Walking 116 miles across Bangkok for MS


a body of water with trees and grass

Queen Sirikit Park- rarely visited by tourists in normal times..and now…quiet

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease where the body’s own immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves. This results in many different symptoms, including vertigo vision loss, pain, fatigue and impaired coordination. We still do not fully know how it starts, and how we can halt its destructive progress.

Inspired by colleagues with MS, I have, every year, run or walked across multiple world cities to raise funds for research.

a man wearing a white face mask on a street

Ratchadaphisek Road opened in 1976

This year, I chose to walk and/or run 100 miles (160km) through May in my 2020 home of Bangkok, Thailand. As you can  see from the headline I exceeded that goal.

What made this year most challenging is that Bangkok is hot, hot, hot in May. The average temperature has been 35 degrees celsius (95F) with a large number of the days sitting over (98.6F), Humidity levels around 70%.

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There was also the impact of COVID19 to consider. Thailand authorities allowed greater freedom in May as a result of the successful reduction down but it also meant wearing a mask everywhere! No one can complain to me about wearing a mask now. I simply won’t listen!

a man wearing a white face mask

Cafe Stop


On the plus side, I got to see more of Bangkok than many locals have seen! Walking through a city is a great way to  discover life, architecture, waterways and people- even in COVID19 times.

a river with buildings and trees

LadPrao Temple- stunning temple never visited by outsiders

a house with a truck parked in front of it

If you are able to support this effort to raise funds, hop on board with me. Thank you to my sponsors. https://www.themay50k.org/fundraisers/martincowling


a man wearing a mask and a stuffed animal

Making friends along the way

a water channel with a house and trees

Canal Scene

a group of houses on stilts on water

Communities on Lad Prao Canal

a building with a triangular roof and a body of water

Temple on Lad Prao Canal

a large white building with a tower and a lawn

Phaya Thai Palace


a sculpture of an elephant

Elephant made of scrap

a lizard on the road

Water Monitor in Chatachuk Park


a wooden box with signs on it

Food Pantry for those needing food

a white bench with a white metal frame and a white building in the background

Abandoned House


a street with power lines and buildings

New Yellow Metro Line under construction

a train tracks under a bridge

New Red Metro line-opening in January

a wooden barrel with water and plants in it

Street Art

an old black car parked on the side of a road

What model car is this?

a room with tables and chairs

Shop art

train tracks between buildings with clothes on the side

I crossed multiple rail lines

a train tracks next to a bridge

Double track line between downtown Bangkok and new Central Railway station at Bang Sue

a path with plants and trees along a river

Canal to myself

a tall monument with a group of people around it with San Jacinto Monument in the background

Victory Monument

a red box on the sidewalk

Streetside Postbox

a building with a large white structurea bridge over a city

a tall building in a city

Modern Bangkok

a group of clothes on swingers

a tile wall with a bridge and swans

Street Art

cars parked cars on a street

Street scene






a group of cars and motorcycles on a street

Sunset in Phayah Thai


  1. In my experienced Bangkok is very busy and noisy city but your travelled time would be the best because it looks peace and silence.

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