It’s like sitting in an inexpensive, polluted sauna. 9 baht=27 US cents to ride an hour in a hot box fully equipped with hard wood floors, mini fans, and open windows.
In all seriousness, the bus is bomb.com. My first couple of months here all I wanted to do was get air conditioned, cushioned taxis or Grab cars (Uber for Asia). But now that I understand how the buses work I love the bus system. Especially when there’s no infamous Bangkok traffic? Wow-ee. The buses are “frickin lit”. They play music, sometimes have colored lights, and the attendants are normally very friendly- much friendlier than taxi drivers. Also, you can’t get swindled on a bus. IN FACT, sometimes there’s no one to take your money and it ends up being free!
Short story: This week I hopped on a bus and the driver started racing another bus as they screamed and laughed at one another. It was terrifying and hilarious at the same time. Like a roller coaster with no belts.
Side note: There is an air conditioned bus option that costs 11-15 baht, which is about 32-44 cents. I only ride those when I am feeling fancy.