Your intrepid reporter braved the rain storms, Bangkok traffic returning home, and the ASEAN lane this evening just to see how bad it was, or is going to be.
Actually he was delivering Khao Soi to the needy south of Bo Fai but that’s another story.
The ASEAN lane now runs south from at least Narasuan Fort, about halfway between Cha Am and Hua Hin all the way through to Khao Takiap. The ASEAN lane is the inside lane, and while the No Parking signs are up for parking on the shoulder, they don’t go into effect until the 21st so are ignored, as they probably will be to a certain extent after the 21st.
On the highway, it’s not that big a deal–3 lanes are reduced to 2 but making right turns can prove interesting as then one is intruding in the ASEAN lane.
Once in Hua Hin town, 3 at-the-VERY-best lanes are turned into 1 and it really gets interesting at places like Hua Hin Tansamai.
Going north, the ASEAN lane doesn’t start (as of Sunday evening) until just north of the Chomsin Rd (Soi 70/55) intersection so it’s pretty much good sailing past the market.
This is just Sunday and the festivities don’t get started for a few more days.
FBF witnessed at least 60 identical ASEAN vehicles backed up at the PTT station at Soi 6 on Friday evening. The queue extended south past the Honda dealership. This is the last PTT station leaving Hua Hin so if you need gas, smokes or munchies, this is the station to avoid as it’s the closest gas station to the meeting site.
FBF makes a TESCO/Villa run tomorrow and will hunker down with his Khao Soi for the duration.
Bullshit, we all know he’s a keen observer so expect further posts but if you’re heading this way, think again and again.