Budsarakham Tour

Quick company Intro
Budsarakham Tour runs buses to a range of destinations in Thailand. Most of these buses have VIP ticket options which mean that you can pay for more comfortable seating. The central hub for the company is located in Bangkok.

Buses services do not include hotel pick up and drop off is usually at the main town or city bus station. Many of the buses also run overnight as the journey times can be long.

Routes served by Budsarakham Tour
There are a variety of routes served by Budsarakham Tour although some of these are subject to seasonal changes so make sure to check ahead. Routes that are currently in operation are as follows:

Bangkok–Nong Khai

Travelling from Bangkok to Nong Khai is popular with those who are planning either to embark on a road journey along the border with Laos or to cross the border and get to Vientiane.

Tickets are between THB450 and THB600 and buses leave twice daily at 7 pm and 8.30 pm. The journey takes approximately 9 hours. Note that these buses arrive at 4 am and 5 am in Nong Khai. It leaves you with enough time to get to Vientiane in the morning to submit documents for your Thai visa should you need one.

Once in Nong Khia, you can buy a ticket for one of the departures with Transport Co Intl who operate buses along the Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge.

Nong Khai–Bangkok

Similarly, Nong Khai to Bangkok ticket is a convenient oprtion to get back to the capital of Thailand. Tickets on this service cost up to THB600. Buses leave at 8.05 pm and travel overnight arriving in Bangkok at 5.25 am. The journey takes around 9 hours.

Bangkok–Chiang Mai

Budsarakham Tour also operates buses between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, but these ones normally run during high season only.

Pros
Budsarakham Tour offer a cheap way of travelling between Bangkok and Nong Khai.

Buses travel overnight so although the journey is long there is also the opportunity to sleep most of the way.

Buses are spacious with ample legroom and have reclining seats for added comfort.

All buses are air-conditioned and include food and drinks.

Buses have toilets on board.

You can book tickets online.

Tickets may be cancelled and refunded although this is also subject to terms and conditions.

Cons
Some buses are older models and may not be very clean.

Budsarakham Tour does offer a range of routes across Thailand although these are subject to change and passengers may not be able to book certain routes out of season.

Buses travel overnight and many arrive at their destinations early in the morning around 4 or 5 am. This means that passengers may not be able to check into hotels or find onward transportation easily at their destination due to the unfavourable arrival times.

Keep in mind
You will need to take a printed ticket with you although often this does not correlate to your actual seat which is subject to change.

Refunds and ticket cancellations may not always be possible with this company.

Air conditioning on buses in Southeast Asia can be fierce although blankets are provided. Passengers may still wish to bring their own sweaters or wraps.

The website for this company is only in Thai and as such it is difficult to find information on how to purchase a ticket directly if you are not a Thai speaker.

What travellers say
Some passengers have reported that buses are sometimes delayed by up to 2 hours although often the extra time is made up during the journey. As such make sure to keep plans flexible upon arrival at your destination in case of delays.

Passengers have found that although they have booked VIP buses, these are sometimes old, uncomfortable, and unclean. If possible try to check the bus first before deciding if you want to buy a ticket and will be comfortable on an overnight journey.

Buses also have stewards to help with refreshments and blankets and passengers have reported that they are helpful, speak good English, and are on hand to help with any queries.

Buy Budsarakham Tour Tickets

Bus Express XL
21:00, 22:20, 22:40
Bus VIP 32
08:30, 20:40
Bus VIP 24 24
19:30
Bus VIP 32
20:30, 21:00
Bus Express XL
20:30
Bus VIP 32
19:30
Bus Express XL
13:30, 20:50
Bus VIP 32
17:30
Bus Express XL
20:30, 21:00
Bus VIP 24 24
19:30
Bus VIP 32
19:30, 20:30, 21:00
17:15, 18:00, 18:50
08:30, 09:00, 18:15, 18:45
10:00, 10:45, 19:45, 20:30
Bus VIP 24 24
18:30, 19:30
Bus VIP 32
21:00

Budsarakham Tour Company Reviews

3.4
459 / 11,416
5 121
4 123
3 87
2 58
1 70
98.9% of 11,416 travelers were presumably happy with Budsarakham Tour as they left good or no review

