World's Worst Traffic Jams
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Development is rapidly being outpaced by car ownership in Bangkok, and the notorious traffic jams can occur at any time of day. Generally, afternoon rush hour starts at 3:30 p.m. when school gets out and continues until dinnertime. Monsoon rains make matters worse, as much of Bangkok is at sea level. The streets—many of which were originally canals—flood, and Bangkok returns to the name by which it was once known: Venice of the East. Fortunately, an elevated train makes life a little easier, as does a 100–300 percent tax on new vehicles is aimed at reducing traffic.