There are several bus company offering their service under the licenses from Transport Company, the government-owned bus company. In some route like Chiangmai which is the poppular destination, there are a dozen company compete in this route.
So don’t surprise to see many windows sell ticket for Chiangmai.
Anyway, all on the front wall outside the terminal are Northern routes windows.
It's the only company that offer VIP 24 seats bus to Chiangmai at the highest fare around 800 baht but among Thais travelers that is not the best one.
They're well known for their quality of buses and services so advance booking is recommended.
In advance booking, you don't have to go to the terminal to get it done, just call their booking number at 02-936-0009 (24 hrs), make a reservation, pay at any branches in Metropolitan area of Krungsri Bank within 2 hours, pick up ticket one hour before depart time at Nakornchai windows in the terminal.
Anyway nothing is perfect. Some complain that their seat is narrow which are uncomfortable for the big guys. And for lone travelers they prefer 1-2 seat layout than 2-2 layout offered.
Roung Prasert at the next windws (No.22) have the solution with big seat and 1-2 seat layout.
Both Nakornchai and Roung Prasert buses run non-stop to the destinations. Other company make 20-30 minutes stop at the midst of the route for passengers to get hot food (for free or with discount), get to the toilet, do some walk after many hours sitting still on the seat.
They also offer bus to Chiang Korng. From there you can cross the river into Laos and get boat to Luang Prabang.
Buses for Pattaya from Roungrueng, the same bus company in pattaya route as at Ekamai and Southern terminal.
Last bus leaves at 19.00 hrs.
Bus for Trat leave daily at 7.30 11.00 22.00 hrs.
Bus from Transport Co. to Aranyaprathet.
Ayutthaya, another tourist attraction.
These kind of buses take more time to get to the destination because they stop (or may be park for 10-15 minutes)
to pickup more passengers along the way.
So avoid them.
Waiting area on the 1st floor inside the terminal.
Waiting area on the 3rd floor.
Windows no.95-98 are for Transport Co.
More ticket windows on the opposite.
Some recommend that this Rueng Prasert Tour offers better buses than Transport Co. do.
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Price per dish is around 30 baht.
Both floors have Dunkin Donut outlets.
Price vary from 20-50/piece/day according to size. Service hour 5.00 - 22.30 hrs.
Currency Exchange service is on 1st floor and operate daily from 9.00 - 16.30 hrs.
ATMs machines are available.
Toilet fee is 3 baht with no shower room.
There are escalators down to the platform.
For your own safety, do not accept food or drink from the stranger that try to make friend with you.
You can use that coupon to exchange or get discount for food or drink at the stop point.
Always keep your valuables with you at all time.
Some company will issue receipt for your luggage.
Buses leave here first then go to pick up passengers at Morchit2.
It's more comfortable to wait for bus in the air-conditioned room here rather than at polluted Morchit2's platform.
The best way to get here is by taxi so get one and tell the driver that you want to go to Nakornchai.
Check baggage system is similar to that at the airports.
Next blog I will talk about how to get to and get away from Morchit2.