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Jan 21, 2019
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★☆☆☆
Bus continually stopped. Once so the driver could go to get some street food. A gang of youths was let on about 20 minuets into the joirney and were hid at the deont and back of the coach (not on seats, on the floor) then the driver stopped at 3 random locations at the side of the road to let them off. Felt very unsafe
Jan 21, 2019
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
Seats very comfortable, bus kept dark and very quiet all night. We left about 50 minutes late and stopped a few times for unknown reasons which was a bit annoying but overall a much better experience than I was expecting.
Jan 4, 2019
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
Good trip, confortable chairs and warm bus, but on first flour very near toolet to seats and bad smell from there.
Dec 30, 2018
bus Express, Budsarakham Tour
★★☆☆☆
As a foreigner, you need to be prepared for hypercrowded station where no one speaks English and is not easy to find where to get your tickets from. The bus was not at the gate shown on the ticket but we were lucky enough to catch it anyway (just asking to other passengers around us). The trip was fairly comfortable, although air conditioning was very cold and the bathroom was disgusting and therefore unapproachable.
Dec 27, 2018
bus Express, Budsarakham Tour
★★☆☆☆
Unfortunately I was disappointed with the experience. The bus left an hour and a half late and didn't place us on the bus we had paid for. We paid for the nicer bus, and this older one broke down in the middle of the night and stayed on the side of the road for at least 3 hours. We arrived very late to Chiang Mai, so now I can't get the transfer bus from there I wanted. I would greatly appreciate a reimbursement for this. Please let me know.
Dec 25, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★☆☆
It's was OK. Clean and almost empty so I sleep nice. I could switch off the aircon. So was in general just nice
Dec 17, 2018
bus Express, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
Comfortable reclining seats. Air con, blanket and free water. Helpful attendant although not really spoken English. Recommended for trip Bangkok to Udon Thani
Nov 27, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★☆☆☆
Very disorganized and didn’t have a systematic way of getting people to their seats. I was sitting near the toilet and it smelt absolutely awful!! Not to mention the bright blue light above the toilet that was shining in everyones’ eyes. Seats were very close together - when the person went to recline they were basically on top of my legs! We were also seated near where they were storing all the bottles of water which resulted in lots of squeaking noises. Didn’t stop once the whole bus ride for a break to stretch legs or use a toilet that wasn’t disgusting. Only plus was we got in 2 hours early.
Nov 27, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★☆☆
The toilet was full, was impossible to use it because if I would try, I would be wet of urine.
Nov 26, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
Nice service,good price, comfortable bus. Bring a hoodie or a light jacket.
Nov 23, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★★
Very nice and comfortable. I wish there was free wifi
Nov 23, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★☆☆☆
Trip is so long but No WIFI.
Nov 23, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
Efficient service even with the language barrier. Clean bus although I was sat downstairs and the smell from the toilet wasn't pleasant. The window seat I booked got changed and my seat did not recline fully due to the stairs behind me. However, would definitely recommend this route from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.
Nov 22, 2018
bus Express, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
So far so good. No delay arrived.
Nov 21, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
Fine trip, bus arrived to Chiang Mai 1,5 h late.Anything else fine
Nov 20, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
Great and comfortable bus, we slept peacefully and arrived 2 hours earlier than schedule.. Great experience
Nov 19, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
Awesome!
Nov 18, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
Surprisingly simple to exchange tickets, navigate the station and find the bus, which itself was very modern - great reclining seats and modifiable air con (a luxury compares to other buses in SE Asia) Got some sleep and got to Chiang Mai on time too
Nov 17, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
Better than what we had before in Thailand. But the meal was a cup of milk and it was too cold. Still ok for comfort and not smelly like many others
Nov 16, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
Good
Nov 12, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
overall was a better experience than i imagined. lots of legroom and bus wasn’t even full so i had a row to myself. operator provided water and a snack. it is pretty cold on the bus with the ac but blanket provided. only bad remark is we left an hour later. it looked like they were waiting for passengers
Nov 11, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
