Travel Tips : Bicycling on the so called highways of Thailand
It is a very sad affair indeed and my thoughts are with his beloved ones who are left behind. It is not the first time something like this happened. In 2013 a British couple was killed along the Thai roads after 19 months traveling all over the world. And it are not only tourists that get killed ... on a daily base many Thai die in traffic accidents.
As motorbike rider I am on the roads of Thailand quit often and it seems that South East Asia has become a favorite place for tourists to make Free Independent Bicycle Trips. I see regularly tourists on bicycles along the roads of Thailand. What surprises me is that they choose the go over the so called "highways" of Thailand. Would you do that at home also? As motorbike rider I know how dangerous the Thai "highways" are, it are actually not highways but just big main roads.
Why do cyclist choose to use the big main roads in Thailand while there are so many options for more safe roads? I do not know, but maybe the answer is because they do not realize that there are other good options. The latter is something I will try to work out with some cyclist & motorbike rider friends. So we can create and offer options for people who want to ride their bicycle in Thailand in a safe way. Thai highways are NOT SAFE! They are dangerous and especially for bicycles. Wait let me write that again
Thai highways are NOT SAFE! They are dangerous!
Before you are going to make a long distance bicycle (or motorbike) trip do some research, get a good map and avoid as far as possible the main highways!