Paradive Travel

Paradive Travel
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97.5% of 1,417 travelers were presumably happy with Paradive Travel as they left good or no review


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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.


October 2.5

August 2.6

July 2.0



August 2017

Olga, Aug 14, 2017 - 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
Andrew, Aug 7, 2017 - 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
Oscar, Aug 6, 2017 - 1 1/2 late
David, Aug 5, 2017 - 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...

July 2017

Andre, Jul 29, 2017 - 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.
Kirk, Jul 9, 2017 - 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.

June 2017

Greg, Jun 12, 2017 - Ride was smooth but hard to hear sound of movie....I suggest English subtitles so the unfortunate can read. Also, I do like to read and above reading lights were not working. I asked driver who said he would fix it...never did!? It's a long ride if you can't sleep!

May 2017

Stefan, May 10, 2017 - Only food/drink stop in 18H was at a very expensive, dirty shop from which I'm sure the bus company gets commission. We had to wait for over 2 hours at night for the Ferry and arived 1,5 hour later than promised. The crew wasn't very nice too.. But the price was ok
Michael, May 4, 2017 - Satisfied,,, keep up!!!!
Vincent, May 1, 2017 - No pickup at meeting point. Leaking aircon above my seat. No information by staff

April 2017

Dora, Apr 18, 2017 - Bus was uncomfortable, I am used to sleeping well on Thai buses but this one was really bad. They didn't provide blankets and the a/c was too cold, internet didn't work. Ferry was ok. The whole thing was well organized though, I can't complain about that. We arrived later than it was indicated, but that's not a big deal.
Michael, Apr 17, 2017 - I had a join ticket (Bus from Bangkok train station to Surat thani, then ferry to samui. All was good, except the driver was rude to the travelers on the bus. Then there was a 3 hour wait at a run down, dirty station in Surat thani at 3 am where they charge you to use the restroom. Then we took another bus to the Pier where we had another two hours wait. This was during Songkran holiday, however. Cost effective travel with inconveniences......Pure Thailand
Pablo, Apr 16, 2017 - Colectivo sucio con olor a pis, lo cambiamos 2 veces, luego esperar 3 horas por el ferry. Llegaba supuestamente a las 9 am llego a las 12 am.
Uros, Apr 15, 2017 - The pickup at the BK Hua Lampong station was on time. The bus was cosier than the plane in my opinion. We had plenty of toilet stops on the way and you can sleep the entire time. Also the minibus was a pleasant experience especially when on board the ferry. Will travel with them in the future
Sebastien, Apr 15, 2017 - Long trips 15H BUT HAPPY booking don't know what and where is railay is lovely
Kiara, Apr 10, 2017 - The journey was very long and uncomfortable. Poorly organised at pick up in Bangkok, we didnot board a bus until 7:30 PM, meant to leave at 7. Not possible to sleep on the bus at all, very uncomfortable. The toilet on board smelt terrible sat upstairs and it wafted up the stairs. The resteraunt we stopped at was very dirty and expensive, mostly had snacks - pringles, ritz crackers and array of biscuits to choose from. Once off the bus had to wait 2 hours at a port for the boat. Boat was fine, comfortable and strong air con, bus journey was an awful experience would only recommend as a last resort if no trains are available. Basically you get what you pay for.

March 2017

Aneta, Mar 17, 2017 - Bus came one hour later than it had been scheduled
Mr, Mar 15, 2017 - Bus leg: the woman on the bus was rude. You could smell the toilet and there was only one rest stop (after 5 hours) at a shitty place owned by their friends rather than the several with a large 7-Eleven that we passed less than 15 mins earlier! Also the collection point was BK central station, it then took about an hour to drive to Khao San Rd to collect more people (we would have preferred an option or dropdown in the booking to pick it ourselves as we rushed to get across BK in traffic so that we could sit in traffic back to KSR!). No complaints about the boat leg of the journey. You can sit in the sun on top or in the shade and AC downstairs and you can get refreshments and even beers. Boat was big and stable and had good toilets.
Olivier, Mar 10, 2017 - The bus and the ferry were both nice, tho they were both at least one hour late! The bus pick up location could be a little more obvious and convenient. Overall good journey for the rest.

February 2017

Carolyn, Feb 28, 2017 - The bus looked great from the outside. We believed we'd be in for a comfortable journey. How wrong we were. The bus stank so bad of Urine. There was no WiFi. We stopped once in 10 hours which is not ebough considering we then had to wait 1.5 hours to get the next bus to the port. To top it all off a group of 10 tourists who arrived late and at the back of the queue were allowed on the bus first so they could all sit together leaving my friend and I who were 2nd in the queue to have to sit apart for 10 hours of more. Wouldn't use the company again and will get the train. I suggest you do the same. Frazer and Caz
Nuria, Feb 25, 2017 - It was okay, but in comparison with other bus trips in Thailand this time no food nor snack nor water included, stopped at VERY dirty and expensive food place, wi-fi not working half the time, no stop for food since 1AM to 12AM
James, Feb 13, 2017 - The bus was two hours late, while we were 45 minutes early as per request so we waited almost three hours before leaving. The bus was filthy, the toilet didn't work and smelt SO terribly that it gave me a headache from fermented piss/mothballs... Five minutes, fine. 12 hours... Worst travelling experience in Thailand. The rest stop was at a dumpy little place and the people there were very rude and pushy. The bag handlers THREW everybodies bags out of the bus into water and then there was a two hour delay before the ferry that was not specified. Could have made my own train reservations and ferry tickets for a fraction of the cost and will next time.
Gabriel, Feb 8, 2017 - The bus arrived 1.30hs later. No blankets, no water, no tv, no white light. The staff weren't good.
Carl-johan, Feb 3, 2017 - Couldn't lower my seat because there was a pole behind it. Sat too close to the toilet, which reeked something horribly everyone someone opened the door. They didn't arrive at the pickup until 40 minutes after what we'd been told. Arrived two hours before the ferry left in the morning, which sucked.
Daniel, Feb 2, 2017 - Bus waited for us even though we were late half an hour

