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Venerating 9 temples with BMTA

  posted: Sunday 9 June 2013 (View 16,025 views)

The project of happy family venerating 9 temples or the familiar so-called “Venerating 9 temples with BMTA” is the project held for promoting tourism. It also encourages people with small income to travel in cheap price. Apart from traveling, the tourists can also make merits. This program is suitable for families and people who want to make merit in temples. The trip of venerating 9 temples with BMTA offers more than 20 programs divided into provinces. This is the on-day trip provided on Saturdays and Sundays.

Venerating 9 temples with BMTA

Venerating 9 temples with BMTA

As a person who has used this service, the Admin (Miraculous Traveling in Thailand) would like to share the experience in attending the trip of venerating 9 temples with BMTA, the trip of Samchuk-Angthong. This trip costs only 429 baht. This price is very cheap compared to traveling by personal cars or hiring a van. This trip took the Admin to several tourist sites which were Chumphol Temple, Niwetdharmaprawat Temple, Ratchapaksi Temple, Ket Temple, Koak Temple, Pamoke Temple, Chandharungsi Temple, Muang Temple, Bangrang Temple, and 100-year Samhuk Market. In this trip, there were children, adult, and teenager participants. Some went in families as parents and kids. Regarding the service, it could be seen that the tourists were well facilitated by BMTA staffs. We were also well facilitated by the temples. This was very impressive and warming trip.

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Referential Data: Daily News

Even though previously there was the news of the Association of Domestic Travel submitting the petition to the Office of the Ombudsman Thailand for detecting the role of BMTA in operating tourist business competing with private sector in the project of happy family venerating 9 temples with BMTA by offering cheap-price trip. They claimed that it was unfair for the private sector. Regarding this situation, Mr. Nares Boonpiam, Vice Director of Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA), Department of Vehicle Arrangement, stated that BMTA taking tourists to venerate temples in other provinces was not “wrong” as shown in the news from Daily News.

“The Office of the Ombudsman Thailand has considered such issue and sent the letter to BMTA stating that the project of happy family venerating 9 temples operated by BMTA is not illegal and BMTA can proceed in operation as it can encourage the family’s harmonization and can encourage people with small income to travel in cheap price. People will have more choices of traveling. However, BMTA is prohibited for providing meals, tourist guide service, and night stay. If any of these services is provided, it will be illegal. However, BMTA has gained the income from such project for around 3.2 million baht per month. 7,500 people participate in the trips per month. This is considered to be more income than gaining from selling bus tickets in Bangkok area. The route which is most popular at present is the route to Khao Khitchakut.”

The news of 14th March, 2013, at 07:58 AM from Daily News

If you are interested in attending the trip of venerating 9 temples with BMTA, please contact Bus Transit Area 1, Bangkhen Station, Tel. 02 552 0885-6 at 08.30 AM – 04.30 PM in official days.

The details of temples holding the activities to venerate the Buddha images on Saturdays

The details of temples holding the activities to venerate the Buddha images on Sundays

The project of venerating 9 temples with BMTA is one of the good projects which should be supported by the tourists as it is in cheap price and is suitable for family activities in weekend holidays. This is considered to be the promotion of family institute. Moreover, the power of faith from tourists also partly helps in preserving and developing the monasteries for the inheritance of Buddhism in the future.

If you are interested in attending the trip of venerating 9 temples with BMTA, please contact Bus Transit Area 1, Bangkhen Station, Tel. 02 552 0885-6 at 08.30 AM – 04.30 PM in official days.

*** BMTA reserves the right in adapting the program following the suitability.***** The additional charges are the oil price increasing when the distance is so far that the full-tank oil is not enough.    

For all programs on Saturdays and Sundays, the buses depart at 8.00 AM (except for the program with the long distance, for example, for the trips to Kanchanaburi and the trip to Cholburi, the buses depart at 7.30 AM. For the trips to Hua Hin, the trip to Nakhornratchasima, and the trip to Uthaithanee, the buses depart at 7.00 AM.

The tourists are recommended to come before 7.00 for buying the tickets. BMTA does not provide the reservation via telephone. In order to assure that you will have a seat, you should better arrive early at 7.00 AM as in each trip, there is no ticket for standing. One bus can bear only 35 tourists. If the last additional bus has less than 20 tourists, the tickets will not be sold. The tourists should arrive early in order to have time for having breakfast or venerating Phrasrimahathat Temple, Bangkhen, before departing. I hope everyone enjoy and full of merits gained from the trip of venerating 9 temples with BMTA.

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