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Old February 26th, 2010, 05:04 PM   #241
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we flew in, but took this road back. ann told me it has like 793 curves. or something.

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This is Route 1169 in northern Thailand, perhaps one of the best but largely unknown motorcycling roads in the world. The road surface is generally excellent, there are no obstructions, minimal cows and even less traffic. It stretches about 70 kms from Bo Klua to Nan.
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Old February 26th, 2010, 05:12 PM   #242
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Old February 26th, 2010, 05:14 PM   #243
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Old February 26th, 2010, 05:30 PM   #244
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Old February 26th, 2010, 05:38 PM   #245
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Old February 26th, 2010, 06:00 PM   #246
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Old February 26th, 2010, 06:01 PM   #247
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 08:44 PM   #248
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Expressway poised to gain 3% from traffic growth

Bangkokpost Published: 2/03/2010 at 12:00 AM


Bangkok Expressway Plc (BECL) expects its traffic and revenue to grow "substantially" by 3% to 3.5% this year, thanks to the economic and tourism rebound.

The forecast was made after traffic recorded a significant rise of 4.53% in January and toll revenue increased 4.86%, said Suttida Sukhanindr, senior manager for investor relations for the SET-listed expressway operator.

In 2009, BECL reported a better-than-expected performance with traffic rising 3.01%, compared with the original projection of 1%, while the 9.87% gain in revenue beat its forecast of 6%, she said.

"The significant improvement was a result of the rebound of tourism that has increased traffic at the Suvarnabhumi Airport. As well, the opening of Chaeng Watthana Civil Service Centre helped lift the volume," said Ms Suttida.

"By taking into account the current economic climate and the oil prices, I think the anticipated 3.5% growth of traffic is quite substantial."

According to BECL's filing to the Stock Exchange of Thailand, continuously improving economic conditions and stable fuel prices, in contrast with the adverse fluctuations seen in 2008, benefited the company's operations last year.

"The opening for service of various significant projects in the areas of expressway routes resulted in a continued increase in traffic volume on the expressways," said the statement.

The toll adjustment of the urban network in September also resulted in an increase of toll revenue by 9.59% last year, it added.

BECL's consolidated revenue increased 8.55% to 7.76 billion baht, of which 7.62 billion represented toll revenue. Net income rose 17.87% to 1.7 billion baht or 2.21 baht a share from 1.44 billion or 1.88 baht a share a year earlier.

The start of toll collections on the Southern Outer Bangkok Ring Road from late March 2009 after toll-free service in late 2007, also contributed to the revenue rise as it caused certain motorists to turn to the BECL expressway network.

But Ms Suttida said fourth-quarter net profit dropped 31% year-on-year and 30% from the previous quarter, due mainly to high maintenance expenses.

Even though the quarterly results fell below the market consensus, analysts have forecast bright prospects for BECL this year, partly because of the gradual opening of the Chaeng Watthana centre and scheduled maintenance of several flyovers in the capital.

The toll rate raise on the Southern Ring Road by 15 baht in March will also spur growth of BECL's traffic, they said.

Between 50,000 and 60,000 government officials and another 20,000 visitors are expected to commute to and from the centre, said KGI Securities, which forecast BECL's earning would rise 7.8% to 1.8 billion baht this year.

The opening of the long-delayed Airport Rail Link, tentatively set for April, could take away 6,000 commuters a day from expressway service, but the number is minimal compared to the increase of 80,000 trips daily to Chaeng Watthana, said Globlex Securities.
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Old March 4th, 2010, 05:40 AM   #249
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I'm sure this has been posted somewhere but are there any concrete plans (preferably with maps) of expressway construction/upgrade projects in Bangkok area?
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Old March 5th, 2010, 04:25 PM   #250
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Is this one also in Thailand? Looks like a very nice highway.
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Old March 5th, 2010, 04:34 PM   #251
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Yes it's here;

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Old March 6th, 2010, 12:51 AM   #252
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You see it when landing in Suvarnabhumi and then pass it when riding to central Bangkok with a taxi. Quite an impressive sight.
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Old March 8th, 2010, 12:40 PM   #253
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Is this one also in Thailand? Looks like a very nice highway.
I see the pink and yellow Toyota taxi . look very Thai lol
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Old March 10th, 2010, 05:14 PM   #254
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BECL projects 3% growth

Bangkokpost Published: 10/03/2010 at 12:00 AM


Bangkok Expressway expects revenue growth of 3% to 3.5% this year thanks to the economic recovery and higher traffic as city officials move forward with plans to renovate flyovers along key roads.

Suttida Sukhanindr, a BECL senior manager, told investors at a briefing at the Stock Exchange of Thailand yesterday that the company also forecast higher profit growth from cost savings this year, including lower financing costs following the issue of 3.5 billion baht in debentures.

BECL last year posted revenues of 7.76 billion baht, up 9.59% from the year before, thanks to toll increases and higher traffic volume with the opening of the Government Complex on Chaeng Watthana Road.

Expressway traffic averaged 952,500 vehicles per day in 2009, up 3.01% from the year before. BECL reported a net profit of 1.7 billion baht for the year, up 17.87% from the year before.

Mrs Suttida said that in the first two months of 2010, traffic averaged 982,000 vehicles daily, up 4.79% year-on-year. Daily toll revenues were 21.62 million baht, an increase of 5.15%.

She cautioned that 2010 revenue growth would slow from last year, when growth was driven by toll increases.

But BECL projects interest savings of 60 to 70 million baht this year with the issue of debt to refinance existing debt.

The company this month issued 1 billion baht in floating-rate debentures with terms of three years and three months, and plans to issue another 1 billion in 38-month debt later this month. A seven-year debenture worth 1.5 billion baht is also planned for launch later this year.

BECL plans to repay 980 million baht in bank debt this year and 3.905 billion in debentures. It has 3.5 billion baht in free cash flow tapped for debt repayment.

Shares of BECL closed yesterday on the Stock Exchange of Thailand at 20.1 baht, up 10 satang, in trade worth 5.87 million baht.
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