We read a lot of reviews before taking the bus. A lot of the negatives revolved around cold AC, noise, and late departures. We knew what we were getting ourselves into, so we came with low expectations, we prepared for the trip, and it was perfectly OK. If anyone is expecting business class service, you will be disappointed. Taking the bus is cheap and faster than the train, so it has to have a downside somewhere. This being said, our experience wasn't bad at all. No issues with loud music/TV or smelly toilets. The lights were off for most of the trip, except for when the bus stopped. The food is bad but you just have to bring your own. It's not that problematic. It's all about having the right expectations, which we did. It wasn't very comfortable but it was OK. Both my girlfriend (who was 5 months pregnant for the trip) and I slept the majority of the way. It took 11 hours but it was safe. It was a little late but it was very cheap (and we paid the VIP trip). I would do it again if I had to. Definitely a better option than flying, which is 4× more expensive (5× xith luggage) but not 4x better. I imagine the train is a decent alternative but again, it's 1,5× more expensive and by personal accounts of fellow travellers, not 1,5× better.
Nov 9, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
It was 30 minutes late. Beside that it was a good ride
Nov 2, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★☆☆☆
The busride was ok. To many stops - always woke up. And thoughthey made many stops, we were 2hrs earlier in Bangkok than announced. Usually a good thing. Not when u took a night bus and arrive 5am instead of 7am. The Term VIP doesnt make sense. They have me water and a Little package of soy milk....
Oct 25, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★☆☆
The bus was ok. It was a day/night with a lot of heavy rain. The rain came down trough the window on my seat. Also the door to the toilet couldn't close well, so there was a nasty smell almost the whole trip. Even though we had an hour delay, the bus drove quickly and we arrived on time.
Oct 20, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★☆☆
We got dropped off a tuk tuk in the middle of a highway and then our bus stopped there to pick us up.. Probably something wrong with the bus departire time or place, we dont know, nobody would talk to us. Bus was super comfy, but without food and wifi as advertised
Oct 16, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★☆☆☆
Worst bus I’ve ever taken because of one big factor: the toilet onboard. You could smell it from the upper deck, not to mention there wasn’t any water for flushing or washing your hands :/ . I gagged so much during the night I couldn’t sleep. Also the seats were small, I’d suggest doing your research before booking, I had better experience with Nakonchai although their AC is really cold.
Sep 25, 2018
bus Express, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★★
Great service
Sep 24, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★★
It was fast night trip. Bus arrived even earlier. Sits was comfortable.
Sep 16, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★★
Awesome bus transfer. To think that this one is faster than the sleeper train. We reached Morchit for only 9 hours. Plus the massage chair and a good reclining seats. Thank you!
Aug 30, 2018
bus Express, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
Bus seats were comfortable. We were sitting in the front seats and had two seats for one person. Clima was not too cold. One film was running, in Thai with no undetitles. But I knew the film, so it was ok! One thing I didn’t like much: the people from Bus didn’t speak English. When there were information about stops we didn’t recognized how long we would stop and so on. But for comfort it was good. At the beginnung you get a bottle of water and some cookies.
Aug 16, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★☆☆☆
The toilets were absolutly disgusting. The dirtiest toilet i have seen in Thailand. This company is far from international standard.
Aug 5, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★☆☆☆
Bus left 2,5 hours late without any explanation. We were just sitting there while some passengers showed up 2 hours late. Apparently waiting for them? no wi-fi even though there’s a huge free wi-fi sticker on the bus itself. Uncomfortable sticky rubbery seats. Had some snacks and plenty of stops though.
Jul 26, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★☆☆☆
1 hour late departure
Jul 23, 2018
bus Express, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★★
Good bus, you can charge your phone, much place for leg (i have 193 cm without problém), good value for price!
Jul 22, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★★
No problems at all
Jul 19, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
snacks, chargers, loads of legroom and plenty of stops for smokes/food! really impressed, much high quality than anything in the UK for a similar price
Jun 29, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★☆☆
Bus was comfortable. No wifi. Left an hour late. Too many stops. We arrived in Bangkok 45 minutes late.
Jun 27, 2018
bus Express, Budsarakham Tour
★★★☆☆
The roof of the bus was broken. I took this bus in a rainy weather. Water was leaked and fell down in my seat, and spead out the floor.
Jun 14, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★☆☆
The bus depart time was late. Cannot charge on bus. The place where the bus stops to rest doesn’t have good food.

Budsarakham Tour Stations

Morchit Nan Si Chiang Mai Sangkhom Nong Khai Na Wang Nong Bua Lam Phu Nam Som Ban Phue Sang Khom Chiang Khong Local Bus Chiang Mai Arcade Na Yung Rong Kwang Phrae Pa Tio Amnat Charoen Wiang Sa Udon Thani 1 Khemarat Pathum Ratchawongsa Mae Sai Mae Chan Truck Stop Bus Terminal 2 Chiang Rai Udon Thani Bus Station 2