Dangerous Driving in Krabi

Krabi's famous cavemen traffic lights intersection.
Krabi’s famous cavemen traffic lights intersection. ©2015 VernLovic.com

 

Having lived in Krabi Town for over six years now, we have seen a lot of what the city and beach areas have to offer and we thought we should alert visitors to the traffic / driving situation here. To put it mildly, it is dangerous.

We’ve lived in the city centers (Ampur Muang) of Ubon Ratchathani, Sisaket, Surat Thani, Phuket, and Krabi. We have visited many other cities, sometimes for weeks at a time. We’ve driven in and through hundreds of cities across Thailand. Krabi is one of the worst places to drive in the country.

Why is this?

I don’t think we have the answer. There are probably many answers. There is little or no planning or forethought given to traffic flow or property use (zoning) restrictions. There are 7-11’s on the main Maharat Road but there is no parking for customers. What happens then is people park into the main highway, double-parking. Cars get blocked in. Vehicles coming down the highway have to brake suddenly, not expecting parked cars in the main traffic lanes.

There are many Thais that drive like they are the only ones on the road. Selfish driving is at its peak in Krabi for some reason. Maybe some people think they are very important and can do whatever the hell they want. Maybe others can. It’s a small town atmosphere here and those in power can do as they wish. I don’t know if they’re the ones driving like complete idiots on the road, but it wouldn’t surprise me too much.

The traffic situation at MAKRO shopping market is the most dangerous I have seen in Thailand. Those exiting Makro must do a U-turn in the middle of a highway where vehicles – buses, trucks, tractor trailers, other vehicles are all traveling over 100 kph. Stopping in the fast lane to u-turn sometimes takes minutes at a time to wait for oncoming traffic.

Two days ago three people DIED at that intersection. You should know by now that Trucks and buses don’t slow down for ANYTHING. They just beep the horn and swerve out of the way at the last second. There is a reason for all the major bus and truck accidents in this country – the drivers are (many times) completely incompetent and should be in jail, not on the roads.

Today a young girl, first year at the university, was killed when the motorbike her mother was driving was knocked over by a car coming out of a side street without stopping. Both mother and daughter were thrown from the motorbike into the street. A car behind ran over the young girl and she was killed.

The white vans in Krabi? It is absolutely unbelievable that these clowns race back and forth from the airport and tailgate people in the fast or slow lanes. They are reckless and incompetent. They think the road is there only for them, and a good number of them will surely die on the roads – some with their passengers! They’re the worst drivers in the province!

I could go on and on about the unsafe roads in Krabi, Koh Samui, Phuket, and other places. Please be careful driving in Krabi. Don’t take anything for granted – even a green light. I’ve seen vehicles blast through red lights that have been red for 10 seconds.  Go cautiously through green lights and all intersections. The only good thing about driving in Krabi is that Koh Samui and Phuket are MORE DANGEROUS than Krabi…

 

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