What’s it like to go about your daily life in Bangkok?
Well, it depends on how busy you are and how much you like getting caught up in the noise.
The road that leads to the world famous Lumpini Mall in Bangkok is jammed with traffic.
It’s just not that much of a problem at night.
But in the daytime it’s a nightmare.
So many people, even in their 20s and 30s, go into the mall at 6am to catch a train.
“This is the worst time,” says Ponglakkul Jumitpong, a 27-year-old marketing manager who is in her 20s.
“The traffic is crazy.
People are not even moving in the mall.”
When the bus driver arrives at the airport, he’s already got two passengers in his van, so there are just a few minutes to get home.
I’m sitting at the bus stop waiting for a bus.
I’m already exhausted.
It’s late afternoon, and the sky is dark.
There are still a lot of people in the bus, but they’re not moving as much.
My taxi driver is getting ready to go home.
It seems to be the busiest time of the day.
If there are people still going in and out of the mall, the queue can stretch for several hours.
We’re in the midst of our busy day.
And I’m waiting for another bus.
In the evening, there are a lot fewer people.
By the time we get home, we’re in a complete traffic jam.
Ponglack, 25, lives in the same neighborhood as the mall and is not a fan of traffic.
She says the traffic is annoying, especially when it’s heavy.
When I asked her if she felt the traffic was better, she replied: No, I feel like the traffic sucks, but I feel the traffic here is worse than here.
A group of teenagers from a local middle school walk through the mall.
Their school is a little off the main road and they often go shopping there.
They all say the traffic makes it difficult to go to school.
A local resident walks along a street in front of the Lumpini mall.
It is one of the busiest shopping districts in Bangkok.
He says the street is packed during the night and the traffic there is extremely bad.
One of the children from his class, aged 15, told me the mall is “full of kids, so I can’t go to the mall during the day”.
A taxi driver drives along the busy main road.
As soon as I get home I go online and look for some news on the issue.
On the front page of the Bangkok Post newspaper, a headline reads: “Lumpini mall has one more day of heavy traffic”.
The article says traffic is “bad” at night and that it will be a “waste of money” to get back home from school.
I go online to see what the Bangkok Times is reporting.
Another headline reads, “Traffic jam: Traffic jams for the first time in months in Bangkok”.
Another article says, “Thailand has the highest number of traffic accidents and accidents related deaths in the world”.
On social media, people are sharing photos of their cars being stuck in traffic.
I look at my mobile phone and see that the next day I’ve been driving around Bangkok with no problems at all.
For a long time, I’ve never had a problem getting home from the mall because traffic was always on the back burner.
But now, it’s one of my biggest concerns.
I’d like to see if it’s possible to get to the nearest post office or hotel.