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Changone

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Driving into the "Big smoke" today through lots of small villages and couldn't help noticing that each one had a painted pedestrian crossing in it.
Mind you, the average speed of the traffic there would have been 120-130Kph. It seemed to me at best a bit of a waste of paint and at worst a recipe for disaster.
As we went through one (I'm a passenger) there was this old lady with a stick and i wondered how many times she'd spun the wheel (of death) to get to the other side.
 

MarcTwoSix

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Changone;335913 said:
Driving into the "Big smoke" today through lots of small villages and couldn't help noticing that each one had a painted pedestrian crossing in it.
Mind you, the average speed of the traffic there would have been 120-130Kph. It seemed to me at best a bit of a waste of paint and at worst a recipe for disaster.
As we went through one (I'm a passenger) there was this old lady with a stick and i wondered how many times she'd spun the wheel (of death) to get to the other side.
Driving through Costa Rica and numerous small villages, they all have speed bumps down the roads
I think that would be a real pain in the ass living in a village with speed bumps every 50 yards/metres
 

Rivo

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MarcTwoSix;335921 said:
I think that would be a real pain in the ass living in a village with speed bumps every 50 yards/metres

Welcome to Australia 555..........I still laugh at the first time Paer came to Australia.......why falang make good road no good...ting tong
 

RakThai

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wabbits;335850 said:
five and a half inc stops last time had a good run traffic heavy at times but flowing only really thinning once we were at the turn off to Nakon Ratchacima but depends what time you move past that heavy Saraburi traffic.
There are a couple of non freeway roads that run north from Swampy and rejoin the mainroad a little south of Saraburi that work quite well but speed will be closer to 100kph than the usual 130 on the freeway....Less heavy braking.55555
There is an other option from Swampie.. Drive the 7 towards Chonburi, and, eh.. Somewhere before Chonburi turn off and find the 304 through the mountain range...
I had a guide, but your navigation will do the same when close to Chonburi..
 

Nomad

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I've only driven once to Surin from Bangkok. Around 8 hours there and 12 hours back over new year period. We even delayed the return trip by a day to avoid traffic! Since then, we fly to Buriram and get a car from there.
 

wabbits

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RakThai;335931 said:
There is an other option from Swampie.. Drive the 7 towards Chonburi, and, eh.. Somewhere before Chonburi turn off and find the 304 through the mountain range...
I had a guide, but your navigation will do the same when close to Chonburi..
Quite truck heavy but a nice route. Not quicker though.
 

wabbits

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Nomad;335936 said:
I've only driven once to Surin from Bangkok. Around 8 hours there and 12 hours back over new year period. We even delayed the return trip by a day to avoid traffic! Since then, we fly to Buriram and get a car from there.
Thought about doing same but and you may well clarify this. Is it quicker once you take in transfer time and then getting hire car orged?
 
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Changone

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Airport pickup would be no problem for me, we are about 55k from Buriram city. Just need to know about regular connections from Swampy or Don Mueang to Buriram airport.
 

Bawdy

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Nomad;335936 said:
I've only driven once to Surin from Bangkok. Around 8 hours there and 12 hours back over new year period. We even delayed the return trip by a day to avoid traffic! Since then, we fly to Buriram and get a car from there.
I got the bus from Surin to Pattaya once, a whopping 11 hours, and we actually bypassed BKK, imagine it would have been worse if we went thu it, tho' it was interesting to catch 'The Bargirl Express'! 555 To get there I flew to Ubon though as I wanted to see some of the ruins in the area.
 

MarcTwoSix

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Bawdy;335957 said:
I got the bus from Surin to Pattaya once, a whopping 11 hours, and we actually bypassed BKK, imagine it would have been worse if we went thu it, tho' it was interesting to catch 'The Bargirl Express'! 555 To get there I flew to Ubon though as I wanted to see some of the ruins in the area.
Man, I must have taken the bus between Boston/NYC over 100 times.
Only 4:30hrs though, not 11

And no Bar Girl Express but man there were a lot of characters and nutjobs on the bus back then!
 

Nomad

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Air Asia flies daily and Nok twice a day from DMK. Door to door is 5 to 6 hours to Kap Choeng. Found a small car hire company that brings the car to the airport, so bags and away in around 15 minutes. The majors (e.g. SixT) drive you to pick up the car nearby.
 
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Changone

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MarcTwoSix;335921 said:
Driving through Costa Rica and numerous small villages, they all have speed bumps down the roads
I think that would be a real pain in the ass living in a village with speed bumps every 50 yards/metres
Think I should clarify the "Small villages" bit. Yes they are, but the road going through the middle of them is a 4 lane highway only one step short of a full on Motorway.
If they put speed bumps in they'd have to be prepared to clear up the wreckage after all the pickups hit them at 130+
It just seems ludicrous blazing along at that speed and seeing a crossing painted across the 4 lanes with a bit of turf in the centre. No warning signs of any kind.
The only sign I saw was a small advisory one on the outskirts of each town which said "City limit" "Slow down" but nobody does.
At least today I saw a footbridge leading to and from a school.
 
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Changone

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Another thing which makes me wonder is at night, so many cars are now running along with bright flashing red and blue lights going.
Not the pissweak small ones, big extra bright ones on the roof.
Makes you wonder what the cops have to do to get noticed, maybe a shot across your bow.....?
 

Moo Uaon

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Hwy 22 Udon-sakhon now has many signs with a speed limit of 50 in some villages and a camera depicted on them. Certainly slowed the traffic down. Where i use to do 100 might be closer to 70 now. Other traffic similar.
 

RakThai

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Moo Uaon;336019 said:
Hwy 22 Udon-sakhon now has many signs with a speed limit of 50 in some villages and a camera depicted on them. Certainly slowed the traffic down. Where i use to do 100 might be closer to 70 now. Other traffic similar.
You cannot call that road a highway!
It's connecting villages all the way, and every time they improved or widened that road it attracted more people living alongside it...
 

Moo Uaon

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RakThai;336022 said:
You cannot call that road a highway!
It's connecting villages all the way, and every time they improved or widened that road it attracted more people living alongside it...
Its now been duplicated and 4 lane divided between Udon and sawan daen din. Flows a bit better now.
 

RakThai

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Moo Uaon;336023 said:
Its now been duplicated and 4 lane divided between Udon and sawan daen din. Flows a bit better now.
But still so many villages are both north and south of that road..
IMO it's stupidity to promote connecting roads to highways, because in essence, they are not...
 
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Got Prince "Purple Rain" cranked this morning, seems appropriate here in the rainy season, streaming UK night-time 80's flashback Heart radio Somerset UK I love technology...555
 
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