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Get Around Thailand By Bus

The options when it comes to travelling around the provinces of Thailand by bus are pretty much limitless

Every province has at least one main bus station where you’ll be able to connect to a wide array of other provinces near and far. If you head to the main bus station of the province you’re in you’ll mostly find the government run buses which come in a variety of classes which is also reflected in the ticket price. There are also a lot of privately-owned buses running from the main tourist destinations with a lot of choices from Khao San road. If you do decide to take one of these, don’t store any valuables with your main luggage as there have been reports of theft, so keep them near you at all times.


Unless you’re travelling during  any of the main Thai holidays like the Songkran festival in April you should be able to just turn up at the bus station a couple of hours before you plan to set off and book your ticket, although weekends will also be busier times for locals returning home to see their families. There is still a bit of an issue with the safety record on Thai roads, particularly on night buses. This is partly due to the speed and erratic behaviour of Thai drivers and partly due to the number of people who still drive under the influence of alcohol although this has been improving steadily over the years.


The main departure point for the bus services in Thailand is in the capital, Bangkok and there are three bus stations which cover all routes. For services to the north, northeast and central Thailand head to Mo Chit Bus Terminal in the northern part of the city near Chatuchak weekend market, there are also some routes to the south and east from here. If you’re heading east to places such as Pattaya, Bang Saen and Aranyaprathet you’ll need to depart from Ekamai Bus Terminal in the east of the city. For all services to southern Thailand the relatively new Sai Tai Mai Bus Terminal covers all routes to this part of the country including Phuket, Krabi and Surat Thani (for boats to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao).


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