I’m sure if you’ve been living in Bangkok or even visited, you would be familiar with Bangkok’s awesome mass transit systemm, the BTS Sky train and the MRT or subway.
They sure are convenient for many. Certainly makes my life a lot easier since I don’t drive (because I don’t want to, I mean, why would I want to be stuck in Bangkok traffic, right?).
Alas, the comfort does come with company, and a lot of them. The train systems in Bangkok tend to be packed at any given time of day, on any days of the week for nonreason at all. While that’s still bearable, there are times that I find the ‘manners’ of my company rather annoying. You know … leaning on the poles when the train is packed, not holding onto anything because they have to urge to use both hands to play games on their smartphones, the face-down society and especially those who didn’t shower. (I’m not trying to be mean. If you’ve been on the trains at rush hours, you know I’m telling the truth.)
Intried to find the most comfortable ways to commute to and from home to work. I tried going to work earlier. Lucky me, I found a wonderful thing the MRT does totally by accident.
Every morning from 8 – 9 am (I think, because I’ve used the MRT earlier and never run into the empty trains), MRT will send every other train back from Chatuchak station empty. It is to help clear the commuters. So, if you’re willing to spare a few more minutes in the morning, you can go and wait to board the empty train at Phaholyothin station and sit all the way to your destination. (But do give your seat to those in need like children, pregnant women and elders.)
For me, it’s totally worth it. I live about 5 stations away from Phaholyothin station and it takes me about extra 15 minutes to double back and wait for the empty train. I’d grab a book, catch the empty train and read the whole trip to work.
To confess, I would also double back to Hua Lamphong station so I can catch an empty train back home every evening as well. I guess I’m just lazy that way.
So, if you need a breather while commuting to or from work, this could be a way to find a moment’s peace to gather yourself.