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A songthaew (Thai:สองแถว, lit. 'two rows', RTGS: songthaeo, pronounced ; Lao:ສອງແຖວ, ; Malay: dua baris) is a passenger vehicle in Thailand and Laos adapted from a pick-up or a larger truck and used as a share taxi or bus.

A city songthaew in Udon Thani, Thailand
Hino Songthaew (truck bus)
Technically, this tuk-tuk style is also a 2-row, in Udon Thani, though powered by a motorcycle engine.

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The songthaew takes its name from the two bench seats fixed along either side of the back of the truck; in some vehicles a third bench is put down the middle of the seating area. Additionally a roof is fitted over the rear of the vehicle, to which curtains and plastic sheeting to keep out rain may be attached. Some vehicles have roofs high enough to accommodate standing passengers within the vehicle. More typically, standing passengers occupy a platform attached to the rear.

In Chiang Mai and its surroundings, locals may call them rot si daeng (literally "car red" – a reference to their most common colour in the area, Thai รถสีแดง), rot daeng, or sometimes si rot.

The Isuzu Faster and Toyota Hilux are example models of songthaews found in Thailand.

Songthaews are used both within towns and cities and for longer routes between towns and villages. Those within towns are converted from pick-up trucks and usually travel fixed routes for a set fare, but in some cases (as in Chiang Mai) they are used as shared taxis for passengers traveling in roughly the same direction.

Vehicles on longer routes may be converted from larger trucks for about forty passengers.

In Phuket Province, there are several Songthaew (blue wooden buses) services which connect the beach resorts with Phuket Town. The routes operate around every 30 minutes from Ranong Road in Phuket starting at around 06:00 and finishing at around 17:00 (from each end of the route). The price is typically around 50 baht single fare. The bus will stop anywhere along the route and is hailed down by waving. These include the following routes:

  • Phuket Town – Choengtalay (for Bangtao Beach & Laguna Resort) – Surin Beach – Kamala [this bus stops along road 4025]. In Choengtalay, the bus passes by the local police station.
  • Phuket – Patong
  • Phuket – Kata

In 1990s, Thai government attempted to replace songthaews with modern minibuses. Thai Motor Corporation (THAMCO), BMW, and Italdesign cooperated for designing Italdesign Columbus as songthaew replacement. Italdesign Columbus had bodywork variations, including minibus, pick-up truck, and delivery van.

Wikimedia Commons has media related toSongthaews.
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  4. Wagner, Stephan (6 December 2018). "Vergessene Studien: Italdesign Columbus (1992)" (in German). Motor1.com Deutschland. Retrieved7 November 2021.

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Songthaew Language Watch Edit This article needs additional citations for verification Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed Find sources Songthaew news newspapers books scholar JSTOR March 2013 Learn how and when to remove this template message A songthaew Thai sxngaethw lit two rows RTGS songthaeo pronounced sɔ ːŋ tʰɛ w 1 Lao ສອງແຖວ sɔ ːŋtʰiw Malay dua baris is a passenger vehicle in Thailand and Laos adapted from a pick up or a larger truck and used as a share taxi or bus A city songthaew in Udon Thani Thailand Hino Songthaew truck bus Technically this tuk tuk style is also a 2 row in Udon Thani though powered by a motorcycle engine Contents 1 Overview 2 Use 3 Routes 4 Future replacements 5 Gallery 6 See also 7 References 8 External linksOverview EditThe songthaew takes its name from the two bench seats fixed along either side of the back of the truck in some vehicles a third bench is put down the middle of the seating area Additionally a roof is fitted over the rear of the vehicle to which curtains and plastic sheeting to keep out rain may be attached Some vehicles have roofs high enough to accommodate standing passengers within the vehicle More typically standing passengers occupy a platform attached to the rear In Chiang Mai and its surroundings locals may call them rot si daeng 2 literally car red a reference to their most common colour in the area Thai rthsiaedng rot daeng 3 or sometimes si rot The Isuzu Faster and Toyota Hilux are example models of songthaews found in Thailand Use EditSongthaews are used both within towns and cities and for longer routes between towns and villages Those within towns are converted from pick up trucks and usually travel fixed routes for a set fare but in some cases as in Chiang Mai they are used as shared taxis for passengers traveling in roughly the same direction Vehicles on longer routes may be converted from larger trucks for about forty passengers In Phuket Province there are several Songthaew blue wooden buses services which connect the beach resorts with Phuket Town The routes operate around every 30 minutes from Ranong Road in Phuket starting at around 06 00 and finishing at around 17 00 from each end of the route The price is typically around 50 baht single fare The bus will stop anywhere along the route and is hailed down by waving These include the following routes Routes EditPhuket Town Choengtalay for Bangtao Beach amp Laguna Resort Surin Beach Kamala this bus stops along road 4025 In Choengtalay the bus passes by the local police station Phuket Patong Phuket KataFuture replacements EditIn 1990s Thai government attempted to replace songthaews with modern minibuses Thai Motor Corporation THAMCO BMW and Italdesign cooperated for designing Italdesign Columbus as songthaew replacement Italdesign Columbus had bodywork variations including minibus pick up truck and delivery van 4 Gallery Edit A medium sized inter village songthaew A songthaew loaded with young students on the way home from school in Amphoe Kantharalak The interior of a pick up truck songthaew in Sakon Nakhon Toyota Dyna in Kamphaeng Phet Province Toyota Hilux in Maha Sarakham Province Isuzu Elf at Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital Daihatsu Hijet in Pak Chong District Mitsubishi L200 in Si Racha District Isuzu Elf at Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital Isuzu Elf at Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital Opel Campo in Pathum Thani Province Isuzu Elf in Pathum Thani Province Mitsubishi Cyclone in Pathum Thani Province Isuzu Giga in Pathum Thani Province Luk thung Toyota Hilux in Pathum Thani Province Mitsubishi L200 in Pathum Thani Province Isuzu Elf in Pathum Thani Province Mitsubishi Fuso Canter in Pathum Thani Province An Isuzu In Nonthaburi Isuzu D Max In Bang Bua Thong District Mazda BT 50 In Rayong Province Toyota Hilux Revo In Chonburi Isuzu TFR In Bang Bua Thong District Isuzu D Max Or Datsun 620 In NonthaburiSee also EditWikimedia Commons has media related to Songthaews Transport in Thailand Charabanc Combination bus Pickup truck Tuk tuk Jeepney Share taxi Pesero Dollar van Marshrutka Dolmus Public light bus Hong Kong Nanny vanReferences Edit Slayden Glenn thai language com rthsxngaethw thai language com Chiang Mai Transport 15 March 2009 Retrieved 15 August 2016 RED BUS rthaedng in Thai NAKORNLANNA CO LTD Retrieved 15 August 2016 Wagner Stephan 6 December 2018 Vergessene Studien Italdesign Columbus 1992 in German Motor1 com Deutschland Retrieved 7 November 2021 External links EditPublic Transit in Pattaya Thailand Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Songthaew amp oldid 1053997385, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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