Proud and flexible Bangkok
Only if any of our Municipal council really interested in learning, than going to some boring country to watch belly dance.
If anyone suprised how fast the Thailand recover in economy, or even the recent Tsuznami strike, you will learned something about real Thai flexibility, proundness and grace in Bangkok.
Here is a few things that I observed during a working trip to Bangkok.
1. Street Hawkers.
If you ever went to KL-city center (or any city in Malaysia), you will notice the hawkers is the worst rubbish creator and pollutor. They will splash water in surrounding(if they happens to be selling drinks), oil (fried food hawkers) and plastic bags. Well this kind of “create job for municipal councils” or “bagi kerja untuk Bandaray” rarely happens in Bangkok.
If you happens to wake up early (as a tourist in Bangkok), walk around the busy street, you will see hawkers pop-up from nowhere and selling pre-cooked to cook food. (If you have time, you can even take some decent saloon photo of them. ) Try stay on the street for sometime, you will notice there is hardly a trace of rubbish on the floor of the hawker surrounding. Nope, they don’t have our (in)famous bandaraya to keep an eye of them. From the people of Bangkok, I learn that most of this hawker don’t possess any “lesen” (hawker permits) from their municipal councils.
This is a suprise , the hawker will NOT occupied the spot for long. After 1-2 hours, they pack everything, clean up the surrounding and hardly leave a trace of it. Yes, you can hardly see a trace where a hawker is there before. And you don’t see Bangkok city councils wasting resources to harass the hawker. As there is a hidden rules that every hawker follow :
i. Not blocking the street
ii. Not dirty up the place
iii. Close their store before the busy hour in order not to hog the road.
Only leaves, no rubbish. Damn, easy job for Bangkok city cleaner.
See mom, no stains.
2. I rarely tripped by dangerous road pavement. It is yet another suprised. You rarely has chance to walk into a hole (you don’t need to work hard to find one in KL ). So I always think KL city councils must be very poor compare to Bangkok, as the drainage cover are keep stolen until KL city council unable to replace it.
3. How do you fit in more car if the parking is full? For those never been in Bangkok or heard about the parking method , I bet nobody can figure th is out. Take 3 guess and go for the answer.
They double park AND release the handbrake. Suprise, right? This is a real suprise. You will see nice car double park and block the parking lots. There is 5 times more people (compare to KL) taking care your car, as those car park guard are helping poeple to push the car around to give way. Nobody complaint it. Again, mutual understanding (also about not armed the annoying alarms system when you double park) , good management (hired people that help to move cars around) and guarding (prevent non-owner move the car away) .
I will end here. Since I don’t want to talk about Bangkok railway transit system and subway, otherwise our city planner will start talking stupidly (nope, they refused to resign). 😉
As a reminder, don’t insult Thais when talking about their city next time. To them, our city is dirty and runs by uncivilised oxymoron.