The closest to Mukdahan railway station is located in Ubon Ratchathani, some 160 km southwest. Travelling first to Ubon Ratchathani by bus and than from Ubon Ratchathani to Bangkok by train will save you neither money nor time. Do not reinvent the wheel, and opt for a bus. Direct bus from Mukdahan to Bangkok is the fastest and cheapest way to get to the capital.
From Mukdahan to Bangkok by bus
Mukdahan bus terminal is located a couple of kilometres west of town. Yellow songthaews head to the bus terminal from the centre. To get to the bus terminal from the Second Thai-Lao Friendship bridge, hire a tuk-tuk.
Note: If you are on your way back from the Thai consulate in Savannakhet after obtaining your visa, you may be late for a 2.30pm international bus from the bus station in Savannakhet, as the consulate starts handing out passports with visas after 2pm. Instead of waiting for another hour at the bus station in Savannakhet, take a tuk-tuk right from the Thai consulate to the border. It will cost you about THB100-THB120 per person, but in this case you can catch 2.30pm international bus at the bridge. Go through Lao border formalities and buy your bus ticket (THB50) at the booth right behind the passport control. The bus will bring you to the other side of the bridge for going through Thai Immigration and then to the bus station in Mukdahan, from where you will be able to continue your journey to Bangkok or any other destination in Thailand.
The most convenient way to do a ten-hour bus journey from Mukdahan to Bangkok is a night bus. The route is served by both governmental and private companies, so you have a wide choice of Express, VIP or VIP24 buses. Even the cheapest Express buses are generally ok, but for more leg space – and less fellow passengers – opt for a VIP24.
The trip itself is an ordinary bus trip in Thailand, with a couple of pit stops en route at large gas stations for meal or coffee breaks, bathrooms and 7/Eleven-style shopping.
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.
Both Thaisanuan Tour and Sahaphan operate night buses from Mukdahan to Bangkok. Thaisanuan has express buses provided – at 8.00pm arriving to Bangkok at 05.20am with tickets sold at THB506 and VIP bus at 9am arriving to Bangkok at 19.00am the price is THB604. Sahaphan offers a VIP bus at 8pm, which heads to Mochit Bus terminal (arriving at 6am) and VIP24 at 8.30pm arriving to Bangkok(Mochit Bus terminal) at 7.45am.
Thaisanuan Tour has a morning VIP bus, too. It leaves Mukdahan at 9am and arrives to Morchit at 7pm. Tickets cost THB604. Depending on the season, in this case after arriving to the bus terminal you have from zero to half-an-hour of the daytime left. Calculate that you will need about an hour to get to more centrally located districts of Bangkok from Morchit. It is a wise idea to have your accommodation booked – at least for the first night in Bangkok. Alternatively head to Khao San Road area or Bangkok China Town – there are plenty of budget choices there, and even if you may not hit your dream room right away, you will not be bound to spend the night under the starts anyway.