A new bus route which will connect up to most of the key tourist sites and tourist zones in Chiang Mai is due to launch this coming April. The Thai Regional Transit Corporation (RTC) is coordinating the inauguration of the R3 route and one of its advisors, Thapana Bunyapravitra, says the governor of Chiang Mai has endorsed the proposal.
Mr Bunyapravitra says buses on the R3 route will be configured with 50 seats and feature air-conditioning, complimentary WiFi, GPS and be smart card friendly. He continued by saying the aim was to run the buses daily with departures every 20 minutes between 06:00 and 23:00. The service will launch with a free travel promotion for 15 days. Afterwards, passengers will pay THB20 regardless of the distance travelled.
According to a map printed in City Life, the proposed route will incorporate 26 stops and run in a loop around the city. The stops are numbered and the first one is at the Maya Lifestyle Mall at the Nimmanhaemin Road intersection. From there, buses will go east along Huay Kaew Road and stop at the Kad Suan Kaew Mall before looping round into the Old City. One of the stops here is the Three King’s Statue.
The route then heads for Thapae Gate, Sompet Market, the Night Bazaar and up to Chiang Mai Gate. From here, the buses will travel up Wualai Road, stop at the Old Chiang Mai Cultural Centre and then go on to Chiang Mai Airport. At the airport, they will turn around and head for the west side of the moat, turn left up Suthep Road and continue back to Nimmanhaemin and the Maya Mall.