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A Thai wrote this article? Where do they produce people like this? Overseas, no doubt.

Great article. If only at least 10% more of the population could think like this... then we'd only need 90% more of the population to realise it and we'd be on our way to actually doing something about the problem!

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How the hell does Bangkok look even vaguely like Venice?

Bangkok was NEVER known as the "Venice of the East"...that was Ayuthya. Read your REAL Thai history (e.g. David Wyatt), Nation--and Thai Visa--hacks...

Yes it was, and still is, with possibly less justification for doing so now with the greatly reduced number of klongs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_places_called_Venice_of_the_East

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How the hell does Bangkok look even vaguely like Venice?

Well, not exactly looks like, but normally it smells like Venice (in summer) and there is a similar tourist rip-off happeing here and there...

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Plus its sinking like Venice.

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How the hell does Bangkok look even vaguely like Venice?

Sukhumvit use to be a canal as well as many other main roads.

Canals were the predominant mode of transportation long ago....

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How the hell does Bangkok look even vaguely like Venice?

Sukhumvit use to be a canal as well as many other main roads.

Canals were the predominant mode of transportation long ago....

And many times, it was the only option, to build wider roads.

After the rain is before the rain!

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Venice of the East huh? still subject to the hegemonic notion that it is in the East (it is East releative to Europe if you are standing North South) For Vietnamese is it the Venice of the West?

Oh dearie me, if you want to be so political, try something more intelligent.

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How the hell does Bangkok look even vaguely like Venice?

Bangkok was NEVER known as the "Venice of the East"...that was Ayuthya. Read your REAL Thai history (e.g. David Wyatt), Nation--and Thai Visa--hacks...

Oh dear, very silly. Bangkok was known as the Venice of the East for most of the 20th century, until it finally dawned on the hacks that it just couldn't be said any more. If Ayuthaya was the first Thai place to be so called, so be it, but that in no way changes the fact that -- for everybody but historical pedants -- the term has long specifically related to Bangkok.

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How do they do it? How will they manage?

Bangkok population as of 2011: 7,065,000

1 kilometer = 100,000 cm

4,149km of road equals 414,900,000cm of available road

Generously providing 3 lanes of road comes out to:

414,900,000 X 3 = 1,242,300,000cm of available daily road lane

6,840,000 motor vehicles registered in the Bangkok area in 2010

The average car length is (conservatively) 427cm (not including trucks and motorbikes)

6,840,000 X 427cm = 2,920,680,000 cm of bumper to bumper cars on the road in 2010

Now to conservatively bring this figure up to date, I factor in

1,225 cars being registered daily since Oct 2010 and I get 523,075 cm of car length added daily

Multiply that by 365 (since 2010) and you get roughly 190,922,375cm more car bumper to bumper length

Add 190,922,375cm to the 2010 figure (2,920,680,000 cm of cars) and you get 3,111,602,375 cm of cars on the road today

So, to get all the cars on the road, bumper to bumper...

+1,242,300,000cm of available daily road lane

-2,920,680,000 cm of bumper to bumper cars

= (-)1,678,380,000cm of missing road or 3,930,632 cars waiting to get on the road

That comes out to 16,784 kilometers of road that needs to be built, or 3,930,632 cars that need to be taken away.

I do not even want to factor in the motorbikes jamming the seams and trucks bottle-necking the flow.

My figures must be off. I did this quickly.

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How do they do it? How will they manage?

Bangkok population as of 2011: 7,065,000

1 kilometer = 100,000 cm

4,149km of road equals 414,900,000cm of available road

Generously providing 3 lanes of road comes out to:

414,900,000 X 3 = 1,242,300,000cm of available daily road lane

6,840,000 motor vehicles registered in the Bangkok area in 2010

The average car length is (conservatively) 427cm (not including trucks and motorbikes)

6,840,000 X 427cm = 2,920,680,000 cm of bumper to bumper cars on the road in 2010

Now to conservatively bring this figure up to date, I factor in

1,225 cars being registered daily since Oct 2010 and I get 523,075 cm of car length added daily

Multiply that by 365 (since 2010) and you get roughly 190,922,375cm more car bumper to bumper length

Add 190,922,375cm to the 2010 figure (2,920,680,000 cm of cars) and you get 3,111,602,375 cm of cars on the road today

So, to get all the cars on the road, bumper to bumper...

+1,242,300,000cm of available daily road lane

-2,920,680,000 cm of bumper to bumper cars

= (-)1,678,380,000cm of missing road or 3,930,632 cars waiting to get on the road

That comes out to 16,784 kilometers of road that needs to be built, or 3,930,632 cars that need to be taken away.

I do not even want to factor in the motorbikes jamming the seams and trucks bottle-necking the flow.

My figures must be off. I did this quickly.

They using (not only) Phuket roads, for parking!

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How do they do it? How will they manage?

Bangkok population as of 2011: 7,065,000

1 kilometer = 100,000 cm

4,149km of road equals 414,900,000cm of available road

Generously providing 3 lanes of road comes out to:

414,900,000 X 3 = 1,242,300,000cm of available daily road lane

6,840,000 motor vehicles registered in the Bangkok area in 2010

The average car length is (conservatively) 427cm (not including trucks and motorbikes)

6,840,000 X 427cm = 2,920,680,000 cm of bumper to bumper cars on the road in 2010

Now to conservatively bring this figure up to date, I factor in

1,225 cars being registered daily since Oct 2010 and I get 523,075 cm of car length added daily

Multiply that by 365 (since 2010) and you get roughly 190,922,375cm more car bumper to bumper length

Add 190,922,375cm to the 2010 figure (2,920,680,000 cm of cars) and you get 3,111,602,375 cm of cars on the road today

So, to get all the cars on the road, bumper to bumper...

