Buses within Communities/Provinces

What I call "community buses" are a variety of vehicles which serve specific short routes within a particular community. They vary from a pickup truck with retrofitted seats and a canopy on the back, usually painted red, to even smaller and cheaper vehicles built spefically for this purpose (not seen in farang countries) and which are a bit difficult to climb in and out, usually painted blue.

The red buses are seen frequently going up and down provincial city streets and two lane highways. They are also common in Bangkok for shuttling people in housing villages ("mu ban") to/from the main road, and by schools located off the main bus route.

They do not have bus stops, but pick up whoever waves them down. The students soemtimes pay in advance at the stop, whereas those who are picked up along the way pay when they exit. When you want to exit, you either press a button located on the ceiling, or else you holler. Rides are typically just a few baht, but I usually just hand them a 20 baht note and have them give me the change rather than try to figure out the fare.




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