Hi everyone, I’ve been writing a lot about Thailand lately, and today I’m going to write about Bangkok again, in my favorite bus series. I wrote about the East Bus Terminal last time, and today I would like to introduce the North Bus Terminal.
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- What is the Northern Bus Terminal in Bangkok?
- How to get to and around the North Bus Terminal
- North Bus Terminal
- Bus stop at the North Bus Terminal
What is the Northern Bus Terminal in Bangkok?
Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal, also known as the Mo Chit Bus Terminal, is the largest bus station in Bangkok, linking the northern, central, eastern and northeastern parts of Thailand with neighboring cities. This northern bus terminal is mainly operated by the government transportation company and various private bus companies. From here you can travel by bus to provinces in Thailand including Pisarnulok, Sukhothai, Uttaradit, Lampang, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, as well as to Cambodia and Laos.
Tickets can be purchased from the innumerable ticket counters in the terminal (there are over 50 counters for each destination), depending on your destination. The terminal also has a food court and a convenience store where you can get ready for your long-distance bus ride to your next destination. Normally, it is relatively easy to buy a ticket on the day of the trip, but please note that on Thai holidays, people from the provinces return to their hometowns en masse from the capital Bangkok, so it is necessary to reserve bus seats in advance.
The North Bus Terminal is just a few minutes drive from Mo Chit BTS Skytrain station. This also means that you can take the train from downtown Sukhumvit to the bus terminal for the night bus to the northern provinces of Thailand.The Northern Bus Terminal is located near the Chatuchak Weekend Market, the largest market in Thailand and one of the largest markets in the world with over 8,000 stalls selling food, clothing and more.
How to get to and around the North Bus Terminal
On this day, I first went to Chatuchak Park MRT station to check the luggage storage area, and then took the MRT again to Kamphaengphet MRT station, which is at the bottom of the map above. Then I took the MRT again to Kam Phaeng Phet station, which is at the bottom of the map above.
Take exit 2 of Kamphaeng Phet MRT station and turn right about-face to get to Kamphaeng Phet 2 Street, which leads to the North Terminal.
Bangsue junction shopping center
Just outside Kamphaeng Phet MRT station, on the westside of Kamphaeng Phet 2 Street, there is a large shopping mall called Vance Junction Shopping Center. Bangsue Junction Shopping Center has sections that sell clothing, furniture, appliances, toys, cosmetics, housewares, gardening, toiletries, sporting goods, DIY, paint, hardware, as well as other product lines such as food and books. It is also a general urban shopping mall with sales areas for jewelry, electronics, photographic equipment, baby products, and pet products.
There is another shopping center on the east side of the road across from the Bangsue Junction Shopping Center. If you read the alphabet straightforwardly, it is Jatuchak Plaza. However, most of the Japanese sites refer to it as Chatuchak Plaza. It is a semi-outdoor shopping center divided into four zones, and like Chatuchak Weekend Market, it seems to sell cute goods.
In fact, when I entered, I found a divine Buddha statue standing in the center of each of the four zones.
There are also many pet stores, so if you are looking to buy pet supplies in Bangkok, this should be on your list of places to visit. There is also a mall called JJ Plaza on the north side of Chatuchak Plaza, but I didn’t go there this time.
If you frequent the Chatuchak Weekend Market, you may have noticed that some of the buildings have been vacant for years because their construction has not been completed. After many changes in plans and developers, this building, Mixit Chatuchak, was finally completed.
On this day, On this day, I was wandering around Chatuchak Plaza looking for a coin locker to rewrite a past article “If You Want to Leave a Little Baggage in Bangkok” and I happened to find this mall. You can get to mixT Chatuchak from the entrance and exit shown in the photo above, but you can also access it from sections 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, and 19 of Chatuchak Weekend Market. You can also walk through Chatuchak Park and head towards the right to get to the parking lot with an exit that leads to this mall.
It is open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day. If you come to the Weekend Market by mistake on a weekday, you may find comfort in Mixit Chatuchak.
Go to the North Bus Terminal.
Now that I’ve digressed a bit, it’s time to head to the North Bus Terminal. To get from Kamphaeng Phet MRT station to the North Bus Terminal, take a bus, cab or grab a ride. If you take the bus, there is a bus stop in front of the Bangsue Junction Shopping Center as shown in the image above.
