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Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.


Heartbreak Sadness Songkran Road Toll

The sadness of Songkran

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran Road Toll, the Thai new year celebration is forever tarnished by hundreds of road deaths throughout the country which has the 2nd worst road toll in the world. Only war torn Libya is worse than Thailand.

The accumulated death toll from the first five of the so-called seven dangerous days of Songkran has risen to 323, with 3,140 people hospitalized in over 3,000 road accidents across the country, the Road Safety Centre announced on Monday. On Sunday alone, sixty-nine people were killed and 589 hospitalized in 552 road accidents nationwide.

Credit to Bangkok Post.

Songkran is supposed to be fun.

Heartbreak Sadness SongkranChildren having fun & adults acting like children while the road carnage is totally out of control.

Road toll after 5 days

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

Worse than last year despite government calls to take care on the roads.

The carnage continues

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

Commonly known in Thailand as the seven deadly days.

Here is my post from 2016.

Two people burned to death.

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

What a terrible way to die.

Not much left of the vehicle

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

This really shows the Heartbreak Sadness Songkran brings to thousands of families.

No chance on a bike.

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

I believe about 75% of deaths are young motorbike riders.

Tree versus truck

Songkran Madness Thailand

Tree wins every time.

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran day 6.

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

According to the Bangkok Post police have impounded a total of 13,964 vehicles (10,139 motorcycles and 3,825 cars) from April 11 to 16 for violating the alcohol ban. Police have taken legal action against 147,971 motorcyclists and 86,674 drivers of private vehicles and public transport.

The sad figures.

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

A total of 176,415 traffic offenders were arrested at 2,013 road checkpoints. Of that number, 49,866 people were not wearing crash helmets and 46,067 people were not carrying a driving licence.  Credit BKK Post.

Were they playing chicken?

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

My guess is someone either went to sleep or was checking his phone.

Two killed 3 injured.

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

Most of these photos show motor vehicles however 78% of deaths come from motorbikes.

The final count

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

As horrific as it is sadly it will be repeated same time next year.

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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