Too Hot for Free Bikes
Posted by Heliocentrism on May 3, 2010
May 1, 2010
Old Stuff Pretending to be Really Old Stuff*
We started off on the free bikes. I was overjoyed when I saw the bikes and then to find out that they were free just made my day! On Friday a friend of ours, who still lives in Seoul, put an invite on his Facebook status to go biking in Nowon. I loved biking in Seoul with him. I miss all the friends I’ve made in Seoul. So, getting some free bikes, brought all those good memories back.
Of course these free bikes were in no way as nice or as new, as the ones in Seoul, but they got the job done. The bad thing about the bikes were not the bike’s fault at all. It’s just too hot. Mark and I were biking around, looking for something to drink when a trolley past us.
The trolley is free, by the way. So, we ditched the bikes and hopped on the next trolley. No, we didn’t go back for the bikes. I assume that the workers eventually retrieved them… hopefully.
The trolley was a lot more fun to ride than the bikes. You can get on and off whenever you like. It goes very slowly so you don’t really need to get off to take photos. Most stuff aren’t worth anything more than a passing snap shot anyway.
Ice Coffee Lady, row me to heaven!
The highlight of the day was the floating market. You can dine at any of the many restaurants around the small lake. But, the more interesting thing to do is to first find a nice place to sit. If you patiently wait, a lady in a row-boat will come your way and she will make some delicious soup for you.
There is also a Coffee & Tea lady, but when we were there she had so many customers that she couldn’t row around. We had to walk over to her boat and stand in line.
I would just like to use this time to rant about my love of Thai iced coffee. Let me first explain that I love everything about coffee, but the taste. Let’s be honest, coffee is bitter and yucky. But it is not without some redeeming qualities. It is just as good cold as it is hot. You can also add fists full of sugar and creamer to cover up its horrible taste. Okay, that’s what I really love, sugar and creamer!
I personally like to add condensed milk to my coffee. It’s a one step coffee de-yucky-fier. Out side of Thailand, people make fun of me when I put spoonfuls of this sweet dairy product in my coffee. But in Thailand, I feel quite justified that there is a whole culture that makes its coffee just like I do.
Here, in Thailand, they make coffee fresh, really strong, and really sweet, then add it to a cup, or most times a bag, filled with crushed iced. The result is perfection chilled. All this for about 8-20THB (25-63 US cents).
Here’s another great video by Mark:
*Actually, I have no idea how old Ancient City is. I just thought this made a nice and snappy title.
(Ratcha Anachak Thai)
- You can enter by plane, boat, bus, or train.
- Most citizens from many countries do not need to get a visa before going to Thailand. But, you will need a visa to stay longer than 1 month or if you been to Thailand for at least 3 months already in the past 12 months.
- People of most nationalities will get a 30-day visa at the port of entry.
- To be completely sure, check with the Thai embassy in your country.
- Useful Phone Numbers when in Thailand
- Tourism Authority 662-250-5500
- Emergency Number – 999
- Do not say anything negative about the king or anyone in the Royal family. And definitely do not write anything bad about the king or royal family. This offence could land you in jail. You don’t want to go to Thai jail.
- Don’t use the city ferries in Bangkok during the peak hours. They fill those things past capacity and sometimes they sink. Use them during non-peak hours when they are not crowded.
- Never eat female horseshoe crabs in Thailand. The roe of the horseshoe crab has tetrodotoxin (TTX) which is toxic to humans. It makes people very sick and some people have even died as a result.
- 13°32’21.9″N 100°37’22.8″E
By Bus –
If you are lucky enough to live near bus 511’s route, then you can use it and take the bus to the end of its line. But your journey isn’t over yet! Hop on the mini-van with the hard to read number 36 on it. Don’t take a nap in the van; you don’t want to pass your stop.
You’re better off taking a taxi on this one. I find that, when using public transportation in Bangkok, if there is more than one traveler or if there is a transfer, then taking a cab is not only cheaper, but easier. You see, the bus system, the BTS (elevated rail), the MRT (underground rail), and thousand minivan routes, are all run by different companies. So, just print out or take a picture of the map in the link below and show some taxi driver. Good Luck!
296/1 Sukhumvit Road
Bangpoo, Samut Prakan, 10280
Website: The Website brought up a warning on my computer.
Bike and cart rental
The website is a bit confusing on the topic of bike rental. The bikes are free with admission and so is the tram. I’m not sure if they used to charge extra for the bikes, but they didn’t when Mark and I went.
- 8:00 – 17:oo
- This place is not too far from the Crocodile Farm & Zoo and the Erawan Museum. And when I say close, I mean it’s a quick cab ride. I doubt it’s walkable. (Well, maybe it would be walkable if it weren’t so bloody hot!)
- The big runway walk-off of America’s Next Top Model cycle 6 was shot here.