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Guide to Bus and Boat Travel in Thailand

Bus from Surat Thani city to Donsak ferry port

Bus from Surat Thani city to Donsak ferry port

How to use our Guide

There is a separate page for each journey. Scroll to find your starting point and then click on the name of your destination. These links will take you to a journey guide with comprehensive travel information such as timetables, prices, station maps and recommended hotels.

Ticket Booking

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On each page you will also find links to book tickets in advance online. Payment is secure and for the majority of journeys booking confirmation is instant. To search for tickets directly click on the book button and enter your destination and dates of travel for online ticket booking.

Price Comparison

For most journeys there are a number of different transport providers offering different standards of service for different prices. Our easy to understand Journey Guides allow you to compare price and service where there is more than one recommended transport service available.


Travel From Bangkok


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Beach in Koh Phangan

Beach in Koh Phangan

From Bangkok you have a wide variety of transport options. For travel to Chiang Mai and Surat Thani (for ferries to Koh Samui and Koh Phangan), or onto Malaysia, overnight sleeper trains are a popular option although they tend to be a much slower way to travel than by bus. For international travel to neighbouring countries there are direct bus services in operation to Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar. Minivans are a quick and convenient option for shorter journeys such as the ones to Hua Hin and Kanchanaburi.


Travel From Bangkok International Airport


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Travel From Bangkok Don Mueang Airport


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  • Bangkok Don Mueang Airport to Pattaya

Travel From Chiang Mai


Temple on the Hill (Wat Pra Tat Mae Yen) in Pai

Temple on the Hill  in Pai

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From Chiang Mai main bus terminal there are also minibuses to Mae Hong Son (6 hours 55 min), buses to Udon Thani (11 hours 50 min), to Loei (9 hours 40 min), Khon Kaen (12 hours 50 min) and a variety of other destinations in the North and North East of Thailand. There is even a single daily direct bus bus service from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang in Laos.


Travel From Chiang Rai


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The White Temple in Chiang Rai

The White Temple in Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai is located 199.6 km from Chiang Mai and 62.8 km by road from Thailand’s Northern most border crossing to Myanmar. Chiang Rai has an airport served by low cost airlines like Thai Air Asia, Thai Lion Air and Thai Smile and many travellers choose to travel from Chiang Rai to Bangkok by flying. The bus journey between Chiang Rai and Bangkok takes 13 hours. The train line only goes as far North as Chiang Mai and there is no train station in Chiang Rai. As an alternative to flying, many travellers opt to travel by bus from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai (a bus journey of 3 hours 30 minutes) and then take a train to reach their onward destination in Thailand.


Travel From Hat Yai


Beach on Koh Lipe

Beach on Koh Lipe

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Hat Yai is the connection point for travel from Bangkok and Surat Thani by train, minivan and air for travel to and from Malaysia. The order crossings of Padang Besar and Dannok are nearby. Hat Yai is also a connection point for onward travel to the Southern Provinces of Thailand and the Southern Andaman Islands such as Koh Lipe.


Travel From Hua Hin


Hua Hin seafront

Hua Hin beach is a popular destination for Thai tourists

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To reach other destinations from Hua Hin there are three main transport options: the train, a bus, or a minivan. Train travel from Hua Hin is a good option if you intend to travel to Cha Am, Chumphon, Prachuap Khiri Kan or Surat Thani. Bus travel is the best option for travel to the three islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. There is also a direct service from Hua Hin to Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. Minivans are the quickest and easier form of transport from Hua Hin to Bangkok.


Travel From Khon Kaen


Wat Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon in Khon Kaen province

Wat Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon in Khon Kaen province

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As well as a bus there is also a train to Bangkok. Other destinations on the same train line include Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima and Nong Khai near the border crossing to Laos. There are also frequent departures from Khon Kaen bus station to other popular destinations in north of Thailand such as Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Taking a direct bus service is much quicker than travelling via Bangkok.


Travel From Koh Lanta


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Travel From Koh Phangan


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The Full Moon Party is a monthly event on Koh Phangan

The Full Moon Party is a monthly event on Koh Phangan

Ferries depart from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Donsak ferry pier and Chumphon ferry pier. From Koh Phangan to reach other destinations on the mainland, such as Bangkok, you need to go either Donsak ferry pier and onto Surat Thani town to catch a bus, minivan or train, or alternatively go to Chumphon pier to catch a bus or train from the station in the town. For an easier journey you can opt to pay a little more for a direct service.


