“Our Queen should allow tuk tuks in England,” David declares.
Tuk tuks are the only vehicle that can beat the infamous Bangkok traffic jams. They weave between stationary cars, squeeze past enormous trucks, drive through shopping mall car parks and, most hair-raising of all, drive contra to traffic flow! At times, being in a tuk tuk will replicate the adrenaline flow your body gets on a roller coaster ride. We LOVE it!
So why the reference to our Queen? Over here in Thailand, the King is highly respected. The anthem for the King was played at the cinema before the film started and here at the railway station the national anthem was played at 8am and 6pm. In both occasions, all the Thais stood to attention until the end of the anthem. A picture of the King is placed in a prominent place everywhere. David was very curious why this is so. I explained that the Thais love and respect their King and this is how they show it in their culture. It is good he noticed such differences in their culture compared to ours in the UK. That is why we travel – to observe and to be pleasantly surprised.
Hence David thinks the Queen should be as important and should make some transportation policy decisions in the UK too