Siam First

Company Information

Siam First has been operating since 1978, making it one of the most established bus companies in the whole of Thailand. Based in Bangkok’s Morchit bus terminal, Siam First focuses on running services between the capital and the north of the country.

All the buses used on the company's routes are the more exclusive VIP buses that you've probably seen making longer trips up and down the country.

Routes served by Siam First Bus Company

Siam First connects Bangkok with northern cities such as Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, as well as heading towards the borders with Laos and Myanmar.

Bangkok–Chiang Mai

There are two buses each day from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, arriving at the Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to the east of the old town. Leaving at 20.02 and 20.32 each day, this trip should take around 10 hours costing approximately THB630 each way.

Bangkok–Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai is even more well-connected. There are 11 services per day running from Bangkok to Chiang Rai, taking 11 ½ hours, three of these buses terminate in Chiang Rai with the others heading towards towns closer to the border such as Chiang Khong (crossing to Huay Xai in Laos) and Mae Sai (crossing to Myawaddy in Myanmar). The three buses that finish at Chiang Rai depart Bangkok at 19.00, 19.20 and 19.50, each costing around THB660.

Bangkok–Lampang & Phayao

Siam First also runs two buses a day to Lampang, departing at 20.21 and 20.51, and Phayao (leaving Bangkok at 19.20 and 19.50). These trips should cost 9 ¼ hours (THB540) and 11 ½ hours (THB620) respectively.

Pros

Siam First is one of the most well respected companies across Thailand with an enviable safety record. VIP buses are used on all routes which means there are fewer passengers aboard than is the case with many of their competitors, making for a more peaceful night. Not only are VIP buses more comfortable than the train, the journey is also much quicker so is a fantastic option if you're planning on a cross-country trip.

When boarding one of Siam First’s VIP buses, you'll be welcomed with a complimentary snack and drink and on some of the newer vehicles there is even a built-in seat massager to relax you throughout your trip. These buses are about as comfortable as an overnight bus trip gets!

For those heading to Laos or Myanmar, Siam First runs regular services north which will suit anyone looking to exit Thailand and explore some of the neighbouring countries.

Cons

Unfortunately, there is no wifi aboard Siam First’s services which can be a pain during such a long trip. Also, with the price of domestic flights continually falling, it may sometimes be better value to book a budget flight as well as being far quicker! It's worth checking flight prices before you book a VIP bus in case there is a great deal on.

Keep in mind

All of Siam First’s services depart in the evening, meaning that you will arrive at your destination in the early morning. Frequent budget travellers will know that arriving at night is usually a hassle, so a morning arrival is handy, although, bear this in mind when booking accommodation as you might not be able to check in until later that day.

If you're planning on crossing into Laos from Chiang Khong or, from Mae Sai into Myanmar, then arriving in the morning allows you to cross the border and travel to your next destination on the same day, so you won't need to book a hotel in a border town, which can often be expensive.

Travellers reviews

Customers are pleased with the reliable service offered by Siam First and are attracted by its reputation as a well-established transport provider.

The standard of the VIP buses is also praised by travellers as it is often a much more comfortable journey than that experienced with some of their competitors. How can you not be happy with massaging seats?!

It is disappointing that wifi is not available on board these buses, a perk that is offered by some of the company's rivals, but hopefully this will change soon!

