My second visit was during daytime and it was in the back alleys of Chinatown. Boy, this was vintage Bangkok on show ! Old and dilapidated buildings, small business establishments with office interiors made of wood and glass, godowns in immaculate order, porters and regulars going about their daily businesses, was something of a discovery in this town where the glitz of the high-rise buildings steals all the glamor. We did get a few stares from the amused locals who were wondering how come their alley had some visitors ! The streets were of course not clean and the locality was definitely not hygienic, but being from India, I can never compare or complain ! Parallel to the road runs a river and there are about 3-4 places where one can board a ferry and cross-over to the other side. But they always charge more to tourists. It helps if you can befriend a local.