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There are three major bus terminals in Bangkok, each serving particular regions.
Morchit Bus Terminal is located in the northern part of the capital, close to the namesake BTS station. It is also known as the Northern and Northeastern bus terminal as the overwhelming majority of routes originating there head to the North and Isan, the northeastern region of Thailand. The most popular tourist destinations served from Morchit include Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son and Sukhothai in the north and Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani, Mukdahan and Nong Khai in Isan.
Note that apart from the above-mentioned destinations, buses from Morchit go to some cities and towns located in the central part of the country and in the west, including Ayutthaya and Kanchanaburi. Certain privately run companies offer buses heading from Morchit to Phuket. Buses from Morchit also bring you to the popular destinations on the Eastern Seaboard including Pattaya, Rayong, Koh Samet and Koh Chang.
Note that several international routes, including Bangkok–Vientiane (Laos) or Bangkok–Siem Reap (Cambodia) also originate from Morchit.
Sai Tai Mai Bus Terminal is often referred to as the Southern bus terminal. It is located on the Western banks of the Chao Phraya River and almost exclusively serves destinations south of Bangkok, both on the Andaman Coast and along the Gulf. This is the terminal you will most probably use if heading to Phuket, Krabi and Trang, as well as Chumphon, Suratthani and Hat Yai. The resort city of Hua Hin sitting in the upper part of the Gulf, can also be reached from Sai Tai Mai.
For many Western travellers both Morchit and Sai Tai Mai may look more like large shopping centres than bus stations. At first sight you feel you will get lost there in a wink of an eye. Do not panic. With every voucher bought through 12go you will get a picture of the counter with its number and the floor where to find it. If this does not help, do not hesitate to ask directions from any of numerous staff members – usually they contact you themselves first asking if you need any assistance from them. Anyway, they will be more than happy to direct you to the counter or platform you are looking for.
Ekkamai Bus Terminal is the smallest of the three and is located in the eastern part of Bangkok right by the BTS station of the same name. There are frequent buses to Pattaya and other towns in Chonburi province, including Sri Racha, Bang Saen or Ang Sila plus a variety of buses to all possible destinations of the Eastern Seaboard, including Rayong, Ban Phe (for Koh Samet), Chanthaburi or Trat (for Koh Chang), as well as buses to Chumphon and Suratthani (for Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui).
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