HK government urged to organise transport for stranded travellers

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 December, 2008, 12:00am

Travellers returning from Thailand have urged the government to provide transport to take tourists stranded in Bangkok to airports.

Risk management consultant Bernard Lui Wing-in, who planned to return home on Saturday but was not able to catch a flight until early on Monday morning, yesterday recalled a nightmare 10-hour trip from Bangkok to Phuket.

'We got on to a minibus at 8pm and arrived in Phuket at 6am,' he said. 'The road was very dark, with no lights at all. All drivers on the road were driving very fast, rushing to the airport.'

There were six people in the minibus, including the driver and four of Mr Lui's colleagues. Mr Lui and his colleagues had no choice other than rushing to the resort island to catch a flight home.

'There were no safety belts on the minibus,' he said. 'We were all worried and took turns to sleep, so that at least one of us was staying alert.'

Passengers were asked to pay about HK$450 for the trip.

'We arrived at the airline office in Bangkok and there we got on a minibus taking us to the airport,' he said. 'But we did not know who arranged the minibus for us.'

He urged the government to consider providing transport for residents stranded in Bangkok to the airports in Phuket or Pattaya.