Everyone's got their 'local', which isn't surprising considering there are over six thousand 7-11's in Thailand, half of which are in Bangkok. So I guess you could say mine's not that special. Except that it is. For around the corner is my crew.
This crew consists of, what I consider, some of the best motorcycle taxi drivers in Bangkok. They always look out for me, get me where I'm going safely and cut me sweet deals in the process.
I mean, check out this crew.
You've gotta love 'em.
The Bangkok motorcycle taxi driver is easily identifiable by the bright orange vest that he dons. To me, this vest represents a certain degree of professionalism. I like to think that the moto taxi driver has to earn this vest, pass a series of difficult challenges, perhaps a written exam in there somewhere. I like to think that if one is wearing this vest, there is a level of trust that he knows what he is doing. I like to think that this vest guarantees my safety while hurtling through the streets of this big, bad city.
I like to think a lot of things.
This might be why walking past this store the other day was a bit disconcerting.
Are the orange vests...for sale? Can any Somchai off the street be a motorcycle taxi driver for the right price?
Can I be a motorcycle taxi driver?