The man was riding the Vespa in the crowd

Man on Vespa

Shot at Chinatown in Bangkok, Thailand

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As I walked through the alleys in Bangkok's Chinatown, I came to a crowded street. Chinatown in this city is a bustling place. Stores lined both sides of the street, and tourists and shoppers strolled about. I continued my stroll, blending in with the crowd.

Not all the people on the crowded streets were shoppers or tourists. I also saw many people delivering goods. The roads are narrow and crowded, so they use scooters and motorcycles instead of trucks and other vehicles for delivery. The man in the photo was delivering goods on a scooter. He was riding a Vespa and carrying the goods on a platform attached to the back.

I don't know why or how, but I see Vespas a lot in Bangkok. The Vespa is a scooter made by an Italian company called Piaggio. The slightly stylish Vespa is often used in movies, and the one Audrey Hepburn rode in Roman Holiday was a Vespa. Perhaps the reason why I see so many Vespas in Bangkok is because they have a factory in Thailand, just like Japanese car manufacturers.

In any case, when I looked at this photo, it was difficult to feel the atmosphere of Thailand, let alone Chinatown. The man on the Italian scooter is a big man of Indian descent. There's nothing Chinatown-like or Thai about it.

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Shooting Date

Sep 2019

Posted On

January 7, 2020

Modified On

January 27, 2022


Bangkok, Thailand


Street Photography



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