The best taxi driver ever just drove me home. As soon as I got in the cab he asked me where I was from. When I told him Australia, he responded with boxing kangaroo! We laughed about this for a bit and then he said kangaroos in Australia are like dogs in Thailand! I don’t know why but I found this extremely witty and started laughing heartily, and the driver joined in. So we were driving along laughing about not all that much, in a slightly manic way, and occasionally the driver would add something like in Thailand dogs run in front of the car, in Australia it’s kangaroos! (it’s funny because it’s true).
When the giggles died down we chatted a bit more and he taught me a couple of new words. Then we got to traffic lights. In Bangkok the traffic lights count down, so you know how much longer you have to wait for the red light to turn green, or how much time you have to get through the intersection before the green light goes red again. As the red counted down, the driver started counting down in English, and I joined in, counting in Thai. As you can imagine, the giggling became uncontrollable and as we got nearer to the green light.…4…3…2…1…BLASTOFF! (imagine us both making rocket noises here)
Apparently some things are universal.
The best taxi driver in Bangkok’s name is Mr Arun Pruksapong and he hires out his seven seat cab for day trips (2500 baht per day if I recall correctly). He can be contacted on 086-6333-885.