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From Southern Terminal to Ranong by bus

09:00
Southern Terminal, Bangkok
19:00
Ranong Bus Station
10h
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Southern Terminal, Bangkok
06:20
Ranong Bus Station
10h
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Southern Terminal, Bangkok
07:25
Ranong bus station
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Southern Terminal, Bangkok
07:00
Ranong Bus Station
10h
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Southern Terminal, Bangkok
07:25
Ranong bus station
10h 25m
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Southern Terminal, Bangkok
07:00
Ranong Bus Station
10h

From Bangkok any hotel to Ranong by taxi

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Ranong
7h 45m
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From Khaosan Tara Travel to Ranong by bus

18:30
Khaosan Tara Travel, Bangkok
09:57
Ranong Pier
15h 27m

From Khaosan Tara Travel to Ranong by van+bus+ferry joint ticket

18:30
Khaosan Tara Travel, Bangkok
10:36
Ranong Pier
16h 6m

From Don Mueang Airport to Ranong by flight

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06:05
DMK Don Mueang Airport
07:30
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How to get from Bangkok to Ranong

For the majority of Thai expats, especially those who reside in Phuket, Ranong used to be an easy visa run destination to neighbouring Burma. Since the 2014 coup, after a series of crackdowns on visa runners, Ranong visa run agencies are seeing much fewer clients. Though at first sight Ranong is nothing more than a usual border town, it manages somehow to preserve a character of its own. Mind-blowingly tasty food bears pronounced Burmese and Chinese influence, and Ranong definitely benefits from the changes which are underway in Myanmar. The main draw of the wettest province in Thailand is live-abroad diving tours which bring you to majestic Surin Islands or Burma Banks, rightfully listed among the world’s prime diving destinations. Charming Koh Phayam and Koh Chang (not to be mixed up with the Koh Chang in Trat Province!) are an ideal choice to get out of it all and indulge in that idyllic ethereal atmosphere of a far-far-away place.

How to get from Bangkok to Ranong

There is no railway line passing through Ranong, the nearest station located in Chumphon on the Gulf coast. Technically you can first go from Bangkok to Chumphon by train (from seven to 9 hours) and then switch onto a bus from Chumphon to Ranong (two hours), but it is only worth doing if you by some reason plan a stopover in Chumphon or are going to Koh Tao first.

From Bangkok to Ranong by bus

The main bus terminal in Bangkok for all southbound trips is the Southern Bus Terminal, also known as Sai Tai Mai. It is located on the Western banks of Chao Phraya River and is best reached by taxi. Travel time from Bangkok to Ranong is from eight to 9 hours which makes a night bus the most convenient option as it saves your daytime and some baht otherwise spent on a hotel room.

Niomit Tour operates Express, VIP and VIP24 buses from Bangkok to Ranong, all departing at 9pm and reaching the destination between 4.50am and 5.30am. VIP and VIP24 tickets include a light meal during the journey, while with an Express you have only snacks which is actually of minor importance – unless you are a night-eating type. Tickets costs THB460/550/710 for an Express, VIP and VIP24 bus correspondingly. If you have an extra baht, it is always wise to opt for a VIP24 to have more leg and elbow space. Besides, there have been reports that express buses make too many stops on their way to Ranong, picking up passengers and cargo with cabin lights going on every time the bus stops. If you do not mind your journey last longer than expected, than an express is also ok.

Tip: As with all long haul buses in Thailand, air-conditioning in Niomit Tour buses is an issue: it may get freezing cold on board, so have some warm clothes at hand – the blanket you will be given is not always enough!

From Bangkok to Ranong by air

Even if you are the most determined overland traveller, it sometimes pays to consider a flight, too. Several low-cost airlines in Thailand offer tickets at discounted prices during certain periods, so check if you can catch a great deal.

Nok Air operates two direct flights to Ranong from Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok. There is a morning flight at 6am and an afternoon one at 5.05pm. The flight lasts 1 hour and 25 minutes and ticket prices start from THB1150 (lower during promotional periods). Note though, that Ranong airport lies some 22km south, so you will need at least 40 minutes to get to the city from there.

Ranong Connections

Rung Kit company operates Express buses from Ranong to Phuket. They reach the island in 5½ hours and cost about THB300. There are departures at 6.30am, 9.30am and 4pm. Please note that with the last departure you reach Phuket bus terminal by 9.30pm, so it is advisable to book your accommodation in Phuket in advance or opt for any guesthouse in Phuket Town rather than heading immediately to the beaches.

