Transport deputy minister checks readiness of Chiang Mai bus terminal in handling Songkran travels


CHIANG MAI, 9 April 2013  Deputy Transport Minister Prasert Chantararuangthong has visited the bus terminal in Chiang Mai City to ensure its readiness in accommodating tourists during the Songkran festival. 

The minister paid particular attention to the coach services for the Bangkok-Chiang Mai route and routes linking Chiang Mai to other Northern provinces. He also checked the facilities for servicing commuters and the terminal’s security system. Attention was also given to the ticketing outlets.

Around 40,000 passengers a day are expected to use the coach service during the Songkran festival period. About 100 additional coaches have been prepared to accommodate the increasing number of commuters.

Chiang Mai City’s current main bus terminal, built close to the previous main terminal, has been in service service since November 2011. It is the country’s first bus terminal to imitate the system used in airports to separate passengers from non-passengers.