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Bang Pho Pier Survey, Chao Phraya River

This is my first ever visit to Bang Pho district by using public transportation. To optimise the occasion, I headed for Bang Pho Pier to see what changes have taken place since my last long time. Back then, accessing and using the pier in a wheelchair was simply a struggle. My first impression of the same pier this time? JUST WOW!!, I happily rate accessibility improvements seen as highly satisfactory with one recommendation for further work:

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Dear PM, the public transports shall never leave me behind!

I just got a latest news that the current Prime Minister made a field test on the new modified electric bus. Unfortunately, that’s not an accessible “low-floor bus” (or non-step bus) we would expect. Seen from the picture, there was “a step” inside the bus and obviously even this non-disabled PM needed to have a stone brick in support to prevent his accidental falling. I think we have all the rights to be doubtful about this bus’s efficiency and accessibility.

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A footpath problem at the opposite Wat Phta Sri Mahathat. To build a great city for all, we first must begin with a small simple step.

I already posted the problem at this area on my previous post and asked for your opinions. Now, I would like to give a piece of my thoughts. 1. The footpath is so inclined, too inclined even for normal pedestrian to walk. 2. The electric pole is placed at the centre of the footpath, seriously? 3. The footpath is too narrow with other obstacles.

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[Airport Rail Link] – The provision of steel ramp service is available at all stations, Just ask officer if you need it.

Last Tuesday was my first field survey after long Bangkok’s lockdown. Some of ARL officers still remember me. We exchanged warm greeting happily. Every trip of mine is the investigation in itself. This time I took ARL service from Huamark to Makkasan station. They provided me a wheelchair ramp in getting access with warm service mind and professional hospitality. I highly satisfied. Note: You can ask officer at anytime when you need a wheelchair ramp service. They’re well-trained and more than happy to assist you.

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Have you ever realised that PWDs had long been fighting for equal rights and fairness ‘for everyone’ for more than a generation?!!

Both images took place in a different time scale of 30 years. It exemplifies the voices of brave PWDs (people with disabilities) who stand up to demand a basic human rights, stated by the constitutions. Yet, from the past till present time, most PWDs remain unable to go out of home conveniently, to go to school and hospital, to work and make a living individually. This is a living, catastrophic summary of the basic human rights of PWDs in Thailand. What else could be worse?

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A revolutionary taxi in Thailand that’s fully accessible for all, finally!!

[Bangkok 3 Aug 2020] After a lifetime waiting that turned my hair grey, I’ve recently got a wonderful news in regard to an accessible taxi for all, finally! Operated by Asia CABB, this high-standard taxi service offers an alternative for those on wheelchair to wander around freely (but not free😜). This is something many people have been waiting, and suffering, for generations due to extreme inaccessibility from ordinary taxi. Now that pain becomes a thing of the past. Typically, taxi ride serves as a short-medium feeder connecting passenger to get access to other public transports. This is really good.

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An excellent service on the Purple Line!

Thailand is known for its warm service and kindness that builds great impression for any visitors around the world. And the commuter train service is simply one of them. I’ve been using the commuter train services intensely during the last 6 years. I can firmly assure you its gradual improvement of services in many areas. And I’m not alone. Recently I got a happy story from Aey regarding the service that I can’t wait to share with you.

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