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Songkran and the 7 dangerous days

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Songkran and the 7 dangerous days

Every year there are in excess of 300 deaths and hundreds of injuries over the Songkran holiday period.

Last year and the year before, the worst province was Chiang Rai. This year, surprisingly, it wasn't. I only have statistics for the worst 2 provinces, but Chiang Rai wasn't one of them. It makes a nice change.

Most accidents occur between 4pm and 8pm, around 90% involve alcohol and about 80% involve motorcycles.

It pays to always expect the worst on the roads in Thailand but especially on any public holiday after lunchtime when there is a significant chance of inebriated drivers.

I also read somewhere this week, that Thailand ranks as the fourth largest consumer of alcohol per head in Asia.

It's been a fairly crazy week this week, we're seeing tourism up significantly compared with January over this holiday period.

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Yes Bruce, a sad time for lots of survivors I would imagine.


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Every year we've celebrated songkran with our Thai friends, without fail someone clatters to the floor on a scooter outside the house , it's always a heart stopping moment hearing the crunch and scrape of plastic , thankfully no one ever hurt badly.

This year at our hotel , I saw a tourist teaching his girlfriend to ride a scooter round the car park , she was totally unsteady and wobbling everywhere , this was on the main day of songkran. I was thinking of saying something , but thought my comments or advice would be un-welcome ... Totally stupid , obviously doesn't care much for his girlfriend.

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LondonDesmond I guess we should be thankfull he was teaching her in the hotel car park and not along the Sukhumvit road! Assuming she was not a Thai girlfriend I wonder if they even though of the consequences of not having a licence and therefore no insurance and of course her travel insurance would almost certainly be invalidated too if sh should get her self seriously injured it could cost them plenty!

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Wow... it's hard to just get my mind around how many deaths and injuries there were in just one week! Unbelievable...

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Glad I am arriving the week after Songkran!


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I never thought of Songkran as being so dangerous and I'm shocked at so many deaths during this time.

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