Connect with us


Patong to try one-way traffic

Legacy Phuket Gazette



Patong to try one-way traffic | Thaiger

PATONG: In the hope of bringing some order to Patong’s traffic chaos, on January 15 the town will adopt a one-way road system on a three-month trial.

The one-way system will see Rat U-Thit 200 Pi Rd become one-way southbound and Thaweewong Rd (the beach road) one-way northbound from Prachanukhro Rd to Phra Barami Rd.

Prachanukhro Rd will become one-way from Rat U-Thit 200 Pi Rd to Thaweewong Rd, toward the beach.

All other roads in the municipality will remain two-way, including Soi Bangla, which will remain closed to traffic at night.

Pol Capt Parinya Rattana, who is in charge of traffic in Patong, said the one-way system will run until April 15, 2007, after which its effectiveness will be reviewed.

“I am 80% to 90% sure there won’t be any problems. This project can reduce traffic problems in Patong, and it will be much easier to control traffic when we have a fair or special activity on the beach road,” he said.

When the new system goes into effect, arrows indicating one-way traffic flow will be painted on the streets and roadsigns erected to inform motorists of the change, he added.

The route was chosen after a November 10 public hearing to elicit input from tuk-tuk and motorcycle taxi drivers, hotel owners, entertainment business owners and other members of the public, Capt Parinya said.

However, there are no plans to introduce a hop-on, hop-off “baht bus” similar to the cheap, popular service in Pattaya.

Phuket Deputy Mayor Chairat Sukbal said that he has put the idea before the Municipality, but that there has been no progress on the issue.

Tourists in Patong are currently charged a 100-baht minimum fare by tuk tuk drivers, regardless of the distance – contributing to Patong’s reputation as having one of the most expensive public transport systems in Thailand.


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Economy5 mins ago

Industry body says Thai government must borrow another 1 trillion baht

Coronavirus (Covid-19)14 mins ago

Wednesday Covid Update: 141 deaths and 11,252 new cases

News23 mins ago

FDA passes on using Sinopharm vaccine for children over 3 years old

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Pattaya27 mins ago

October Pattaya reopening on schedule according to mayor

Coronavirus (Covid-19)46 mins ago

Communicable disease law may be amended to replace emergency decree

Tourism1 hour ago

Travel data to Thailand for 106 million people unprotected online

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand16 hours ago

Thailand News Today | OnlyFans content creators arrested on pornography charges | September 21

Thailand17 hours ago

Soldier allegedly assaults neighbours following horn honking

Thailand18 hours ago

Border agencies instructed to look out for gun smuggling along Myanmar border

Coronavirus (Covid-19)18 hours ago

Tuesday Covid Update: 10,919 new cases; provincial totals

Thailand19 hours ago

Officials clarify Korat police van stopped at the beach after collecting murder suspect

Crime19 hours ago

OnlyFans content creators arrested by Thai police on pornography charges

Thailand19 hours ago

Comments Galore! feat. Golf | Thaiger Bites | September 21

Cambodia20 hours ago

Scientists study bats in Cambodia to find clues about Covid

News21 hours ago

Update: government official that allegedly stole from fund meant for the disabled spent all the money on gambling

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14 | Thaiger
Thailand1 week ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11