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A whirlwind three days in Thailand's capitol

Story by Dustin Johnston December 2nd, 2015
A small batch of blue sky peeks out above Bangkok's Chao Phraya River.
A statue of a kinnara or mythological Buddhist half-human, half-bird character at Wat Phra Kaew.
Looking across the Grand Palace at Wat Phra Kaew.
Thailand's epic, The Ramakian, covers the inner walls of Wat Phra Kaew. Here Chiwaha performs a superhuman mutation to protect his city.
A stone Buddha stands out against the colorful columns of Wat Phra Kaew.
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Thai students wave to us as we speed down a khlong.
A monk gives our boat a blank stare as we speed past down the canal.
Two Thai art students looking intently at their book and camera alongside a white statue.
Two novice monks stroll down Bangkok's famous Khaosan Road.
The view from atop Wat Ratchanaddaram.
Realistic miniature monks for sale outside Wat Ratchanaddaram.
Wat Ratchanaddaram framed by clouds and gardens.
An artist at Chatuchak Weekend Market paints a portrait of a young King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
A street performer outside of Chatuchak Weekend Market in traditional Thai clothing.
This large, striking figure draws tourists into a restaurant near Khaosan Road.
Tourists enjoy cheap foot massages alongside a busy street of bars, restaurants, and street food vendors.
A homeless man lies in front of a closed storefront, reading a newspaper.
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A large water monitor lizard swims through down a khlong where nearby restaurants throw out food scraps.
Tuk-tuks are often said to only be used by tourists, but here a monk sits in one, waiting for the Bangkok traffic to clear.
Mornings are relatively quiet on Khaosan Road.
These street food carts of deep fried bugs likely make a large percentage of their money by charging tourists 10 baht to take photos.
The myriad vehicles seen on Bangkok streets make for infinitely more interesting panning photos.
A street food vendor zips down the road to his next location.
Another panning photo of the interesting street traffic.
A Buddhist offering sits outside a restaurant early in the morning.
Footnote: Photos by Dustin Johnston // Twitter, Instagram: @DJPhotoVideo //
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