Paradive Travel

Company Information

Paradive Travel (also known as Paradise Travel) is one of numerous transportation companies in Thailand running their economy buses from Bangkok to the South destinations as well as offering combination trips to the islands of the Gulf. The company offers both direct and all-in-one (joint) tickets; the latter option makes it easier for passengers to get to win time and money without booking separate tickets.

Routes served by Paradive Travel

Paradive Travel departure time is very laconic and easy to remember; buses to all directions leave at 7pm.

Departure point is officially stated as Hua Lamphong Train Station in Bangkok but according to some feedbacks from the clients they still collect people from Khao San Rd. (the main backpackers headquarters in Bangkok); so probably you will not have to lose time striving through traffic for hours if you are lodged somewhere near Khao San Rd. Check all the info before booking.

Bangkok–Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao

If your final destination is one of the islands of the Gulf, including Koh Samui, Koh Phangan or Koh Tao, Paradive Travel offer a combined bus+ferry journey.

Proceeding to Koh Phangan, Koh Samui and Koh Tao you will be brought to the port of Donsak in Suratthani by bus and then change onto a ferry.

Bangkok–Koh Lanta&Koh Phi Phi

Krabi will be the mainland gateway to Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi.

Be prepared for a really long trip originally lasting from 15 to 19 hours (depending on destination) and don’t forget essential Thai downtime or delay or standstill or timeout.

Paradive Travel has an option for those who want to take a break on the way. They do direct bus transfers to Krabi and Suratthani as well. Duration of this kind of trip is surely shorter.

Bangkok–Khao Lak&Khao Sok

Paradive Travel is one of few companies offering direct transfer from Bangkok to Khao Lak, a resort area on the Andaman Coast immediately north of Phuket which is a great alternative if you do not like too touristy areas. The trip lasts 16 hours and tickets cost THB1050.

Another great destination for adventure seekers with Paradive Travel is Khao Sok National Park, one of the most beautiful and scenic national parks in the whole country. The length of the journey and the cost of ticket is the same as for Khao Lak.

As both of these destinations are on the mainland, you have a direct bus ride without any connections.

Pros

The entire trip is cost effective and basically providing what you pay for (price policy is very friendly, tickets cost ranges from THB1000-1300).

Some people remained more than satisfied and even grateful recalling the bus waited for them in spite of their being late for half an hour.

There were NO complaints about the boat leg (boat is fine, stable and comfortable with strong air con, refreshments and beers, big room and good toilets).

Cons

Actual arrival time can differ from the scheduled one.

Buses are of economy class which explains their mediocre quality (not very comfortable inside, leaking aircon, though most of the seats are reclining you can be unlucky enough to hit the one which is not, smelly toilet, no blankets or complimentary sacks and water included, no lighting fir reading, no Wi-Fi).

The only food/drink/ toilet stop for 10-hours (or even 18-hour) trip was at a high-priced, filthy place (mostly had snacks such as Pringles, Ritz crackers and biscuits) and as food coupons are not covered by ticket fare the passengers are starving and just have to drop in.

The crew was rude providing no information; charge you to use the restroom.

Not well-cleaned bus station or rather a shack in Suratthani and thereafter too long waiting at the pier for ferry pick up were disappointing.

No information on travel itinerary and stops - when the collection point in Bangkok is the central train station, passengers have no idea that the bus will proceed to Khao San Rd to collect more people, so due to the lack of information some passengers had actually to back-trace the whole route to Khao San Road.

Ticket fare for children is the same as for adults though normally there is a 50% discount for kids in Thailand.

Keep in mind

Keep your ticket (NOT purchase receipt, it will not help) until the whole trip is over, the pier staff or anyone else may ask you to show your bus ticket which is valid for the ferry as well so the one failing to have it would probably have to pay again.

Paradive Travel Company Reviews

2.6
113 / 2,153
5 9
4 19
3 31
2 28
1 26
97.5% of 2,153 travelers were presumably happy with Paradive Travel 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.

