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.

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Paradive Travel Company Reviews

2.6
145 customer reviews
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97.6% of 2,766 travelers were presumably happy with Paradive Travel as they left good or no review
VP
4
Bus Economy, Paradive Travel, Sep 7, 2019
Journey was all fine. Only the information provided by 12go Asia were very inaccurate.
CV
3
Bus Economy, Paradive Travel, May 29, 2019
The water was leaking into the bus. Our luggage was wet.
AK
2
Bus Economy, Paradive Travel, Mar 26, 2019
Bin nach 19 Std. In Khao Lak angekangekommen..geplant waren 16 Std..diverse Umsteigeprozeduren einschließlich Wartezeiten von 2 Std..AC gab es nur für den Bus nach Surat Thani..2 Sterne dafür, dass Alles durchorganisiert war, aber diese Tour würde ich nicht mit Bus empfehlen..
CM
3
Bus Economy, Paradive Travel, Mar 25, 2019
The stars are for the cost and and the unexpected laughs! The bus was half an hour late at Bangkok station. We were just toying with hitting the booking.com App as it arrived. It wasn't one bus either, it was 2 buses, a taxi, a 2 hour wait, a van and a ferry. We were covered in different coloured stickers by the end. Comfort wasn't great and it all felt a bit unreal at times ... nobody was expecting so many stages. If you're not backpacking it probably wouldn't suit.
CS
4
Bus Economy, Paradive Travel, Mar 7, 2019
Honestly, the service by the transport company (Songserm) was lovely and I'll use this again. This is more of a message saying that the restaurant we stopped on our way from Bangkok to Suratthani was outrageous, but well...
CH
3
Bus Economy, Paradive Travel, Jan 3, 2019
Got what I paid for. 4 buses from Bangkok to Koh lanta. Buses all rundown but got me to my accommodation safely. Didn't know what was happening the entire time.
AR
2
Bus Economy, Paradive Travel, Dec 31, 2018
After tiring journey in bus with chilling temperature and no proper response from bus driver or attender. We couldn't sleep and had wait at the port for 2.5 hrs to catch the ferry. The ferry guys ripoff on transport after ferry. Overall avoid this journey in case you can take the flight.
PK
4
Bus Economy, Paradive Travel, Dec 30, 2018
At the beginning we were little bit confused because no-one was at the meeting point on the time (18.30) stated at the ticket. Finally it came out the bus was late so in the end we started like half an hour later.. anyway We arrived punctual (13.30) at Ko Lanta The first part of the trip was until Surat thani (6.30). There we changed the bus going to Krabi where we arrived at 9.30. At 10.30 a small minivan picked us up going over Hua Hin Pier to Ko lanta. For an extra 100 baht he brought us till our guesthouse. So it all worked out well, but in terms of comfortability and duration (and costs) definitely the backpacker's choice ;)
CO
3
Bus Economy, Paradive Travel, Nov 28, 2018
Voyage long et peu confortable.et un autre voyageur français à payer 400 baths de moins que moi.

Paradive Travel Stations

Na Thon Koh Samui Hua Lamphong Tha Thong Pier Thong Sala Koh Phangan Mae Haad Koh Tao Matapon pier Surat Thani Khao Sok Khao Lak Surat Thani Town Ao Nang Railay Ton Sai Pier Koh Phi Phi Klong Jilad pier Lang Sot Koh Lanta Saladan Pier Bangkok Hotel Transfer