Entries in amazing thing in bangkok (2)


Bangkok’s Government Buses

Taxis might be cheap in Bangkok compared to those in other world capitals, but they’re not always the best option. Some don’t want to turn their meter on, some might not know where it is you want to go and some will outright refuse to take you anywhere at all.

The BTS Skytrain and MRT underground still have limited reach, so to get to outlying towns and provinces without having to pay for a taxi or private car – Thailand’s buses are worth mastering. In the metro area tickets range from free to 18 baht and for maximum 1,500 you can catch an overnight VIP government bus all the way down to Phuket or Hat Yai. The bus system is not always easy to decipher, however, so here’s a first-timer’s guide.

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Ya-dom: Nasal Inhaler

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The city of Bangkok, with its mazelike interconnecting streets and tiny sois, is endowed with plenty of strange things to feast one’s curious eyes upon. Here, you will find pushcart stalls selling edible pig’s body parts and guts, deep-fried insect snackables, and even a couple of elephants strolling down the sidewalks…and this is just to name a few. 

For us locals, things that were mentioned above are nothing to get excited about. But the tourists! They get so easily worked up over these things it’s quite funny, actually. I have seen foreigner friends staring in disbelief (with dropped jaws and all) at a little old Thai lady who appeared to have jammed a lipstick look-alike up her nostril. They couldn’t comprehend what she was doing until I explained that what the lady had up her nose was in fact a ‘ya-dom’, or stick-type inhalant used to clear nasal congestion and help free the breathing system.

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