1519 Bangkok Transportation - Part 2
Jerri talks about motorcycle taxis, a common way to get
Todd: Another famous thing about Bangkok is the motorcycle taxis, which really freak a lot of the tourists out.
Jerri: I'm sure, I'm sure.
Todd: Like, they're afraid to get on one. Can you explain the motorcycle taxis, which are incredibly common?
Jerri: Absolutely, so, it can get quite - it's quite scary but it's probably the fastest and most cost-effective way to get around Bangkok, especially during the rush hour. Motorbike - you know, there's like a lot of motorbike taxis in Bangkok and they're at different stations, so you can get them at the - at - right below the Sky Train station, mostly. And, yeah, they know the streets very well. They know the - the - the fastest routes to get to your destination. And once you get familiar with it, it's actually not too bad as long as you ask for a helmet. I always think that that's - that is - 'cause it does get quite scary on the main roads with, like, a lot of...
Todd: Yeah, women, a lot of times, sit in a very dangerous position...
Jerri: Yeah, yeah.
Todd: ...because of their skirt. They'll sit sideways...
Todd: ...they don't sit with both legs on - with one leg on each side of the motorcycle, which I always find incredibly dangerous.
Todd: Do you ever sit that way?
Jerri: I have to admit, yeah, most of the time I sit that way. And it's quite, like - you don't realize it yourself but when people see it they're quite fascinated by it...
Jerri: ...like, how we can balance ourself...
Jerri: ...and then the motorbike is like swerving its way around.
Todd: Right, exactly.
Jerri: Yeah. Yeah.
Todd: Another thing about the - maybe
just explaining about the motorcycle taxis - is, so,
Bangkok has really long streets. It's not a grid
Todd: It's kind of like the roots of a
tree. Like, the roads will just go forever...
Jerri: Right. Yes.
Todd: ...in one direction. So,
basically, people take the main lines, like the subway
or overhead train, to their stop and then they take the
motorcycle taxi to their home, correct?
Todd: Yes, yes, correct. That's the
most common way, yeah, to do it.
Todd: Yeah. And in the mornings and in
the evenings it's amazing 'cause it's, like, this fleet
Jerri: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Todd: Like, the whole street is just
humming with motorcycles.
Jerri: And then you realize how
popular they are when you're standing at the station and
there's no motorbikes left 'cause, you know, they're all
being, yeah, being used.
Todd: Yeah. So, like, in your - where
you live, do you see the same motorcycle taxis every
Jerri: Yes, yes.
Todd: Do you know them by name?
Jerri: Yes. So, like, even the one in
front of where I work - they're, like, familiar face.
They know where I live, and...
Jerri: ...they take me home every day.
Todd: Oh my God, that's so awesome.
So, what about new things like Uber and Grab?
Jerri: So, it's causing quite a bit of
tension in Bangkok. As expected, you know the motorcycle
taxis and the normal taxis are not so happy about the -
this. But, yeah, I think with the election coming up, a
lot of parties are trying to regulate it a little better
because, currently, the main problem is that the Ubers
and the Grab drivers are not legal to have passengers.
They don't have the license. So, that's the main issue
where - why the motorbike taxis are - and the - the
normal taxi drivers are quite fed up about.
Todd: Wow. Well, one thing's for sure:
it's very easy to get around this city.
Jerri: Yes, definitely.
Which really freak a lot of the tourists out.
To freak out means to be shocked. Notice the following:
- He freaked out when the cat jumped down.
- The magic show freaked the kids out.
to get around
It's probably the fastest and most cost-effective way to get around Bangkok.
To get around means to travel from one place to another. Notice the following:
- They always use my car to get around town.
- You can get around the neighborhood in five
as long as
As long as you ask for a helmet.
As long as means if. Notice the following:
- The duck will follow you as long as you feed
- He could go to the party as long as he got good grades.
Especially during the rush hour.
Rush hours are the hours in the morning and evening when traffic is high. Notice the following:
- It took them twice as long during rush hours.
- The rush hour delayed the food delivery.
a grid system
It's not a grid system.
In a grid system, roads and streets are at right angles so they are easy to locate. Notice the following:
- The roads in New York are on a grid system.
- Creating a grid system needs a lot of
The normal taxi drivers are quite fed up about it.
Fed up means upset or annoyed. Notice the following:
- She was fed up of his constant complaints.
- He was fed up of his boss's attitude.
rush hour • grid system • fed up
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