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how do I access government bus timetables in english?

  • cjt

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    After researching and reading some threads, I typed in a URL which no longer works. Shortening the link to www.transport.co.th does work but is all in Thai - anyone know how to get it in english? Thanks.

    #1 Posted: 1/2/2009 - 03:55

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  • wanderingcat

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    The English site has been gone for a long time.

    Can navigate the site by mousing over links, & watching what appears in your browser's status bar - the URL usually gives some clue of the page's content. Top navigation bar > second link from left > pop-up list of links to various bus timetables. Third link from left = types of buses.

    Timetables for:
    North - http://61.19.247.118/~transport/timetable01_north.htm
    Northeast - http://61.19.247.118/~transport/timetable02_northeast.htm
    East - http://61.19.247.118/~transport/timetable03_east.htm
    South - http://61.19.247.118/~transport/timetable04_south.htm

    The rest are timetables for International buses running cross-border routes between various towns in northeast Thailand & Laos, & some between the east & Suvarnabhumi airport.

    Can copy & paste the Thai characters into www.thai2english.com for online translation.

    #2 Posted: 1/2/2009 - 08:19

  • wanderingcat

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    forgot to add...this is not the sole bus company operating out of BKK although it seems to be the biggest. there are others like Nakhonchai Air (http://www.nca.co.th/newweb/route/index.php - supposedly the best safety record) serving several of the same routes. for popular destinations like Chiangmai there are many companies to choose from, though not all have websites.

    #3 Posted: 1/2/2009 - 08:26

  • sirhalberd

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    Where do you want to go? Perhaps someone can just tell you about the buses.

    Perhaps there is a train going to the same city.

    #4 Posted: 1/2/2009 - 11:12

  • cjt

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    Thanks for your replies. I'm actually flying into Bankok on the 5th where my friends would have been hanging around for me for a few days and then we're heading straight down to Koh Phang yang for the full moon party on the 9th. I just wanted to be able to suggest a meeting place and time as I've heard government buses are nicer and better. I've got the train timetable too but it seems we'd have to hang around all day til the evening to get a train otherwise it would arrive in the middle of the night at Surat Thani...? My plane arrives 7.40. I just wanted to have options in case my flight is delayed or there is probs with accomodations for full moon so they have to leave before I get there.

    #5 Posted: 1/2/2009 - 17:04

  • Jon_Mak_Mak

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    Hi, I would recommend the Train down becuase you can have a better sleep than on a bus. Some travel agents in Bangkok so a train & Ferry ticket aswell.

    :)

    #6 Posted: 1/2/2009 - 20:29

  • swag

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    Hi cjt you could have a look at www.lomprayah.com they have bus/ferry combo's to phangan from bangkok leaving nightime and morning so could be what your looking for
    regards

    #7 Posted: 2/2/2009 - 11:35

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