According to Google Maps, the above numbered city buses arrive at and depart from the North Bus Terminal, so you may want to take one of these buses if it is available near your inns, instead of going to Kam Peng Phet MRT station.
The following information is from the internet, where the person took a bus from Bangkok city to the North Bus Terminal.
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By the way, if you take any bus other than No. 134 from the bus stop near Kamphaeng Phet MRT station, it will take you to the North Bus Terminal. The bus that connects Chatuchak Park to Don Mueang Airport is bus A1, as I mentioned in my previous article, “Take a bus from Chatuchak Park to Don Mueang Airport“, and if you take bus A1 from Don Mueang Airport, you will arrive at the North Bus Terminal. You can take an LCC from Japan to Don Mueang Airport, then take a local bus to the North Bus Terminal, and then to the various provincial cities, saving money and time.
I thought about taking the A1 bus to try it out, but several buses passed me by unattended away from the bus station, so I took a cab to the North Bus Terminal.
North Bus Terminal
If you come to the North Bus Terminal by cab or grab, you will be dropped off at the second floor, which looks like a departure gate.
For the bus, as far as I can see, it makes a U-turn once in front of the 7-Eleven and goes to what looks like a route bus terminal at the end of the arrow, so you can get off somewhere in between. After getting off the bus, walk north along the main street (Kamphaeng Phet 2 Street) instead of the route bus terminal.
First floor of the North Bus Terminal
The first floor of the North Bus Terminal is the ticket office and bus stop. The right side of the above image is the north, and the bottom is the side of Kampaengphet 2 Street, the main street.
When you enter the first floor from the outside, you will find a large ticket booth and waiting area, just like an airfield.
Basically, there is a ticket booth along the wall, and you wait in the middle for the bus to depart.
I thought I had seen the logo before, but it was the ticket office of the rumored state-run Transport Company.
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A note on the window. The best part of the bus is that you can go to 900 baht to a neighboring country.
- Bangkok – Phnom Penh Standart 1: 900 Baht
- Standard 1 between Bangkok and Siem Reap: 750 Baht
- VIP Standard between Bangkok and Vientiane: 900 Baht
- Special Standard between Bangkok and Pakxay: 900 Baht
- Ticket sales start: 4:30 p.m.
- Ticket sales end: 10:00 p.m.
Here’s another poster.
Transport Company Limited has changed the international route of route 13, Bangkok – Battambang – Phnom Penh (final destination). The new route is Bangkok – Siem Reap – Kompong Thom – Phnom Penh (final destination). The departure times and destinations for the routes using National Highway 6 within Cambodia are as follows
- Depart Bangkok 07:30 am Arrive Phnom Penh 09:30 am: 900 Baht
- Depart Phnom Penh 06:30am Arrive Bangkok 08:00am: 900 Baht
Transport Company Limited is pleased to announce the launch of a new route Bangkok – Siem Reap – Kompong Thom – Phnom Penh (final destination), which will be operational from October 1, 2019.
Northeast and east bus service
Why the uniform? Costume play? There was also a shop selling them. It was also sold at Don Quijote in Thonglor.
There is also an electronic timetable so you can check the departure time and boarding area number, just like on an airplane.
Second floor of the North Bus Terminal
If you take a cab or grab a ride to the North Bus Terminal, you’ll arrive at the second floor, where there is a ticket counter and chairs for waiting. There is also a 7-Eleven on the first floor, but there are an unusually large number of them.
This is the luggage storage area on the second floor. The only thing I know is that it is open from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and the fee is 40 to 50 baht (haha).
There are food courts on both sides of the building, both on the first and second floors.
Each ticket booth has a number on the sign as shown above.
Bus stop at the North Bus Terminal
From the first floor, you can go right to the bus stop, but from the second floor, you have to match the bus stop number on the ticket you bought with the number on the information board.
The North Bus Terminal is several times the size of the Ekamai Bus Terminal, so it can be quite a walk if you get on the wrong bus.
There is a number above the boarding area that you can check against your ticket.
I discovered a third coin locker company called MINIBOX LOCKER.
There is a lot of traffic between bus stops, so be careful when crossing the street.