Malee Van

Company Information

Malee Van is one of the largest operators based in Bangkok servicing the popular beach resorts such as Hua Hin, as well as the surrounding towns. They offer fast and direct transport to some of the most popular tourist spots in the country and are well-used by everyone from Thai families heading to the beach for the weekend to expats travelling to and from Bangkok for business.

Routes served by Malee Van

This company focus on providing transport links between Bangkok and the southern towns of Hua Hin, Cha Am, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Pranburi, with a regular and reliable service throughout the day. All vans departing Bangkok leave from Sa Tai Mai, the city's southern bus terminal.

Bangkok–Hua Hin

The Bangkok to Hua Hin route is the most popular trip offered by Malee Van. Tickets cost THB180 for the 3-hour journey, with 29 services departing every day. Vans leave every 30 minutes between 05.00-19.00. The return journey from Hua Hin costs the same, but with 27 departures each day, between 06.00-19.00.

Bangkok–Cha Am

On the road from Bangkok to Hua Hin lies the smaller and quieter town of Cha Am. You can reach here by van from Bangkok for THB160, with departures every 30 minutes between 05.00-19.00. This journey usually takes just under 3 hours.

Bangkok–Pranburi

Trips from Bangkok to Pranburi (3 ¾ hours) and Prachuap Khiri Khan (4 ½ hours) cost THB180 and THB220 respectively. Departures for both destinations are every 30 minutes between 05.00-19.00. The return journey from Pranburi to Bangkok costs the same but with departures from 06.00 until 19.00, also every ½ hour.

Hua Hin–Prachuap Khiri Khan

Vans from Hua Hin leave for Prachuap Khiri Khan every 30 minutes with a journey time of 1 ½ hours. There are very regular departures throughout the day between 06.00-19.00, priced at THB100.

Hua Hin–Pranburi

From Hua Hin you can also head to nearby Pranburi for just THB100, with vans leaving every ½ hour between 06.00-19.00. This trip only takes 30 minutes, so perfect for a day trip. The return journey costs the same but takes around 1 hour instead.

Pranburi–Prachuap Khiri Khan

From Pranburi you can also reach Prachuap Khiri Khan in just an hour with services between 06.00-19.00 costing THB100.

Pros

Due to services departing every 30 minutes throughout the day, you are almost guaranteed a seat on the very next van. It's a hugely reliable schedule with most trips arriving on time, or sometimes even early, something that is very rare in Thailand and neighbouring countries.

Unlike some other companies it is possible to be put onto the next service, without having to pay for another ticket, if you miss your scheduled van.

The services run by Malee Travel are excellent value for money, often less than the amount charged by many of their competitors.

Cons

Like all vans on this route, and most throughout Thailand, there is very limited space for luggage. It may be the case that you have to pay for an additional seat to store your luggage as space is at a premium. This might not happen in every instance, but don't be surprised if you need to!

Keep in mind

It's worth noting that unlike many other transport providers based in Bangkok, Malee Travel services leave from Sai Tai Mai bus station in the south of the city, not Mo Chit in the north. This is important to bear in mind when booking your ticket and makes this one of the best choices if you are staying in the south of Bangkok and want to head down to the beaches.

Travellers reviews

Malee Travel receive glowing reviews for the reliable service they offer, with one of the most regular departure schedules around. It's hard to find another company that offer departures every 30 minutes throughout the day, on any route!

Also, based on the price many rate Malee Travel very highly. THB180 is a highly competitive price for the popular Bangkok – Hua Hin route, with some companies charging far higher rates for this trip as there is a lot of tourists making the journey.

The majority of negative reviews focus on the space within the van, although, in truth, this is no more of an issue than on any other van used for these trips. Luggage space is very limited so it can get cramped inside. If you're heading from Bangkok direct to Prachuap Khiri Khan, you may not fancy 4 ½ hours inside so it might be worth considering breaking up the journey and spending a night or two in Hua Hin or Cha Am to make the trip more pleasant.

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Malee Van Company Reviews

3.1
221 / 5,158
5 45
4 58
3 39
2 27
1 52
98.5% of 5,158 travelers were presumably happy with Malee Van 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.

