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How to buy bus, boat and train tickets in Thailand in advance

If you are planning to travel to Thailand, or other South East Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos you can save yourself a lot of trouble and potential delays by booking your tickets in advance on-line.

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South East Asian Bus, Train and Boat Tickets Online

In the past this has been difficult to do, as transport companies in South East Asia has tended to have been slow in setting up on-line booking facilities. However, the days of needing to go to the train or bus station several days before travelling and queuing up for tickets are now a thing of the past. There is an new and easy way to buy train, bus and boat tickets over the internet before you arrive in South East Asia.

Online Booking For South East Asian Public Transport

To buy your Thailand bus, train and ferry ticket is advance visit 12Go Asia which provides instant online booking for travel from 1,391 locations in South East Asia with 135 transport providers.

How to Book Online

Thailand Ferry

Ferry Tickets can also be booked online

Using 12Go Asia is simple. You can search for your travel options by starting location and destination several months in advance of travel. Once you have found the option you want you can book through a secure credit link through KBank, one of Thailand’s largest banks. After booking you will then be sent an electronic coupon which you give to the transport service provider or onsite travel agent to exchange for the actual ticket.

This system is efficient and reliable, and has the benefit of:

  • Saving you the trip to a travel agent or booking office to buy a ticket
  • Ensuring that you can catch the best travel connection, as popular routes sometimes sell out fast
  • It allows you to plan your journeys in advance and avoid long days waiting bus and train stations, or ferry terminals

Booking online is much easier, and you never have to deal with the language barrier. The website has a choice of languages including English, French, German, Russian, Thai, Chinese and Japanese.


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Thailand Train Tickets


Thailand Train Tickets

Buy Thailand Train Tickets

 Train tickets can either be posted to you at your home address or collected at major train stations such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Surat Thani and Hua Hin. First and second class air-conditioned sleepers seats can be booked upto 60 days in advance of travel. Book your train tickets online in advance to make sure you never miss out. Train tickets, particularly sleeper seats, often sell out well in advance of the day of travel. For travel to and from Surat Thani it is often necessary to book more than a week in advance if you plan to travel around the time of Koh Phangan’s monthly Full Moon Party.

  • For more information about train travel in Thailand visit visit Thailand Trains.

Train #9 from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Next read our Guide to Bus and Boat Travel in Thailand