Bangkok Traffic is Insane!

1999 > Thailand

How odd, roads full of idiling cars going nowhere fast.

Just don't ask me how I got this shot!
Red lights to the horizon!

You wanna stare at this early on a Monday?
The downtown parking lot

Each morning it wakes me up, as its foul smell penetrates the hotel I’m
staying in. I don’t really know how the street-side vendors survive,
for the carbon monoxide fumes from Bangkok traffic are noxious even on the
fifth floor of an alley a block from any major road!

Yes, I know I wrote about Beijing
traffic, but there is a difference in Bangkok. Unlike the Chinese
capital, where the millions of bicycles
holding up an orderly flow, in Bangkok there are just too many cars!

Reminding me of the few times I commuted into DC from
Northern Virginia, even the overpasses in Bangkok are filled with bumper
to bumper traffic all driving on the left side of the road. The photos at
left were taken around 8am on a Monday, so you can just imagine how much
worse it gets.

Now add in a dose of equatorial heat and humidity, and
I’m surprised Bangkok isn’t the world capital of road rage. Even
with all the cars humming with air conditioning, it takes more patience
than I have to sit in the long lines waiting for a light to change or an
opening to form.

Personally, since I either avoid the streets at that
time, or take a motorcycle taxi, I’m not stuck in the mess like I was in
Beijing. Here, unlike there, the Thai’s got smart a while ago and practice
no-rules driving mixed with white-line driving motorcycles and a bicycle
ban, to speed up the scene from a complete stop to slow crawl.