Until recently, 9 family groups were living in buses at this depot. There may be more now. For the majority of the families, this is the only place they can call home. A few are fortunate to have an extended family home that they can go back to in their native village outside of Bangkok. During Covid some of these buses were used to keep sick people in isolation.

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From Scrap to Home: Uncovering the Hidden Stories of Bangkok’s Bus Dwellers.

Silvia Dona | Thailand

Life in the suburbs of Bangkok for those living in poverty can be incredibly challenging. The jarring contrast between the vibrant city center, which magnetises tourists worldwide, and the impoverished outskirts, is a reminder of the deep socioeconomic divide that still exists within this vast metropolis.

Hidden away behind a privately owned bus depot in the northern reaches of the Bangkok Metropolitan region is a small community that is giving new meaning to the term resilience and adaptability. Here are people that are redefining the meaning of survival having being pushed to the extreme margins of society without much certainty for the future.

Astoundingly, they not only live in buses, but also work for the private bus company. Most have been here for years, facing daily challenges as they try to make ends meet.

Lack of sanitation and dilapidated living conditions make their daily life a constant struggle and with scant resources, opportunities for improving their living conditions are scarce. And their challenges extend beyond mere subsistence; they contend with social stigmatisation, which further isolates them from mainstream society.


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