Established in 1966, ChokeAnan Tour is one of the most well-established operators in the country boasting 50 years of experience. The operator connects Bangkok with the provinces in the south of the country.
Routes served by ChokeAnan Tour
There are three departures each day between Bangkok and Ranong, leaving the capital at 09.00, 20.20 and 21.00 and due to arrive in Ranong at 19.00, 06.20 and 07.00 respectively. This 10 hour trip costs THB480 for the day services and THB 540 for the overnight buses that will terminate in Ranong early the following morning.
There are also six departures from Ranong back to Bangkok per day between 07.30 and 20.20. This journey takes the same amount of time with tickets available from as little as THB403.
From Bangkok you can also choose ChokeAnan Tour to visit Suratthani, with two departures each day leaving at 09.15 and 20.20. These services are scheduled to arrive into Suratthani at 20.15 and 06.20 the following morning respectively.
There are also three services each day from Suratthani to Bangkok (departing at 09.15, 19.15 and 19.30) which are scheduled to last around 10 hours for each service and tickets available for THB530 each way.
There is a good range of options of vehicles that passengers can choose from to suit a range of budgets.
The standard of all the buses used on routes is generally high so the biggest decision will be to do with the price as well as choosing a departure time which will suit your schedule.
ChokeAnan Tour offers good flexibility when choosing a service to fit into your itinerary as both day and overnight buses are available so there should be an option that suits.
ChokeAnan Tour is one of the most well-established operators along these routes with a huge amount of experience which has helped the company build a strong reputation over the years. As a result, the operator is popular with tourists and locals and remains a reliable option.
The service connecting Bangkok and Suratthani is a popular route as it is very easy to visit some of the country’s most beautiful islands by ferry from Suratthani, including Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.
Although ChokeAnan Tour offers services to Suratthani, passengers have to arrange their own transport from Suratthani to destinations such as Koh Samui. It would be helpful if this operator offered package tickets that included the ferry to the island of your choice, this is an option with other transport providers on this route and ensures that your trip is hassle-free and easier to plan. It can be a pain having to research information about the ferry to the islands and then purchase tickets in advance. Also, this means that you will have to arrange your own transport from the bus station to the ferry port.
Keep in mind
On all of these routes there is a wide range of vehicles operating, with a choice between express or VIP buses (with an option of 24, 32 or 35 seat coaches).
With 50 years of experience on these routes, ChokeAnan Tour is one of the most popular and reliable operators in the country. Passengers are pleased with the comfort of all the vehicles on these routes as well as the flexibility from the timetable of services, with the option of overnight or daytime buses that should suit your schedule.
The biggest issue that some travellers have with the operator is the fact that package tickets to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao are not available, so tickets have to be purchased separately which can cost more money and requires more planning!