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Posted by paulascott on 22/1/2008 at 19:14

Can anyone tell me how long I should expect this journey to take. Are there little mini buses which leave Kanchanaburi to Ko Samet and if there are, how much $ and how long does the journey take. Thanks all in anticipation of your answers!!

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Posted by Lam_merison on 25/1/2008 at 07:24

call your closest tour agent in Kanchanburi for more information

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Posted by exacto on 25/1/2008 at 13:56

Hi PaulaScott,

Checking with a travel agent isn't a bad suggestion, but not exactly insightful either, so hopefully some of the following will also help.

I'm not aware of any minibuses that go all the way from Kanchanaburi to Ban Phe/Ko Samet, so you'll likely need to break this trip into two parts; back to Bangers, then onward to Ban Phe/Ko Samet.

The last time I was in Kanchanaburi the backpacker/tourist minibuses back to Bangkok were going for 130 baht per person, but that was before oil prices went through the roof, so I'd expect to pay more than that now. There is also the regular bus option and the train option, but for your purposes, that minibus would likely be quicker and more convenient, since it will drop you back in the Khao San Road area of Bangkok. I'd expect to spend from two to three hours to get back to BKK, depending on which way (bus, train, minibus) you use.

From Bangkok, you can connect to another minibus directly to Ban Phe and Ko Samet. I'd expect to pay in the 400 baht range for that trip these days, but that is just my best guess. I'm not sure that those minibuses leave throughout the day, so a bit of coordination with a travel agent will help you sort that out and figure out if the departure times fit your schedule or not. Another option is to track across town to the Ekkamai bus station and take the regular bus to Ban Phe (for Ko Samet) from there. That will likely be 300 baht or more now with higher oil prices and take upwards of four hours for the trip.

As for Samet Island, the best time to arrive is mid-week, to avoid the crowds of weekenders from Bangkok. If you stop by or stay at Naga, please say hello to Sue for me. She's a lot of fun. Cheers.

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Posted by cybervlad on 25/1/2008 at 17:45

you can use regular buses. Timetable, distances and fares you can find here:

Usually "eastern" buses (Pattaya, Rayong, Ban Phe etc) depart from Ekkamai bus station, and buses from Kanchcnaburi arrive to SaiTaiMai bus station. But 1 year ago I catch bus from Pattaya, which arrive to SaiTaiMai (because my nex destination was Kanchcnaburi). You can check, may be there is similar buses from/to Ban Phe.

Another "connection point" is MoChit bus station. This is "north" bus terminal, but there is buses from/to virtually any direction.

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Posted by ChangFai on 27/1/2008 at 10:07

Would just like to confirm that there is a bus service that runs between Southern Bus Station and Pattaya Bus Station .

No need to go over to Ekkamai .

Also regular uses from Mor Chit to Pattaya too .

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