Monday, January 28, 2013
Road chaos in Chiang Mai
Negotiating traffic in Chiang Mai takes some skill. So does being a passenger. Culture shock for me so far starts and ends with the type, style, quantity and dress style of the population as they traverse the road system. Where to begin? Utes are used to transport goods - say a truck load of cabbages. And I do mean a truck load. Imagine if you can a semi trailers worth of cabbages, balanced so symmetrically you can stack them all into the tray of a ute. Tie it down with a piece of string and you will begin to get the picture. Utes are also used to carry building materials. Large, long loads, without the usual red rag to alert unsuspecting vehicles following behind that they might in fact get dinged on the head. Then there was the ute with boxes stacked five high. I kid you not! This guy was actually quite organised as he had a cargo net of sorts holding the whole lot in. As for people - current record is 9 being transported in the back of a ute. Usually anything up to five is viable as a workmate takes his buddies to work with him.