Friday, August 17, 2012

Chiangrai bus station timetables

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- created on 31 Dec 2010; last updated 17 August 2012

Chiangrai inter-province bus station
aka. new bus station/ท่ารถใหม่ (tha rot mai), Chiangrai bus station 2/ขนส่ง 2 (khonsong sawng)
located ~6km south of Chiangrai city centre

Green Bus Thailand now has English bus timetables online here:

Old info for reference:
Chiangrai to Chiangmai by Green Bus Co. (15 Sept 2011) (Captain Bob)
Chiangmai to Chiangrai by Green Bus Co. (15 Sept 2011) (Captain Bob)
Chiangrai to Chiangmai by Green Bus Co. (18 Dec 2010)
Chiangmai to Chiangrai by Green Bus Co. (18 Dec 2010)

* other destinations - English version (18 Dec 2010):

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* other destinations - Thai version (18 Dec 2010):

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- note difference in timings between the English & Thai versions for route #619
- apart from services to Bangkok, all routes are served by Green Bus Co. unless otherwise indicated (this info is omitted in the English version, but have added it in blue font)
- to Lamphun: buses to Chiangmai will pass through enroute
- to Phayao & Phrae: buses to Bangkok (except #90 'old route') will pass through enroute, buses to Sukothai, Phitsanulok & Nakhon Sawan should too (best to double check with bus company staff)

* Chiangrai to Phitsanulok (via Phayao, Phrae & Sukhothai) by Win Tour Co. (15 Sept 2011) (Captain Bob):

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* Chiangrai inter-province bus station to Chiangrai intra-province bus station:
shared songthaews parked near the bus station toilets depart when there are enough passengers, fare = B10 (18 Dec 2010)

Chiangrai intra-province bus station
aka. old bus station/ท่ารถเก่า (tha rot kao), Chiangrai bus station 1/ขนส่ง 1 (khonsong neung)
located next to the night bazaar in Chiangrai city centre

* Timetable (03 Jan 2010):

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- to Chiang Khong: buses that go via Phaya Mengrai or Wiang Kaen take a shorter ~2.5h route, those via Thoeng take a longer 3h route
- to Phu Langka: take the Chiang Kham-Tha Wang Pha-Nan bus

Municipal market songthaew station
At the municipal market (เทศบาล talat thetsabaan) along Uttarakit Rd, next to Wat Mung Muang.
Songthaews to places in various subdistricts (e.g. Ban Ruammitr, Huay Mae Sai, Mae Lao, etc) depart from here.
Some routes might have only one fixed run per day, with additional trips only if there is enough demand or if chartered.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

27-290112 Ban Maejantai - 02

Random pics from around the village...

Water filtration system by Engineers Without Borders USA's California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo student chapter:


Small world - the cat has passed through San Luis Obispo before. A source of clean water makes a huge difference. Especially for women & girls, who bear the responsibility of fetching water & collecting & carrying firewood down from the mountains for boiling water to make it potable. The Coffee Journey participants drank from this system with no problems.

Many hilltribe villages in the upper north of Thailand have at least one signboard bearing the name of some foreign aid organisation or missionary group. Ban Maejantai was no exception:


Roughly translates as...
"Akha youth Powerful mind
Strong body Free from pollution
Done by TEAR Australia (a Christian organisation) & the Akha Kinship & Holistic Alternatives Foundation (or AKHA Foundation, a Thai NGO)"

Leaving the cat none the wiser as to what it is about...

Not that there were many youths around. Like in rural villages across north & northeast Thailand, most have left to study or work elsewhere in Thailand or overseas. Like the Akha in Mae Salong, proximity to a Chinese village means that some in Ban Maejantai have picked up spoken Mandarin, leading to better-paying job opportunities in Taiwan. Left behind in the villages are the very young & the very old. Likewise for villages in the areas of Laos bordering Thailand - more than 90% of those aged 15-35 in a friend's village in rural Savannakhet are working (mostly illegally) in Thailand.

Next to Mimi's house - we thought it was a kindergarten:


Mimi mentioned about a teacher from elsewhere who stays here on weekdays, & that only 4-5 kids from the village come here. The signs around this building say something about a Mae Fah Luang study centre (for) community (of) upland Thai people, & ชมรมศึกษาพัฒนาชาวไทยภูเขา มหาวิทยาลัยรามคำแหง Ramkhamhaeng University's society for education & development (of) upland Thai people:


The cat usually hears hilltribe people referred to as ชาวเขา chao khao (hill people) or ชาวดอย chao doi (mountain people). On these signboards the term ชาวไทยภูเขา chao thai phu khao (Thai people (of the) hills/mountains) was used instead. Has been 26+ years since the cat first met hilltribe people in Thailand, perhaps the perception of them as outsiders (i.e. non-Thai) in the eyes of the lowlanders really is starting to change?

The temple at the top of the village:


Only sign of a monk ever having been here was an old forgotten angsa (vest that covers only the left shoulder) hanging near some bushes.

Doing the dishes on the balcony:


The black netting in front of her house provides shade for the coffee seedlings beneath:


The chicks that jumped into the feed container:


Hanging outside Api's house:


Mimi's house had an identical pair of wings hanging near the stairs to the kitchen.

Saddest looking puppy:


Didn't ask if anyone in this village eats dog.