Locals alarmed at influx of Chinese tourist vehicles in North Thailand

Published on : Monday, February 29, 2016

Chinese tourist vehicles in North ThailandThailand authorities have been forced to step up measures following concerns from locals about the influx of Chinese tourist vehicles in the north of Thailand.


It was reported on social media that several accidents took place involving cars that had Chinese licence plates, probably because the drivers were not familiar with local traffic rules. A video clip showing a car with a Chinese licence plate on the wrong side of the road, moving against the traffic flow, was circulated.


In some circulated pictures, Chinese families are seen cooking by their camper van parked at a temple. In Bangkok, some of the vans are found parked in prohibited areas.The concerns have been mounting after the Chinese New Year holiday early this month when a large number of camper vans and private vehicles from China were found entering the northern border provinces.The worries prompted the Land Transport Department (LTD) to launch a draft regulation to regulate tourists’ vehicles temporarily entering the country for tourism.


The draft will be discussed with state agencies including customs, the Immigration Department, traffic police, and the Tourism and Sports Ministry early this week, said LTD director-general Sanit Promwong.


Most Chinese vehicles enter the north of Thailand via the fourth Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge that connects Chiang Rai’s Chiang Khong district with Laos’ Ban Houayxay — about 411km, or a six- to seven-hour drive to the Chinese border town of Jinghong.


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