Bangkok to Mukdahan

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From Department of Land Transport to Mukdahan by bus

19:00
Department of Land Transport, Bangkok
05:00
Mukdahan
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20:00
Department of Land Transport, Bangkok
06:00
Mukdahan
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20:30
Department of Land Transport, Bangkok
06:30
Mukdahan
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21:00
Department of Land Transport, Bangkok
07:00
Mukdahan
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Department of Land Transport, Bangkok
07:30
Mukdahan
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From Morchit to Mukdahan by bus

08:30
Morchit, Bangkok
18:10
Mukdahan
9h 40m
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19:30
Morchit, Bangkok
06:30
Mukdahan
11h
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20:30
Morchit, Bangkok
06:10
Mukdahan
9h 40m
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21:00
Morchit, Bangkok
06:40
Mukdahan
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21:15
Morchit, Bangkok
07:45
Mukdahan
10h 30m
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From Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13 to Mukdahan by bus

20:30
Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13, Bangkok
06:30
Mukdahan
10h
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Bangkok to Mukdahan Schedule

Bangkok to Mukdahan Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Thaisanuan Tour VIP 08:30 – 18:10฿ 658
Transport Co Express 19:00 – 05:00฿ 503
Thaisanuan Tour Express 19:30 – 06:30฿ 502
Transport Co Express 20:00 – 06:00฿ 503
Sahaphan VIP 20:30 – 06:10฿ 639
Thaisanuan Tour VIP 21:00 – 06:40฿ 658
Sombat Tour Express 42 20:30 – 06:30฿ 669

How to get from Bangkok to Mukdahan

Mukdahan does not see many foreign visitors, and the majority of those who do arrive there, head right to the other side of the Mekong to the Lao city of Savannakhet, whether to apply for their Thai visa at the Thai consulate or to explore the southern provinces of Laos. Yet Mukdahan remains a very attractive riverside town, with great views over the Mekong, stylish cafes serving fresh coffee and a busy Indochine market which takes over the promenade on a daily bases. There are picturesque wats all along the river and the pace of life in Mukdahan is very laid back. All in all, even if not a destination all by itself, Mukdahan still makes quite a pleasant stop on your way to Laos or further afield to Isan.

Getting to Mukdahan

Neither Eastern, nor Northeastern railway line reaches Mukdahan. The only way to get there over land is by bus.

From Bangkok to Mukdahan by bus

Buses to Mukdahan leave from Morchit, Bangkok’s northern Bus Terminal. Though the terminal is huge, it is easy to navigate as there is plenty of staff ready to direct you to the correct gate. The overwhelming majority of buses depart in the morning and in the evening. As a standard, they all have a toilet on board, serve snacks and make several pit stops en route at large gas stations with a wide choice of forecourt operators, from hawkers stalls and chain restaurants to 7/Eleven convenience stores.

Tip: Air conditioning tends to be freezing in buses. Though for night trips blankets are provided, have a sweater or a jacket packed in your hand luggage.

The average travel time from Bangkok to Mukdahan is ten hours. Travelling by day steals you precious daytime, but leaving early in the morning (e.g. with an 8.30 Thaisanuan Tour VIP bus; arrival time to Mukdahan at18.10pm; THB604), you normally have enough time both to find an accommodation in Mukdahan before it gets dark – if you are planning to stay in the city, or to cross the border to Laos (the border crossing stays open till 10pm).

Thaisanuan Tour also operates three evening express buses at 7pm (arriving to Mukdahan at 5am), at 9ซ15 pm (arriving at 08.15am), all at THB502. There is a VIP bus by Sahaphan company at 8.30pm (arriving at 6.10am, THB589) and VIP24, which is the most convenient way to travel, at 9.15pm (7.45am; THB723).

