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No easy road to freedom on public holidays

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Avoiding driving on crowded roads during a long weekend such as Songkran might be a good idea. But travelling on weekdays, though smaller traffic jams, may give you a different experience _ some of them beyond your imagination. 

The long Songkran holiday has passed, and I bet those who used the roads last week will not forget their tough journey as major highways leading to all provinces were madly packed with vehicles. With double or triple the usual travelling time, I'm sure both drivers and passengers must have been frustrated and exhausted once they arrived at their destinations. Driving back to Bangkok, more or less, is the same boring and frustrating journey.

There's nothing new in the newspaper's headlines during Songkran _ airports, railway stations, and bus terminals were congested and chaotic. The number of deaths on the road during the week-long festival also makes a new record. Even on Koh Chang island in Trat province, thousands of cars had to queue up for 4km, waiting up to eight hours for the ferry to take them back to the mainland.

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