Read online that a new bus terminal has opened in or just out of Phuket Town. Anyone tried it. Anyone know reasonable hotel close as I will fly in and prob depart next day to Hua Hin via Surat and train. Much more comfy than bus IMO
#1 Pigsy has been a member since 17/5/2012. Posts: 9
Hua Hin is closer to BKK than it is to Phuket. You are better off going through there.
I know the new terminal is in Ratsada near Mission Hospital but I do not know of any accomodations in the area.
#2 guava_girl has been a member since 21/10/2010. Posts: 252
Have ticket to phuket already and fly out of Bangkok a week later so its kinda on the way.
Just curous if anyone had used it. Prob catch that pink bus into town I suppose.
#3 Pigsy has been a member since 17/5/2012. Posts: 9
I passed thru the old Phuket bus station 2 weeks ago to catch the Airport Bus up to Nai Yang.
On reflection it seemed to me that fewer big coaches were in the docks.
And something I've not seen before - the songthaews to the beaches were calling in, stopping briefly in the bays the bigger buses (used to?) use.
Anyone know how many buses per day go to Surat thani from Phuket or more specifically Phun Phin train station I suppose theres heaps. Anyone know timings of departures?? I believe about 6 hrs on the big bus. I too big falang for minibus and too old to be cramped up for 4+ hrs!!
#5 Pigsy has been a member since 17/5/2012. Posts: 9
Google sawadee.com's transport page.
I was on a Phuket , Khao Lak , Khao Sok, Surathani bus a month ago - this called by Phun Phin station.
I did the return trip in a minivan which does a more direct route by-passing Khao Sok and Khao Lak - this did not call in at the train station, but I bet it would if you asked.
Thing is I don't know where this starts in Phuket town (they dropped us off roadside abt 600m from the old Phuket bus station) but I bet small travel desks and accommodation places on Phuket will know and can book. These vans run from the Surathani end hourly.
Thanks Tezza I'll find out soon, fly in on Mon. Usually pretty helpful in LOS I just like to get as much info as possible before I go into Battle!!
Read a great post/blog you did on Koh Samet.
#7 Pigsy has been a member since 17/5/2012. Posts: 9
This is what I read, will be there monday or Tues so depending how hectic things get I'll let you know.
#9 Pigsy has been a member since 17/5/2012. Posts: 9
Thanks. Informative article - looks like the new station is a goer. And I like the sound of the fixed price taxi board. And the 10baht bus into Phuket town central.
But I'm not sure where the station is - would appreciate if you could give some indication of distance and direction from town central.
Yep Pretty much as desdibed in the above link. Most of the longer distance buses leave from this terminal and you can get a 'Pink bus" (10baht) from the old bus station on Phangha road, Takes about 15mins and is a little inconvienent if you have a lot of bags on a humid sweaty day. :-)
#12 Pigsy has been a member since 17/5/2012. Posts: 9
Caught Phantip minibus to Phun phin. Fast (spot on 3.5 hours as said and driver was very safe (by Thai standards and let me go in the front seat) 200BT small tip for appreciation
Train from Phun Phin to BBK Bit grubby these days but comfy bottom bunk and lucky I think cause it was the day after KPG full moon party. Lots of colourful individuals.
Nice cafe in Phuket town Lotus Cafe on Phangha Rd near Cnr Phuket Rd Clean Tasty and perfect english spoken by nice family.
Thats all folks
#14 Pigsy has been a member since 17/5/2012. Posts: 9