Anyone who’s ever been to Bangkok knows that the traffic is horrendous! Anyone who has ever been in a hurry in Bangkok also knows the quickest way to your destination is a motorcycle taxi..especially during rush hour traffic.Pretty much anytime I go anywhere, unless I get a late afternoon start, I seem to hit rush hour traffic. This leaves me with only one mode of transportation, as taking a regular taxi would be astronomical… the infamous motorcycle taxi!
Each time I go, I flag down a man in an orange vest, which is how you find the registered taximen, and climb on back, holding on for dear life. Riding on a motorcycle taxi does get you to your destination quicker, and for good reason! These drivers weave in and out of stopped or moving traffic..speeding up, slowing down..zigging this way, zagging that way..When they all stop at a stoplight, all the motorcycles being first of course, they wait until the light turns green..there’s a thunderous “vrooooom!” of the engines, and each time I think, “..And their off..!!” as numerous motorcycles whip by at alarming rates.! As I said, I hang on for dear life to the little bar that is usually behind you, as I find holding on to the taximan is a bit wierd..The people of Bangkok, however, carry on with their normal lives while aboard these zipping little motorbikes! I’ve seen ladies, riding side-saddle mind you, holding a bag and powdering her nose or one fixing her hair with one hand while texting with the other. I’ve seen people shove everything from kids to Televisions to giant boxes between themselves and the driver..
I guess Thai people are just used to this type of transportation and don’t think twice about it, but I’ve been driving with the Mom I work for, and I’m not about to ease up my grip, knowing there are drivers like that out there. We’ve almost hit numerous motorcycle taxis while driving..but in her defense, they do sometimes fly out of nowhere!
I do have to say though, I trust them enough not to wear a helmet..Sorry Mom!!..but I am NOT about to wear a helmet that lord knows who has worn, and strap a nasty chin-strap to my face to hold it on..not in this hot & sweaty city..! I’ll take my chances with the experienced drivers!! So far..so good!