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Where to find direct buses from Bangkok to Chiang Khong???

  • quddus

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    Hello,

    It mentions in one of the guides that there are "nightly direct buses from Bangkok to Chiang Khong"

    I have several questions:

    1)Which bus station in Bangkok?
    2)What is the schedule?
    3)How much is the bus fare?
    4)How long (in hours) is the direct route?

    #1 Posted: 11/11/2008 - 06:34

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  • somtam2000

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    Bus to Chiang Khong leaves from Morchit bus station (the northern bus station). Departs at 19:00 and takes 13 hours, 794B.

    #2 Posted: 12/11/2008 - 05:38

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    Very useful info. Thanks! ^_^

    #3 Posted: 12/11/2008 - 21:49

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    Wow! Is that a VIP bus, Somtam, or has transport costs skyrocketed recently? That's quite expensive.

    #4 Posted: 13/11/2008 - 01:56

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    Ahh, not sure -- I got the above details from teh Transport Company website (the main bus provider in Thailand) -- their website isn't working right now, so I can't double check it. Page is here: http://www.transport.co.th/menu_timebus999_48.asp (in Thai)

    #5 Posted: 13/11/2008 - 04:21

  • kahrani

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    Are night buses safe to take in Thailand? I want to take Bangkok to Chiang Khong night bus next february. People keep telling me I'm crazy going to Laos on my own as it's dangerous for girls(?), and it is really starting to annoy me!

    #6 Posted: 22/11/2008 - 16:35

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    Transport Co. night buses are OK, at least for the AC ones, much smoother driving than public buses in Singapore. Nakhonchai Air buses also well-regarded though have not tried myself & don't think they do the Chiang Khong route. These companies serve mainly locals. The tourist-only buses from Khaosan Rd are the ones with frequent reports of organised baggage theft.

    Relatively safe for girls travelling alone long as common sense is used. Did that twice for up to 2 weeks.

    #7 Posted: 22/11/2008 - 17:15

  • maikkeli

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    Hello,

    I'm also planning taking a direct bus from Bangkok to Chiang Khong. I was wondering how full the buses usually are, is there need to book tickets ahead?

    Or could I just go to the northern bus terminal at ~18.00, buy a ticket and jump in?

    #8 Posted: 7/12/2008 - 08:01

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    Hi maikkeli,

    If you've got the time it makes sense to get a ticket beforehand -- according to the website they only have one departure a day. At worst, I'd suggest asking if your guesthouse in Bangkok could call up and make a reservation over the phone to save you a seat.

    #9 Posted: 8/12/2008 - 05:17

  • wessatong

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    Hi somtam2000, i posted a question similar to this in a separate forum thread, but i thought i'd give it a shot asking you here:

    i'm gonna be getting into BKK on april 15, last day of songkran. do u think i'd have a good chance of getting a bus ticket to Chiang Khong for April 16? Would there be availability and would the bus ticket counters be open?

    #10 Posted: 31/1/2009 - 10:25

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