Connect with us


Officials bow out of Phuket Airport Express bus launch



PHUKET: The long-awaited Phuket airport-to-beach bus hit the road at 9:30am today with little fanfare.

Passengers on the inaugural ride from Phuket International Airport to Patong included media, tourists and relatives of bus operator Prakob Panyawai. No Phuket officials were along for the ride.

Married couple Ben and Kim, first-time visitors from England, had just arrived from Kuala Lumpur and were headed to Kata.

“We just found out about the bus. We were getting in a bus to Phuket Town, then heard we could go directly to Patong,” said Ben.

The couple was surprised to learn that a taxi ride to Patong could have cost them 1,000 baht.

“It’s very good to have this bus; 120 baht is very cheap and the bus is very good,” said Ben.

“Our destination is Kata beach. It’s great that the bus is taking us closer to Kata instead of to Phuket Town,” Ben added.

The bus operator’s mother, Somjit Pantawai, 70, and aunt, Jongkol Panyawai, 73, were also along for the ride to Patong.

“I’m very happy the bus has finally been launched,” Mrs Jongkol said.

“We have been waiting for four months to see it happen,” she added.

“We wanted to go all the way to Kata-Karon but local people wouldn’t allow us,” she lamented.

Mr Prakob said, “We planned to have a big celebration at the airport for the first bus, but changed our minds after talking to officials.”

“The bus is still a sensitive topic, so we are giving it a simple launch, without officials,” he explained.

— Chutharat Plerin


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Pattaya6 mins ago

Police to curb Pattaya Beach drinking after student gun fight

Phuket50 mins ago

9th and 10th monkeypox infections found in Phuket

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Face masks still required on public transport, in cinemas

Sponsored2 days ago

10 Best Seed Banks that Ship Cannabis Seeds Discreetly to You (Free US Shipping)

Cannabis News2 hours ago

Pattaya man attacked at gunpoint for selling cannabis

Crime3 hours ago

Police seize 60 suspects in online ‘Ghost Guns’ sting

Thailand3 hours ago

Bangkok Secret Nightlife – Bangkok Red Light District Secret Museum

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Coronation4 hours ago

King Charles III debuts on UK coins

Politics19 hours ago

Vladimir Putin officially annexed four parts of Ukraine

Transport21 hours ago

Phuket Airport officials pulled tourist from van, insisted they use airport taxi

Thailand22 hours ago

Thailand’s strange laws – 10 strange laws in Thailand

Politics22 hours ago

The long goodbye – Which way now for PM Prayut?

Pattaya23 hours ago

Pattaya Police Chief cleared of vice slurs, back on duty

Tourism23 hours ago

Reopening Thailand has a busy activity schedule

Tourism24 hours ago

Today is the day! Full post-pandemic Thailand reopening

Pollution1 day ago

Garbage in canals worsens flooding in Bangkok

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11