Pattaya gridlock reaches record proportions over holiday

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Pattaya’s nightmarish traffic made nationwide headlines over the long holiday weekend, as streets large and small became gridlocked by people headed to the beach for the five-day break.

From Sukhumvit and Thepprasit roads to smaller streets like Soi Bongkot and Soi Kophai, it was bumper-to-bumper traffic July 19, as Bangkokians and others from nearby provinces crowded into Pattaya for the Asalaha Bucha-Khao Phansa break.

Pattaya’s nightmarish traffic made nationwide headlines over the long holiday weekend, as streets large and small became gridlocked by people headed to the beach for the five-day break.
Pattaya’s nightmarish traffic made nationwide headlines over the long holiday weekend, as streets large and small became gridlocked by people headed to the beach for the five-day break.

Construction on many roads in Pattaya, especially the Sukhumvit-Central Road bypass tunnel, created headaches for drivers, with many trying detours through smaller sois, jamming those as well.

Traffic police and volunteers were seen throughout the area, redirecting traffic and blocking off certain cut-through sois. They also were controlling areas that don’t have traffic lights, like Soi Khao Talo and other eastside streets as people avoided the bypass work.