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.

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Bangkok - Amnat Charoen
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20:00
Bangkok - Chiang Mai
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Bus Express XL
21:00, 22:20, 22:40
Bus VIP 32
08:30, 20:40
Bangkok - Chiang Rai
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17:30
Bangkok - Mae Sai
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17:30
Bangkok - Nan
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13:30, 20:50
Bangkok - Nong Bua Lamphu
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Bus VIP 24 24
19:30
Bus VIP 32
20:30, 21:00
Bangkok - Nong Khai
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Bus Express XL
20:30
Bus VIP 32
19:30
Bangkok - Phrae
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Bus Express XL
13:30, 20:50
Bus VIP 32
17:30
Bangkok - Udonthani
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Bus Express XL
20:30, 21:00
Bus VIP 24 24
19:30
Bus VIP 32
19:30, 20:30, 21:00
Chiang Mai - Bangkok
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20:00
Chiang Rai - Bangkok
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18:00, 18:50
Nan - Bangkok
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08:30, 09:00, 18:15, 18:45
Nong Bua Lamphu - Bangkok
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21:00
Nong Khai - Bangkok
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18:40, 20:00
Phrae - Bangkok
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10:00, 10:45, 19:45, 20:30
Udonthani - Bangkok
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Bus VIP 24 24
18:30, 19:30
Bus VIP 32
21:00

Budsarakham Tour Company Reviews

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98.9% of 15,433 travelers were presumably happy with Budsarakham Tour as they left good or no review
DK
3
Bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour, Nov 12, 2019
We used a different operator to get to Chiang Mai and this operator on the way back... 1.) The loos on the bus were unusable and smelled throughout the bus. 2.) The bus stopped several times on the side of the road. (4-5 minutes at a time) 3.) When the bus stopped at a pit-stop there was no one to explain how long we'd have to grab something. 4.) Instead of the bus terminal, the bus stopped at the side of the road near the bus terminal and wanted everyone to get off. We're grateful that we arrived safely, but if we had taken this bus for the first part of the trip then we would have considered a different transport option for the way back.
GC
4
Bus Express, Budsarakham Tour, Nov 12, 2019
I lost my glasses in your bus I left them in my seat when leaving, how to recover them, thank you
RM
2
Bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour, Nov 9, 2019
I've done several VIP bus rides and this was the worst by far. We left the station 40 minutes late because our VIP bus sat empty at the station and they switched us to another broken down bus. The seats were far too close together, the bathroom hadn't been cleaned in, likely, weeks and the front window was all smashed in by what looked like a couple bird collisions. I am very grateful that we didn't hit anything else as it would have come right through that windshield that had 0%integrity left and likely killed someone in the front row... I will never use ASIA2GO again.
KZ
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Bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour, Nov 1, 2019
It was ok. The chairs were reclining. The only thing was that I felt extremely uncomfortable sitting next to a smelly man. It is ok for a short journey but the whole night was a bit much. I know the company cant help with the smell but I would have felt much more at ease if a woman sat next to me. I would recommend this to the company. Id assumed this was always the case but Id request it if I ever choose the company again.
EA
3
Bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour, Oct 15, 2019
Our buss got broken so we needed to wait 3 hours middle of nowhere but the drivers worked hard to fix the buss and called another buss to pick us up eventually got back to bkk just few hours later than planned
PK
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Bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour, Oct 8, 2019
Bus had technical issue but staff was good. We got late by 4 hours.
MS
2
Bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour, Oct 1, 2019
Lots of rattling noises, Seats were too close together, and it was too hot inside
NS
4
Bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour, Sep 26, 2019
The driver was great, the hostess helpful and the bus itself was comfortable and authentically as the company advertisers
NK
2
Bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour, Sep 21, 2019
The bus was one hour late, no one knew about the company. It should be vip class, but with low quality. Also the drivers didnt make stop for break and option to go out for a while. They made a safety stop, but the passangers (must) stay in the bus
AJ
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Bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour, Sep 8, 2019
The bus was one hour late not that it was a bad thing because I wasn’t in hurry. Everything was smooth except fellow passanger who kept talking on the phone almost whole trip. The staff was friendly and helpful.
EM
4
Bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour, Sep 1, 2019
Super comfortable seats. Only downside was the onboard toilet smelt a bit strongly as we were on the bottom level.
AK
5
Bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour, Aug 15, 2019
Very comfortable ride, good reclining chairs to sleep in for overnight bus trip.
TS
4
Bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour, Aug 14, 2019
Missed to communicate with bus driver & bus servant due to no English language they’re understood/ speaking. Wifi missed LCD/ TV ???? not working Otherwise all over it’s good
RS
3
Bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour, Aug 13, 2019
Maybe I got very high standards after riding with Bangkok Buslines quite a few times - which I actually enjoyed! But this ride was much more challenging. So many stops along the way made it hard to sleep, hardly any of the USB charging sockets worked, and more - the small details made the difference between enjoyable and not so comfortable
AN
5
Bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour, Aug 9, 2019
Spacious bus. Decent price, and the staff had everything under control. They even called me on the phone 30 min prior to departure, and told me how to find the counter. Would use this company again!
MH
4
Bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour, Aug 5, 2019
Great journey, reasonably priced and good reclining seats plus free snacks. I slept almost the whole way and would recommend taking ear plugs, an eye mask and a jumper!
MF
4
Bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour, Aug 2, 2019
Exceeded expectations and would definitely do it again!
PH
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Bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour, Jul 31, 2019
Bus broke down for nearly an hour without explanation. It was 4 in the morning, all AC was turned off (it was very hot and humid), and the doors were left wide open for mosquitos to get in.
EE
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Bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour, Jul 22, 2019
The trip was as expected,the staff on board we helpful. The only complaint is I booked a vip bus at vip price online but it wasn’t a vip bus and the tickets printed out when we arrived at the station showed that, so I payed about 200 baht over price . And the other complaint is the toilet. Don’t know how it was on top deck but we were sat below and the toilet is at the back . We had the continual smell most of the journey, my wife had the blanket over her head most of the time to avoid breathing it in.
DW
3
Bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour, Jul 19, 2019
Not as good as I'd expected. The bus was very jumpy setting off every time we stopped and the driver played loud music in the middle of the journey for several hours. There wasn't wifi as advertised. Chairs were comfortable enough but reacted with mine and others skin - presumably because they weren't clean and covered in layers of dried sweat. Other than that the journey was okay, staff friendly enough.

Budsarakham Tour Stations

Morchit Nan Bus Terminal 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