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Motion.  Or lack thereof.

Bangkok is notorious for bad traffic.  In some cases, it has taken me near a half hour to get through a single block in a taxi.

On a late night out on Soi 11, when a small number of bar-goers actually start to lose out to the weariness, they can step immediately out onto the street and find a txi to take them back to wherever they might have come from.  Problem is, these taxis don’t actually go anywhere.  They are all back to back down the entire length of this narrow sidestreet and cannot penetrate Sukhumvit’s own traffic to get on their way.

So, upon leaving The Nest on my night out with friends Jeremy and Emma, We were among the only things in motion amidst the unending lines of pink taxis.


Benjamin Williams

Hi all, my name is Ben. I’m a native Michigander with a passion for human culture and new places, and more than that, new experiences. I have degrees in archaeology and writing, pursuing a career in the latter. However, I never quite lost that fascination for archaeological theory. For the past 11 years, I’ve been living and travelling between Asia, Europe, and North America, documenting ancient sites and the peoples who built them, and then adapting them into practical archaeological travel information at


  • ailsapm says:

    Love it, Ben. Oh, and I can’t believe how quickly you got that post ready in response to my challenge. Nice one!

    • Ben says:

      Thanks Ailsa. Those posts on the Empire Builder journey were really interesting. Although, I couldn’t find a box to comment on the pages.

      • ailsapm says:

        Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed those posts, Ben, that train journey was quite an adventure! I think comments close automatically after a few months and I wrote those a while ago, I will check into it. xxx

  • This is a neat picture Ben. Even Boston doesn’t get this bad…at least not usually.

    • Ben says:

      True enough. The time I spent driving in Boston was a bit frustrating at times, particularly in all the narrow one-ways, but never at a dead standstill.

  • Kim says:

    This could offer some insight as to why you were hit by a car…..

    • Ben says:

      Well, the sidewalks along this street are, particularly at night, taken up by street bars and food vendors. They are filled up to the point where it’s impossible to walk entirely on them. Between the stopped cars is the easiest way.

  • Amy says:

    I haven’t Bangkok, but have heard about the bad traffic…

What are your thoughts?

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