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Bangkok's Saen Saeb canal to be ferry-free during Songkran


No boats will be plying Bangkok’s Saen Saeb canal from April 11 to 15 because the company running the service is giving its 350-strong team of drivers and fare collectors a Songkran break for the first time in two years.

The company, Family Transport, said suspending services during the Songkran break was reasonable because there will not be many commuters during that period.

Close to 18,000 people use the Saen Saeb canal boat service daily, especially during the 6am to 9am and 3pm to 7.30pm rush hour, Family Transport said. It operates some 55 boats in the Saen Saeb canal route.

The operator believes the number of daily commuters will return to 40,000 or 50,000 once the Covid-19 situation improves and Thailand opens its doors to foreigners.

The boat operator was severely affected when the virus hit Thailand in April 2020 and the number of commuters dropped to less than 5,000 daily, resulting in a loss of Bt15 million per month.

Published : March 31, 2021

By : The Nation