Suwannatee

Suwannatee
3.9
144 / 5,641
5 45
4 61
3 20
2 10
1 8
99.7% of 5,641 travelers were presumably happy with Suwannatee as they left good or no review


Suwannatee Express outside
Suwannatee

Quick company intro:
Suwannatee Tour is a bus company that provides spacious 24 and 32 seat passenger double decker VIP and Express buses. With its headquarters in Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) on Borommaratchachonnani Road the company offers both online and real time booking.

Routes serviced by Suwannatee Tour
Suwannatee Tour offers the route between Bangkok and Chumphon, one of the most important transportation hubs in southern Thailand. Chumphon is the main starting point for your sea journey to neighbouring Koh Tao with further travel to other islands of the Gulf, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui.

Bangkok–Chumphon

There are at least five departures a day from Bangkok to Chumphon: one in the morning (9am), one in the afternoon (12pm) and three in the late evening (8pm, 9pm and 10pm). Travel time from Bangkok to Chumphon with Suwannatee Tour is under 7 hours. Expect to pay THB400 for an express bus and THB450 for a VIP which is normally the last bus of the day.

Schedule-wise the two most convenient buses are the morning bus which brings you to Chumphon by 3.30pm what leaves you with enough time to make an afternoon tour of the city and catch the slow (and cheap) night ferry to Koh Tao, or the last bus at 10pm which arrives early the next morning leaving you with the whole day ahead of you and plenty of choices on which ferry to catch.

Similarly heading back to Bangkok you have the same choice of morning, afternoon and evening departures with Suwannatee Tour. In Chumphon, all the buses leave from the company’s office just southwest of the train station in Nawamin Ruan Jai Road.

Pros
Suwannatee Tour provides a solid value. The onboard service is good and includes water and snacks with a meal at the stop already included into your ticket price.

Seats are soft and reclining and there is reasonable leg space even in the cheaper express buses, though Westerners may want to choose an aisle seating.

Blankets are provided for night trips and air-conditioning is normally not excessive.

Suwannatee Tour has a good safety record.

Suwannatee Tour bus tour company is by far one of the cheapest and therefore you get what you pay for so as long as you don’t expect too much from a budget friendly service you will be more than happy with your journey. The buses are reliable, convenient and take the fastest routes possible.

Cons
Do not expect bus attendants to speak much English. It can be an issue if you need to get off not at the terminus. Do let them know where you are heading at the very beginning of the trip.

There have been reports of double booking with passengers having to settle for a different class of the bus. Though if you are changed from VIP to express, the difference is normally reimbursed but the level of comfort will be different.

Some of the buses from Suwannatee Tour bus fleet are aged so do not expect charging ports and there may be issues with broken TVs but it can hardly be considered as a minus as you are saved from too loud entertainment programs in this case.

What travellers say
Generally, the majority of the reviews about Suwannatee Tour are good with most people satisfied with the cleanliness of the buses and on board toilets. The staff are welcoming and accommodating, and you can expect an easy and safe travel. Keep in mind, though, that it still be confusing at arrival both in Chumphon and Bangkok, if you are dropped off in random locations – either closer to the train station in Chumphon or at one of the BTS stations en route in Bangkok.


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September 4.6



November 2017

Borbala, Nov 20, 2017 - Very good service! Snack, water and lunch stop. The bus was clean, staff very nice, blanket was much appreciated as the AC was running. Only improvement point is to let the passangers know where we are. Just call out the name of the town as if there's a delay you kind of loose track of where you have to get off.

August 2017

Luca, Aug 28, 2017 - Everything went well, fine driver, fine bus. The only problem is that we arrive at the Suawannatee station (4:10AM) 1:45 min before the expected arrival time (5:55).
Victor, Aug 11, 2017 - Good ride but no Wifi on the bus.
Maaike, Aug 2, 2017 - The trip was very comfortable. The best bustrip we had this month :). Bus was on time, seats were good and spacious. We received a drink and a cake and a short stay at a busstation inbetween. Good value for your money!

July 2017

Sophia, Jul 8, 2017 - Bus arrived 8 minutes early, they stowed our luggage very quickly and got us in the bus. The seats were very comfortable allowing you to recline very far and prop your legs up. We stopped to have food and buy some snacks. We hit traffic in Bangkok but it only added 30 minutes to our arrival time.
Sophie, Jul 7, 2017 - Terrible service. My driver dropped me to the wrong location at late hours in the morning and told me to just walk by myself. Not impressed.

June 2017

Michael, Jun 11, 2017 - Nice Bus, very spacious, friendly staff
Duncan, Jun 10, 2017 - Free food was a plus but was 2 hours late to arrive at destination

May 2017

Luca, May 10, 2017 - Bus was one hour and half late
Anthony, May 5, 2017 - Definitely not VIP in any shape or form, poxy juice carton and bag of crisps was the 'snack meal' provided. There was no service of any kind. Seats Ok just, good reclining but that's about it. Arrived at chumphon at 4.00am an hour and a half earlier than scheduled no one around and just dumped outside the drop zone in pitch darkness. Middle of no where and no way to get a taxi Would never recommend unless you like of track experiences, which as it happens I do

April 2017

Rungpetch, Apr 17, 2017 - Bus is old and very slow
Stephen, Apr 7, 2017 - Those at the station were very helpful, the coach crew were great, will always travel by coach on every trip.

March 2017

Andrea, Mar 22, 2017 - It was good... you have a stop for food on the way and a drink and a snack on the bus. But it would have been nice if they dropped the foreighners off at the right place as well. Just 1 quick look at the map for a correct drop off on the route. No need to speak each others language for that.

