Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Posts Tagged ‘Skytrain’

Mad Dogs and Englishmen

Posted by jonathanfryer on Sunday, 2nd August, 2009

Bangkok MetroNoel Coward famously wrote that in Bangkok, only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. Actually, all the alley mutts I have seen have been well asleep in the shade long before then. But walking back to my hotel at lunchtime today reminded me just how hot and sticky the Thai capital is at this time of the year. It is exactly 40 years since I was last here during August and I can endorse the verdict of many guidebooks on the subject: don’t!  But if you have to — as I do, as I will be working here over the coming week — there is still much to see and enjoy. And at least some of the city is now accessible by either Metro or Skytrain,  both of which are ferociously air-conditioned (eat your hearts out, London commuters).

Disconcerting numbers of Thais are wearing hygeinic facemasks. One might think this is to avoid the traffic fumes — tuk-tuks are particularly polluting — but it appears that a collective mania has seized the place over swine flu. Everyone stared at me when I sneezed on the Metro this morning, but it was only the air-conditioning, honest.

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