The Bangkok Post reports today that Thai trains on the Ubon Ratchathani-Bangkok lines in the northeastern part of the country are being “cleaned” and “refurbished” after travelers complained of bed bugs.
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.
“Loud complaints”: this does not sound good!
Work to clear the bed bugs will be completed by the Songkran Festival in April.
I hope the “cleaning” is thorough and suspect a good dose of pesticides may also be needed. Officials should be aware that artificial leather seats will still be prone to infestation by bed bugs, as will the carriages themselves.
I am glad the railway is dealing with the bed bugs on Thai trains and hope that other railways will start to be more alert. French overnight trains were known to be infested last year. We’ve heard informal reports of people encountering them in other trains.
This can happen anywhere.