Riding in a Bangkok tuk tuk

This is the blog of Mark Wordsworm, the travelling worm. I’m a 25-year-old bookmark and can proudly boast my own Hallmark serial number, 95 HBM 80-1. You’ll probably want to read all about me and my Travelling Companion (the TC).

Today’s travel notes

Me and the TC spent a day in Bangkok, on our way home from Europe. When travelling to Europe three weeks before, we had spent a day visiting the temples of Bangkok. (This worm’s immortal words about that experience are captured here: Temples of Bangkok.) Now on our return journey, we decided to explore the streets of the city.

My impressions? Smiles, grime, and hard-working people.

The book I’m in

The White Pearl, by Kate Furnivall. The TC has only just started this book. This worm is enjoying the story, characters and setting. The content of the book complements this blog post rather nicely.

Travel tip

It’s hot in Bangkok.

Recommended accommodation

Ariyasomvilla Hotel, 65 Sukhamvit Soi 1 Klongtoey Nua Watana, Bangkok. A haven in a confusing maze.

The photos

Me braving the streets of Bangkok in a tuk tuk:

The tuk tuk:

Here is a two-minute video showing what it is like to ride in a tuk tuk. There are some good street scenes of the more genteel parts of town. Press the play button to see the video, or go to YouTube to watch it there:

Scooters and bikes take over an intersection:

A mess of cables and a residential block:

Cables are draped haphazardly over poles and road constructions. This worm is amazed that the phone and electrical networks function. Here, vines add to the general drapery:

A body of water bubbles and seethes next to houses on stilts:

This business offers a variety of services, including marriage for aliens. Luckily, they offer translation services too:

More drapery:

Shacks and new construction, seen from the motorway on the outskirts of the city. The grey bar in the bottom section of the picture is the safety rail on the raised motorway:

Farewell Bangkok. It’s an exciting confusion of a place. This worm is not sure he wants to go back there.

That’s all for today, dudes.

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