For our trip journey back to Bangkok we decided to get a VIP bus. This turned out to be a little cheaper than the train and a lot more comfortable. I usually prefer taking the train, but wanted to see what traveling by bus was like in Thailand.
We chose to travel by Nakhon Chai Air bus and this turned out to be a very good choice. They have nine buses a day that travel from Surin to Bangkok – 8:25, 9:25, 10:25, 13:25, 14:25, 20:25, 21:25, 22:25 and 23:25. We got the 8:25 bus, and it arrived in Bangkok at around 14:30. The cost of the journey was 407 baht ($14) each.
The bus to Bangkok was a Gold standard bus, and was of a very high standard, with very comfortable seats.
The bus had a total of 32 seats, with two drivers and one attendant.
Once the bus left Surin, we were served fruit juice, a packet of wheat snacks and a bottle of water. At lunchtime, they brought around a meal of rice, pork and fried egg. No vegetarian option was available. Just before arriving in Bangkok, they brought around cartons of soy milk. All these items were included in the ticket price.
Just before arriving in Bangkok, the bus stopped at the Major Cineplex in Rangsit, where a few passengers got off. It then stopped at the Nakhon Chai Air bus station in Mo Chit, before carrying on to the main Mo Chit bus station. We got off at the Nakhon Chai Air bus station and got a taxi from there into central Bangkok.
I was very impressed with the bus, and think I will use this bus in future instead of the train. It’s cheaper, cleaner, and the staff were more friendly. Also, they didn’t charge extra for my suitcase, which they did on the train.
Nakhon Chai Air Details