Bangkok Bus Terminal (Chatuchak)

The main terminal building

The Bangkok Bus Terminal (Chatuchak), colloquially known as Mo Chit 2 (Thai: หมอชิต 2) or New Mo Chit, is one of the main long-distance bus stations serving Greater Bangkok. It is operated by the state enterprise The Transport Co., Ltd., and serves as the main gateway to and from the northern and northeastern provinces for those travelling by bus.

The station is located on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road in Bangkok's Chatuchak District, near Queen Sirikit Park. It began operations on 8 April 1998, replacing the older Mo Chit Bus Terminal, whose location was being converted for the construction of the main BTS Skytrain depot.[1] The station serves as many as 150,000 daily passengers, especially during the peak New Year and Songkran seasons.[2][3]

The station was originally planned as a temporary station, with a new station planned over the BTS depot, following a 1994 cabinet resolution. However, legal complications prevented the original plan from being completed.[4] By the 2010s, the station faced relocation to make way for facilities of the new Bang Sue Grand Station of the State Railway of Thailand, who owns the land. Multiple options were considered, including reviving the original plan, moving to the Rangsit area, and building a new bus terminal near the present area, with tentative plans changing many times.[2]

References

  1. ^ "ย้อน "หมอชิตเก่า" เล่าความหลัง หาเหตุผลย้าย "หมอชิตใหม่" อีกครั้ง" [Retrack "Mo Chit" reminisced, find reasons to move "New Mo Chit" again.]. Thairath Online (in Thai). 7 June 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b Mahitthirook, Amornrat (1 November 2016). "Mor Chit 2 bus terminal to stay, under latest plan". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Holidaymakers flock back to Bangkok". Bangkok Post. 2 January 2019. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  4. ^ "ปรับแบบคอมเพล็กซ์หมอชิต โปรเจ็กต์อืดพื้นที่พัฒนาหดที่ดินหาย 1 ไร่". Prachachat Turakij (in Thai). 27 February 2021. Retrieved 30 March 2021.

Coordinates: 13°48′47″N 100°32′56″E / 13.81306°N 100.54889°E / 13.81306; 100.54889


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