Other destinations from Ranong include Suratthani, Krabi, Phang Nga, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Hat Yai. Tickets are easily bought right on the spot at Ranong bus terminal which is just one km from the city centre and is reachable by blue songthaews.

Koh Phayam

All those stereotypes related to a paradise island are true for Koh Phayam. This little gem of an island has long sandy beaches, crystal clear blue seas, old-school bungalows and an air of a perfect island hideaway which becomes a rare bird nowadays. Though Koh Phayam is the main tourist destination in Ranong province, the island never feels overcrowded and chances that you will find a fair stretch of the beach just for yourself are high. Narrow island roads are car free, and electricity round the clock is a privilege of a couple of bigger resorts. That said, many accommodations offer Internet, so you will not feel too isolated from the rest of the world if you need it in your smartphone.

Unspoiled beaches are undoubtedly the main attraction of Koh Phayam, but do not underestimate its hilly interior covered with jungle where a variety of short route for hiking attract those who get tired with a postcard-perfect sea picture of Koh Phayam. Koh Phayam lies 35km from the mainland, so estimate that your trip there will take from ¾ hrs by speedboat to two hours by ordinary ferry. Boat service is offered all year round, but the majority of smaller bungalows close for the low season from April to October.

Passenger reviews out of total 3,630 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

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.

