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Funny motorcycle experience in BKK

Posted by MADMAC on 9/11/2009 at 11:16

I hoped a motorcycle taxi with one of the taxis drivers I play Thai chess with when in Bangkok. The driver didn't know where I wanted to go so as a joke I offered to drive. He asked if I had a license. Sure. I showed it to him and he said "you drive". So I drove the motorcycle and he was the passenger on the back. Can't tell you how many people were staring saying to themselves "what's wrong with this picture?"

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Posted by Thaiman on 9/11/2009 at 15:00

Hope you were dressed appropriately,MAC.Hi-Viz jacket with the number and helmet.

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Posted by MADMAC on 9/11/2009 at 15:14

My passenge was wearing the vest - I had the helmut though!

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Posted by Tilapia on 10/11/2009 at 02:52

Were you also sleep-deprived, and wearing flip flops?

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Posted by greenman42 on 10/11/2009 at 03:10

You should have dropped him off at a jewellers shop!

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Posted by exacto on 10/11/2009 at 05:11

it's the flip flops that make the thai moto-taxi driver outfit the fashion statement that it is.

when i was living in chiang mai and khon kaen in the mid '80's, i used to occasionally do the same thing with the tri-shaw pedi-cabs. it was a lot of fun and definitely made people laugh.

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Posted by MADMAC on 11/11/2009 at 21:16

No I wasn't wearing flip flops. I have a reputation to maintain with the ladies, I can't be wearing that crap.

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Posted by exacto on 11/11/2009 at 21:20

yeah, we know that. the joke is that the drivers wear the mandatory helmet but still often zoom around town on their scooters wearing flip flops. i've seen people welding in bangkok using proper head and eye protection but still wearing flip flops too.

it used to be that everyone who didn't work in an office wore flip flops in bangkok. but no mas. the town is all grown up now.

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Posted by MADMAC on 12/11/2009 at 05:45

I still see tourists walking around BKK dressed like Somali kids, but I prefer something more GQ personally.

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