January 2017

Cora, Jan 7, 2017 - Best bus service eas made to feel safe and welcome. Bus lady spoke english to us and explaimed everything. And we got a free meal included
Judy, Jan 2, 2017 - There was a bun, 2 packets of drinks and wet tissue provided. Staff cant speak much English but they will announce the stops

December 2016

Ian, Dec 20, 2016 - Service was good but the smell from the toilet was horrible if you had seats behind it for seven hours
Ian, Dec 18, 2016 - Bus a bit old and wobbly but staff ok, fast service
Thomas, Dec 10, 2016 - Easy booking, really helpful info in the accompanying email. Bus left on time and got there on time. Acctually managed some sleep on this one too!
Amy, Dec 4, 2016 - Definitely not VIP. No food, no snack, as soon as the bus started the TV was turned off and we were rudely awoken and then dumped by the side of the road, in the middle of nowhere, two hours earlier than scheduled with no instructions on how to get our "free taxi" the lady at the counter in Bangkok had convinced us to buy when she said it came with our boat ticket they overcharged us for.

November 2016

Arkadiusz, Nov 27, 2016 - A/C. Snack and lunch included. Movies. Great service and nice staff :)
Oliver, Nov 22, 2016 - Not VIP. When arrived 30 minutes before, the travel desks 47-48 were closed. Luckily found the bus downstairs and used are printed voucher. Nightmare. Lady host was horrible. No charging points. No new pillows. No TV. Only 1 snack. Seats weren't VIP and the food stop definitely not! Would of got a better service and cheaper on the express buses. Would only book if last resort!
T.m., Nov 5, 2016 - Took the bus from bangkok to chumphon in like 7/7,5 hours. Only complaint was nobody spoke english and it was not very clear at what station we were at stops. The headrest was made for someone smaller then me. Good experience

October 2016

Xavier, Oct 9, 2016 - Good service for good price, food included, arrived on time, will do it again

September 2016

Ian, Sep 28, 2016 - I have been on many old creaky Thai buses but this was good, plenty of legroom, good blanket, quick and good price. Needs to drop at Train station though before or after office drop

August 2016

Lorena, Aug 28, 2016 - Very punctual and bus really confortable with lots of space for legs. I slept all the way to destination ;) On The other hand, The bus stops in The middle of nowhere si it would be advisable to make The drop off at The train station
Walter, Aug 19, 2016 - Trip nice and friendly staf.
Laura, Aug 19, 2016 - The bus was pretty old, not exactly a VIP bus. There was another VIP leaving which was much better. Seats lean back enough and we had enough leg room though. We were left in the middle of nowhere. Luckily we had bought the ferry with transfer option at the bus station.
Elaine, Aug 17, 2016 - Everything was great but I agree, drop off at the train station would be more ideal.
Paul, Aug 8, 2016 - Nice bus with a lot of space (except our spot, left front seats). Only thing is: they could've told where we would be dropped off and how to proceed from there beforehand. Now we spent a lot of time fixing a separate boat tour and ride from where we were dropped.
Lien, Aug 6, 2016 - Beautiful bus, very comfortable, nice service! Slept the whole drive!

July 2016

Dieke, Jul 29, 2016 - Best bustrip I had in Thailand. Seats were comfortable, we got food, drinks and a blanket. Upon arrival at 5 AM plenty of taxi's were ready to bring me to my destination.
Beau, Jul 17, 2016 - Best bus trip so far in SEA. Seats were comfortable, we even got a blanket and food!!

June 2016

Thayara, Jun 10, 2016 - We didn't receive any "dinner", just a snack: a tea, and a sweet roll. We were left in a place in the middle of nowhere. Luckily we met another guy that told you us we needed to buy the "deal" which included the bus to the pier from the point where we were left off. The tuktuk guy was asking us 300 baht...

May 2016

Juliana, May 24, 2016 - The bus was comfortable and the staff very kind. The only bad thing was to be dropped off in the middle of nowhere at 4am! They could at least drop as off at the Train station where there are more people around.
Martin, May 2, 2016 - Good bus aircon was nice and a blanket was provided åt start of trip. Only compliant would be the headrest which was optimal for someone shorter and made sleeping a bit uncomfortable. I'm 1,85 m and headrest is more for someone around 1,60.

April 2016

Natalie, Apr 17, 2016 - Very good service however we reserved specific seats online far in advance and was told by staff to sit elsewhere when we tried to sit in the seats we had chosen.
Jacki, Apr 12, 2016 - We had a very fast and pleasant trip. Nice meal included! Very recommendable and cheap!

March 2016

Marek, Mar 25, 2016 - Nice, comfortable and on time
Cristina, Mar 23, 2016 - We travelled Last night is ver funny that the call it VIP bus with awfull mal, bea your pardon no meal Just water terrible Juice and terrible cake. Lights didn't work and TV was more like a stuff than anything. I give you a one only cause is the lowest rating I can give you
Dale, Mar 20, 2016 - Good service, bus was clean and had bathroom and blankets if you got cold. Aircon worked. Lunch is included in ticket price as well as a snack and drink on the bus. Bus arrived an hour late though and I was dropped off at a shopfront (which could have been my fault not knowing where my drop off point was). Staff didn't speak much English but still tried to be helpful.

Suwannatee

Suwannatee VIP Inside
Suwannatee VIP Inside
VIP Outside
Suwannatee VIP Outside

Schedule Suwannatee


09:00, 12:00, 14:00, 20:00, 21:00; 22:00; 22:00;
07:50, 08:25, 10:00, 12:20, 14:00, 22:00; 19:50, 20:25, 22:00; 19:50, 20:25;

Stations Suwannatee

Southern Terminal, Lang Suan, Lamae, Chumphon, Suwannatee station


Comparison Suwannatee