I'm off by myself to Thailand in two weeks' time for 24 days and will be spending 9 full days in Bangkok.
I've done lots of research over the past months on this forum and elsewhere, and although I feel a little apprehensive (and very excited), I feel reasonably prepared and forewarned (in some instances, e.g. scams).
I think my biggest concern is the traffic, not because of congestion, but because of safety. I can be a bit 'away with the fairies' sometimes and realize that I need to have my wits about me in Bangkok. Here, at home, I live in a semi-rural area with light traffic and road rules are very strict (e.g. traffic stops to let pedestrians walk at crossings).
I intend making full use of the BTS and am staying at the Holiday Inn opposite Chitlom BTS station. I also understand that there is an overpass opposite the hotel which leads to several large malls. However, how do people cross streets? I have seen pictures of streets jam packed with cars so I presume you wouldn't cross them at street level. Are there generally overpasses over the main roads or do pedestrians walk until them find traffic lights to cross at?
I realise some people might think that this is a silly concern, however a work colleague of mine was killed crossing the road in Bangkok a few years ago so I'm probably a bit more concerned than I would have been if this tragedy had not occurred.
Your comments and advice would be very much appreciated.