May 19, 2018
bus VIP24, Niomit Tour
★★☆☆☆
The bus was super old, smelly, the sits were quite broken and no meal as announced as well as no WiFi. At least it departured and arrived on time.
Apr 29, 2018
bus VIP24, Niomit Tour
★★★★★
Consistently good experience with Niomit and 12Go on this route. This trip, the bus was even improved - must be relatively new.
Apr 4, 2018
bus VIP24, Niomit Tour
★★★★★
Wonferful ride very comfortable. Slept well. Highly recommend
Mar 18, 2018
bus VIP24, Niomit Tour
★★★★☆
very good ride all the way to Ranong ! Bus was good and we had a lot of space !
Feb 26, 2018
bus VIP24, Niomit Tour
★★★★★
All very weel, good prive and save drinving
Feb 17, 2018
bus VIP24, Niomit Tour
★★★☆☆
The trip was alright. Got me from point A to B with time to spare. Bus was a little older, and but as comfortable as other busses I've taken. No complaints, though.
Feb 9, 2018
bus VIP24, Niomit Tour
★★★★★
Straight forward procedure.Good trip...remember to have warm clothes for cold air con
Feb 3, 2018
bus Express, ChokeAnan Tour
★★★★★
This was a ride of a lifetime! The bus was very spacious and 70% empty. Though bus driver or stewardess could not speak well English, they were nice and smiling. We stopped after 3 hours for a good lunch in Thai restaurant, bus had own WC and AC. They also gave us free water, cake and coffee. Nothing to complain about. We arrived 30 min prior to scheduled time. I enjoyed the trip!
Feb 3, 2018
bus Express, ChokeAnan Tour
★★★☆☆
A little bit noisy as for every stop they shout the name of the city even if in the middle of the night. Smell of toilet in the bus all along the ride. Seats are confortable.
Feb 3, 2018
bus VIP, Niomit Tour
★☆☆☆☆
definitely book the vip24 bus, it is so so much better than the crammed old vip32, where you get sore legs. it was raining at night while we drove and there was a leak in the roof at my seat, so it was dripping water onto me the entire journey. didnt sleep at all, all my things got wet, not so great with the a/c blasting. bus makes one stop for food, but nobody ate. driver's made a 3 more stops to pick up other things and buy gas or water. but no other people got on the bus.
Feb 2, 2018
bus VIP24, Niomit Tour
★★☆☆☆
I paid for vip24 but they made me travel on a bus older than at least 15 years compared to the one in the picture. the staff spoke out loud for at least half the trip. at ranong we arrived at 6, not at 7:30, the staff did not adequately warn the passengers that we had arrived, I asked for the pier anyway and they told me to wait for the second stop. the second stop was a garage for the exclusive use of the company, here all the taxis and tuktuk offered rates for the transfer to the pier more than doubled (50 bath) and even speed boat packages for the islands, more than inflated. be careful, the feeling is that the company avoids to get you off at the first bus stop because they work together with the drivers.
Jan 29, 2018
bus VIP, Niomit Tour
★★★★☆
I thought I bought a VIP 24 nut got s VIP 32. Otherwise everything very good, good service and on time.
Jan 28, 2018
bus VIP24, ChokeAnan Tour
★★★★★
Luxus bus. Nice stewardesse, but the meal was not for europerian people
Jan 23, 2018
bus VIP24, Niomit Tour
★★★★★
Very good trip. Air con was fine for us.
Jan 22, 2018
bus VIP24, Niomit Tour
★★★★★
Perfect travel! The seats are really comfortable and they become almost like BEDS. You have a lot of space. Driver was really good, save trip. We traveled from southern Station Bangkok to Ranong with others busses...and this is also good. PERFECT TRIP
Jan 20, 2018
bus VIP24, ChokeAnan Tour
★★★★☆
quite comfortably and a good way to save a night in bangkok.
Jan 19, 2018
bus Express, ChokeAnan Tour
★★★★★
Everything worked great. Good and friendly service in the bus. And the bus was really good.
Jan 17, 2018
bus VIP24, ChokeAnan Tour
★★★★★
It was OK, a comfortable trip. Free little meal on restaurant. Water and snacks at the beginning.
Jan 17, 2018
bus VIP24, ChokeAnan Tour
★★★☆☆
Staffan did not speak English, No meal as promised only Coffee and sweets. The bus arrived much earlier that that create some trubbel
Jan 10, 2018
bus VIP24, ChokeAnan Tour
★★★☆☆
Staff didn’t speak a word of English. No free meal, the reading lights didn’t work. Comfortable seats though. Bus arrived 90 min earlier & made many ranfom stops on the way.
Jan 10, 2018
bus VIP, Niomit Tour
★★★★☆
Good bus ride, slept almost the whole trip. Toilet could be cleaner tho.
Jan 2, 2018
bus VIP24, ChokeAnan Tour
★★★★☆
good bus. good shocks. fast time. good touches like water and snacks . chair folded way down, but at 5.9 feet it was awkward. legs too long, neck too long. couldnt get comfortable. slept better on planes.maybe ill keep chair more upright on return journey. my shorter asian friend was comfortable.
Dec 29, 2017
bus VIP24, Niomit Tour
★★★★☆
Bus was very comfotbable. Big seats. Water, juice and filled bun was nice present we didn”t expect. Anyway, aircondition was too strong for me. I had a blanket, warm hoodie and catched cold.
Dec 23, 2017
bus VIP24, ChokeAnan Tour
★★★★☆
Good and safe trip????????
Dec 23, 2017
bus VIP, Niomit Tour
★★★★★
Very comfortable & punctual, I made the error of not booking from Sai Tai Mai (Bkk Souhern terminal) through to the Niomit office so had to pay the 60 bhat transfer, lesson learned ! Other than that, all was good.
Dec 18, 2017
bus VIP, Niomit Tour
★☆☆☆☆
Do not buy on internet, can buy at bus station directly for cheaper. Also boat cheaper at pier, do not buy on internet
Dec 16, 2017
bus VIP24, Niomit Tour
★★★★★
Tip Top!
Nov 24, 2017
bus VIP24, Niomit Tour
★★★☆☆
Booking via internet with 12Go, picking up the tickets at the station and being helped onto the bus went fine. A bit disappointed by the bus itself, we had the VIP24 and it had certainly seen better days! The interieur was Just as deteriorated as the exterieur of the bus. Where as the bus next to us, the VIP36 was brand new and shiny! journey went as expected in Thailand, stopping off here and there to deliver post and picking up flowers on the way, don’t expect too much shut eye on the bus. The driver was very steady and we had a comfortable drive. One last tip.... our bus stopped at the the terminal, not the station or ferry, you had to take a taxi to get any further.
Nov 20, 2017
bus VIP24, ChokeAnan Tour
★★★★☆
Great experience, only improvements I would say is English movies that speak English, foot rest on back of chair for people with longer legs, (the one on the bottom of chair was to high, not comfortable) and WiFi would be amazing, but ok without. Everyone very helpful. Thanks
Nov 2, 2017
bus VIP, Niomit Tour
★★★★☆
We had a good ride down to Ranong. The bus was more than on time that we could catch the earlier ferry. It was comfortable and the time went by quite fast.
Aug 4, 2017
bus VIP24, Niomit Tour
★★★★★
Comfortable bus with plenty of leg room. Plenty of refreshments given and even a blanket too! There was also a toilet on the bus which is always a bonus!
Jul 10, 2017
bus VIP24, Niomit Tour
★★★★★
Nice ????
Jun 27, 2017
bus VIP, Niomit Tour
★★★★★
Bus and seat were much better than expected. Even found a snack and a drink. Bus arrived more then an hour early, which lead to more waiting for our ferry, but otherwise nice ride!