Bed bugs infest Thai trains, Bangkok Post reports

by nobugsonme on March 14, 2008 · 6 comments

in bed bugs, bed bugs and travel

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.

1 lieutenantdan March 14, 2008 at 1:55 pm

I wonder if the reporters who think that bed bugs are no big deal have read this.

2 hopelessnomo March 15, 2008 at 12:54 am
3 Kai Kingsley III February 22, 2009 at 12:42 am

Well, I’ve been a bite victim on Thai train car #2513. I am not a backpacker not do I carry insects, so I guess it was another human transferring the bite to my neck while reading my book from Chang Mai on Friday, February 2009.

OH, I forgot to mention the roaches that shared our car at dawn to dusk with an extra two hours for train repair. I have traveled by train on four continents and never encountered such a filthy Thai train. Never will I travel in this country again by this mode. And, certainly, I will try to persuade others to pick another way to get to a Thai destination.

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