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Bed bugs infest carriages on Isan trains
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    Bed bugs infest carriages on Isan trains

    Bed bugs infest carriages on Isan trains

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    A railway employee shows a carriage used on the Ubon Ratchathani-Bangkok line which has been stripped for refurbishment after passengers complained of bed bugs [inset].


    Train carriages on northeastern lines are being refurbished at a cost of 17.5 million baht after they were found infested with bed bugs.

    State Railway acting governor Nakorn Chantasorn said he ordered the cloth-covered seat cushions in 39 Daewoo diesel train carriages replaced with cushions made of artificial leather.

    The refurbishing was prompted by loud complaints of infestations of bed bugs on trains between Bangkok and the northeastern provinces.

    Siripong Pruetiphan, railways traffic manager, said work was underway on 14 of the 25 carriages which had been in use.

    Rows of seats in eight carriages were found to have been infested with the blood-sucking insects. Cleaning these carriages and installing new cushions would take about a week to complete.

    The remaining 17 carriages would also be cleaned and disinfected, he said.

    New floorboards would also be installed.

    The old ones were believed to be the breeding grounds of the bugs.

    The work is expected to be completed by the end of the month, in time for the Songkran festival in April.

    Mr Siripong said some services would be cancelled while the work was being done. Passengers could transfer their tickets or request a refund.

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    Re: Bed bugs infest carriages on Isan trains

    LOL, I can imagine how uncomfortable it must be to travel while being feasted on by these blood-sucking critters! And they are so difficult to exterminate!

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    Re: Bed bugs infest carriages on Isan trains

    Well, at least State Railways have acted swiftly, which is to their credit. Posted this mainly to give warning of the possible service disruption

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