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Bangkok sees 7.87 million vehicles over Songkran holiday

Neill Fronde



FILE PHOTO: Millions traveled for Songkran, but not nearly as many as usual, like this 2013 Songkran photo.

Covid-19 and its third wave be damned, close to 8 million vehicles travelled in and out of Bangkok so far during this year’s Songkran festival holiday period. Thailand’s Ministry of Transport released figures yesterday on the yearly holiday and revealed that more than 7.87 million cars, trucks, buses and motorbikes hit the roads and travelled into and out of Bangkok during the festival period, despite almost all official celebrations, events and gatherings being cancelled nationwide again this year.

The figures, calculating incoming and outgoing traffic between April 10 – 14, show that travel is much lower than originally predicted but massively higher than last year’s travel. The drop makes sense as many predictions may have been made before the last minute closures of entertainment venues and cancellation of Songkran events due to the recent third wave outbreak of the B117 strain of Covid-19.

The 7.87 million vehicles figure is about 30% lower than predicted. There were also an estimated 4.52 million people using public transportation such as buses over the holiday period, again lower than predicted, this time by about 36 per cent.

On the other hand, in what may be a bad sign for Thailand’s health, at a time when new daily records are being set for Covid-19 infections, many more people are ignoring the pandemic and travelling anyway.

The nearly 8 million vehicles on the roads to Bangkok during Songkran represent a nearly 35% increase over last years Coronavirus-muted figures. And when social distancing is of utmost importance, the 4 and a half million people travelling by public transport is a startling 74% increase over the nearly completely locked-down figures of 2020’s Songkran holiday period.

One final note for the “if Covid-19 doesn’t get you, climate change will” crowd: Of the 7.87 million cars, buses, trucks, and motorbikes on the road, a very non-eco-friendly 7.4 million of them were private vehicles.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 8:11 am

    Pandemic ignored???
    Is there any pandemic, with 97 deaths in 15 months?

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    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 11:34 am

    Well in Thailand there isn’t any and has never been any, if you believe the numbers given, during the 15 months or so. Even though, I do, believe that Thailand is getting closer to the fact and not the la-la land [of control] the Thai govt choose was the best way to take.

    And from those 97 deaths, it would be interesting to know, of those, how many had a severe preexisting condition to [for all honesty] was the main cause of death

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    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    i no its new year for the thai people but a lot of them will not see next year this is a problem now the numbers will go up and up flights need to be stopped this is the problem you let people come in from around the world lives are more important than money cant spend it if your dead look at to many flights
    just let them all come in and end the world.because the way its going it will

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    Digby Strong

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    So, the total of people travelling in private vehicles and public transport has already exceeded 12 million, more than a quarter of the working-age population… while the spike in COVID cases exceeds 1,500 a day.
    Let’s re-evaluate the effect at the end of the month, to see how a Government-encouraged boost to domestic tourism plays out.

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    Roy Yonaoshi

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 1:32 am

    Over the past year,there were 97 deaths on a total population of 69.6 million. Not disrespecting the dead, but does anyone need a calculator to calculate that percentage? “Chicken Little” is alive, fat and thriving in Thailand.

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    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Nice Mark. Glad you’re buying into the Hype…

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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