Vintage UK double decker bus appears on the streets of Bangkok

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Vintage UK double decker bus appears on the streets of Bangkok

A heritage bus once used to ferry holidaymakers around an English resort town has been given a new lease of life on the streets of Bangkok. A Brit on holiday in the Thai capital spotted the redundant double-decker in its Great Yarmouth livery and promptly shot off a few photographs.

Stewart Linton posted pictures of the blue Routemaster on Twitter and said he was flabbergasted to read Great Yarmouth Transport on its side and see it was still sporting its former route number, 8A. He explained that he was taking photographs close to the Grand Palace in Bangkok when his wife Joanne spotted the bus.

The 1960s vehicle spent five years plying routes from Great Yarmouth to Caister and Gorleston before being made redundant in 2011. Bus fan Graham Bessey from Norfolk says the bus was bought by the Jesada Technik Museum and shipped to Thailand.

He noted that it normally resided in the Nakon Pathom museum but was now being utilised to transport mourners to Bangkok’s Grand Palace to pay their last respects to King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The much loved monarch passed away on 13 October 2016 and has been lying in state since.

12GO ASIA offers tickets for buses to just about every corner of Thailand. Our partners maintain fleets which are a bit more modern than 50-year-old Routemaster buses. 

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