January 2017

Alfie, Jan 31, 2017 - Stressful and frightening overnight journey, bus driver showed complete lack of regard for safety resulting in numerous close calls which we were witness too as we sat on the front row of the top deck. The whole journey felt as if he was driving too fast and beyond his capability. After that we arrived in a hut in Surat Thani at 4am where we had to wait for nearly 2 hours, why the need to drive so fast if we have to wait for so long. We were then transferred by bus to another 'bus terminal'/hut just outside Krabi, this time the bus driver was more sensible but we again had to wait from 8.50 am until 10.30am with little explanation from the staff, who consistently told us 'half an hour'. Very dissapointing and more importantly, dangerous journey.
Kylie, Jan 26, 2017 - Pretty comfy bus, slept with backpack next to window to spoon, so no theft. Overall good ride
Luke, Jan 22, 2017 - Killer!!! Crazy drivers. Great food stops. Plenty places to get cheap giant beers to pound. Do it!
Linus, Jan 16, 2017 - Bus left late and not in front of the building, but around the block. Nobody seemed to care that we were travelling with two children, nor did anyone bother to give us the refund for the overpaid ticket for them (children get a discount). The seats were okay, but it was impossible to turn the air con off. No complimentary snacks. Instead a useless 45min stop in the middle of the night. We were dropped off around 4am in the middle of nowhere and they let us wait there for aprox 3hrs only to be picked up by another bus that brought us to the ferry terminal. everything was delayed. had to walk several hundred meters with the children, while other busses went directly to the ferry. the ferry was alright. could have been worse, but all in all a disappointment.
Valerii, Jan 12, 2017 - Главное быть без кучи чемоданов и приготовиться к нескольким пересадкам, в общем если вы хотите сэкономить то весьма приемлемый вариант.
Della, Jan 9, 2017 - Start 8 PM and attive to ko samui al 11.45 am
Ashley, Jan 3, 2017 - It was a constant mess, definitely not what I wait for. Slow, expensive, and waste of time
Honoria, Jan 2, 2017 - I give this a 5 star just because I was so grateful to have transportation to Koh Phangan for NYE. It was literally the last available option. The bus was completely full. No a sleeper bus but most seats recline. I couldn't sleep. We had about 2 hours waiting at the dock for the ferry. Ferry was slow and very rough, but I was so tired I slept the whole way because it was only half full.
Michaela, Jan 1, 2017 - Was okay. The station where we swapped over busses was dirty and filthy. My seat was semi broken. When I booked my bus ticket online they gave me an option to reserve particular seats only to find on arrival that we in fact were just put on any seat. And woman on board assisting was extremely rude to all of us and if you asked a question she would just yell. Don't think I'll be going with this company again.
Bharath, Jan 1, 2017 - Bus wasn't so great.

December 2016

Hilda, Dec 31, 2016 - Pick up was late n messy, we all stood along the road waiting with no clue when we r leaving and what is happening. In Teh middle of the night, we were all made to get off and left there for another 2hrs before another bus picks us up. When we arrived at the pier we were again asked to wait. A supposedly 12hrs ride became a 15hrs dreadful and painful one. Never again, I rather pay 20/30 more for better sleep n seamless travel.
Stephen, Dec 29, 2016 - Shambolic pick up. You hang around outside the train station and no one gives you any info. There are three buses, however we were not allowed on and waited in the heat getting eaten by mosquitoes... finally allowed to board and we left 1 hour and half late. We were then dumped in a scrap yard outside Surit Thani to once again let the mosquitoes feed, before being loaded onto another bus to the pier. Another hour wait before being loaded onto a boat in chaotic scenes again. The whole set up is just totally unorganised. Would be so easy to sort it too. BUT... it is a fifth of the price of flying to Sumai.
Igor, Dec 29, 2016 - Это было ужасно
William, Dec 24, 2016 - Pick up shambolic 30 mins late setting off , one stop at midnight expensive and poor food facilities 2 hour stop at depot for no reason near Surat Thani more like a scrap yard than a passenger terminal missed 9 am ferry because of 2 hour stop so got to Samui 1 hour late , rating overall 1 out of 10
John, Dec 21, 2016 - The bus was comfortable: the seats reclined and they didn't play any movies. However they dropped us at the pier for the Ko Tao ferry at 3am, and the ferry didn't leave til 7am. If you don't mind sleeping 4 hours at a wooden picnic table, this is the option for you. The ferry demanded a piece of paper which I thought was my bus ticket and had disposed of, so they charged me a fresh 500 baht, even though I showed them my receipt for the purchase. These guys suck - watch out for this scam.

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Stations Paradive Travel

Na Thon (Koh Samui), Tha Thong, Hua Lamphong, 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


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