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Raider elephants hit Thailand highway

BANGKOK, Feb 1 (Reuters Life!) - They give a whole new meaning to things that go bump in the night.

Elephants have recently taken to blocking a highway frequently used by produce trucks in Thailand but which also runs through the Ang Lue Nai wildlife reserve.

Drivers say the wild beasts have raided trucks on the road, which links Bangkok with three eastern border provinces.

"It was one night when six vehicles were attacked, my truck was in the third incident that night," said Manoon Srisalao, a tapioca truck driver.

Some drivers said the elephants head-butted their vehicles when they could not get to the produce they were carrying.

"Sometimes the whole elephant herd, six or seven of them, stand in middle of the road... some of them try to pull sugar canes from the truck, when they can not, they just break the wind shield," said driver Puern Meksan.

Officials at the natural reserve said they were surprised by the accidents, since the elephants are not normally aggressive. But they have imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the road.

Many visitors to the reserve sympathise with the elephants. In the past few years, three were killed and seven injured on the highway, reserve officials said. More than 14,000 animals, including endangered frogs, birds and deer were also run over.

Three motorists have so far died in animal-related crashes.

"People have to accept the conditions here, because we are reaching into the animal habitat, so we have to be more careful when we travel on the road," said You Senatham of the reserve.
 

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Any photos?
 

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[T] Highways & Expressways in Thailand

ราชอาณาจักรไทย - Thailand

Thailand has one of the best developed expressways systems of Southeastern Asia. Those roads are reaching every corner and city of the country, and a lot of Expressways in the Bangkok area are elevated skyways.

From the Thai subforum, in Bangkok;









































 

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I wonder what made Thailand adopt the American signage and road marking instead of the European one?
Its common for most Asian countries. Most Asian countries would use green signs on their highways and blue ones on main roads. Some countries like Thailand, Philippines and Malaysia would also have the same font used on US highways. Thailand have green signs but have blue enter/exit signs.
 

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A sum up of motorways/expressways in Thailand, as depicted in the Thailand road atlas by Michelin (which are usually pretty accurate).

1: Bangkok - Saraburi - Lopburi, Thakli - Chai Nat, Nakhon Sawan - Kamphaeng Phet - Tak - Lampang, Phayo - Chiang Rai - Burmese border 765km
2: Saraburi - Nakhon Ratchasima - Khon Kaen - Udon Thiani 444km
3: Bangkok - Choburi - Rayong - Chanthaburi - Trat 315km
4: Bangkok - Nakhon Pathom - Ratchaburi - Petchaburi - Chumphon, Hat Yai - Malaysian border 532km
7: Bangkok - Bang Lamung 119km
9: Ring Bangkok 168km
11: Lampang - Chiang Mai 106km
32: Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Nakhon Sawan 181km
34: Bangkok - Chonburi 33km
35: Bangkok - Pak Tho 79km
41: Surat Thani - Wiang Sa, Chumphon - Chaiya 174km
42: Mayo - Narathiwat 64km
43: Rattaphum - Hat Yai - Chana 65km
117: Phitsanulok - Sam Ngam 38km
118: Chiang Mai - Doi Saket 15km
304: Nakhon Ratchasima - Pak Thong Chai 38km
321: Suphan Buri - U-Thong 40km
323: Ban Pong - Kanchanaburi 69km
340: Bangkok - Suphan Buri 72km
344: Klaeng - Chonburi 105km
347: Bangkok Thruway 45km
401: Phunpin - Surat Thani - Kanchanadit 35km

Total length: 3.502km
 

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Please fasten your seatbelt, and get ready for one of the most extensive and detailed road report of Thailand!

The trip starts in Rayong on the southeastern coast, and goes via highway 3 & 36 to Pattaya and via motorway 7 to downtown Bangkok with all its skyways.

Distance: 175km
Driving time: 2 hrs



Highway No.3 (Sukhumvit)




Highway No.36
This 4-lane highway is relatively new (less than 10 years?) and nice. It's now the major route for people going from Pattaya to U-Tapao Airport, Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate, Rayong, and Chantaburi.

It's just a regular highway, not motorway, so there're some u-turn slots and traffic lights. I hope one day it will be turned into a real motorway.





Turn left to Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate.
Along that highway, you will be stunned by the number of Refineries, Gas Plants, and Petrochemical Plants.














Turn left to U-Tapao International Airport and Sattahip Naval Base. Turn right to ChaChoengsao.


 

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Pattaya Interchange

This interchange has not been completed (for almost like 10 years?).

Coming from Rayong, go straight to Pattaya or turn right to Chonburi/Bangkok.


the highway below is not yet opened to traffic





^^From the Sattelite picture:
North: Highway No.7 to Chonburi/Bangkok
East: Highway No.36 to Rayong
West: Highway No.36 to Kratinglai (แยกกระทิงลาย), north of Pattaya City
South: The extension of Highway No.7 is under construction. It will end right in Pattaya city!

 

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Highway No.7 Pattaya-Lam Chabang

The condition of this highway right now is extremely bad!!! I don't dare to use this highway at night.
The expansion work is going on and several flyovers are being contructed every few kilometers.

The existing highway is 6-lane. I think it'll be expanded to 8-lane soon.


1st flyover


Concrete surface. I hate it! :(


2nd flyover






3rd flyover




notice the lamp posts?!! :lol:


Lam Chabang Interchange is ahead


more information
http://www.doh.go.th/dohweb/hwyorg42800/section7_2.htm
 

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Highway No.7 Lam Chabang-Chonburi

just past Lam Chabang


4th flyover




It looks complete now but not yet opened to traffic


5th flyover
heavy traffic in the opposite direction




2 lanes on the right are not opened yet






6th flyover








7th flyover




This is why I love rainy season... so green :)






8th flyover



more information
http://www.doh.go.th/dohweb/hwyorg42800/section7_1.htm
 
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