Out of all the countries I've traveled to, I've spent the most time in Thailand, and most of that time was spent in Bangkok. Between two visas, one visa extension, and three return trips, I probably spent over 50 nights in the city.
The majority of my time in BKK was spent in the neighborhood of Premrutai Village. It's a small working / retirement class community on the east side of Bangkok's city center. Picture a retirement community in Florida with motorbikes instead of golf carts. It's far from the craziness of Khao San Road and offered some normalcy at a time I needed it. The neighborhood is pigeonholed between the BTS sky train (On Nutt) and the Phra Khanong tributary, roughly at Soi Sukhumvit 50. It's a pretty isolated community because there's only two ways to get to my neighborhood, and one of those ways closes at 9pm (picture below).
The City @50 Hostel became my home and the people in the community became my neighbors. Here are some of their stories.