From Bangkok southern bus terminal to Nakhon Ratchasima

February 19, 2014

The easiest way from the center of Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima is by taking the bus from Mo Chit bus terminal as described earlier. But in case you find yourself more in the west of Bangkok you could also go to the new “Southern” bus terminal which is known as Sai Tai Taling Chan. The bus terminal is located close to Central Plaza Pinklao; not really a spot where a lot of tourist end up.

Front view of the Bangkok southern bus terminal at Taling Chan.

Front view of the Bangkok southern bus terminal at Taling Chan.

The bus terminal is far superior to the Mo Chit bus terminal: everything is brand new and there are lots of shops for snacks, useless stuff, and food. When you enter the building you will need to go to the 2nd floor (or 3rd floor, depending on if you count the ground floor as the 1st floor or not) which is easily done by escalator. When you look around you will soon notice rows of tickets boots which are very similar to the ones that can be found at Mo Chit bus terminal. Each booth will sell only tickets for one bus company, or even to one destination. To go to Nakhon Ratchasima you will need booth number 96.

The booth where you can buy your ticket to Nakhon Ratchasima.

The booth where you can buy your ticket to Nakhon Ratchasima.

Currently there is only one bus company doing the route to Nakhon Ratchasima so there is not much choice. To make it worse: at this moment they only have one bus going every 2 hours. So if you miss your bus because you are a tat late you will be forced to eat at the KFC restaurant for 2 hours till the next bus leaves. I was told they plan on increasing the number of busses per hour in the near future to 1 bus every hour (by now they should have 1 bus per hour already).

The schedule of buses leaving to Nakhon Ratchasima. They should have 1 bus per hour going by now already.

The schedule of buses leaving to Nakhon Ratchasima. They should have 1 bus per hour going by now already.

Once you pick your seat and go down to where the busses depart from you will soon notice that the place is maybe still as new because there is almost nobody departing from there. When I took the bus we had a total of only 4 passengers in the bus which had 40 seats.

The bus terminal opened not long ago and it is not busy yet.

The bus terminal opened not long ago and it is not busy yet.

Bus ticket to Nakhon Ratchasima: priced at 220 baht.

Bus ticket to Nakhon Ratchasima: priced at 220 baht.

Snacks for during the trip which were included in the ticket price.

Snacks for during the trip which were included in the ticket price.

Unfortunately I am not totally happy with the quality of service so far. The snacks are a little better than from the bus company that I normally take from Mo Chit bus terminal but instead of 36 seats this bus had 40 seats meaning you got a little less leg room so they could squeeze in one extra row with seats. And the seats can also decline a lot which sounds nice since it makes sleeping a lot more comfortable but that comfort will soon be gone when the person in front of you decides to put his chair all the way back also.

Choice enough where to go sit as we had a total of 4 passengers on the bus.

Choice enough where to go sit as we had a total of 4 passengers on the bus.

For now I would not recommend you to depart from this bus station unless it would be a real inconvenience to go to Mo Chit bus terminal. The building is a lot more modern and offers more service, but there are less busses departing per hour and the busses are a bit less comfortable. Next time I am going to Mo Chit again!

For questions/remarks you can contact me at: eric@stuckinthailand.com

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