Krung Siam Tour
Krung Siam Tour has organised bus transfers across Thailand for over 30 years and are a great option for any visitors wanting to travel from Bangkok to Koh Samui and looking to avoid paying a premium to fly direct.
All the vehicles on these routes have massage seats for every single passenger and personal television sets in the back of seats allowing you to watch TV, listen to music or play games. Or you can, of course, just turn it off and have a nap during the journey.
Routes served by Krung Siam Tour
There are four departures per day in each direction. Buses leave Bangkok at 08.45, 19.00, 19.30 and 20.00 and all take around nine hours to reach Surat Thani. Travellers can choose between VIP or first class buses, with the price ranging from THB457-711. As mentioned, there are also four services heading to Bangkok every day, leaving Surat Thani at 07.40, 19.00, 19.15 and 19.50, with a journey time of nine hours and with the same priced tickets as above.
If you're travelling with lots of bags then you might want to consider purchasing the slightly more expensive ticket class, which includes three pieces of luggage. The cheaper tickets only allow you to bring two bags; although you can pay additional fees for any others that you have, this will probably work out more expensive.
Using Krung Siam Tour is a great option if you don't want to fly between Bangkok and Surat Thani and is far quicker and more reliable than a train journey along the same route. Trains across Thailand are normally slow and often late. Plus, onboard Krung Siam Tour services you can enjoy massage seats and personal TV screens, so the journey should fly by!
Krung Siam Tour provides one of the easiest ways of reaching the popular islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan from Bangkok. Once you reach Surat Thani there will be countless companies and departures heading to the islands, often including transfers to your hotel.
For many, the biggest issue with Krung Siam Tour is having to get to Bangkok’s Sai Tai Mai bus terminal, rather than the more accessible Morchit in the north of the city. However, if the buses departed from Morchit instead, this would add a lot more time onto the journey where you would be sitting in Bangkok's notoriously horrendous traffic, so this slight inconvenience is probably worth it.
Keep in mind
If you're a little worried about the safety record of Krung Siam Tour buses, you’ll be pleased to hear that all the buses on these routes have two drivers onboard so they can take it in turns to rest during the long journey. If the drivers are well-rested it lowers the chance of accidents.
As mentioned above, services in Bangkok arrive and depart from Sai Tai Mai bus terminal in the south of the city, not from Morchit!
Comfort aboard the buses on these two routes is the major factor that customers are most pleased with when using Krung Siam Tour. Nine hours is a long time to be sitting on a bus, especially if it is travelling through the night, so extras such as the very comfy massage chairs and the personal TV screens really do help improve the trip and make it as comfortable and relaxing as a bus journey can get.
Some customers have mentioned that it would be useful if they could purchase combination tickets taking them all the way to Koh Samui. Unfortunately, Krung Siam Tour does not currently offer this at the moment but there are lots of well-priced options available to you once you arrive in Surat Thani.