Guardians of Bangkok ~ Thailand

A muslim village built on the chao praya river in bangkok, standing as guardians of the capital.

While on my bike tour in Bangkok a few months ago, we biked through this interesting and barely-known area of the capital: A Muslim village built on the water in one of the Chao Phraya River canals.

These houses were built and generously offered for free to struggling Muslim villagers from the South of Thailand by previous kings. This was a way to maintain control over the population and avoid internal conflicts. The houses belong to the family and are not allowed to be sold or leased.

In exchange for housing for life, the villagers were also asked to stand as “Guardians of Bangkok” in case of any invasion attempt from the sea.  They would be the first line of defense and warn the capital against arriving warships.

Needless to say, nowadays, there’s no chance of invasion from the Chao Phraya river and the only battle the inhabitants fight is against poverty.

It was also interesting to see the contrast between the old crammed houses on the canal and the new condos for expats on the other side.

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Nomadic Samuel

Daniel, this photo gives a real good impression of Bangkok – the old mixed with the new. I took many trips down the Chao Phraya River and I always found it fascinating.


My goodness you are amazing. Your pictures are works of art. I’m so happy that you left your silly old job behind and starting doing what you love. I, too, am a photographer… even if only as a hobby, it’s my passion and one of the great loves of my life.

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Mark Segador

yeah, lush villages are at times unforgiving when placed near shanties. they’re two different worlds, sometimes the rich just keep silent about their neighbors’ poverty. a really paradoxical photos you have here. and very significant insight as well