Jun 19, 2018
van Regional, Malee Van
★☆☆☆☆
Turned up at the terminal up to 1 hour before (6pm); we waited until 6:45 before getting worried that no one was as there, we spoke to several information desks and different companies who didn’t see to recognise the company name. We rang the operator on the number provided, explained our situation where there was a discussion for a few minutes(language barrier was tough to cross) before they hung up, we rang back and they hung up instantly. In the end we had to book with a separate company. What a waste of money.
Jun 18, 2018
van Regional, Malee Van
★☆☆☆☆
I would give this one a zero if I could. My friends and I were so disappointed. We bought a 6:00AM ticket online from Sai Tai Mai Platform No.9 to Cha Am. We followed all instructions and arrived at Platform No.9 before the scheduled time but we were so disappointed and shocked because the workers of Malee Van told us that the 6:00am trip already left and 7:45am is the next trip which is impossible. We have a booking at an elephant sanctuary in Cha Am and we need to arrive at 10AM. The workers are also hard to communicate with because they cannot understand and speak English so they tried to call the contact number of the office of Malee Van for the refund of our ticket. I also tried talking to the person on the phone to explain that I want a refund. After talking, the person I'm calling just shut the phone down. We called again many times and the person on the other side just cancels the call. We ended up buying another ticket to Hua Hin. The next bus to Hua Hin is at 7AM but the van left after 7AM so we arrived in Hua Hin at 10AM. There are also a lot of stopovers along the way to pick up some packages and people so we have arrived late at 11AM in our prebooked elephant sanctuary. I want a refund of my ticket but I don't have any contact info of the company besides the phone number. Can someone help?
Jun 10, 2018
van Regional, Malee Van
★★★★☆
Very straight-forward, easy to find collection point, and the driver was helpful with getting me transport for me and my luggage for the onward part of my journey. I arrived at the pick-up point early, so was able to get on an earlier van, which suited my timing.
Apr 14, 2018
van Regional, Malee Van
★★☆☆☆
Van left almost 45mins late and arrived an hour later. It was stiffling hot inside with poor airconditioning and even poorer legroom (our fault for choosing backseats). Well at least we got to our destination safe and not THAT late.
Mar 13, 2018
van Regional, Malee Van
★★★★☆
The drop off point it’s not the bus station and you noticed until you arrive.
Mar 11, 2018
van Regional, Malee Van
★★★★★
Good trip, just make sure to book an extra seat if you have luggage cause the van is always full and there is no space between the seats and you to put them
Mar 9, 2018
van Regional, Malee Van
★★★★★
Amazing bus never been on a better one it was like traveling 1st class and so reasonably priced would recommend to everyone 5 star
Mar 6, 2018
van Regional, Malee Van
★★★☆☆
Too many stops along the way to pick up/deliver packages, new passengers
Feb 13, 2018
van Regional, Malee Van
★★★★☆
Good Service at station, but a little problem to find platform No. 9 for Vans.
Jan 16, 2018
van Regional, Malee Van
★★★★★
Very helpful peeps
Jan 13, 2018
van Regional, Malee Van
★★☆☆☆
U should have at least one seat with enough leg space for tall people. Driver was very good... So this is a feedback to owners when new car is purchased
Jan 12, 2018
van Regional, Malee Van
★☆☆☆☆
I am extremely disappointed! We booked online and were sent a confirmation with details on where to meet and pick up our tickets. When we arrived at the meeting place an hour and a half early there counter was closed. It seemed that it had even been closed for a long time. So we asked around to find out how to take the van. They didn't know. We tried calling the driver and no answer. We waited for the designated time and when no van showed up we were forced to take another van and buy the same ticket again. I would not recommend buying online for anyone. I would like to be refunded.
Jan 9, 2018
van Regional, Malee Van
★★★★★
Very nice driver and aircon
Jan 3, 2018
van Regional, Malee Van
★★★★★
Very professional driver. Felt safe the whole trip. Left on time would definitely use them again.
Jan 2, 2018
van Regional, Malee Van
★★★★☆
Clean comfortable bus and good driver. Arrived in Phetchaburi at expected time.
Jan 1, 2018
van Regional, Malee Van
★★★★☆
Travelled from Bangkok to Hua Hin and had to pay extra for my luggage (which ended up on a pile with someone else's luggage on one single seat) but it's ok. About 3/4 way through the journey, I realised that the van will be passing by my hotel (Royal Pavilion) before driving a further 10-15mins to reach Hua Hin Amber. Hence, I requested for drop off opposite my hotel, which the driver gladly allowed.
Dec 29, 2017
van Regional, Malee Van
★★★☆☆