Getting to Laos from Mukdahan

The international bus from Mukdahan to Savannakhet departs from the same bus station in Mukdahan to which buses from Bangkok arrive. Buses leave every hour from 7.30am to 5.30pm with the last bus heading to Laos at 7pm. If you are in a hurry to submit the documents to the Thai consulate in Savannakhet (from 8.30am to 11am), after completing your border formalities at the Lao side, instead of returning to your international bus negotiate a tuk-tuk ride to the consulate. It will save you some 20 minutes. Drivers usually ask about THB200, but THB120 is a more realistic price.

The Second Thai-Lao Friendship bridge

A 1600 m long, 12 m wide concrete bridge spanning over the Mekong between the northeastern Thai province of Mukdahan and Savannakhet in Laos was opened in 2007. Note that traffic on the bridge drives on the right side, as in Laos. The changeover is at the Thai end of the bridge.

Note: If you are heading to Savannakhet to get your tourist visa to Thailand, note that effective from November, 13, 2015, there are no more double entry tourist visas. In Savannakhet, the only option for a foreigner is a single entry tourist visa which costs THB1000. A long waited for 6-month tourist visa costs THB5000 and can be obtained through the Thai consulate or embassy in your home country only.

Getting around

There are yellow songthaews plying the route between the centre of the city and Mukdahan’s bus terminal which is located west of town. A ride costs just THB10. You can easily cover the central part of the town along the Mekong on foot, or negotiate a tuk-tuk ride. If you want to go further afield, some of the guesthouses and hotels offer scooters for rent; sometimes for as low as THB100 per day.

Where to stay

There are a lot of cheap but clean digs around the Indochine market, but if you venture further south, there are great places facing the river at a reasonable price. The best choice without any doubt is Riverview Mekong Hotel at N49 by the river, though you will have to walk quite a bit to get to the market area.

Activities

There is not much to do in Mukdahan itself apart from soaking up the atmosphere of a cosy riverside town. Several brightly coloured temples along the promenade bear distinctive Lao features. In the evening you may sometimes catch a dance class in one of them. The Indochine market is a great way to shop for Thai, Lao, Vietnamese or Chinese goods, from spices to everyday cotton clothes. Several street food restaurants offer food right in front of the market during daytime. For a stunning view over Laos and the Mekong head to the Phu Manorom mountain. It is especially picturesque at the sunrise. If you have another day to spend around Mukdahan, do not miss Phu Pha Thoep National Park which is best known for enormous stone ‘mushrooms’. There are good cycling opportunities in the vicinity, too. You can rent a bicycle (THB50) and head to the north of the city, following the narrow secondary or dirt roads along the river whenever possible. The setting is idyllic and there are a couple of nice temples – including one of the oldest wats in Mukdahan, Wat Manophirom – and a lot of fish farms.

Tip: Less that in 60 km north from Mukdahan lies That Phanom, a town in Nakhon Phanom province. Wat Phra That Phanom, the main temple of That Phanom, is one of the most important and revered temples of Isan. On religious holidays it draws crowds of worshippers from the both sides of the Mekong River. The form of the main stupa of Wat Phra That Phanom is replicated in many other wats in the area. A worth-to-visit destination from That Phanom is Renu Nakhon, famous for its cotton weaving traditions.

