Buses using government bus stations are far more reliable and less prone to incidents of theft than those departing from Th Khao San or other tourist centres.
The Eastern Bus Terminal is the departure point for buses to Pattaya, Rayong, Chanthaburi and other points east, except for the border crossing at Aranya Prathet. Most people call it sà·tăh·nee èk·gà·mai (Ekamai station). It's near the Ekkamai BTS station.
The Northern & Northeastern Bus Terminal is located just north of Chatuchak Park. This hectic bus station is also commonly called kŏn sòng mǒr chít (Mo Chit station) – not to be confused with Mo Chit BTS station. Buses depart from here for all northern and northeastern destinations, as well as regional international destinations including Pakse (Laos), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Siem Reap (Cambodia) and Vientiane (Laos). To reach the bus station, take BTS to Mo Chit or MRT to Kamphaeng Phet and transfer onto city bus 3, 77 or 509, or hop on a taxi or motorcycle taxi.
A handful of buses bound for international destinations depart from Bangkok's Northern & Northeastern Bus Terminal.
|Destination||Cost (B)||Duration (hr)||Departure|
|Phnom Penh (Cambodia)||750||11||1.30am|
|Siem Reap (Cambodia)||750||7||9am|
The Southern Bus Terminal, commonly called săi đâi mài, lies a long way west of the centre of Bangkok. Besides serving as the departure point for all buses to destinations south of Bangkok, transport to Kanchanaburi and western Thailand also departs from here. The easiest way to reach the station is by taxi, or you can take bus 79, 159, 201 or 516 from Th Ratchadamnoen Klang.
There are numerous car (and motorcycle) hire agencies in Bangkok, but it's a vast, intimidating, confusing, dangerous place in which to drive (and park) and is probably best left to the experts.
Also known as Thonburi, Bangkok Noi is a minuscule train station with (overpriced) departures for Kanchanaburi.
The city’s main train terminus is known as Hualamphong. It’s advisable to ignore all touts here and avoid the travel agencies. To check timetables and prices for destinations, check out the website of the State Railway of Thailand (www.railway.co.th/main/index_en.html).
Wong Wian Yai is a tiny hidden station and the jumping-off point for the commuter line to Samut Sakhon (also known as Mahachai).