Saturday: ASEAN Summit in Hua Hin Traffic Report
Didn't fancy fighting the Summit's first day of traffic so stayed at the house.
This morning did a little drive and it was pretty much smooth sailing. It looks like most folks that would have come from Bangkok have stayed home, which is probably what the authorities wanted.
Was going to try going down the Klong road to Chomsin and come back up Petchkasem but traffic was really backed up, as it usually is so turned around and took the road from the Klong Rd. to Hua Hin Tansamai and headed north on Petchkasem.
The road between the Klong Rd and Petchkasem is now one way heading west--you can't turn off Petchkasem onto Soi 56 so that very narrow road was unusually clear of traffic.
Once we got on Petchkasem, it was like a ghost town. Very little traffic in any of the lanes and the No Parking is strictly enforced. Any shops without parking are suffering.
As we headed north noticed the usual crowds at the Rust Stop so either the ASEAN folks are there or some folks from Bangkok did make it down.
Noticed lots of places to make U-turns along Petchkasem so it seems they've loosened up a bit on that.
Decided to keep heading north just to see how it was and noticed lots of troops and police. Many, many troops on the airport runway, around and above the tunnel.
Cars parked everywhere at the Dusit, even the Polo field.
Few customers at the Essan places near Saep Eli.
Got almost to the Regent/Holiday Inn and decided we'd seen enough police and troops so headed back to Hua Hin.
Never saw a check point and no one gave our vehicle a second look.
Very quiet so expect just the opposite next week.
It will take some time to remove all the traffic cones however, as they are ALL nailed to the road. If they merely rip the cones off the nails and don't either drive down the nail or remove them, there will be many punctures.