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.