By far the easiest and funniest way to get around Bangkok from the Ramkanphaeng area is using the canal boats. Full throttle pedal to the medal they get you up and down the canal in no time! The boats run at great speed and as they pass each other up and down the canal remember to pull the cord to raise the blue striped plastic cover on the side of the boat – or you may find yourself soaked by a big wave. To keep the speed up the boats stop for just 3-4 seconds and hardly even stand still at every stop. You have to be quick and agile to jump on and off quickly and hopefully avoid a swim in the canal! The canal boats also offer an interesting very different view of Bangkok and the suburbs.
The boats are staffed by these incredibly skilled ‘Ticketeers’ (my word for lack of a better one). Wearing helmets they run and jump around the boat in perfect balance, collecting money, handing out tickets and helping people on and off in the 3-4 seconds where the boat lies reasonably still at the stops. They are a great fun to watch, I am a big Ticketeer fan!
Ending with another street scene from where I lived. Notice the power lines, how they ever get these to work is mind boggling!
When they actually have to repair these it is incredibly they ever find the right power line. Also; watch for hanging live wires – could give you a bit more energy than you would like!
- I am now based in Chiang Mai, have my flat and an outstanding 10th floor view from my balcony overlooking Chiang Mai and all the way to the hills where the sun rises every morning and the weather is perfect.
- This means I am sorta taking it slowly, finding my feet, will be a bit before I get to landscapes (this is probably hardest on myself as I have little patience!) so for now it is just my average travel photography I post. Last 4 months = hectic. So my balcony is presently my favourite place in the world I must admit.
it's really hard for me to imagine what it's like there, so crowded & such
is it a nice place?
i'm not sure i would like to jump in those boats lol
It is an interesting place, glad to spend 3 days there visiting my friends. Nice place. Hmmm. I would not be able to live there. So so so many people, traffic, cars, noise and noise and noise. 18 million people in one mega city. Far far too big for me. But a great experience, but for living I would rather live in some place like Broome 🙂
Interesting insight to a simple ferry operation I had not heard of Bo!
having sold about 1 Billion dollars worth of ferries in my time, that is quite a big statement!
I doubt many people know about these canal boats, still I am surprised Boat Master Mark didn't know them 🙂
Flemming, plz post a piccie from that balcony of yours when you get back from the Laos stint.
I haven't been on that boat and I think it is interesting and fun riding on that boat. I can imagine myself jumping on that boat. The experience would be impressive I believe.