Connect with us

Transport

Smile, you’re on red light camera

The Thaiger

Published 

 on 

Smile, you’re on red light camera | The Thaiger
  • follow us in feedly

Bangkok’s new Red Light Camera Systems now in operation. The new cameras will be running 24/7 to protect against drivers running red lights at major Bangkok intersections. During trial period from August 1 – 14, 22,260 drivers were caught running the red lights, an average of 1,590 drivers per day. The punishment for such a violation is 1,000 baht fine with a traffic ticket automatically delivered your doorstep.

Police Major General Jirasan Kaewsangek from the Metropolitan Police recognised that Bangkok is one of the world’s leading cities when it comes to traffic accidents.

“Running the red light is very common. Traffic Police have been doing their best and in July they pinged 1,932 drivers who ran a red light.”

The system has actually been in use since 2009, but the technology wasn’t efficient enough to detect car number plates at night. Now the technology has been upgraded in 30 red light intersections across the city. The police started using the new system yesterday.

There will be 2 warning signs for drivers to be aware of the automatic red light traffic cameras at 100 metres and 50 metres before the intersection. Each location will have 2 to 3 cameras with 4K resolution and infrared technology. During the 14 day trial an intersection at Ratchada – Rama 4 had the most red-light violations at 3,082 out of a total of 22,260 detected from all intersections in the trial.

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.

Pollution

Bangkok governor warns of canal pollution

Jack Burton

Published

on

Bangkok governor warns of canal pollution | The Thaiger
PHOTO: Bangkok Jack

Bangkok’s governor warns that the volume of garbage in Bangkok’s canals is increasing and is beginning to block the sewer system, causing potentially health-threatening floods in many areas. Governor Asawin Kwanmuang said the removal of garbage from canals in Lat Phrao district and under Pradit Manutham Road alone required 5 trucks.

The area is just a kilometre away from a Rama 9 pumping station, which drains water from Lat Phrao Canal and Saen Saeb Canal to the Chao Phraya River.

“If the rubbish blocks the pipes and the tunnels, the city will be unable to drain water during floods in the rainy season.”

The same problem is found in other districts, such as Chatuchak (northern suburbs of Bangkok). The governor has asked Bangkok residents to take this issue seriously, as the consequences are dire.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Continue Reading

Tourism

Travelling Bangkok’s klongs with Manit

The Thaiger

Published

on

Travelling Bangkok’s klongs with Manit | The Thaiger

Should you move to Thailand? In this video I interviewed my friend @Christopher Lau , originally from California, USA and got a little insight of his experience behind living in Thailand for two years.

Then I took him for the famous canal boat ride in “Klong Saen Saep” Bangkok. By the end of the vlog we had a very delightful Thai food session (not so delightful for Chris 😂). Watch the video to find out more.

Manit is a YouTube vlogger and uses his camera and drone to allow us to see Bangkok from a different set of eyes.

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Continue Reading

Tourism

Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo reopen this week

The Thaiger

Published

on

Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo reopen this week | The Thaiger

As the country slowly dusts off the cobwebs of its tourism machine, the most popular tourist attraction of them all is about to reopen in the capital. The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) in Bangkok will be reopened this Thursday, June 4.

The reopening will be under strict health and safety measures to provide safety and health controls for visitors to reduce the possible spread of Covid-19. When visiting the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo, the Tourism Authority of Thailand is asking everyone “to stay safe through this difficult time and follow the health and safety recommendations by keeping social distancing, wearing a mask or cloth mask, and frequently washing hands”.

When visiting the Grand Palace be aware that there are strict dress codes, above and beyond the requirements for Covid-19.

Bangkok’s Grand Palace outpaces the Eiffel Tower, Egypt’s Pyramids and Rome’s Colosseum to make the list of the world’s 50 Most Visited Tourist Attractions, according to leading travel magazine, Travel+Leisure. Based on the gate count, Bangkok’s Grand Palace attracts 8 million visitors a year making it the 8th most visited attraction in Asia and 40th in the magazine’s world’s top 50 list.

The Grand Palace complex was originally built in 1782, and consists of not only royal and religious halls, but also a number of government offices as well as the renowned Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It covers an area of 218,000 sq. metres and is surrounded by four border walls, 1.9 kilometres in length.

After King Rama I the Great ascended the throne in 1782, the Palace was built. Before this, the royal palace and centre of administration had been located in Thon Buri, on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River.

You can find more information about the Grand Palace Complex, and even book tickets, HERE.

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Continue Reading

Trending