The other way to travel around Bangkok is by river - cheap boats run every 5 minutes or so in both directions. They are overloaded with both tourists and locals, but it's an easy way to get around. The view is interesting rather than scenic - the river bank is lined with a real mixture of buildings - temples, some colonial-style, modern hotels and office blocks, and a lot of old wooden buildings in various states of disrepair. Also on the river are tug boats pulling huge loads of coal and rubbish, and as the river does not seem very clean, the overall effect is industrial. You can also hire prettier long boats, but this isn't a very popular option, as the regular boats are cheap and run frequently. I inadvertently took a long journey north by accidentally getting on a non-stopping boat that was used exclusively by Thais commuting home - it took about 45 minutes but was interesting to see the various bridges and an even more grey industrial docklands area with cranes.
I have quit my job, said au revoir to my family and friends, taken a deep breath, and set off on the trip of a lifetime: the Trans-Siberian railway.
This blog is a way of keeping myself amused during the long time away and, of course, keeping in touch with aforementioned and much-missed friends and family!... full info