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Country Road

Country Road

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I like it Ray.... if anyone rode in the back of a pickup truck it would be pulled over before it got a block down the road....great reflections on the buses....petersmile
Ray: In per capita terms, Peter, Thailand has the highest concentration of pick-up vehicles on absolute terms, second only to USA.

I have seen up to 20 people in the tub. I have even seen them used, up-country, as school buses.

Needless to say...accidents can be horrific!
Yikes! Country- as in... Country- not "country"
Ray: Aah...nope!
This is an up-country road during a long-weekend, Elizabeth.

On vacation weekends up-country folks who work in Bangkok like to travel home to their provincial Villages. As most of the up-country folks in Bangkok have low-paying jobs, they use whatever cheap means of travel are available. Also, most of them come from the NE Thailand provinces, and so a few million people travel en masse to that part of the country at the start of the weekend, then back to Bangkok at the end of the weekend. This huge "migration" makes the country roads look this.

Needless to say, but Bangkok is normally very quiet at these times...
This does not look like fun!
Ray: On non-holiday-weekends, Bill, I can manage an average speed of 100kph for the 400km trip, but that can reduce to average of 30kph during a holiday...then it is certainly no fun when I am driving.

Before I had a car there were other ways of enjoying the trip, as I have tried to illustrate in this short-story...
  • Chris
  • England
  • 14 Aug 2011, 07:56
On their way to the big city Ray?
Ray: Actually, Chris, this is the start of the weekend so they are on their way up-country to their Villages.
If this is a country road what's a main thoroughfare like.
Ray: There are a lot of quite decent roads in Thailand, Brian. This one is only 3 lanes each way, but some are up to 5 lanes each way...they can be a bit mind-numbing when they clog up.
Looks more like central Bangkok as I remember it, Ray!
Ray: That's approximately the point I am making, Tom...the huge unskilled labour force that powers Bangkok is highly mobile and "migrates" en masse to home villages each long holiday weekend.

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