Pattaya Daily News

04 January 2010 :: 16:01:10 pm 4404

Pattaya’s Bus Terminal Overcrowded

The Pattaya bus stations have been swarmed by tourists over the weekend with many thousands of travellers returning home after the recent festive season.
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Pattaya, the 3rd of January 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Throughout Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd the bus networks of Pattaya have been overcrowded with travellers exiting the Pattaya City area. Over 17,000 foreign tourists reportedly passed through the Pattaya bus terminals over the weekend, returning home to start work over the coming weeks. Many thousands of Thai visitors returned home to Bangkok and some southern provinces, with the Ekkamai to Morchit bus route especially busy.

Tickets for the main routes to Bangkok and the North Eastern provinces were sold out on Sunday with both air-conditioned 1 and 2 buses fully booked. The various terminals required the assistance of hired buses to relieve the strain on the existing system. Buses to Bangkok were arranged to depart with such frequency that for most of the two days they left every 20 minutes.

The Pattaya to Suvarnabhumi Airport line was also overcrowded with foreign and Thai tourists returning home or continuing with the holiday plans elsewhere. The total number of passengers through the Pattaya terminals over the weekend was in excess of 17,000, the highest number seen throughout the whole of 2009 year.

The private shuttle buses from Pattaya to Bangkok were also reportedly sold out from most venues, with some foreign and Thai travellers opting, without much success, to avoid the crowded bus stations. A large contingent of Pattaya Police officers were on hand over the two days to make sure security was tight and that the traffic was disrupted as little as possible.

The amount of tourists walking in and around the central areas of Pattaya over the New Year break had increased dramatically from that of the last 18 months. Once again though it was an increase majorly in the Asian and Middle Eastern tourism sectors that was evident, suggesting that the economic downturn is still severely affecting the “farang” tourist’s holiday plans. With so many people reportedly exiting the city over the weekend it seems that the increase in tourists was only short lived and that the relative lull in the high season will continue into 2010.

Note: Traffic control was none existent over the last week. Where all these extra police officers and volunteers were is beyond me, Beach Road, Second Road most of Third Road and all the major Soi’s in between where congested entirely for at least three days. I am not suggesting that it will be easy to solve such an already problematic issue outside of the New Year festivities, however; if things are to improve over the following New Year celebrations drastic measures have to be taken in order to stem the flow of traffic in and around the main city centers.

Reporter : Wirraphun   Photo : Wirraphun   Category : Tourism News

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