Siam First Company Reviews

4.6
139 / 2,223
5 96
4 37
3 3
2 1
1 2
99.9% of 2,223 travelers were presumably happy with Siam First 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 17, 2018
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
super comfy, super service, super friendy
Apr 1, 2018
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
very pleasant ride!
Mar 31, 2018
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
Very comfortable and clean seat with good service
Mar 20, 2018
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
The service is very good.
Mar 10, 2018
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
This was a very nice trip from smooth ticket booking to early arrival. Special thanks to the bus hostesses who spoke English!
Feb 12, 2018
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★☆
It was a bus trip, and this is as good as a bus trip gets. fully reclining seats, a nice hostess, lots of snacks and water, tea and juice. When I had to get off the bus to get food, I was very confused but following the locals and asking helped. Besides that it was a smooth and fast trip.
Feb 9, 2018
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
Transport and service very nice! Very comfortable coach!
Jan 25, 2018
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
Comfortable, lots of space, coffee in the morning!
Jan 23, 2018
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★☆
Seats and amenities were excellent! Too bad they don't have usb charger for electronic devices. Hostess was very kind and professional.
Jan 18, 2018
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
Very comfortable bus with snacks and comfy seats. It arrived in perfect time as scheduled
Jan 16, 2018
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
Easy,useful,reliable.
Jan 11, 2018
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★☆☆
I am making a review for my trip bangkok chiang Mai now while the bus is moving. The seats are spacious and somewhat comfortable but the bus driver is driving way too fast. I have traveled all over the world, and I have never been afraid of being on a bus before and I can safely say I am scared. He thinks he is a Race Car Driver. He has passed taxi buses and trucks on the highway in the fast lane. At one point, he narrowly scraped thru on the fast lane between passing a bus on the left and the wooden fence on the right. I was afraid for my life, but all other people seemed to be sleeping and didn't notice. The bus was rocking back and forth like a boat! This driver needs to SLOW DOWN and realize there are peoples lives at stake! The hostess was sweet. But due to the speed.. I've never seen such a thing. For this reason I would not take this company again.
Dec 29, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
excellent service..
Dec 26, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★☆
Nice
Dec 25, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
Price / Quality really good.
Dec 14, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
Great comfortable and safe ride :)
Dec 14, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
I did not want to leave the bus when it was over...
Dec 7, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
The bus was so nice, comfie, with massage seat. We got some snack n drink. Bus is very cool. The lady is so pretty. The toilet is clean. But unfortunately, no usb port n no wifi. Nice experience with siam first. Recommended. Thank u.
Nov 24, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
Vert good trip, confortable seats with lot of place!
Nov 2, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
Clean, comfortable, I loved the massage funktion of the seat
Oct 23, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★☆
Professional service, good driver, felt safe and arrived only 20 minutes late. Only complaint was that the seats were slightly narrow and there was a smell from the toilet but to be fair that’s common to pretty all night buses. 5 English films to choose from on seat-back TVs and headphones given out to use on-board. No sign of the much-anticipated massage chairs but all in all a good trip.
Oct 22, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
Полностью доволен поездкой. Расстояние между сидениями - метра полтора, сидения раскладываются почти горизонтально. Есть пледы и подушки, спать вполне удобно, как для автобуса. Кроме еды на остановке(столовая с тайской едой, вкусной), выдают например кекс, шоколадный батончик, сок, воду, еще носят чай и мак-кофе. Т.е., с едой тоже никаких вопросов. Единственное, с чем были вопросы, это то что надо обменять билет из письма перед посадкой. К счастью, нашли человека, который нас "за руку" отвел к кассе. На вокзале и в автобусе никто не разговаривает на английском, но обычно можно смело идти за толпой и делать то же что и они.
Oct 19, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★☆
We thought this was a great company to use - the hostess service was very good, and the driving safe. A generous amount of snacks and drinks provided on the journey itself, a food voucher to use at the halfway service station, TVs on the back of every seat, blanket/pillow provided, a toilet that actually had toilet paper, and there was also a decent amount of leg room. The seats reclined quite well, but could be a little bit wider in order to make yourself more comfortable. Apart from that, everything else was spot on. Would recommend this company :)
Sep 16, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
los asientos muy comodos, hasta hacian masajes! El aire acondicionado no era tan frio como pensamos que iba a ser, con la manta q te daban era suficiente. Nos dieron snaks y un cafe de desayuno, muy amable todos, recomiendo!
Sep 9, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
best overnight bus I've taken and the seats go all the way down and friendly service!
Sep 2, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
Maybe translate more into emglish was not Aware of first stop off point - v dazed and confused
Aug 28, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
Very comfortable bus, seats reclined almost like beds, given numerous snacks and even a free meal at a stop, would recommend to anyone
Aug 1, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
VIP traveling is the best
Jul 28, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
This was the best way to travel when trying to save money. The hostess was very nice and the bus was much more comfortable than I expected! I 100% recommend.
Jul 26, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
Best Bus I was driving in in my Life until now. A Lot of Leg space, a mediapad for every seat, free snacks and drinks.
Jul 13, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
El viaje súper cómodo. Asientos reclinables con reposa pies. Te dan almohada y manta y te ponen un aperitivo. Se descansa muy bien
Jul 4, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
Outstanding bus and services, highly recommended! This was the best seated night bus I have ever had (and I've had plenty!). The bus was extremely punctual and I was late... Only 5 min, but the bus was already gone. The girls at the counter were brilliant: they called the bus and put me in a taxi to meet the bus somewhere else! Once the trip started i was amazed by the quality of the seats, that you could put nearly horizontal, the great pillow and the blanket. It's a bus totally designed for night trips, so comfy! We had individual screens (only Thai movies but hey, so classy!) And snacks on board served by a friendly hostess. Thank you so much for such a great trip!
Jul 2, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
Easy booking. Breezy trip.
May 31, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
A tiempo. Comodisimo, el asiento hasta tiene una función de masajes. La azafata super amable. Te dan café, té y snacks. Viaje mejor que un vuelo. Recomendado!
May 27, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
Service was really good from the moment I checked in at their berth. However, do take care to look for the bus berth as you might take some time to locate the counter (The lower level of Mochit Station), then cross the carpark and go to the exact berth. Once there, I felt safe, with smiles from the crew who helped w depositing and tagging the luggage. It felt like I was taking an airline :) The service is tremendously good, the bus attendant was really professional, had a nice voice while giving instructions, and was helpful to translate to English where I did not understand Thai. Thank you - please compliment your helpful staff on the bus and on the ground. Other than that, there are many snacks that were given to us, even a warm drink and small moist tissue towel before arrival - and it was fuel for my long morning afterwards. Thankful for that. Till arrival, the crew was all smiles and I appreciated that. It is value for money, and journey felt safe and peaceful with a good rest on it, arriving on time, and had was nice with the warm blankets provided. Thank you Siam First, will def. use the reliability again. Note for Travellers: At the rest stop, you can exchange ur bus vouchers for some (more) food. Can check with the attendant. Thank you Siam First.
May 7, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
The service was excellent, hostess on the bus was very helpful. Very comfortable bus and snacks given along the way. Worth the travel to Morchit bus station instead of the bad buses and service leaving from khaosan road.
May 2, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★☆
Excellent bus, way better than expected My only issues are no WiFi, I hope that gets added someday and the staff woke me up several times to hand me things or take them back
Mar 7, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
This is my first time traveling to Chiang Mai and the journey from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is simply the best start. The seat is spacious and comfortable while they also serve snacks & drinks. Even better? The chair is a massage chair.
Mar 5, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
This overnight bus was much better than expected! There was a seat massager and a stewardess and seats that reclined almost all the way. There was also a clean toilet on board. Definitely worth the cost and I would highly recommend this bus company!
Feb 9, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★☆
On time, the bus was ok, the only thing is that no one speaks English..

Siam First Stations

Morchit Chiang Kham Lampang Chiang Khong Thoeng Mae Sai Mae Sai