travelhappy has an absolutely fantastic post on their site titled “12 Ways To Seriously Injure Yourself On A Bangkok Sidewalk”
One of the things that has always frustrated me about Bangkok is that if they really wanted to upscale their image for all of the wealthy tourists they always claim that they’re targeting one of the first things they need to do is refurbish some parts of town so that they look less, hmmm – how do you put this delicately? – third-world’ish. You walk out of a five star hotel with magnificent marble flooring and millions of artwork in the lobby straight out into a walkway so treacherous that even Bear Grylls says “screw it” and sits down on the pavement and eats cockroaches while he waits for the Discovery Channel team to come pick him up and take him someplace less dangerous like Mt. Everest.