Travel From Koh Phi Phi


Koh Phi Phi has beautiful beaches

Koh Phi Phi has beautiful beaches

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There are ferries from Koh Phi Phi to both Phuket and Krabi. The ferry ticket price to Krabi is cheaper than going to Phuket and Krabi is much more convenient as a starting point for a journey in Thailand. From Koh Phi Phi to the Gulf of Thailand islands such as Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao you will need to take a second ferry journey from one of the piers in Donsak, or a Night Boat from Surat Thani.


Travel From Koh Samui


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Krua Savoiey, Nathon Koh Samui

The excellent Krua Savoiey Restaurant, Nathon, Koh Samui

All journeys from Koh Samui to destinations on the mainland of Thailand start with a ferry journey to pier near to Surat Thani or a pier near Chumphon to the north of Koh Tao. Once on the mainland from both Surat Thani and Chumphon towns you can catch a train, bus or minivan to most places in Thailand. There are also direct services Koh Samui to destinations other than those listed above such as Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phitsanulok.


Travel From Koh Tao


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Koh Nangyuan viewpoint neat Koh Tao

Koh Nangyuan viewpoint near Koh Tao

For Bangkok, Hua Hin and other destinations to the north of Koh Tao for the shortest journey take the ferry to a pier near Chumphon and then catch a bus, minivan or train from Chumphon town. If you are headed to destinations to the west and to the south of Koh Tao such as Phuket, Koh Phi Phi or the Malaysian border to apply for a visa then take the ferry to Donsak and catch a bus, train for minivan from Surat Thani city, a 90 minute bus journey away. If you travel by a direct service the bus connects with the arriving ferry and you get to your destination a lot quicker.


Travel From Krabi


Tiger Cave in Krabi

Tiger Cave in Krabi

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From Krabi Provincial Transport Station, which is 2 km north of Krabi town, you can catch direct bus and minivan services to locations across Thailand such as Nakhon Ratchasima and Surat Thani. The direct services to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao leave from the centre of Krabi town. Ferries to Koh Phi Phi and Phuket leave from Klong Jilard pier which is 1.5 km from Krabi town.


Travel From Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport


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Travel From Pattaya


Pattaya Beach

Pattaya has a very busy beach

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Chanthaburi can be reached from Pattaya either by taking a minibus from the stop on the Central Pattaya Road. Minivans depart every hour during daylight hours. There is also a bus service to Chanthaburi provided by the Phet Phrasert Company departing at 03.45 and 05.30. The journey takes 3 hours, costs 207 THB and departs from their office at 240/15 Sukhumvit Road in Pattaya. See the link in red for more details.


Travel From Phuket


Chinese temple in Phuket Town

Chinese temple in Phuket Town

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Sarasin Bridge connects the island of Phuket to mainland Thailand. This is the route that the bus companies operating out of Phuket’s main bus terminal take to destinations across Thailand such as Pattaya and Ranong near the Myanmar border. There are also a number of ferry services connecting Phuket to Krabi for the shortest journey to Koh Samui, or further to destinations such as Koh Lipe.


Travel From Surat Thani


Surat Thani has a small airport

Surat Thani has a small airport

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From Surat Thani Airport there are direct combined bus and boat services to:

From Surat Thani Train Station it also possible to travel directly to:

Buses and minivans to other destinations either leave from Surat Thani Bus Station outside of Surat Thani city near Central Plaza or from Talad Kaset Bus Station in Surat Thani city centre.


Travel From Trang


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Beach on Koh Muk

Beach on Koh Muk

The vast majority of foreign visitors who come to Trang do so because it is the connection point between the Thai railway network and ferry services to the islands in Southern Andaman sea such as Koh Muk, Koh Ngai, Koh Libong and Koh Kradang. Trang is also an interesting destination in its own right and is popular with Thai tourists, particular for its food. Trang has strong culinary influences from China and Malaysia because of the large immigrant populations who settled there during the 19th Century. The town’s Dim Sum restaurants are very popular.


Travel From Udon Thani


Udon Thai has a large Catholic cathedral

Udon Thani has a large Catholic cathedral

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The bus and train stations are close each other in Udon Thani and the travel connections to other destinations in Thailand are very good. There are overnight trains to Bangkok and up to Nongkhai (for the Laos border crossing point). Direct bus services to Bangkok and Chiang Mai on also onto destinations further away such as Nakhon Si Thamarat and Hat Yai.

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