Motorbikes, buses, cars, tsong toas, just another morning in Chiang Mai! The level of organization in a countries motorways can be very informative. In conversations with a couple of different folks, we actually came to believe that perhaps in the USA we have more accidents because we expect people to follow the rules. In other countries (esp. Cambodia, China, Haiti) the rules are more like guidelines, but masses of vehicles flow and manage to get where they want to regularly. Here in Thailand there is a pretty strong organization, and the flow is of the opposite side of the street. Wild stuff. Crossing the street is more like a game of frogger (who remembers that game??), crossing the first section, finding a safe place and then moving to the next. This is definitely not the street safety we taught to my JTS students–it’s like grad level stuff ;). In the last month I have been in/on a boat, plane, bus, train, car, top-top/ tsong Tao, tuktuk, and moto (or motorbike, depending on the country). What is your favorite mode of travel transportation?
On 1/25 I tried my hand at the transport game, and had a great experience. I rented and drove a motorbike up to Doi Suthep, which is very similar to Lookout Mountain in Golden, CO. Only difference is they drive on the left here ;). I saw many bicyclists, which made me feel at home, and a beautiful sunset! Yes, mom, I had on protective gear and was very careful.