As Phuketwan revealed yesterday, traffic is already rapidly growing worse because of an influx of thousands of competitors, officials and families onto Phuket, where everyone has their own vehicles.
And today Phuket's Deputy Police Commander Colonel Peerayut Karajedee warned that even with Phuket police numbers boosted to 1888, it simply was not possible to devote the 912 officers demanded by the organisers of the 28th National Youth Games.
''Police are being asked to act as security guards at the 39 places where participants will be billetted [mostly at Phuket's schools, which have closed.],'' Colonel Peerayut told a planning meeting today.
''We don't have police to spare for that kind of job. Originally we were asked to help protect four places. Now that number has swollen to 39.''
He pointed out that police will also have to cope with escorts for VIPs from Bangkok and virtually every other province in Thailand.
Phuiket's roads have begun to feel the pressure as participants from 12 provinces arrived yesterday and 11 more are due today.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area around Phuket City's Surakul Stadium, where opening and closing ceremonies will take place in the evenings on May 26 and June 5, and Saphan Hin, where a dinner for 6000 is to be held on Friday evening.
About 40 sports are to be contested all over Phuket, with the exception of Kamala. Kamala police will be called on to help police in Phuket's other seven police regions.
Phuket's meagre allocation of police - often a subject of criticism by honorary consuls concerned about the safety and security of tourists - has grown to 1888 with the addition of Tourist Police and Marine Police.
However, Colonel Peerayut said today that the Games organisers will need to call for volunteers to supplement police numbers.
''One policeman working with three volunteers is the way this needs to be organised,'' he said.
He also said that with the Phuket Games just three days away, police had yet to be supplied with a definitive list of which sports will be played where and when.
Police plan to use the vacant schools as parking lots but many of the events run all day from 8am so all Phuket motorists are advised to plan their trips with care.
A full list of events, dates and times can be found at phuketgames.com - in the Thai language. Officials have yet to understand that Phuket is an international holiday island, and as such needs to be bilingual.
The island's Russian and Chinese visitors will have to fend for themselves.