Over the past few years I’ve become quite interested in what lies behind the scenes in Bangkok, most especially the plans for the city’s transit system. The existing train routes are embarrassingly inadequate for a city the size of Bangkok, but there are big plans in place. For years now I’ve been trying off and on to find a good map that lays it all out in a realistic fashion, but it’s been difficult. So, I decided to make my own damn map on Google Maps based on a combination of maps, diagrams, and websites across the web.
The most frustrating thing for me is that any map you’re likely to see online is a colorful candyfloss expanse of straight lines and right angles. There are very rarely any roads mentioned, the map is not to scale, and the lines it displays don’t follow the actual routes they’ll take, more like the rough direction they’ll go. Here’s an example: