All package tour buses from the south (KL and Singapore) arrive at the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok. This is FAR from the center of Bangkok and Khao San areas. Most buses, because of the length of the trip, arrive at some ungodly hour of the night. It is best to find a taxi quickly and just go. The entire area is filled with people you won't be inviting home any time soon.
Northern Bus Terminal - The Naresuan Station (Ayuthaya)
Northern Bus Terminal (5:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
1. Ordinary Bus Fare - THB 30
2. Aircon Bus - THB 47
Travel time: about 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours.
Leaves every 15 minutes from the station.
Ordinary buses run between Northern Bus
If you decide to go on your own to Cambodia by bus, you will have to leave from Morchit Bus Station, in the north part of the city, near the Chatuchak Market.
There you catch a bus that takes youto the Cambodian border in 4 hours (164 Bahts).
There is no direct bus to Siem Reap (Angkor Wat). You have to reach Aranyaprathet, then a moto to take you to the border and after crossing the border take a private taxi (you can share it with other travelers) to Siem Reap.
You can find detailed info on this trip at the website "Tales of Asia" (see link below).
The cheapest way to get to Angkor Wat temples (Cambodia) from Bangkok is to take a bus from Khao San Road. There are many travel agencies running minibuses there. Nat Guest House (by the middle of the street) is a good one.
It may cost you about 2-3 USD, but will take you almost the whole day. The bus leaves early in the morning (no night bus, the border is closed), gets to the border around 1 pm, then it takes about 1-2 hours for the whole group to pass the customs. Another 4 hours to Siem Reap.
When you get there, the bus will take you directly to the guesthouse they recommend. You may either just stay there, or go down, take a taxi and go to your own.
There are daily buses from Khao San Road directly to Laos (Vientiane) leaving in the evening, and arriving in the early morning. They are modern 2 storey buses with video, music, WC... For about 6 USD you get the transportation, border crossing guide with the group, and the dinner included.
You can book it at any guesthouse or travel agency, Nat Guest House is one of the classic ones.
(took bus last Jan. 1, 2004)
For travellers who want to visit Cambodia
Morchit Bus Station - Aranyaprathet
Window 30 & 31
Depart from Stall 121
Bus fare - THB 164.00
Departure Time - 7:00 am
Arrival Time - 11:10 am
(with 2 to 3 stop-over)
There's once where my friends and I wanted to take an express bus to Pattaya from Bangkok at the bus terminal. The usual price is around 100 baht and the journey takes 2 hours. While we were at the terminal, a bus driver approach us to take his express bus to Pattaya at a cost of 70 baht. We took that. However it took us 4 hours to get there as the bus made a lot of stops along the way and he didnt drive along the highway. It was almost evening when we reach and we couldn't find any budget accommodation and have to settle for a middle range one.
Buses are the most popular mode of public transport in Thailand because of their flexibilty and convenience. They go to every province and they leave Bkk often.
There are 3 major A/C bus stations in Bangkok. The southern terminal is called 'sai tai mai', and takes you to anyplace west and south of Kanchanaburi, down to the Malay border provinces. The station is across the river and not hard to get to from Khao San Road.
The next is Morchit (Dr. Close, for you Thai speakers). Takes you to anywhere in the central, north and northeastern part of the country, sort of anything east and north of Ayuthaya including all those central provinces like Saraburi and Nakhon Nayok, not to mention the whole of Esan (the northeast). Morchit is in the Chatuchak part of town, near the weekend market and it's very big (and quite new - built in 97). There is one section of it for northern buses and one section for northeastern buses, but you can figure that out when you get there. English help is available.
Then there is Ekamai - the eastern bus station. It is way out on Sukhumvit Road around soi 63 - or close to it. Hard to miss. You can take the skytrain to the Ekamai stop. Buses from here take you to all destinations like Chonburi (home of Pattaya), Rayong, Trat (drop off for Koh Chang) and Chanthaburi (home of the best durian and other yummy fruit) and other provinces down there, east and southeast of Bangkok.
Some companies have buses leaving from Khao San or the Indra Hotel or their own little headquarters in the city, but all government buses and most private ones leave from these three locations. If you are hoping to travel overnight on a VIP bus on a Friday or Sunday night, you might want to get to the bus station a day ahead and buy your ticket in advance to ensure you get a spot.
