Connect with us


Phuket’s New Year revelers start the long journey home



PHUKET: Phuket Land Transport Office Chief Terayout Prasertphol has ordered more buses be provided to ensure that all tourists who came to Phuket to celebrate the new year will get home in time to start 2012 without delay.

“I have ordered the [state bus operator] BorKorSor to boost bus services by 20 per cent to ensure that no passengers are left behind. I know it is important for people to reach to their desired destination by certain dates,” said Mr Terayout.

He also ordered his officers to conduct safety inspections on buses in order to help prevent any serious accidents from happening in Phuket during the long new year break.

“For private charter buses on tour here, I set an inspection team at the Tah Chat Chai checkpoint [at the bridges to the mainland]. We are focusing on vehicle registration and conducting basic safety inspections,” he explained.

Chief Terayout also repeated his stance on holding bus operators responsible for bus safety.

“If an accident happens, the company that owns the vehicle will be the person held responsible for it,” he said.

An officer at the Phuket Bus Station on Phang Nga Road in Phuket Town, told the Phuket Gazette, “We are adding bus services every day, but we are doing it on a day-by-day basis.

“Yesterday, we added 13 more bus services. So far today we have added eight extra buses out of Phuket. All of the extra bus services we are adding are buses heading to Bangkok and stopping along the way,” he explained.

The officer explained that the number of tourists heading home in the post-new year exodus this year was far greater than last year.

“We have a lot more passengers this year. We had about 800 passengers per day during the new year holiday last year, but we have about 1,200 passengers per day this year,” he said.

“But with the addition of the buses, we are sure that everyone will be home on time,” he said.

The officer explained that all bus drivers were required to pass a breathalyser test before getting behind the wheel.

“Normally this is done at the Tah Chat Chai checkpoint and at other checkpoints on major highways throughout Thailand, but for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, we had them especially undergo breath tests at the bus station here in Phuket Town.

“Not one driver was found to have been drinking before arriving at work to start driving,” he added.

Tourists Emily Billington and Emily Gilbert, both 21, told the Gazette they had enjoyed their festive season on the island.

“We had a really good time. We have been here for two weeks for the Christmas holidays. We have to fly back home from Bangkok.

“Since Thailand has a lot to see, we decided to take a bus down to Phuket to explore the whole area. We are not disappointed at all,” said Miss Billington.

“I am so happy to learn that all bus drivers get tested for alcohol before they start driving. We feel much safer about our trip,” she added.

— W Temram / C 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:

Transport1 hour ago

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

Thailand2 hours ago

Thailand’s strange laws – 10 strange laws in Thailand

Politics3 hours ago

The long goodbye – Which way now for PM Prayut?

Sponsored1 day ago

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

Pattaya3 hours ago

Pattaya Police Chief cleared of vice slurs, back on duty

Tourism4 hours ago

Reopening Thailand has a busy activity schedule

Tourism4 hours ago

Today is the day! Full post-pandemic Thailand reopening

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Pollution6 hours ago

Garbage in canals is worsening flooding in Bangkok

Weather6 hours ago

Hurricane Ian lashes South Carolina

Tourism7 hours ago

5-star squatters evicted from Layan Beach

Video7 hours ago

All you need to know about Thailand’s Vegetarian Festival

Protests8 hours ago

Anti-Prayut rallies expected across Bangkok

What you get for $X23 hours ago

What $100,000 buys you for a condo in Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui and Hua Hin

Thailand1 day ago

Thailand News Today | Activists plan protests all across Thailand

Thailand1 day ago

Snitching on parking space hoggers could earn you 5,000 baht in Thailand

Weather1 day ago

Storm Noru weakens from typhoon to depression as it moves across Thailand

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