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    Phuket to Chiang Mai bus set for early 2011

    Phuket to Chiang Mai bus set for early 2011


    ONE-WAY TICKET: A computer graphic image of how the VIP bus will look – before it is painted green. Courtesy Chaipattana Transportation.

    PHUKET: Travelers with plenty of stamina will soon be able to travel directly by bus between Phuket and Chiang Mai, a journey of almost 24 hours.

    Green Bus, which already holds a concession for air-conditioned bus transport in Northern Thailand, plans to launch the service in early 2011.

    The journey will take 22 to 23 hours.

    Somchai Thongkhamkhoon, managing director of Green Bus parent company Chaipattana Transportation, said the company won the concession for the service from the Department of Land Transportation in mid-August.

    The company has ordered five new air-conditioned “VIP” buses at a cost eight million baht each to service the long-haul route.

    While normal Thai “Standard 1” VIP buses are 12 meters long with 24 seats, the new buses will be 15 meters long and seat 30, Mr Somchai said.

    A Chaipattana Transportation public relations officer told the Gazette the cost of a round-trip journey is tentatively set for "about" 1,700 baht.

    The service will probably start in March, she said

    Thai Airways and Thai AirAsia currently operate daily direct flights between the two cities, which takes around two hours.

    Admitting the journey for the new service was rather long, Mr Somchai said the route would help train company staff in long-distance driving.

    The company also plans to launch bus services from Thailand to Kunming in China, he said.

    Following the new Asian Highway R3a, the route will leave Thailand at Chiang Khong in Chiang Rai Province, pass through Laos and connect to Kunming in China's Yunnan Province.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed
    ONE-WAY TICKET: A computer graphic image of how the VIP bus will look – before it is painted green. Courtesy Chaipattana Transportation.
    So this is how it will really look?

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    Can't imagine people will use it, 24 hours on a bus is just way too long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed
    Following the new Asian Highway R3a, the route will leave Thailand at Chiang Khong in Chiang Rai Province, pass through Laos and connect to Kunming in China's Yunnan Province.
    When the bridge gets built.............

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    idiots will cross it. You gotta be kidding me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed
    Admitting the journey for the new service was rather long, Mr Somchai said the route would help train company staff in long-distance driving.
    this is encouraging, learner drivers . . . stick to Air Asia I think

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    The Chiang Kong Bridge.

    The road south of CK has been widened to within 20 km of Toeng.

    Widened in the sense that they're demolished and graded everything 3 -4 meters on either side of the existing road.

    This is all dirt.

    Local inhabitants have had to arrange their own slip way / driveways.

    Many houses and shops were completely cut off.

    The original road is a minefield of pot holes and ditches all the way into CK.

    The shoot off to the bridge is, to date , just a bull dozed track.

    No work has started on the bridge at all.

    No idea what's happening on the other side.

    Land prices have gone through the roof. It was, of course all bought up by the powers that be, over 2 years ago.

    I might put some pics together next time I go into CK.

    It really is a joke.

    Unless you lived on that road.

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    put some photo's up

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    all the drivers will be on ya baa

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed
    put some photo's up
    As I said, I will. Next time I go into CK.

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    It just looks like a normal bus.

    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed
    While normal Thai “Standard 1” VIP buses are 12 meters long with 24 seats, the new buses will be 15 meters long and seat 30, Mr Somchai said.
    3 meters longer with 3 rows of extra seats so that will probably equate to a couple of extra inches per seat over the whole bus.


    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed
    A Chaipattana Transportation public relations officer told the Gazette the cost of a round-trip journey is tentatively set for "about" 1,700 baht.
    How much is flight?

    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed
    Mr Somchai said the route would help train company staff in long-distance driving.
    Can't they catch the train?



    There, I've painted it green for him. I'll send the bill to Somchai Thongkhamkhoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fresh Prince View Post
    It just looks like a normal bus.

    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed
    While normal Thai “Standard 1” VIP buses are 12 meters long with 24 seats, the new buses will be 15 meters long and seat 30, Mr Somchai said.
    3 meters longer with 3 rows of extra seats so that will probably equate to a couple of extra inches per seat over the whole bus.


    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed
    A Chaipattana Transportation public relations officer told the Gazette the cost of a round-trip journey is tentatively set for "about" 1,700 baht.
    How much is flight?

    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed
    Mr Somchai said the route would help train company staff in long-distance driving.
    Can't they catch the train?



    There, I've painted it green for him. I'll send the bill to Somchai Thongkhamkhoon.
    Somchai will be made up now

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    SOMCHAI will be green with ,you know the rest.

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    You can get a flight for just under 1,800 Baht with AirAsia.

    I'm sure the bus will be a winner.

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    And be there in 2 hours^

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    You can get a flight for just under 1,800 Baht with AirAsia.
    That's a promo price; but dang it's cheap!
    I just got a Nok air flight from Phuket to Don Muang for about the same price.

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    Phuket to Chiang Mai : 24 seat VIP bus

    Bus route to open connecting Phuket to Chiang Mai
    Saturday, 21st May 2011

    A new bus route will open in June, linking Phuket to Chiang Mai.

    Operated by Chaipatta Transportation Chiangmai Co Ltd, Green Corp, the route will offer a 24 seat VIP bus with many facilities. The trip will take about 22- 23 hours. during the long trip from Phuket to Chiang Mai which could take about 22-23 hours.

    Green Corp Managing Director Somchai Thongkumkoon said the company has operated the bus route within the northern part of Thailand for more than 40 years.

    Known as the “Green Bus”, has company has just received permission from the Land Transportation Department to open a cross-region route for the first time.

    “Phuket – Chiang Mai route is expected to be popular and be able to respond to the demand of passengers who need to travel from Phuket to any destination along the way to Chiang Mai. "We have 11 stations within the 13 provinces that we will be passing so that our passengers will not only be those who want to travel directly from Phuket to Chiang Mai or Chiang Mai to Phuket, but many others too," Mr Somchai said.

    The Phuket – Chiang Mai Green Bus will offer a daily route; one trip per day, with the price at B1,770 per trip per passenger. Trips from Phuket will depart at 4pm from Phuket Bus Station and arrive in Chiang Mai at 3 pm the following day. Trips from Chiang Mai will depart at 3 pm and arrive in Phuket around 1 pm the next day.

    The destinations during the distance that the bus will stop are: Phuket, Phang Nga, Surat Thani, Chumporn, Prajuab Kirikhan, Petchaburi, Singburi, Nakorn Sawan, Tak, Lampang, and Chiangmai. Mr Somchai said that the Green Bus will focus on passengers’ safety and convenience.

    There will be four drivers and three bus-hostesses per trip on duty, and many facilities on the bus such as massaging seats, and TV screens for every seat will be provided.

    The tickets can be reserved via Green Bus Call Center at 1141 ext 8000, or by website greenbusthailand.com. In Phuket, passengers can also buy at the Green Bus Booth at the Phuket Bus Station on Phang Nga road.

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