Bangkok to Mukdahan destination reviews

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111 customer reviews
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MF
4
Bus VIP 24, Sahaphan, Nov 21, 2019
Serive was good air con was very cold so today sick from bus trip
RG
4
Bus VIP, Sahaphan, Nov 8, 2019
All good , unfortunately I was in front of some pain in the butt people who kept kicking the back of my seat
RS
2
Bus VIP, Sahaphan, Nov 3, 2019
First of, technically this wasn't a VIP trip, but a 1st class - don't know what the difference is, could just see from the counter that VIP is 150 baht more than the one I had. Regardless of the status, these busses are just not comfortable. It may look luxurious and the seats are wider than standard (only 3 per row), but they are hard and extremely uncomfortable. They cut off the blood from your legs and it's impossible to find a good position for sleeping, since the back is just not made for human anatomy. And not sure what designer still thinks that leather is a good idea... On the upside, the bus left on time and arrived only 20 mins late, according to schedule. The staff was friendly and professional. If you're doing a night ride then bring ear plugs and eye mask, as they tend to start letting people off every so often for the last couple hours. Neck pillow goes without saying. Blankets were provided along with a bottle of water and a snack. 20 min. break halfway.
GP
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Bus VIP, Sahaphan, Nov 3, 2019
Seat did not lay flat as I have had in the past, food awful, driver too fast and my case was temporarily stolen by people boarding the bus to Savannaket at Mukdahan. Luckily I recognised it
DG
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Bus VIP, Sahaphan, Oct 29, 2019
Buying a ticket online meant a) I paid 2 extra service fees, and b) that when I went to check in at the desk at Mo Chit station, nobody knew what to do. I was literally sent to 8 desks before someone just told me to go to Platform 47 to wait for my bus. Turns out my bus was coming to platform 49, but luckily the lady at 47 was able to help me. Also, seats are designed for short people, so anyone over 5' 5", be ready to be uncomfortable the whole time. They include a sandwich with the ticket, but honestly I would have rather had a slight price drop and no food. This bus cost 150 baht more than "Gold" service bus, as it's supposed to be VIP, but I saw literally no difference between the 2 levels of service (I took gold last time). Bus was supposed to arrive at Mukdahan at 0600, we arrived after 0715. Not a big deal, except that i needed to be in line at the Thai embassy as early as possible, and being delayed over an hour makes a huge difference where/if one will get a spot in line (because from Mukdahan there are still several more processes and buses to to go through before finally arriving to the Embassy or wherever the final destination is.)
TE
4
Bus VIP 24, Sahaphan, Oct 28, 2019
Adequate. Usb chargers worked, water and snacks ok. Safe trip was had, early arrival. More expensive than Nakhon chai air, but not a better product. Bus was old.
RM
2
Bus VIP, Sahaphan, Aug 23, 2019
I have always used this bus service. It was just so comfortable with all the comforts one would need. However I stepped on the bus on Wednesday night and couldn't recognize it anymore. I had no television screen and charging port for my phone. The massage chair wasn't working and the aircons were leaking. The only reason I have given two stars is because the onboard staff and service still remains top notch. Come on Sahaphan Tours please maintain your buses and keep your passengers comfy on those long trips.
OU
2
Bus VIP, Sahaphan, Jul 20, 2019
Old single-decker bus. The distance between the seats is small. The driver was driving terribly, creating an emergency situation on the road. Bad VIP, bad express. Before Mukdahan picked up passengers in each village. Arrived in Mukdahan one hour late.
MB
4
Bus Express 42, Sombat Tour, May 8, 2019
It was a good smooth ride. The seats are very comfortable. Unfortunately I had Bronchitis and coughed all the way keeping others awake. I apologise to the other travellers.
PT
2
Bus VIP, Thaisanuan Tour, Mar 12, 2019
จองทางเวป​เป็นรถVIPแต่พอไปจริงๆแล้วเปลี่ยน​รถโดยที่ไม่ได้แจ้งลูกค้าก่อนล่วงหน้า​ :(
NR
4
Bus VIP, Sahaphan, Jan 31, 2019
Really nice service. Comfy seat. Quiet bus. Was an hour longer than expected. But no drama
RT
3
Bus VIP, Thaisanuan Tour, Jan 16, 2019
Bus was 2 hours late. Left mochit late. No usb chargers. Comfortable seat and easy to sleep. Not too crowded
DC
3
Bus VIP 24, Sombat Tour, Jan 8, 2019
Good service, and run to schedule. My only complaint is the seats are a little narrow, and leg room is restrictive.
AI
4
Bus VIP, Thaisanuan Tour, Aug 16, 2019
Late departure, late arrival.
CB
5
Bus VIP 24, Sahaphan, Jun 19, 2019
super easy and such a wonderful bus!!
JS
3
Bus VIP, Thaisanuan Tour, Dec 18, 2018
Delayed for 45 minutes from Bangkok

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