For thousands years, road has been playing an important role in providing safer and easier movement of goods and people. But what you will see here is not about how the roads can give such an advantages like that, but the typical appearance of roads in all across the globe. Some are good, some are bad, and some are…. mind blowing. Some of the roads are heavily thoroughfares others are remote, winding, and narrow. These roads have high death rates and are extremely dangerous. The people who live around these areas depend on these roads for their daily transportation; so consider yourself lucky. And do realize that waking isn’t badly.
Guoliang Tunnel, China
Located high in the Taihang Mountains of the Henan Province, It has 0.75 miles long and was built through a mountain range leading to the village with the same name. In 1970s, the inhabitants of the village made this tunnel and the "windows" in it themselves using only hand tools. This road requires monk-like focus to drive!
Maeklong Railway Market, Thailand
At first sight, Maeklong Market resembles hundreds of other Thai markets...but only until you hear the whistle of the train which passes right through the market stalls. The sellers take their goods away and fold their tents in seconds, giving way to the train that moves at a speed of about 15 km/h.
Yungas Road, Bolivia
The road connects the city of La Paz and Coroico. Regularly named as one of the most dangerous route in the world explain why an estimated 200 to 300 people are killed on the road every year. Many sections are unpaved and lack guardrails. Warm and humid winds from the Amazon bring heavy rains and fog in a numerous mudslides and tumbling rocks, and small waterfalls occasionally rain down the cliff sides.
Eyre Highway, Australia
Eyre Highway is an asphalted highway linking the western part and the southern part of Australia via the Nullarbor Plain. One can hardly imagine it’s really dangerous, for the road includes the straight stretch without any turn (146.6 kilometers). With that length, it can be describe as a long and lonely road. The reason of why there are so many accidents here is quite simple: the landscapes here are so monotonous that drivers simply fall asleep at the wheel.
The ‘Nose of The Devil’ Railway, Ecuador
Named as ‘Nose of The Devil’ because of the many deaths among the workers that occurred there and the sheer difficulty of building it, connects the Alausí and Sibambe stations. "Nose of the Devil" railway is built on the rock of the same name at an altitude of 800 m (2,624 ft). Until recently, tourists were allowed to ride on the roofs of wagons running here, but today it’s prohibited.
Pamban Railway Bridge, India
The main land of Indian peninsula is connected with Rameswaram Island through a Road and a Railway bridge named Pamban. In 1964, the bridge was destroyed by the strong winds of the Palk Strait. This is why now, when wind speed exceeds 55 km/h, trains receive a special signal warning of the possible danger.
Karakoram Highway, Pakistan – China
This Pakistan – China friendship tunnels is considered the world’s most high-altitude international highway. One of its sections passes at an altitude of more than 4,600 m (15,091 ft). Summer monsoon rains often wash it out and cause landslides. In winter, the highway is closed due to weather conditions and possible avalanches.
Passage du Gois, France
This seemingly common passage connects the island of Noirmoutier with mainland France. However, during the tides, it’s fully covered with a 4-m (13 ft) layer of water and is available to drivers only twice a day. It is flooded twice a day by the high tide. Pack an inflatable boat for driving this 4.3km road because just say for some crazy reason you mix up the tide times, then – like vehicles in the past – you might disappear beneath the salty brine.
Leh – Manali Highway, India
The Leh-Manali Highway is a high mountain road situated in India. It spans over a length of 479 km (298 mi) among the Himalaya mountain range runs through several high mountain. Located at an altitude of 4 to 5 km (13,123 to 16,404 ft). The road is extremely narrow, but this doesn’t prevent local drivers from zooming through at high speeds.
Tianmen Mountain Road, China
A road that’s 11 km (6.8 mi) long with 99 bends leads to the top of Tianmen Mountain where the Buddhist temple is situated. In some sections, the distance between two curves is less than 200 m (656 ft), so drivers have to be extremely careful.
Road through Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
The highway running through the dried Salar de Uyuni is located at an altitude of 3,650 m (11,811 ft) above sea level. Local landscapes are so unusual that it’s easy to get lost in them, and cell phones here are mostly useless. Even though it’s safe to go here with a tour group, it’s better to avoid going on your own, especially since at night the temperature falls to −30°C (-22°F).
Road through Skippers Canyon, New Zealand
Numerous holes and cliffs, steep descents, sudden bends, suspension bridges, and narrowings of the road are far from all the surprises lurking on the crossing through Skippers Canyon. Local car rental agencies don’t even provide insurance for those who are going to conquer this route.
The James W. Dalton Highway, Alaska, USA
Only 175 km (108.7 mi) of this 666-km (413.8 mi) highway are covered with bitumen, and one has to drive the rest of the way on gravel. There are only 3 settlements, 3 refueling stations, and only 1 medical center throughout the highway. The local police force checks the presence of everything necessary for survival in the difficult Alaskan conditions for everyone who enters this route.
"Train to the Clouds," Argentina
During the 217-k (134.8 mi) railway journey, the train passes through 21 tunnels, 42 bridges and viaducts, 2 spirals, and 2 more zigzags. Its romantic name was given to the road thanks to the altitude on which some of its segments are located: sometimes it’s so high that the trains pass right through the clouds.