We booked a van from Bangkok to Prachuapkirikhan. We arrived an hour early and found Platform 9 at the bus station quite easily. However it's among an area where a lot of other transportation booths are set up with vendors vying for your attention. We showed someone our confirmation on our phone, and were given tickets, then directed to wait nearby. Then someone signaled us into a van that was already loaded with a few people. The van was pretty cramped, not much space nor was there a trunk. We had to keep our large backpacks with us so we were even more cramped. When you purchase your ticket online you'll get a confirmation after your purchase which states in fine print that you need to pay for an extra seat if you have big luggage. Luckily nobody charged us extra for bags, but we did have to deal with being cramped with our backpacks piled on top of us. The van waited to fill up a bit more and departed about 45 minutes earlier than schedule. We went from Bangkok to Prachuapkirikhan, and it took us about 5 hours. The van stopped along the way to let off passengers and pick up new ones. Aircon worked pretty well, Thai music played the entire way. We had a short bathroom break about halfway through the ride. Don't linger around because the driver may get impatient (ours did when a couple people took extra time to buy snacks). By the time we reached Prachuap, we were let off at a bus station about 3 kilometers from the center. There were no taxis nor tuk tuks around. When we inquired inside about taxi, we were given a pretty expensive quote so we walked instead of paying a large fee. Overall the ride was ok but you really should know before hand where you'll get dropped off. In case you end up somewhere without taxi, which I've read in other reviews.
Dec 26, 2017
van Regional, Malee Van
★★★★☆
The ticket station easy to find. The driver do not speak or understand english at all.. lucky to have a passenger who knows english n help us to find where to stop for our hotel..
Dec 7, 2017
van Regional, Malee Van
★★★★★
Everything worked out without any problems. Incomplicated booking, perfect, safe and very friendly driver and good maintained car. Would book this trip again without any doubt. Thx!
Dec 5, 2017
van Regional, Malee Van
★☆☆☆☆
the driver was driving like crazy, I advise against this company
Nov 25, 2017
van Regional, Malee Van
★★★☆☆
We got another seat for our larger bag which worked well to get our luggage onboard without question. Van was packed to the max. Journey took less than 3 hours. Driver dropped us off at our hotel in Hua Hin which was a bonus. Booked online which worked well. No concept of timetable - when there us a van and enough people it goes.
Nov 19, 2017
van Regional, Malee Van
★☆☆☆☆
It was awful!!! Worst experience of my life!!! your stupid company put on your website that the van was going to Cha am when in fact it was going to Kanchanaburi!! I came there at 7.30 am to platform # 9 at Sai Tai Mai Southern Bus Terminal and I showed my ticket to the stupid workers of Malee company and I told them I was going to Cha am but they put me in that fucking van that was going to Kanchanaburi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And when it arrived in Kanchanaburi he said sorry it is the mistake on internet!!!! but you can take a bus to Cha Am from Kanchanaburi!!!!!! So 200 baht more, 6 hours in a bus is not how I planned to spend my weekend!!!! Fuck your company!!!! I am going to complain to the tourist police be sure about that!!!!!!!!!!
Oct 10, 2017
van Regional, Malee Van
★★★★☆
Great trip. Just missed a place to put the luggage.
Oct 3, 2017
van Regional, Malee Van
★☆☆☆☆
First of all We Are told to buy an Extra seat for every Big bag We have. We Are 3 people so We bought 6 seats. We were told that there max was 10 seats, so with us buying 6 there would one be 4 left. Not the case. All bags was on top of each other, and still 10 people incl us In the Van. I have a kid with me, and was not even anke to sit next to him, and He is only 7. "There Are No other seats left". I was sitting between bags and junk In the back og the Van. Dont know How much the other people paid, But i paid for the two seats they Also had Their luggage on. This is just a money machine. And He drive like a mad man. I know they drive on a different Way then We do In Europe, But when me AS a grown up get carsick then Its really bad! Of there Will be another time where i Will Go from Bangkok to hua hin tjen i Will take a taxi! And suddenly He just stopped the Van and left it, to buy Some food for himself. What about waiting for when He wasnt at work?
Oct 1, 2017
van Regional, Malee Van
★★★★★
Awesome service! Easy to find at the terminal. Left early and arrived early, so make sure you are on time for your departure.
Sep 27, 2017
van Regional, Malee Van
★★★☆☆
The van stops a lot to pick up passengers from the street like a public transport. You need to pay for another seat if you have a luggage, and the driver kept talking on the phone. Next time I'd rather take the bus. Btw they speak little English only. Just be prepared.
Aug 24, 2017
van Regional, Malee Van
★★☆☆☆
Driver talking and video chatting while driving, seat belts didnt work. Air conditioned and relatively cheap though.
Aug 22, 2017
van Regional, Malee Van
★☆☆☆☆
Bus 1 hour 15 minutes delayed, lady at the counter refused to give any information about the departure or where to get the minivan even retorted to yelling at us in Thai. Once we found the minivan the lady would not accept our tickets and demanded that we payed once more. After a long discussion we got on. The trip was advertised to take 3 hours. It took 4...
Aug 14, 2017
van Regional, Malee Van
★☆☆☆☆
I'd give it a zero if I could. We're forced to pay180 bahts additional. Got moved to another bus company and shoved in the back as it was packed. There was no leg room. Made 6 extra stops to drop offs purely for the locals. Got there late plus the ac doesn't work.
Aug 14, 2017
van Regional, Malee Van
★☆☆☆☆
