Update 4jul2017: despite several reminders and many promises, I haven't got the 1000 Baht back. Worse, he came again today, asking for 1000 more, and as he had medicine to prove that he is sick and was in hospital, I saw now other solution than lending him 1000 more. M says his Farang boyfriend sent him money online, and I contacted his Fbf (whom I have met when he was in Thailand) and asked for confirmation. This is getting out of hand!
Advice to my readers: never, ever, lend money to anyone in Thailand! Over the years, I have lent about 5000 Baht to 10 people and got less than 500 back, after multiple reminders.
In Samut Sakorn while waiting for songtheo.
BTS Samrong open
Without much ado (at least I learnt of it by chance from a friend and not from internet/news), one station of BTS extension to Samut Prakarn has been opened and is in operation. That makes Imperial Samrong and nearby State Cinema and Safe House sauna easily accessible by BTS.
Tourist boats on Saen Saep
I spotted new maps at Pratunam pier, and the link on the maps even works: http://www.bangkokcanal.com/:
Sightseeing in Bangkok without the Traffic. Visit New Town & Old Town with One Day pass through 6 piers Pratunam to Klong Banglumphu. Special soft opening ticket 200 ฿/each (5-6 US Dollars) Comfortable, safe and happy. Starts at 10:00 am. to 06:00 pm. The boat leaves every 30 minutes, interchanging every 15 minutes. See you.
Not only do they have a working website, it's even quite good! I saw the boats, clear plastic foil for roof and walls (to allow view out of the boat, however the canal is too low to get a good view of anything). Interestingly, it goes beyond Panfa Bridge to Banglamphu, and thus almost* connects Saen Saeb boats to Chao Phraya boats. To try this and to get my hands on printed (?) flyers, I have to ride it some day.
*Thailand is world champion in "missing links", a subject I have written about before: http://christianpfc.blogspot.com/2017/04/mrt-purple-line.html
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