Holidays over, Pattaya bus terminal puts on extra service to handle influx, exodus

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While Pattaya draws tens of thousands to the city to celebrate New Year’s, almost as many leave town to ring in the new year, making the city’s main bus terminal the busiest place in town.

The comings-and-goings were obvious Jan. 3, as the Rung Ruang Pattaya Bus Terminal had to put on extra coaches to handle the influx and exodus of holiday revelers. The long weekend was over and Tuesday saw many headed back to Bangkok and elsewhere to work, getting on buses just vacated by passengers returning to Pattaya after visiting family abroad.

Pattaya bus terminal is jam-packed during the holidays. Pattaya bus terminal is jam-packed during the holidays.

Terminal Assistant Manager Khamron Thongsuwan said buses traveling between Pattaya and Bangkok’s Southern, Eastern and Northern terminals were leaving every 30 minutes starting at 5 a.m. and running through 11 p.m.

Holiday festivals, he said, always push tourism to the next level as travelers, shoppers and partiers make the Pattaya station a very congested one.