Southern Bus Terminal, Bangkok
Southern Bus Terminal, Sai Tai Taling Chan, Bangkok.
The Southern Bus Terminal also known simply as Sai Tai, serves all destinations to the west and south of Bangkok from its somewhat inconvenient location ( Phutthamonthon Sai 1 Road) on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya river. It is one of three major bus terminals in Bangkok. Long-distance buses leave the Southern Bus Terminal and travel to destinations throughout Western Thailand (including Nakhon Pathom and Kanchanaburi) and Southern Thailand (including Phuket, Krabi, Surat Thani, Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan, Hat Yai, and many others). The terminal is a modern airport-like structure with air-conditioning, electronic departure monitors in English, banking services and fast food outlets. It is well regulated, inexpensive and quite safe.
Buying tickets at the Southern Bus Terminal is quite easy even if you don’t speak Thai. Destinations are clearly marked on the ticket counters in English as well as Thai and the price is also usually clearly displayed. There are also English speaking information desks at the terminals. When you buy your ticket, it will show the time of the bus departure, your seat number and, in most cases, will also include the bus number or bay number. If you are travelling long distances, you may wish to spend a little extra on the added comforts provided by the VIP bus services.
Getting to the terminal is a bit of headache, as public transport is limited. The simplest way of getting to the Southern Bus Terminal is to take a metered taxi. Getting there can take 30 minutes or a full hour from the city center depending on prevailing traffic conditions.
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