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Travel in southeast Asia Guide / ASEAN
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Southeast Asia is an ideal travel holiday and vacation destination offering all what people like for their most precious time of the year regardless of age and gender. Most countries which are clustered along the equator are tuned for the tourists and have the right spots to make everyone happy. What needs you to do? Not much just do as locals do which means such simple things keep in mind that east meets west but with different traditions and rules. Hotels and resorts are plenty beaches and island too and just think positive there is no need to be negative because everything is not the way you are used at home. ​​
Phuket bus terminal

The New Phuket Bus Terminal

A pleasant drive through the tropical jungle
Hat Yai Map
Starting in Phuket for Bangkok and Chiang Mai or maybe Pattaya the bus starts here. 
Most buses bound for the capital and further on start from 4pm to 6pm. This is the well-known "Double Decker" with about 50 passengers and more all seated. The long haul coaches make a good and comfortable ride over four-lane highways.

It takes the coaches around 10 hours to reach Bangkok via Chumphon an alternative route is via Khao Lak and Ranong which takes 3 hours more both routes are almost Baht 700,- one way. This price is about half what the Airlines charge for a 90 minutes flight to Bangkok. Since there is no public transport to the airport in Phuket and Bangkok it takes another over one thousand Baht for the taxis combined on both ends.

Only Hat Yai has are 2 bigger terminals and about half a dozen smaller, there is absolute no cooperation between any of them. That's the Thai Way, everyone works against each other and nobody cooperates. But all like one thing and this are the "farang" because they are an easier pray to cheat than the local. Be aware that in Thailand a foreigner is considered as a moving ATM machine on two legs.
With a minibus via Krabi this stretch in south Thailand is an easy drive. Big and small coaches are leaving for Phuket almost every half hour. These are either big buses or vans. The best are the medium sized which start in Hat Yai opposite the Tesco Lotus mall and arrive at Phuket at the terminal 2 starting at both ends from 6 am until 9 pm.
 
Price is about Baht 400,- one way and travel time is up to 10 hours. The worst are the very big buses because they stop continuously. The best are the medium sized units since they only take about 7 hour and won’t stop often. Southwards bound is good organized because they didn't do it the usual chaotic way which means the made one terminal where buses leave and arrive.
 
The picture of the Phuket bus terminal for the Krabi Hat Yai and Bangkok bus is below from here also coaches for Satun, Ranong, Khao Lak even Pattaya and Koh Samui plus Chiang Mai is served.
 
Similar coaches travel from Krabi to Bangkok
 
Hat Yai is the hub for southern Thailand travel including Phuket and there are several bus terminals for long distance and for local. But as usual there is chaos means main traffic from Hat Yai to the north such as to Krabi, Phuket, and Bangkok can leave from various stations and small travel agents who have a minibus or van parked in front of the office.
 
The main bus terminal in Hat Yai also has vans available which are faster but they never are on time and on top of it they always circle in the city until they are crammed packed which easily can take more than an hour which finally means they win on the highway they lose in the city which is an irrational behavior.
If you stay longer in Thailand e.g. for retirement a motorbike or scooter also cound be a good alternative. 
phuket to hat yai
The new Phuket Bus Terminal 2
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On the road in Thailand
Road travel photos
Thai people are often very creative such as this bus modification  doesn't it look nice? Actually, this bus had a disco in the upper back and the bass wobbled over the rest stop. 
  1. On the road in south Thailand (1)
  2. On the road in south Thailand
  3. Phuket to Hat Yai Bus Stop
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  6. On the road in south Thailand (3)
  7. In the south Thailand bus
  8. Phuket to Hat Yai Bus Stop

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