Full Road Accident Statistics for New Year 2016-2017 in Thailand

Full Road Accident Statistics for New Year 2016-2017 in Thailand

It is now that time of year when the Thai government publicize the daily accident reports from around Thailand. This year, the “Seven Dangerous Days of the New Year” is from 29th December 2016 to 4th January 2017. During the new year holiday last year, 380 people were killed in road accidents. The three year average is 52 deaths and 474 injuries every day during the new year holiday. The leading causes of accidents every year is drunk driving and speeding….

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1.38 Million cars left Bangkok at the start of the new year holiday

1.38 Million cars left Bangkok at the start of the new year holiday

The best time of year to drive around Bangkok is during any long weekends. The longer the better like what we are having at the moment. According to the statistics that were released today, a total of 1,381,470 cars left Bangkok on the main highways during the last three days. This explains why Bangkok’s road are so quiet this weekend. Most cars left Bangkok on the Outer Ring Road (40.77%), followed by Motorway (33.65%) and Burapha Withi Expressway (25.58%). Interestingly, the…

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Electric Trains in Bangkok Free over the New Year

Electric Trains in Bangkok Free over the New Year

If you are planning on celebrating the New Year in Bangkok, then there is some good news. The BTS Skytrain, the MRT Subway and the Airport Rail Link are all extending their operating hours until 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. In addition, all three services will be FREE from mid-day on Saturday to mid-day on Sunday. What a great New Year’s present. 

Day 4 of Trip to Isaan for Christmas

Day 4 of Trip to Isaan for Christmas

These are the photos that I tweeted live on the fourth and last day of my trip to Northeastern Thailand. I was visiting Yasothon for their annual Christmas Star Parade. Click here for Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3. Also visit Thailand Photo Map for GPS coordinates of all the places that I visited. The last day was mainly traveling back home. But we did visit the national museum in Ubon and had lunch at a popular Vietnamese restaurant. The…

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Day 3 of Trip to Isaan for Christmas

Day 3 of Trip to Isaan for Christmas

This is now Day 3 of my trip to Isaan to take photos at the Christmas Star festival in Yasothon. Click here for Day 1 and Day 2. Also visit Thailand Photo Map for GPS coordinates of all the places that I visited. The highlights today were a 20-meter high seated Buddha and Khemmarat Walking Street. The follow photos were tweeted live on Twitter. 

Day 2 of Trip to Isaan for Christmas

Day 2 of Trip to Isaan for Christmas

This weekend I’m in Northeastern Thailand for four days. The highlight is the Christmas Star Procession in Ban Son Yae in Yasothon province. St. Michael’s church is the largest wooden church in Thailand. This building dates back to 1947 but the Christian community started the first church here in 1908. The following are the photos that I tweeted live during the trip.

Day 1 of Trip to Isaan for Christmas

Day 1 of Trip to Isaan for Christmas

When tourists come to Thailand, they only see the temples, and so most think that all Thais are Buddhists. But there are also large Christian communities. At this time of year it is more obvious as they are celebrating Christmas. In Isaan, there is a big Christmas Star Parade in Sakon Nakhon. I visited this community five years ago. This year, I’m in Ban Songyae in Yasothon for their celebration in the run up to Christmas. The following photos were…

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Updated Information about 10 Year Thai Visa for Senior Tourists

Updated Information about 10 Year Thai Visa for Senior Tourists

The Thai government has approved the extension of long-stay visas for senior tourists from one year to ten years. The new visa will cost 10,000 Baht. The Ministry of Public Health reported to the Cabinet on 22 November 2016 that the number of foreign senior citizens seeking to stay in Thailand for a long period is on the rise. As Thailand aims to develop itself as a Medical and Wellness Tourism Center, the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of…

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