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1. Posted by owen21 (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

Hi,

Does anyone know how long it takes to travel from Bangkok to Phuket and what method of transport would be the best apart from plane.

Thanks, Owen

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 7y

I went by overnight bus and it wasn't too bad; it took around 10 hours I think. The buses are pretty comfortable. You can book this in numerous different places, especially in the Khao San Road area.

3. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 7y

Yea, bus is the best way to go to Phuket apart from plane. It is better to take bus from Southern Bus Terminal or Sai Tai Mai in Bangkok to Phuket. You can choose to take VIP or Normal bus there. It is safer than the bus you book through the travel agent. Afraid that you might need to change bus in Surat Thani or else where if you book through any agent.

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

Follow Opospa's advice and take the bus from the bus station. We didn't (booked through an agent on Khao San Road), and ended up with an exteremely long 'change' stop at a cafe in the middle of nowhere (6 hours, I think we waited). Needless to say, there were no other food and drink options close by and it wasn't reasonably priced. I've since heard worse rip-off stories than this, so I would be sticking with the official coaches in future.

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1593 posts) 7y

Quoting owen21

Hi,

Does anyone know how long it takes to travel from Bangkok to Phuket and what method of transport would be the best apart from plane.

Thanks, Owen

You can take a bus pretty easy but get it from a real bus station. Anytime I ever hear about problems with tourists and buses it is always a bus booked from a travel agency in the Khao San Road area. It could be the guy hidden in the baggage compartment on the bus who steals from the bags while the bus is traveling down the road or numerous breakdowns and other rip-offs.

If you take a bus get it from the bus station.

Prices may be a little higher now than a year ago.

http://www.1stopbangkok.com/getting_here/bus/

Here is a warning from a bus link:

A Word Of Warning
Thieves operate on long-distance buses so keep on eye on your valuables. Don't put anything valuable in the luggage compartment of the bus. You may find that its not there when you arrive. There have also been reports of thieves befriending tourist and offering them snacks which contain drugs to make them fall asleep, then robbing them while they doze.

Good luck.

6. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Owen,
Albert is correct on tourist bus vs gov't bus. Make the effort, go to the Southern Bus station and ride with the Thai people. Almost all the problems are on the tourist buses that leave from KSR area. Have locks on your bags, use them. If you are using a backpack, consider pac-safe. Have your passport, money, credit cards, etc in an undergarmet pouch. Make it very difficult for thieves to ruin your holiday. Camera in your day bag, never let it out of your sight. Stay aware of your surroundings and use common sense. That will go a long way in having a safe and fun holiday.

7. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting vegasmike6

Owen,
Albert is correct on tourist bus vs gov't bus. Make the effort, go to the Southern Bus station and ride with the Thai people. Almost all the problems are on the tourist buses that leave from KSR area. Have locks on your bags, use them. If you are using a backpack, consider pac-safe. Have your passport, money, credit cards, etc in an undergarmet pouch. Make it very difficult for thieves to ruin your holiday. Camera in your day bag, never let it out of your sight. Stay aware of your surroundings and use common sense. That will go a long way in having a safe and fun holiday.

The tickets were cheaper in Khaosan road. But the driver was just a DOG. He almost beat me up, for asking why we have to spent 10 years in a hotel that nobody wants to check in. I refused to pay for a taxi ride to the beach, he drop me and the Aussie traveller in the middle of nowhere and the was the start of my "PUKE IT" holiday experience.

But I would choose KHAOSAN again... for tickets. I am poor and besides I feel more safe with white travellers in the bus.