Here in Chiang Mai just walking to work in the morning is an experience. I am going to stay in Chiang Mai for some months, so now I have decided to rent a scooter or motor bike, which mean that I probably won’t be walking to work from now on. Office is only 20-25 minutes from my apartment in Galae Thong Tower and I generally love walking because it gives me the freedom to go places where I can’t go on wheels and stop and examine things for a while. But with my own set of wheels, I will have the freedom to go farther away and adventuring outside the city.
Here in Chiang Mai, it seems that nobody walks over a distance of a few hundred meters. For many reasons, I guess. It is simply too hot to walk during midday in the sun. The sidewalks are sometimes non-existing or occupied with street kitchens or other stuff, so it can be dangerous being a pedestrian because you have to walk on the road. A scooter can transport more people – up to 4 persons I see very often, if you “pack” them good.
Actually taking one of the red common taxis, sorng-taa-ou, is fairly cheap – only 20 Baht to the Old City from where I live on Chang Klan Rd. or there are the small tuk-tuk’s, but they cost 100 Baht. But then you always have to negotiate and ask if they are heading your direction before you jump on.
Now I have rented my own set of wheels – a Honda Click scooter, which means no more or at least less walking in Chiang Mai. But here some images from my morning walk to work.