Posts Tagged ‘bus’

Useful Bangkok Bus Route

October 19, 2009

The #53 Line is a Great Route for a Frugal Photographer

The #53 Line is a Great Route for a Frugal Photographer. It does a circle through the main parts of Rattanskosin Island and connects with the Subway at Hua Lamphong.

If you get one with the blue sign it is free. Otherwise you pay 7B. That’s about 20ยข US.

It operates in both directions – the 53L and 53R.

Bangkok Bus Line 53 Route Boards

Bangkok Bus Line 53 Route Boards

Most Bangkok red buses have a painted sign on the side near the doors showing the route. The 53 is unusual that one of the signs is in English.

Do you know other good routes?

Close to the Same Shot

September 21, 2009

It’s not easy to take precisely the same shot, even if I knew where I was standing in 1987. I should try again with a print of the original.

Close to the Same Shot


Bangkok Hino Bus in 1987



“Old” Bangkok Pictures

September 1, 2009

I posted a couple of pictures to Flickr of, yes, buses in Bangkok when I visited in 1986/87 at the ripe old age of 31.

Bangkok Hino Bus in 1987


Bangkok Hino Bus in 1986

To me it isn’t that long ago but it seems like ancient history. I’d like to find the intersection and take a similar picture in 2009. My impression is that traffic is heavier now but air pollution is far less. I don’t feel dirty and have a huge headache whenever I go out any more.

I scanned all my photographs in about 2002 so I have them all on my Seagate USB drive, indexed with Thumbs Plus. In those days film was expensive to me so I didn’t take as many vehicle photos as I would have liked. I made a 36 exposure roll last a couple of days when on holiday. Today I don’t think twice about taking 200 pictures in an afternoon. I think my record is over 600.

The Hino buses have gone but I don’t think they are very different from
the current Hino AKs.

BMTA Hino AK Bus at Victory Monument

I am interested in the fact that the fleet number of one bus starts 10-. That’s the zone, or garage allocation. Now all BMTA buses are numbered 1- to 8-, so 10- must be a zone that has since closed. I hope to find out from my Flickr friends.


August 5, 2009

Bus Sleepers

The windows of a non-air conditioned Bangkok bus are a great frame for street photography (which I believe is a respectable term for the looked-down-upon candid genre). One day all Bangkok buses will be hermetically sealed air-conditioned Euro-4 engined machines such as can be seen anywhere.

I love the old buses notwithstanding the driving style and the pollutants. And yes, I travel on buses regularly and will choose an open one over an air-con bus every time if it’s an option. The view is better.

I took my courage in both hands and posted some more pictures to GB-in-TH on Flickr today. One thing I like to do is tell a story with each of these photos. Perhaps a joke, perhaps an observation or a question. I hope when done honestly that keeps me well out of the “creepy guy” category in the views of others.