Traveling over the famous main highways of Thailand

Lets start by stating that the only real highways are the toll-roads in Bangkok, all others are just major roads. And some of them have a long history and go from Bangkok all the way to the border of Thailand. There are 4 major "highways" in Thailand.

Phahonyothin road

The first one is "Phahonyothin road" (Route 1) that begins at Victory monument in Bangkok and goes all the way north to Mai Sai where it connects to Tachilek, Burma with a total length of 1000-km and passing Ahuthaya, Saraburi, Nakhon Sawan, Kampang phet, Tak, Lampang, Phayao and Chiang Rai. It is named after General Phraya Phahol Pholphayuhasena. See Route 1

Mittraphap road

The second one is "Mittraphap road" (Route 2 or Friendship road) that begins in Saraburi and goes all the way north-east to Nongkhai where it links with the Thai-Lao Friendships bridge. It has a total length of 508-km and is passing Khorat, Khon Kaen and Udon Thani. See  Route 2

Sukhumvit road

The third one is "Sukhumvit road" (Route 3) that begins in Bangkok and goes along the Eastern Seaboard to Trat with a total length of 403-km and is passing Samut Prakan, Chonburi, Pattaya, Rayong and Chantaburi. It was was named after 5th Chief of Department of Highways. See Route 3

Phetkasem road

The fourth one is "Phetkasem road" (route 4) that begins in Bangkok Yai and goes all the way south to Sado where it connects with the "North-South Expressway" in Malaysia and has a total length of 1254-km and is passing Samut Sakon, Cha-am, Hua Hin, Chumphon, Ranong, Phattalung and Hat Yai. It was named after the 7th Chief of Department of Highways. This is the longest route in Thailand. Each of this highways has his own rich history and while traveling any of this routes you will be passing many interested places. I have traveled route 1, 2 and 3 intensively by own transport or by public bus.

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