In the heart of Bangkok you'll find the slums of Klong Toey. Built up on a mere square mile the area is home to around 100,000 people. Many inhabitants come from the country’s poorer northeast, allured by the neon lights of the city and the dream that it encompasses. Unfortunately as many inhabitants lack the skills necessary to achieve social mobility, breaking away from the vicious cycle of poverty is incredibly difficult. In Klong Toey an average household earns only around one-third of the Bangkok average. To compound the squalid living conditions the residents of the slums experience abuse, murder, drug addiction, prostitution, unemployment and disease on a regular basis. With Thailand’s ‘larger’ political and economic problems at the forefront of the media, these ‘smaller’ issues are rarely discussed. This is their story.


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In the heart of Bangkok you’ll find the slums of Klong Toey. Built up on a mere square mile the area is home to around 100,000 people. Many inhabitants come from the country’s poorer northeast, allured by the neon lights of the city and the dream that it encompasses. Unfortunately as many inhabitants lack the skills necessary to achieve social mobility, breaking away from the vicious cycle of poverty is incredibly difficult. In Klong Toey an average household earns only around one-third of the Bangkok average. To compound the squalid living conditions the residents of the slums experience abuse, murder, drug addiction, prostitution, unemployment and disease on a regular basis. With Thailand’s ‘larger’ political and economic problems at the forefront of the media, these ‘smaller’ issues are rarely discussed. This is their story.