Public transit vehicles can be lively, as well as useful visual elements of everyday urban life. The sweet pink public bus organised by Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (PPAO) is no exception.
After its launch Paiboon Upatising – the president of PPAO said “I realised the public transportation available in Phuket cannot meet the residence demand, and people have waited for a solution for a long time. Therefore, I brought up the idea of the local bus called “Poh Thong” which is Fujianese (Chinese) and means a vehicle with a wooden frame with eye-catching colour paint. We can say that this kind of vehicle is a part of Phuket’s heritage. The pink buses are already proving to be a big hit with local residents and gaining recognition nationally, after winning an award for “Local Innovation” from the Prime Minister’s Office last year”
Come explore the streets of Phuket
This city bus tour puts you right in the midst of the locals as they shop, get together, and enjoy all that Phuket has to offer.
The buses operate from 6am to 8pm
You can get off the bus at any of the numerous stops along the way, explore the places in detail then get back on the bus. Fares are 20 baht for per journey.
- Route 1: Big C – Tesco Lotus – Vachira Hospital – Satree Phuket School – Tai Hua Museum – Jui Tui Chinese Temple – Soi Phuthorn – Fountain Circle – Bus Station – Surin Circle Clock Tower – Sapan Hin recreational area – Chalermprakiat School – Phuket Cocation College
- Route 2: Supercheap – Phuket Rajabhat University – Phuket Wittayalai School – Phuket District Office – Satree Phuket School – Provincial Hall – Bus Station – Explore Shopping Arcade – Local Market (behind Robinson Shopping Center) – Bang Niew Intersection – Local Market on Chaofa Raod
- Route 3: Sapan Hin recreational area – Chalermprakiat School – Phuket Provincial Land Transport Office – Fountain Circle – Phuttamongkol Nimitr School – Satree Phuket School – Post Office – Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation Hospital – Rassada Pier – Koh Sireh
Hotline 1131 or +66 (0) 76 210 806
Public transit is about pooling and sharing resources.
Somkiat Sriraksasin, General Manager of Pink Bus, said “The most important part of the local bus management is about punctuality, driving speed (limited to 50 km/hour) and traffic rules.
We also instrut the conductor to be polite, honest and think about the service they are offering to passengers. I understand that the bus needs to be properly maintained and all of these factors will show that we provide an efficient operation for residence and tourists.
Mook, school student “I can earn money and experience during the school breaks by being a bus conductor, I’m happy to do it”
Grand Mom Chamroen, 72 year old “I’m Phuketien and need to make trips to visit doctors at Vachira Hospital, I often use the pinky bus and it’s comfortable”
Boonyarak, bus driver “Every bus is installed with GPS which limits the speed to 50 km/hour we and have to follow the traffic rules. To begin with I felt like I was falling asleep as I use to drive very fast, but now it does not matter to me, I drive following all the rules, listen to chilled music, enjoy the views road and ensure the passengers are safe.”
Pattaraporn, Chalermprakiat School Student “By using the pink bas I can keep my mom’s fuel cost low and take care of myself. Mom also has confi dence in the buses”
Manit “I take can ring pulls to Vachira Hospital to go towards prosthesic production, I only pay a few Baht for the journey but it gives me a lot of happiness”
Pink buses are here to improve the safety on Phuket’s roads and to help keep traffic to a minimum. The service has been highly praised by locals and tourists. Tourists who board the bus can enjoy some fantastic sights due to the height of the bus.