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Annual Fair......Traffic

Post by parrot » November 29, 2019, 3:07 pm

The annual fair at Tungsrimeuang officially begins on 1 Dec. But the flower/plant vendors are out in force around the park and traffic is already gumming up. The worst times for traffic are anytime over a weekend, on any holiday between 1-12 Dec, most any day at lunch time, and pretty much anywhere on surrounding streets of the park. Other than the traffic, enjoy!



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Re: Annual Fair......Traffic

Post by parrot » December 2, 2019, 1:48 pm

Dec 5 is Father's Day, Dec 10 is Constitution (sic) Day. Schools, banks, civil servants generally have the day off. There's another major parade scheduled for 5 Dec to make traffic even worse.

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Re: Annual Fair......Traffic

Post by joepai » December 2, 2019, 1:59 pm

parrot wrote:
December 2, 2019, 1:48 pm
Dec 5 is Father's Day, Dec 10 is Constitution (sic) Day. Schools, banks, civil servants generally have the day off. There's another major parade scheduled for 5 Dec to make traffic even worse.
Don't forget the holiday on the 10th just to makes things worst :irked:
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Re: Annual Fair......Traffic

Post by Drunk Monkey » December 2, 2019, 2:28 pm

Arrived back in Udon last night around 7pm and the traffic on the KK highway was very heavy well before the ring rd intersection , choked up all the way into town , today was in the town center early n again really bad in most places .. done n dusted by 10an and back out to the Gallery for lunch n back to the relative calm of Nadee n my office recliner where i took a snooze with Jilly mi Jack Russel who also commented on how bad the traffic was.

Its that time of year i suppose.

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Re: Annual Fair......Traffic

Post by Stoeger » December 3, 2019, 1:33 am

Believe it or not, UT has a government office labelled "Traffic Control Division"! Somebody needs to visit them and respectfully ask "what do you people really do"? Apparently, effective "traffic management" must not be one of their responsibilities!

I think everybody will agree that the red light at Prajak Road and Soi Nongbua is one of the worst offenders! It is a very short green and causes a traffic jam both ways many hours of the day! The main artery into/out of UT is "Prajak Road" and should have the priority over sidestreet Soi Nongbua with a longer green light! Some Thais on scooters simply run through it (on red) without waiting several light changes to go east or west! Over many years in UT, this light has wasted countless liters of diesel fuel and quality time for the wife and me! Do the city "planners" care? Hell no! Multiply our 0-1 kilometers per mile by thousands of vehicles and you have a huge, unnecessary waste of fuel every day!

UT needs to bring themselves into the 21st century and create viable traffic control solutions! Such as better timed traffic lights, use of reversible and fixed one-way lanes and streets to quickly expedite traffic into and out of the city and improved police traffic law enforcement (all laws, not just helmet offenders)! I realize how bad Thai drivers are (voted #1 worst in the world) so any changes will probably result in stupid, confused and totally non-compliant drivers who will continue to be "me first, selfish and in a big hurry" kind of people (at our expense)! Unfortunately, with this attitude will come more accidents! What scares me (and I'm fearless) is the advent of possible legalization of pot (ganja) in Thailand! I support it being used for "medical purposes" to relieve pain! However, adding it to the diet of significant Thai/Foreign drivers who routinely drink whisky, beer and moonshine (low kow) and you have a recipe for disaster! These irresponsible drivers have no problem getting on the road, day or night (sometimes without lights), speeding and/or breaking other laws right along with the rest of us! We all know who is usually at fault if a Thai hits a falang vehicle! Many times, the Thai driver will run away; they WIN, we LOSE! For example, a Tuk-Tuk driver recently slammed into the back of our Fortuner driven by my wife (she is a armed Police Captain/Airborne Ranger)! When she stopped and exited our SUV, the Tuk-Tuk dude sped down a back alley and disappeared! Welcome to Thailand!

Finally, because of tens of thousands of motorcycles, there is very little curb space to park a car or truck especially around Central Plaza! For example, all of us falangs know that the UT Immigration Office has very little parking spaces because shoppers and shop owners use them up! My wife took me there last year and we parked next to a building wall out of the way, not blocking traffic with no "NO PARKING SIGNS" posted! When we came back to the car, the right front wheel was BOOTED! Once again, welcome to Thailand!

UT has a long way to go to fix their traffic congestion, driver attitudes, lack of parking, crumbling infrastructure, spotty law enforcement, crime and corruption issues! I have been coming to UT for 19 years and any progress in those areas seems somewhat without measure! If there are any real improvements, it is like "watching a glacier move"! For sure, I know that I will never be able to change Thailand! It is what it is!

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Re: Annual Fair......Traffic

Post by Drunk Monkey » December 3, 2019, 2:34 am

Agree ..but we will.not see any great improvements in our lifetime or our kids lifetime for sure .. blame the system . coruption .. and the Thai love of festivals ..

The locals do seem to be more sabai sabai with cronic n constant nose to tail.traffic jams .. less agitated than expats but who knows ..

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Re: Annual Fair......Traffic

Post by Khun Paul » December 3, 2019, 7:51 am

Although parking and the traffic can be bad to almost impossible, if you know Udon, there are ways to circumnavigate the problems by changing your route and / or time of travel , We expats have the luxury of NOIT having to go the same time as everyone else and we can WALK, something many locals seem to have forgotten how to do . We do not need to park right where we are going, as a walk often can allow you to park safely and with little or no problems . Thais will spend a long time to find a parking space near to where they wish to go, you only have to study the Big C car-park to see that, they go round and round until in a place nearer to the entrance is found then they park.

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Re: Annual Fair......Traffic

Post by Doodoo » December 3, 2019, 3:40 pm

"Believe it or not, UT has a government office labelled "Traffic Control Division"! Somebody needs to visit them and respectfully ask "what do you people really do"? Apparently, effective "traffic management" must not be one of their responsibilities!"

"Somebody needs to"
Away ya go then and when you find out give us an update.

Thanks for the help Stoeger

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Re: Annual Fair......Traffic

Post by Khun Paul » December 3, 2019, 4:16 pm

You are of course assume they will use LOGIC, in that case nowt will be done.

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Re: Annual Fair......Traffic

Post by Doodoo » December 3, 2019, 4:23 pm

KP I assume your comment is asking me "You are of course assume they will use LOGIC, in that case nowt will be done."

If so please ask Stoeger as he is the one who will be approaching Traffic Control with the question and observations

Thanks

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