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Back to the future: Phuket's Pink Specials, introduced on Monday

Hail Pink for a Trip Through Phuket and Time

Monday, September 14, 2009
AN ANCIENT form of people-mover and a vibrant color are both being given a second chance as public transport on Phuket.

Mix one with the other . . . and perhaps there's a way ahead in overtaking Phuket's traffic solutions.

Could the answer to gridlock and road rage be the Shompoo Seong Taew (pink two-bencher)? The Pink Special made its debut on Monday, as the new Phuket City bus.

It certainly is a 16 million baht bright idea. And pink is clearly a color that Orborjor Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation CEO Paiboon Upatising loves.

He was decked out in a pink jacket for the launch of the new vehicles, and so were plenty of others, too.

Pink is, after all, a robust and strong color in Thailand, much-loved since HM The King left hospital a little while back decked out in a splendid shompoo jacket. He is, as they say in the West, definitely ''in the pink'' now.

The first two of eight new pink seong taews were on display today. They will combine with eight more conventional buses on routes criss-crossing Phuket City from north to south and east to west.

If the pinkies prove to be popular, expect to see more of them.

Rides will be free to students and cost everyone else just 10 baht, which in a tuk-tuk would get you a couple of rotations of the wheels.

Each vehicle can hold 22 people and services will run from 6.20am until 8pm.

Phuketwan has a theory that we are all destined to go back to the village way of life, leaving behind the failing cities. The Pink Special is the perfect vehicle for that return trip.

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I am waiting for the day we see these operating between Kata / Karon / Patong / Kamala etc.. And a baht bus loop round Patong one way system.

We can all see that happening now, can't we ??

The governor is talking loud about corruption, and vested interests, but no one actually changes the more obvious ones.

Posted by LivinLOS on September 15, 2009 08:09

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I think this could be a really good idea if it takes off. It is often so difficult to get a tuk tuk in Phuket Town unless you are at one of the busy shopping malls. I have many friends who won't get on a bike so it is very hard for them to get around town.

Any ideas of the route these buses will take in Phuket Town and where they pick up and drop off? Do they have a start/final destination?

Editor: One route runs from Saphan Hin to Big C, the other from Mum Meung to Supercheap, 6.20am to 8am. Hard to beat if you are in no hurry.

Posted by Emubob on September 15, 2009 10:13


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