Effective from now.
From Oct 25, all Victory Monument passenger van services—around 4,000 of them—have been relocated to three other Bangkok bus terminals.
Ending the area's decades-long position as a hub for commuter transport, the junta goverment has made the order in a bid to clear up the space around Victory Monument in the hope of relieving traffic.
After a failed attempt to relocate privately owned passenger van services from the area back in 2014 (when it was proposed they should be placed under Airport Rail Link Makkasan station), the new order is already proving effective as of this morning.
Though commuters had long complained that the private vans posed safety risks and were regularly driven carelessly, the new arrangements will add tens of kilometers to many people's travel plans.
While in the past, if you wanted to go to Hua Hin, all you had to do was jump on the BTS to Victory Monument and catch the van from there, now you have to catch the van at Pinklao bus terminal on Sirindhorn Road. If you're wondering where that is, it's on the other side of the river, past Dusit Zoo and across Krung Thon Bridge amid Ratchawithi Road's notoriously heavy traffic.
With that in mind, look carefully at the below list of destinations previously serviced by Victory Monument below to discover which bus terminals those vans have been relocated to.
Please note this list refers to passenger mini vans only and not bus services.
Ekkamai bus terminal
Chachoengsao (Panom Sarakarm)
Rayong (includling Ban Pe and Klaeng)
Srakaew (including the Thailand-Cambodia boarder market)
Mochit bus terminal
Chonburi (including Pattaya)
Nakhon Ratchasrima aka Korat (including Pakchong)
Trat (including Koh Chang)
Pinklao bus terminal
Nakhon Patom (including Nakhon Chaisri)
Petchburi (including Cha-Am and Kaeng Krachan)
Prachuap Khiri Khan (including Hua-Hin)
Ratchburi (including Damnern Saduak floating market and Suan Phueng)