THE Songkron exodus out of Bangkok and nearby provinces started last night with the traffic badly congested on the Motorway leading out of Bangkok to Chachoengsao province’s Bang Pakong district, then onward to Kabin Buri in Prachin buri province, with the final destination being the Northeast, Thai News Agency reported this morning (April 11).
At Chachoengsao’s bus station there were large crowds of people standing in long lines to buy tickets to come to Bangkok, and then take provincial buses to the Northeast. Passenger vans were in hot demand by travelers.
In Prachuab Kriri Khan province, Phet Kasem highway, which is the key route to the 14 southern provinces, was full of cars since dawn with the jams being particularly bad at Mueang intersection.
Police expect lots more vehicles to flood in by nightfall. They have also imposed a maximum 90 kilometers a hour speed limit to ensure safety during this Thai New Year exodus.
Meanwhile highway police in Prachuab Kriri Khan are helping out at Ao Noi subdistrict U-turn points ,as this is an accident-prone area, while also temporarily closing some U-turns in Klong Wah subdistrict.
Mr Apichart Charnthankorn, highways director in Prachuab Kriri Khan, said Trub Company which is currently expanding Phet Kasem highway, has opened the construction zone to traffic heading south, and also clearly marked it for safety, while stickers have been put up at danger points.
Top and in-text: The heavy outbound traffic signals the start of Songkran holiday. Photos: Thai News Agency