Title: Licence to KILL?
Location: Hat Yai, Southern Thailand
Date: 1 September 2009, 10:25am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/9.0, ISO Equiv.: 100
Why?? Why?? and WHY do I chose a Thai plate number as an intro??? I always believed Malaysian drivers are the worst traffic offender on Earth. I thought I've seen it all. But, I was dead wrong! The drivers in Thailand (especially in Bangkok and Hat Yai) are C.R.A.Z.Y!!!!! Thailand's ubiquitous tuk-tuk (ตุ๊กตุ๊ก) is nice to ride. But, 9 out of 10 drivers are traffic ignorant - zooming through busy roads and pay no heed to traffic lights. I was hanging on for dear life. Young and old drivers were speeding like devils trying to send their passengers to their destination as soon as possible. On a few occasions, I was hoping that it will not be my FINAL DESTINATION. I nearly got several heart attacks when the tuk-tuk drivers made sharp turn - the mini motorised bike was on the verge topping over. It was insane!!
Sometimes, I have no other options but to hire the motorbike taxi drivers. Before laying my arse on the bike, I always tell the driver 'SLOW!' According to Wikitravel ' Motorcycle accidents are brutally common, and many (tourists and Thai alike) consider transportation of this sort to be inherently hazardous. Motorcycle taxis in Bangkok should generally be avoided except as a last resort'.Traveling via motorbike taxis can be fun and entertaining. Funny....I ENJOY the strong wind blowing on me while the driver zigzag and speed through the busy roads.
Well, I'm happy to say that I survived from these madness :)
Overall, I had a great time in Hat Yai and Bangkok - no hanky-panky :) Thailand: Land of Smiles is VERY TRUE. Immediately when I walked into Hat Yai, I felt a warm welcome and a great atmosphere! Rich or poor is not a hindrance for Thais to be so lovely and cheerful. I'm not trying to be a travel ambassador for Thai Tourism. You just have to check out all the pictures I captured in Hat Yai. In Bangkok, I was mesmerized and blown away by magnitude of the Thai Temples or Wat.
I need to catch some sleep now. I've just returned from Bangkok four hours ago. It was the longest train ride in my life! A whopping 23 HOURS ride from Bangkok to Butterworth!
Remember to catch Part 2 for more exclusive travelogues and pictures - FRESH from Thailand.