I am really fond of travelling overland in Thailand. I guess if you have travelled by bus in Laos, Vietnam or Sri Lanka, you share my delight, do you not?
Of course, you have a greater choice of buses and destinations if you start from Bangkok, but Pattaya have great direct bus connections with major provincial centres all over the country, too. Winter is probably the best time to travel in Thailand, so you have just to choose your destination and go. Here are some useful bus stations in Pattaya – start planning your next journey right now!
The Northern Bus Station
Well, everybody knows about the Northern Bus Station in North Pattaya Road. From there, Roong Rueang buses leave regularly for Ekkamai, Morchit and Sai Tai Mai bus terminals in Bangkok. You have most probably also travelled to Suvarnabhumi from the Northern Bus Station with Bell Travel Co., but I bet you are yet unaware that from December 2015 they operate a daily bus to Hua Hin, too!
And of course, do not disregard the Yellow Bus which brings you to Isan as far as Mukdahan – from there you can go straight to Savannakhet in Laos or get off in Aranyaprathet for an onward travel to Siem Reap in Cambodia. Another route of the same Yellow Bus goes to Don Sak in Surat Thani to connect to Seatran ferry to the islands of the Gulf. This year I have used the Yellow Bus for going to Samui, Mukdahan and Buriram, and all those trips were comfortable enough – and very affordable, too.
407 Pattaya Co
Another very important bus station for those who prefer to get their visa in Vientiane is located in Sukhumvit Road, on the city side, right on the gas station after you turn left from Central Pattaya Road. VIP, double-deck buses of 407 Pattaya Co go from Rayong to Nong Khai through Khon Kaen and Udon Thani. Though the most expensive seats are those located on the lower deck (there are only three seats per row which leaves you with more leg and elbow space), I normally opt for cheaper seats on the upper deck as the smell from the toilet is often too strong downstairs.
Nakhonchai Air buses operate from their own bus station in Sukhumvit Road between Soi 57 and Soi 59. There are a number of destinations in the North and Isan served by Nakhonchai Air, including Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, Phayao, Phrae, Phitsanulok and Mae Sai. No need to go to Morchit first, is it not great news? There are no VIP24s, true; but their Express and VIP buses are also ok.