Apr 24, 2018
bus Economy, Paradive Travel
★★★☆☆
The itinerary was never communicated, so when we had to get out of the bus at 5 a.m. to transfer to another minibus it came as a surprise. Other than that everything went smoothly and we got to our destination early
Mar 13, 2018
bus Economy, Paradive Travel
★★★☆☆
Seats were broken, no reserved seats, couldn’t sit with friends. Lack of communication but this is just the Thai way.
Mar 3, 2018
bus Economy, Paradive Travel
★★☆☆☆
Guido in Bangkok was late. The trip to surathani was ik. But the stop place IT can be much better then this one.from surathani to Khaolak I was put in local bus. So afterall Maybe 1 point is better.
Feb 19, 2018
bus Economy, Paradive Travel
★★☆☆☆
2 long stops
Jan 2, 2018
bus Economy, Paradive Travel
★★★★☆
Was a little confusing at 1st but it was fine at the end. Could've informed the passengers more on what was going on but other than that it was all gravy
Jan 2, 2018
bus Economy, Paradive Travel
★☆☆☆☆
No blankets. No refreshments. Left 1 hour behind schedule. Bus very bumpy. No English speaking staff. Very overpriced for journey.
Jan 1, 2018
daytrip Adventure, Paradive Travel
★★☆☆☆
They completet the mission in bringing us to the market and back home. BUT they give you no information about anything, no stories about the area and the market you are. We were always behind the schedule because they could not organise who as to go in which bus... So we were waiting for 40 minutes in the heat in front of our busses... They stop on both way at a gasoline to fill the bus... We had the idea they just want the tourist to buy stuff. You had to leave the car and then wait another 15 minutes to continue the journey.
Dec 31, 2017
bus Economy, Paradive Travel
★☆☆☆☆
Terrible service
Dec 30, 2017
bus Economy, Paradive Travel
★☆☆☆☆
Absolute shit. 1,5 hours delayed with no notice. Toilet full of shit on the floor and stinked down the whole bus. Never again.
Dec 30, 2017
bus Economy, Paradive Travel
★★★★☆
Bus was an hour behind schedule. Otherwise it was decent and I would travel with them again.
Dec 29, 2017
bus Economy, Paradive Travel
★☆☆☆☆
Nobody was there at the meeting time we had to wait one hour to get in the bus. They dropped us at the pier without informing us about the rest of the journey. We had to wait there for 4 hours to get in the ferry. Avoid this company as much as possible
Dec 29, 2017
bus Economy, Paradive Travel
★☆☆☆☆
The clue at Hua Lamphong came 40 min late. we arrive at the Pier 3 am and wait 3:30 hour to take the ship. the Ship arrived 13:00 instead of 11:30. Everything was not so organized and it could be squeezed to 12 hour trip in total. I am surprised that nobody complained on this.
Dec 29, 2017
bus Economy, Paradive Travel
★★☆☆☆
The bus was fine, but then we had to wait 4 hours in the midddle of the night for the ferry. The boat was horrible, puked my ass off
Nov 12, 2017
bus Economy, Paradive Travel
★★☆☆☆
Timetable ok. We arrived in time. Bus uncomfortable. No food coupon and no water. No information about stops. The bus toilet was in unacceptable conditions, too dirty. And the toilet at the stops were not free. We were dead on time at the Pick up point but we had to make some call to be sure that somebody will come to pick us up. The company man came after 45 minutes. Never more with paradive travel.
Aug 14, 2017
bus Economy, Paradive Travel
★★☆☆☆
Bus was warm, but not too warm. And there were blankets. But the smell of urine was terrible. We arrived at 4 0 clock at the pier and had to wait 3 hours for the ferry, while sitting on a wooden bench
Aug 7, 2017
bus Economy, Paradive Travel
★★★☆☆
the bus got a flat tyre so took a lot longer than expected. the a/c above where the seat was leaked water on us the whole trip
Aug 6, 2017
bus Economy, Paradive Travel
★★★☆☆
1 1/2 late
Aug 5, 2017
bus Economy, Paradive Travel
★☆☆☆☆
Terrible trip bus broke down in the middle of nowhere for 4 hours. All the driver did to fix it was hit the engine with a wrench...
Jul 29, 2017
bus Economy, Paradive Travel
★★☆☆☆
My seat was broken, the backrest contstantly went all the way back. The leggrest didn't work at all. The staff was verry unfriendly and rude. During the whole trip they said anything about what was going to happen next. And the end it worked out fine, but it was nicer to know what was happening.
Jul 9, 2017
bus Economy, Paradive Travel
★★★☆☆
Bus arrived late, ferry got to Koh phangan 2 hours later than listed. The seats were very uncomfortable and absolutely freezing, especially since you can't turn the aircon off since the individual dials are broken. They say you can get a blanket on request but the only time you see an attendant is very briefly as they are herding you on and off the bus, so I wasn't able to get one. If you bring a jacket or something it's manageable. Three stars because despite the discomfort it was safe and there were no confusing transfers to deal with yourself. If you've got the money go on the train or fly, but if you're on a budget then bring a jacket and water/snacks and you'll get to Koh phangan in one piece.

Paradive Travel Stations

Na Thon Koh Samui Hua Lamphong Tha Thong Pier Thong Sala (Koh Phangan) Mae Haad (Koh Tao) Matapon pier Suratthani Khao Sok Khao Lak Suratthani Town Ao Nang Railay Ton Sai Pier (Koh Phi Phi) Klong Jilad pier Lang Sot Koh Lanta Saladan Pier Bangkok any hotel