I got on a No. 8 bus the other day expecting to experience what people have been talking about this past week _ a nightmare. Taking a seat at the back, I braced myself for some action _ the sudden lurching off and slamming of brakes, cursing from the driver, yelling from the conductor, pulling up at the wrong spots, dropping passengers off in the middle of the road, and the speeding up and overtaking of other buses.
In short, I was looking for Fast and Furious set in Bangkok with the notorious No. 8 - voted the worst bus route in Bangkok for years, including in a survey revealed last week - leading the urban race as it plies the route between Memorial Bridge and Happy Land in Bang Kapi district.
TO MANY commuters, Bus No. 8 is sometimes known as "the racer of Lat Phrao", a roller-coaster ride that spins and swerves and then "stops anywhere it wants in five seconds flat". Running from Lat Phrao Road, Phahon Yothin, Saphan Khwai, Victory Monument, Rama Hospital and ending at Memorial Bridge, the route is operated by six private companies that won a concession granted by Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA).
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