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Bangkok : Southern Bus Terminal – Sai Tai Mai

All the essential information about the Southern Bus Terminal – Sai Tai Mai. Buses departing from this bus station serve cities in the south of the country. Giant and far from the city center, this is not the most convenient bus station.

In recent months, the bus terminal or south terminal of Sai Tai Mai is becoming increasingly important. The South Bus Station becomes a hub of the Thai road network.

Two south terminals: 2 names, 2 functions:

This can be confusing but there are two bus terminals south in Bangkok:

  •     The Southern Terminal Bus Sai Tai Mai (สาย ใต้ ใหม่)
  •     Southern Bus Terminal, Sai Tai Guo (ปิ่น ใต้ เก่า)

For travelers it is important to be well understood. Indeed, these two bus stations are very close by their name and their geographical proximity. Both are located on the same road,, Borommaratchachonnani Road. Sai Tai Mai being the farthest and Sai Tai Guo (Talingchan District) closer to downtown.

A bus station and shops

The Southern Bus Terminal – Sai Tai Mai (สาย ใต้ ใหม่) – is since the move of the minibuses of Victory Monument, one of the main bus stations of the capital. The bus station is not small and the building is imposing and suggests a large shopping center.

To buy the tickets

There are two ways to buy the tickets:

  • upstairs, for buses.
  • on the ground floor for minibuses.
Some drivers can get around the truth by saying that there are only
minibuses for this or that destination. It is better to go check on
the upstairs.

To save time and energy, it’s possible to book a place with our partner. Very easy, once the reservation made, the day of departure you have to go upstairs to register and know the number of the parking where the bus is.

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Terminal equipment

There are many things in this bus station: many small shops are on the ground floor, a seven-eleven, restaurants, luggage storage, ATM, etc.

A waiting room upstairs can wait for the bus while enjoying the air conditioning. Not very comfortable, but enough for a little wait.

To go to Sai Tai Mai Station

The big disadvantage of this station is its distance from the city center. Far, far from the lines of BTS or MRT, it is even more of the pier of Chao Phraya.

For those in Khao San Road, there are minibuses on the side of Democraty Monument.

There are also city buses that go there. To find the right bus, it is convenient to use the mobile app below:

Le bus à Bangkok, l’appli qui change tout

The taxi is the ideal means of transportation to go to the Sai Tai Mai Terminal.

It is better to give the driver the Thai name of Sai Tai Mai station and not Southern Bus Terminal. A little trick to facilitate communication with a taxi driver:

  • copy the Thai name on your mobile: สาย ใต้ ใหม่
  • give the exact address to the driver: 8 Borommaratchachonnani Rd, Khwaeng Phli Chim, Khet Taling Chan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10170



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