All bus trips over 4 hours have a stop somewhere in the middle at a designated location where you can use the facilities (all first class and VIP buses have toilets on them) and get food. A VIP ticket often includes food at the rest stop.
The Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal has a number of problems - it's on a small, crowded site off a busy road, and worst of all it's out of the way, in a north-western(!) suburb. Nevertheless if you are heading on a bus going south you may have to head here - it's across Pinklao Bridge, past the Central Pinklao shopping mall, and it's on the left as you head out of town - look for the big blue sign above all the buses. Taking a taxi is probably the only straightforward way to get to this place.
There are long-term plans to move this bus station to somewhere more sensible - hopefully this will happen sooner rather than later.
I teamed up with a Brit when I was leaving Ko Samet. He was taking a minibus back to Bangkok, from Banphe. I figured I would tag along. It seemed it would be slightly easier. The price was a few more bucks than a regular bus,so maybe less hassle.Now, it was alot more cramped, along with aircon that didnt really work. I think it was quite a bit faster though. Was a bit more frightening, he tailgated everyone and used the brakes to the limits, but when he went down the wrong turnabout aginst traffic, then down the higway along the shoulder.. just to get to some out of the way empty shack snack shop. But hey thats what travelings all about as long as you dont end up dead its all good. Another story to tell about.
Going to Cambodia from Bangkok, you need to go to Aranyaphrathet first, then take a moto ride to Poipet (Thailand-cambodia border)
The buses to Aranyaphrathet are from Morchit terminal. The booth selling ticket is inside the building, so, dont waste your effort searching outside the building, you will only see lots of buses.. and lost your direction.
The tix cost 164B with a bottle of water and a small pack of biscuits.. as I said, long distance buses in Bangkok are always nice.. =)
The bus I took departed at 7:30am and reached Aranyaphrathet at 12noon. From there, you can take a moto to Poipet.. I paid 40B... i think i got rip-off.. many told me they only pay 5B.. haha..
what to do?..
we took the city bus to Pattaya it was about 280 baht for two people it is much cheaper than going with a tour group. the buses are like taking a greyhound bus and it is very clean. they run every 1/2 hour- hour
Bangkok has three main bus terminals to destinations outside Bangkok.
Northern/Northeast Bus Terminal on Phaholyothin Road, (Moh Chit Station) Tel. 2720296 or 2796222, serves Chiang Mai and the north.
Southern Bus Terminal on Pinklao-Nakornchaisri Road, Tel. 4351199, on Thonburi side of the river (It's called Southern Terminal) serves Hua Hin, Koh Samui, Phuket and points south.
Eastern Bus Terminal located on Sukhumvit Road, Soi 40, Ekkamai, Tel. 391-2504 or 392-2391, Usually referred to as EKKAMAI, serves Pattaya and points Southeast to Rayong and Trad Province.
Buying tickets at Ekkamai bus terminal is a breeze compared to Mo Chit. It's a smaller pplace, more navigable. Counters lined the sides, and all you have to do is to find the counter window with the name of the destination you want to go and buy a ticket on the next available bus.
Words in blue are for air-conditioned buses, red for non-air-conditioned buses. Berths are labeled in English, and even the buses are labeled in English. You can't go wrong here. A ticket to Pattaya cost around 100 baht for airconditioned buses.
Pity the terminal only serves the eastern side of Thailand. Mo Chit is the main terminal for trips to Central, Northern and Northeastern Thailand. It's a like a regional terminal, bustling with people and activities. And that can be daunting to tourists who can't read the thai script.
For some reason, the southern bus station is found way out in the west of the city, which isn't good to get to from the city centre. Buses depart from here to all the southern provinces and main tourist destinations such as Krabi, Phuket, Surat Thani, Ko Samui, Ko Phangan, Hat Yai etc as well as to western centres such as Nakhon Pathom and Kanchanaburi. The bus station is large and modern and not chaotic at all. Simply walk through the main entrance and go up to the top floor where you'll find lots of ticket counters. An assistant will probably come over to help you out like they did for me and point you to the right counter. The new terminal is a fairly pleasant airport-like structure with air-conditioning, electronic departure monitors (in English), a few bank offices and a KFC plus other snack stalls.
Phutthamonthon Soi 1 in Bang Ramat, Taling Chan, northern Thonburi.