great restaurants surrounded by slums; secluded world
famous hotels with their backs to som tam-infested beaches. So this
apparently collective effort from the tenants of Soi 11 is rare. Who
knows? It could develop into the Thai version of Lan Kwai Fong. Perhaps.

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