Pedestrian safety, Bangkok
If you don't look like a Thai, expect attention when walking around Bangkok. We found that even waiting to cross the road we were offered a taxi, a tuktuk and a massage. We politely shook our heads and refused. Also, beware if you end up in Patpong every other metre or so you will be invited to a 'Ping Pong show' or a gay nightclub, regardless of what gender you are and who you are traveling with.
Bangkok has some of the worst traffic anywhere. In addition to the cars and trucks, there are countless motorcycles and scooters that tend to weave in and out of traffic. And then there are the tuk-tuks. Lights and traffic signs are not always followed. So watch yourself when crossing the street, especially in main arteries.
I was worried about the traffic only because of people saying how bad it was, but I didnt find it that horrendous. What I found that worked was stick close to the locals when crossing, who better to guide you!! and it helped that alot of the roads are 1 way.
Hey, I really love Bangkok & the Thai people are warm and lovely, but I felt compelled to write this warning or danger tip just so tourists are aware, manage their expectations ("honey, we're not in Kansas anymore!), and take more care when exploring Bangkok.
The pedestrian walkways around Bangkok are not in the best of shape. As you can see from the picture, the paths are uneven, worn out in parts and often full of holes.
I found that I needed to keep my eyes on the pavement almost all the time, to avoid twisting my ankle, especially since I was wearing high-heels most of the time. In the evenings it was even more of a challenge because the pedestrian walkways also double up as street shopping "malls". As the footpaths become narrower, you increase your chances of bumping into someone, or risk getting poked in the eye by sharp objects that seem to stick out from buildings and make-shift stalls.
The question is this: do you keep your eyes on the ground, or ahead of you - is it better to risk a twisted ankle, or risk a poke in the eye? I don't have the answer-just take extra care when walking around. Finally, maintain your sense of humour, and you'll be just fine. : )
We laughed lots at this sight at Khao San Road. How captive can you be? - lined up to get some money, and these quiet little ladies come around poking their wares in your face - every so silently and so very persistently! Any time you are stopped, you are more vulnerable to their approach - and you need to be just and persistent in your headshaking if you do not want to buy. Beware if you do buy - they will never forget you!
It says a lot that I felt a tremendous amount of achievement at crossing my first busy road. The cars, bikes, buses and tuk tuks are unforgiving to eachother, and even more so to pedestrians. You have to pick your moment to go, and just hope for the best! It's quite often a good idea to cross at the same time and point as a local as they seem to have mastered the technique!
That one thing that I might to inform with
traveller to Thailand have to beware when you across the street in Bangkok because driver it's not stop when you walking pass them you have to take care of your self because don't have the signal for walking path so....
Take care your self
Just one thing that I think difficult for traveller
When you're on foot, watch out for the traffic! The roads are wide, and the traffic comes thick and fast (unless it's stopped!). Use the overpasses where they are provided. This picture was taken on a Sunday, when the roads are relatively quiet(!). It's worth remembering that you can also cross the road via Skytrain stations, without having to buy a ticket.
If you're on the road, you'll need to bear in mind that traffic really does grind to a halt in the morning and evening rush-hours, so allow lots of extra time, or use the Skytrain if you can.