Push and shove walks on both sides of the road



Among the push and shove sidewalk areas around downtown Pattaya the worst must be the two foot sidewalk area that fronts the busy market on Soi 4 Pattaya Road. Sidewalk space is so limited that vendors run across the road to deposit their supplies and stinking garbage around the gate of the Wat Chaimongkol parking garage. Cars and trucks also use the area to unload.

All of this leaves little space for a pedestrian sidewalk. What we have is push and shove walks on both sides of the road. Surely more space can be allocated to the market so that pedestrians can avoid an unholy mess. None of this market business belongs on the wat side of the road. People should not be made to tread on malodorous garbage or use roads instead of sidewalks.

Ray Standiford