dry weather a bullock cart can wander through the length and breadth of Southern and Central Siam. 2,084 kilometres of these are under maintenance, improvement or construction, and there are many more kilometres of them not yet taken over. The pony and elephant can, of course, penetrate anywhither. With all these facilities for getting about slowly and with an almost purely agricultural population that needed not to move at speed, either itself or its products, it is not surprising that Siam should have in our time developed first, her railways only and be still developing them, whilst her roads are yet to come. The Ministry of Communications is fully alive to the value of the existing modes of transport, and to the value of the future modes, views the problem of maintenance, improvement and construction of all of them as a whole, and in a few years will have adequate motor roads feeding the railways. But at present Siam is not suitable for motoring except in and around the great city of Bangkok, where are excellent roads and streets in every direction, running far out to the edge of the constantly expanding town and carrying motor traffic of all kinds, from the heavy commercial
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or army lorry to the motor cycle. Cars are on hire throughout the city. Its electric trams, too, run in every direction.
SINGAPORE to BANGKOK.
This journey will soon take sixty consecutive hours, or less, over the 1,188 miles. The traveller who must go through without stopping will leave Singapore in the evening, reach Kuala Lumpur in the morning, and enter Siam next day at Padang Besar, travelling through the night to Tung Song Junction, through the day to Chumphon, and reaching Bangkok in the early morning. Lack of rolling stock to-day compels him to stop for the night at Alor Star, Tung Song and Chumphon. He sleeps in clean and well-appointed railway rest-houses, which provide good food and all necessary drinks. He will find the Siamese State Railways quite as comfortable, punctual, polite, and generally efficient as the Federated Malay States Railways, and may enter on the journey with complete confidence that only the fatigue consequent on all train travel is likely to mar his enjoyment of it. Even this fatigue he will not necessarily feel, for the swaying and jolting is far less than that experienced in Europe and America.
PADANG BESAR to BANGKOK.
On the main line there are no places of interest to tourists except Petchaburi, Rajburi and Nakon Pa tom, and these can be visited from Bangkok
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