Mama Travel and Tour
Mama Travel & Tour runs a minivan service between Bangkok and Ayutthaya and Pattaya as well as offering tours from Bangkok. Tour options include half day tours around the capital as well as day excursions to Ayutthaya or Kanchanaburi to see sights such as the Death Railway and the bridge over the River Kwai.
Routes Served by Mama Travel & Tour
There are three departures from Bangkok to Ayutthaya each day, leaving the capital at 07.10, 10.30 and 16.00 and due to arrive two hours later at 09.10, 12.30 and 18.00 respectively. Tickets for this service are priced at THB270.
Mama Travel & Tour also provides services to Pattaya from Bangkok, with three buses each day departing the capital at 09.00, 12.00 and 15.00 (scheduled to arrive in Pattaya at 11.30, 14.30 and 17.30 respectively) with tickets also available for TH270.
Services depart from Khao San Road in the heart of Bangkok so it is very easy to reach the pick-up point to catch these buses. If you are staying in the capital’s backpacker district then you can just walk around the corner to the Mama Travel & Tour office.
Helpfully, these services terminate in the centre of Pattaya so you should be pretty close to your hotel and will not be required to pay extra for a tuk-tuk to take you from the drop-off point on the edge of town as is the case with some other travel operators across the country.
Mama Travel & Tour also offers tours which can be a convenient way for many travellers to visit some of the most popular tourist sites in the country. Many people will prefer to arrange all of their travel through the same company and Mama Travel & Tour can help with this, reducing hassle and planning time, as well as possibly saving you money!
Minivans are used on all routes operated by Mama Travel & Tour, which can become quite cramped if passengers have brought a considerable amount of luggage with them. Larger buses are usually more comfortable but this should not be too much of an issue as the journey should last less than three hours, even taking traffic into account.
As is the case with all transport providers operating in and out of Bangkok, the capital city’s traffic can be pretty hectic so it is worth factoring in some additional time in case of delays.
It would be helpful if these services continued throughout the day, for example, the final bus from Bangkok to Pattaya departs at 15.00. For those arriving into Bangkok, whether by air or land, this may be too early meaning that travellers wishing to visit Pattaya would have to spend a night in Bangkok first. If the services were extended for an additional couple of hours then it could be beneficial to many passengers.
Although these services are competitively priced, the tickets still cost more than travelling by train so those on a tight budget may prefer the slightly slower train ride.
Keep in mind
Mama Travel & Tour can arrange tickets and transport to attractions within Bangkok as well as in other cities such as Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi and Pattaya.
Mama Travel & Tour is regarded as a reliable operator to choose if you are looking to travel between Bangkok and Ayutthaya or Pattaya. Passengers also like the option of arranging tours and tickets through the operator as this can sometimes save money and certainly requires less planning.
If you are on a tight schedule then an organized tour to Kanchanaburi from Bangkok is a good option rather than heading to the popular city by yourself and staying overnight.