On deciding I wanted to ride a roller coaster I headed an hour or so outside Bangkok to Siam Park City, escaping the streets of Bangkok and their non-stop ambushes of clay and water. I would be that weirdo you see at the amusement park riding alone with an undirected smile. Being sort of a roller coaster aficionado (nerdily), I get the crave for this type of amusement now and again. But tri-state parks are way too crowded and very expensive even with an empty Coke bottle. Purchasing a full-day pass, I rode all the rides in the small but colorful Siam Park City within a couple of hours. No lines and no wait, I rode the first car on all the coasters. Surprisingly, the Thai youths steered clear from the front and back. Fearless farang! Gratified quickly and not feeling the need to stay the entire day to justify the ticket price, I fled the scene after witnessing some disturbing goings on in the park’s Adventure Island (caged animal “adventure”). All in all, it was a nice diversion from the many natural attractions I’d been checking out in the country and finding a bus back to Bangkok was a breeze. The park also contains a waterpark which is more popular. But I wasn’t interested in that. There’d be plenty of water on the bus ride home (buckets throw in the windows and as the doors open for a stop) and throughout the evening… it’s getting a bit old at this point. And I have some concerns about water conservation.