Last spotted in San Francisco, USA on March 28, 2003, 1:23 pm
Who is he? Where is he going? Where has he been? David Barrett / Quinthar
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Of the many strange things about the Bangkok river is the nature of waterfront property. I would have expected that Thailand, even more than most countries given the importance of water to their cultural history, would place high monetary value on the waterfront property. However, that seems to be anything but the case. The river is lined with squalid, rundown shacks that literally overflow into the river. And when I say literally, I don't mean metaphorically, like most people. I mean literally, it's not possible to determine where the water ends and the land begins, because the houses all extend out into the water, even to the point of flooding its lower level. Some of them go further to add fences that run out into the river, carving off a tiny section just like someone might have in an urban neighborhood. But unlike normal yards, these have floating boats or detritus floating within the gated domain.

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