Thursday, January 24, 2008
Another One Rides The Bus
This is the bus ticket for the late night Bangkok bus line that runs from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. This 5 baht ticket -- about 16 cents -- is one of the cheapest ways of getting from one end of the sprawling Thai capital to the other. However, one must also factor in a considerable amount of danger due to the frayed nerves of many of the drivers, and the tenuous grip on reality that they sometimes exhibit.
In any event, riding the bus in Bangkok can be an interesting way to see the city and spend some time trapped in a large, sweltering cargo container with wheels, and get the really unique chance to rub shoulders (literally) with a few hundred Bangkok residents, many of whom may look at you with bewilderment and wonder why the hell you decided to embark.
While this ticket may appear to be nothing more than a jumble of numbers and Thai text, some imaginative citizens have been known to collect bus ticket stubs and use them to come up with lottery numbers. This is just one of many anecdotal tidbits of information that illustrates why Thailand is one of the most unique places on Earth.
And also, why the country is so freaking exciting.