Vendors blocked mountain route

CHIANG MAI : Vendors on Doi Suthep mountain blocked a road to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai province on Monday in protest against a ban on driving private vehicles to the temple.

The vendors complained authorities ordered tourists to park at the Chiang Mai International Convention and Exhibition Centre and get on red song taew passenger trucks to reach the temple from Friday to Wednesday. 

This reduced the number of buyers because red song taew passenger trucks did not park in vendors' areas and some tourists cancelled their trip to the temple. When the number of protesters began growing, local authorities lifted the ban. 

When the red song taew passenger trucks stopped running the service up the mountain, vendors ended their road blockage but many tourists who had taken the public vehicles found themselves stranded on the mountain.

The large numbers of tourists visiting Doi Suthep backed up traffic for about three kilometres along the temple road.

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Discussion 1 : 31/12/2013 at 05:39 PM
No. Pathetic. The vendors should have been moved by the police and jailed if necessary but of course, THIS IS THAILAND.
Discussion 2 : 31/12/2013 at 05:14 PM
Trial and error is the only way in this country to get things done. But the results are usually errors.
Discussion 3 : 31/12/2013 at 04:17 PM
Why should it be free when money is required for the upkeep, payment to staff etc?
Discussion 4 : 31/12/2013 at 03:57 PM
LOL I don't go if they ask to pay but will donate for up keep easier.
Discussion 5 : 31/12/2013 at 10:47 AM
Maybe we as westerners should protest the fee they charge us to enter the temple ,which should be free
Discussion 6 : 31/12/2013 at 10:12 AM

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