So we bought the 0630 bus to Bangkok from Hua Hin. Followed all instruction, arrived on time and all. But there was no bus around. Lucky our hotel transport guy contacted the bus service provider to check and we had to wait for the 0730 bus! Please do some improvement. Have a representative at the bus station especially the early morning transfer and do courtesy call to check on your passenger. Also the tickets/voucher should be in dual language as most driver cant read in English.
Aug 14, 2017
van Regional, Malee Van
★☆☆☆☆
Horrible service!!
Aug 14, 2017
van Regional, Malee Van
★★☆☆☆
We bought tickets for the 11.30am trip and reached about 30mins earlier for check-in. There weren't any clear signs to indicate where we should wait. We had to ask around and call to find out where and we were told to wait at the counter near 7-11 (at the street opposite). The van only came at about 12.30pm (1 hr later than the time we booked for) and it was on the Market Village side of the road. Luckily the driver came down and crossed to our side to get us if not we would have missed it as well. When we boarded the van, it was very full and we had to squeeze at the back (with barely any leg room). It was a very uncomfortable and hot 3 hours trip especially since we had 12-13 pax (with luggages) squeezed on the van. Only good thing is that we had 2 rest stops along the way. Overall a bad experience and I personally will not recommend it.
Aug 10, 2017
van Regional, Malee Van
★★☆☆☆
The first driver wasn't very friendly, so to speak, and the Aircon was broken. We were like cooked in the steam. Careful, extra charge (100thb) for one luggage, which wasn't previous.
Aug 8, 2017
van Regional, Malee Van
★★☆☆☆
I bought a ticket for the 0600 bus. I arrived at the van stop at 0540 just to be safe. There were no clear markings for the actual stop so I posted myself on both sides of the street while looking out for the van. Their website simply says "in front of Market Village" but it doesn't specify which side of the street in front of market village. Nevertheless, at that early hour I was the only person standing on the side of the road waiting for a van anyway. And by the time it was 0600, a couple of vans had already passed me by without stopping. Finally I get a call from a representative at 0610 and they ask if I was waiting for the van and if I had already bought a ticket. I answered "yes" and "yes" to their questions and they simply said "sorry, you'll have to wait for the 0630 van now". So because of their disorganization and un-professionalism I ended up waiting 45 minutes.
Aug 6, 2017
van Regional, Malee Van
★☆☆☆☆
Bus departure was late. And there wasn't any one at the counter for the checkin and it was so hard to get in contact as no one speaks English. We had a small suitcase and on the trip we came to Hua Hin, we didn't have to pay for an extra seat. They made us pay for an extra seat on this one and there was another woman with two massive bags and didn't have to pay for extra. Never again!!!
Aug 4, 2017
van Regional, Malee Van
★☆☆☆☆
I have a big complaint. We boarded the malee van at 1230 from Hua Hin enroute to Bangkok Sai Tai Mai Southern Bus Terminus.The taxi driver droppped us off at the wrong bus station today. We had to incurr a further 500 Thai Baht to reach our final destination. This was definitely not safe for us as tourists to this country as no one could help us at all when the driver just dumped us in a busy street and it was raining. We had even paid for an additional fee for our two big bags and a 50 Baht priority support fee inaddition. I need a full explanantion of what kind of service that was. I will be writing a big complaint to all to see if i do not get a clear explanation. Very very disappointed and do think i will recommend this trip to anyone visiting this country. Thanks ATWELL MUKUSHA
Jul 31, 2017
van Regional, Malee Van
★☆☆☆☆
This was an absolute disaster, and appears to be a scam. When we asked to be taken to this bus station in Hua Hin the taxi driver said the place was closed and we couldnt get a bus from there that day. (sunday) so we had to go to a different bus station and pay AGAIN to get to bangkok. If the Hua Hin amber is closed on a sunday then why the F*CK would you sell me tickets that i cant use?? useless website never using it again
12Go response:

Dear Elsie Dineen,
Thank you very much for your comment. The problem is that you trusted the taxi driver who gave you wrong information.
On your voucher you see the exact address of the operator, the location on the map and a picture of the place.
There is also a telephone number shown on the voucher you could have contacted. We are very sorry for the inconvenience this has caused to you.

Jul 16, 2017
van Regional, Malee Van
★★☆☆☆
Upon arriving at the station we were told that we had to pay another 180 baht for our bags to go on board.... basically bought a second seat for our bags that were squished into the back
Jul 16, 2017
van Regional, Malee Van
★★★★★
No problem
Jul 14, 2017
van Regional, Malee Van
★☆☆☆☆
Not satisfied with the service. It would be better if a big baggage would be charged for extra money before buy the ticket. The bus was tiny, small, not comfortable sits, and the driver was rude. The driver stopped several bus stations for his snack, break, and to see her girl friend ............. super annoying

Malee Van Stations

Prachuap Khiri Khan Pranburi Cha Am Malee Southern Terminal Phetchaburi Hua Hin Amber