Public passenger vans evicted from Bangkok Victory Monument
Victory Monument was the main hub for van services for destinations up to 300kms from Bangkok. Hua Hin, Pattaya and Lopburi were among the destinations accessible by van from stops at the roundabout surrounding the iconic Bangkok landmark.
Vans now depart from Bangkok’s Ekkamai, Morchit and Sai Tai Kao Southern Terminal. Which terminal is dependent on where the passenger’s final destination is. 12GO ASIA advises travellers making reservations via its website to check their confirmation slips carefully to ensure they go to the correct departure station.
Thailand’s Transport Ministry is offering free shuttle bus services from Victory Monument to the three bus stations. Omsin Chiwaphruek, the Thai deputy transport minister, was in attendance yesterday to oversee the transition and he said the shuttle services were free and would be a permanent service.
Budget carrier AirAsia has announced the launch of a direct flight link between two of its long-standing destinations. Effective 8 January 2018, travellers will be able to fly between the Thai island of Phuket and Macau, China without having to transit in Bangkok.
The Airports of Thailand authority has set up information points at Bangkok’s two airports for mourners attending cremation rites for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The AoT booths at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports open today and will be open through until the 31 October.
A director with the Cambodian Interior Ministry has confirmed new rules apply to foreigners applying for long-stay visas. Sok Veasna told the Phnom Penh Post earlier this month that people who apply for long-term business visas would now have to show work permits.