One of the things that may come as a bit of a surprise to many is that there is no such place as Soi Khao Noi, You won’t find the street on any official maps but that’s what everyone seems to call the four kilometre stretch which leads uphill from Sukhumvit Road, across the railway line, and up to the intersection with Soi Khao Talo. Soi means lane and as it runs off of Sukhumvit Road, it is regarded as a Soi. Noi.Nxy,น้อย means little and Khao means mountain, so it is Little Mountain Lane/Road. This makes sense as it runs up to the top of the hill. Its real name is Soi Boomsampan, You’ll find that on any map of East Pattaya. Boonsampan is also the name of the Temple and school at the top of the hill. Wat Bun Samphan. Don’t get too worried about the different spelling, that’s common in Thailand and may be down to the translation from Thai to English and the different alphabets used. In Thai, the name is วัดบุญสัมพันธ์, which means Temple of Relative Merit.
As I indicated in a previous post, it’s a diverse and interesting area being home to many locals and farangs alike, who for the most part seem to coexist without any major issues. Although there are western type establishments and more traditional Thai ones, both farangs and locals seem to be welcome in both, if they can afford to that is. The reality is that many Thais work long hours and receive very little recompense. From 1999 until 2016 but by the third quarter of 2016 had reached, an all-time high of, 13,803.15 THB/Month. Approximately £323:50. I’m informed that this was due to a large rise in state sector salaries and also in the minimum wage but many still earn well below this. As far as housing costs go, I did notice that there is a two bedroom Thai house for rent in Soi Khao Noi, Soi 1, for 7,000 TBT/Month.
Here’s a selection of photographs taking on Soi Khao Noi which should give you an idea of what is like. Thanks to all the locals who agreed to me taking their photographs. If you want to do street photography it’s always good to ask first.