+1,242,300,000cm of available daily road lane

-2,920,680,000 cm of bumper to bumper cars

= (-)1,678,380,000cm of missing road or 3,930,632 cars waiting to get on the road

That comes out to 16,784 kilometers of road that needs to be built, or 3,930,632 cars that need to be taken away.

I do not even want to factor in the motorbikes jamming the seams and trucks bottle-necking the flow.

My figures must be off. I did this quickly.

Dunno why you did it. We all know anyway, less the details. ;)

-mel.

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How the hell does Bangkok look even vaguely like Venice?

Well, not exactly looks like, but normally it smells like Venice (in summer) and there is a similar tourist rip-off happeing here and there...

ohmy.png)

Soon we can take a Gondola instead of a Taximeter, with a Thai singing "O sole mio"cheesy.gif
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Good estimations, of course not all the cars are on the road at the same time, but still, this gives a good perspective.

I lived downtown until 2010, but i just couldn't take the traffic anymore, that is the sole reason I moved outside the city, my day to day productivity was suffering and i was going insane.

How do they do it? How will they manage?

Bangkok population as of 2011: 7,065,000

1 kilometer = 100,000 cm

4,149km of road equals 414,900,000cm of available road

Generously providing 3 lanes of road comes out to:

414,900,000 X 3 = 1,242,300,000cm of available daily road lane

6,840,000 motor vehicles registered in the Bangkok area in 2010

The average car length is (conservatively) 427cm (not including trucks and motorbikes)

6,840,000 X 427cm = 2,920,680,000 cm of bumper to bumper cars on the road in 2010

Now to conservatively bring this figure up to date, I factor in

1,225 cars being registered daily since Oct 2010 and I get 523,075 cm of car length added daily

Multiply that by 365 (since 2010) and you get roughly 190,922,375cm more car bumper to bumper length

Add 190,922,375cm to the 2010 figure (2,920,680,000 cm of cars) and you get 3,111,602,375 cm of cars on the road today

So, to get all the cars on the road, bumper to bumper...

+1,242,300,000cm of available daily road lane

-2,920,680,000 cm of bumper to bumper cars

= (-)1,678,380,000cm of missing road or 3,930,632 cars waiting to get on the road

That comes out to 16,784 kilometers of road that needs to be built, or 3,930,632 cars that need to be taken away.

I do not even want to factor in the motorbikes jamming the seams and trucks bottle-necking the flow.

My figures must be off. I did this quickly.

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Another pathetic article. Don't know why some people just can't grow up.

I thought it was a well written article. Bangkok is a mess

I did as well, davejones just needs to lighten up a bit. But of course there is always the guy that is <deleted>...... never mind.
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Another pathetic article. Don't know why some people just can't grow up.

I found the article rather witty, informative, and refreshing... Mr. Dave Jones - please would you be so kind to post here a sample of your own copywriting (1.000 words should be enough for a proper assessment of your writing/journalism capabilities), so the whole forum can enjoy your poetic wisdom?

Putting down someone else's work is easy, but can you - Mr. Dave Jones - do it better? Please give us some proof!!!

Idiots point fingers and rant. Idiots laugh at others when they fail. Great people do great things in silence, changing the world for the better.

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How the hell does Bangkok look even vaguely like Venice?

Well, not exactly looks like, but normally it smells like Venice (in summer) and there is a similar tourist rip-off happeing here and there...

ohmy.png)

Soon we can take a Gondola instead of a Taximeter, with a Thai singing "O sole mio"cheesy.gif

Sky....

I'd rather take a long tail & put up with the noise. Do you have

any idea how much the gondolieri(sp) charge...whether or not they

sing!?

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How the hell does Bangkok look even vaguely like Venice?

Well, not exactly looks like, but normally it smells like Venice (in summer) and there is a similar tourist rip-off happeing here and there...

ohmy.png)

Soon we can take a Gondola instead of a Taximeter, with a Thai singing "O sole mio"cheesy.gif

Sky....

I'd rather take a long tail & put up with the noise. Do you have

any idea how much the gondolieri(sp) charge...whether or not they

sing!?

20 Baht for Thais and 100 for Farangs.

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Well, not exactly looks like, but normally it smells like Venice (in summer) and there is a similar tourist rip-off happeing here and there...

ohmy.png)

Soon we can take a Gondola instead of a Taximeter, with a Thai singing "O sole mio"cheesy.gif

Sky....

I'd rather take a long tail & put up with the noise. Do you have

any idea how much the gondolieri(sp) charge...whether or not they

sing!?

20 Baht for Thais and 100 for Farangs.

And they sing "o sole Mia Noi" for free. :rolleyes:

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Was this "The glorious days of the "Venice of the East" ?

Ohh....if every Thai citizen, would pronounce Thai-language , like this guy - I would be a happy man. He is almost sounds like my tailor, where you actually hear the "k's"...love it. wai.gif

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