Warnings: High season traffic

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - General Discussion Forum' started by DavidFL, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    New Year 2008-2009.
    The Thai govt has now declared Friday 2nd to be a holiday, so that means a 5-day break coming up.

    Wed 31 - Thurs 1 - Frid 2 - Sat 3 - Sun 4th are all holidays.

    Thousands of Bkk Thais will be on the road touring the cold North.

    Unless you like football crowds & the accompanying traffic - STAY AWAY from
    1. Phu Chi Fah & R1093
    2. Doi Inthanon & R1009.
    3. Mae Sai, you won't be able to see the bridge 'n border, let alone park within 2 kms of the place, even on a motorbike.

    Their will be traffic jams on Inthanon & Phu Chi Fah! On R1009 for certain sections, traffic is one way for 30 minutes at a time. R1192 also gets to be one way for most of the day. You've been warned.

    Also a reminder for Chinese New Year Jan 26th (at least in Pha Daeng) & the 4-5 days surrounding it.
    On the positive side Chinese New Year is good to see Lisu New Year. Great places to go are
    1. Wawi / Doi Chang
    2. Soppong
    3. R1150 Phrao - Wiang Pa Pao.
     
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  3. Ian Bungy

    Ian Bungy Ol'Timer

    So are You doing the Lisu New Year and Staying at Soppong again??? If So I will be in and bet there will be a few other takers!!! Great Trip and Real Fun Nights!!!
     
  4. roaddhist

    roaddhist Ol'Timer

    I got caught in New Years traffic on 1095 between Chiang Mai and Pai last year-100kms of cars!-and Thai tourism to Pai seems to be double what it was last year so be prepared for slow going this holiday season. Even last Friday there may have been 5km open patches between 50 car lines the length of 1095-no fun when you're used to open road most of the year. I live about 4 km out of Pai and it sometimes takes me 10 minutes or more to get the last 500 meters into town Thursday to Sunday nights. Tent camps on every open patch of river for kilometers out of town. There's been no planning for this level of vehicular traffic in this area so the winter holidays are becoming real nightmares for everyone but the merchants. So much for the quiet retirement to a remote part of Thailand. The world economic downturn may eventually reach Pai but there's no sign of that at this time. Enjoy your New Years holiday but prepare to have your patience tested if you're coming north on 1095.
     
  5. burnjr

    burnjr Ol'Timer

    DAvid,
    How about the custom and imegesren at boarder,cos i will come out from laos(Thakek(Nakorn Phatom) on 2nd of January.and how about the transport from Bkk to Hatyai...any difficulity.
    thanks for the information bro.
     
  6. nakedAIR1300

    nakedAIR1300 Active Member

    what do you think going from Chiang Mai to Pai on the 1st will be like? alot like 31st or less traffic ? also Pai to Mae Sot.. do you think it will be light on traffic from Pai onwards ??
     
  7. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    My guess is that they will probaby be shut - no ferries operating or Customs on duty.
    Immigration ok, but my guess would be no ferries operating or Customs on duty = no vehicular access.
    However the bridge at Savannaket going out of Laos might be ok.
     
  8. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    what do you think going from Chiang Mai to Pai on the 1st will be like? alot like 31st or less traffic ? also Pai to Mae Sot.. do you think it will be light on traffic from Pai onwards ??
    NakedAIR1300
    What do I think - it will suck big time! Convoys of mini buses, cars & inebriated Bkk drivers in a hurry.
    Last year in Pai for new year they ran out of rooms - people had to sleep in temples or wherever. If you don't have any confirmed accomodation booked - then stay away from the MHS Loop in this 5-day break!

     
  9. burnjr

    burnjr Ol'Timer

    David,
    My guess is that they will probaby be shut - no ferries operating or Customs on duty.
    Immigration ok, but my guess would be no ferries operating or Customs on duty = no vehicular access.
    However the bridge at Savannaket going out of Laos might be ok.

    Thanks for info bro..
     

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