Police warn of more Veg Fest traffic jams in Phuket Town

PHUKET: Phuket City Traffic Police this morning repeated their advisory for motorists to avoid Phuket Town during Vegetarian Festival processions – especially the roads leading to Sapan Hin during the last night of the festival tomorrow night (Oct 17).

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 16 October 2018, 11:54AM

Traffic tailbacks ensued at around 8:15am this morning as the procession from the Kathu Shine, on its return journey from Saphan Hin, made its way along along Wichit Songkram Rd, passed Surakul Stadium, through the busy Darasamut Intersection and continued toward Makro in Wichit.

Although the procession started at 6:45am, its return journey saw the procession course its way through town in peak traffic, and subsequently causing long traffic delays.

Lt Vatchara Piekchan of the Phuket City Traffic Police, noted, “The street processions cause traffic delays every year, and this morning there were traffic jams at about 8am.”

However, he added, “The processions that affect Phuket City are done for today (Oct 16).”

Regardless, Lt Vatchara warned motorists to be wary of traffic more delays as the street processions continue.


“There will be the Sui Boon Tong Shrine procession on Pattana Rd at 7am tomorrow (Oct 17). They will proceed to Saphan Hin, affecting Patipat Rd, Krabi Rd, Dibuk Rd, Montri Rd, Tilok Uthit Rd and Phuket Rd.

“On the return journey, the procession will continue along Phuket Rd, pass the Clocktower Circle (Surin Circle), and along Rassada Rd, Phang Nga Rd, Thalang Rd, Krabi Rd and Pattana Rd.

“The will be more traffic jams at tomorrow night as several shrines will hold processions to Sapan Hin for final ceremonies.

“The processions will start at 8pm and continue until midnight. Unless you are attending the festival, my suggestion is to please avoid the Phuket Town area tomorrow night. Traffic will be affected by these processions,” Lt Vatchara said.



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Rorri_2 | 17 October 2018 - 17:57:56

Pascale, I think you missed the point kurt was making..

Christy Sweet | 17 October 2018 - 17:17:22

Why must we Thalang dwellers make that death drive into Phuket Town to visit Immigration for our various criminally hued  registrations ? It's past  time to have expat services available at the airport.

Pascale | 17 October 2018 - 15:05:35

Mr.K,Phuket  isn't the only place in the world where traffic delays occur during festivals. You have shown in every article about this festival your disapproval. As this festival exist already longer then your presence on this island and definitely still will exist after you are long gone,why don't you accept it the way it is instead of writing the same comment year in year out? 

Kurt | 17 October 2018 - 12:33:49

First 'we' create a traffic mess and long delays on Phuket main roads when people drive to go to work, with all these processions. Than we circle around it and blow our whistles in non specific directions and pretend we regulate the road mess.  TIT. No feeling at all about 'work traffic'.

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