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===By bus===
When buying tickets for buses out of Bangkok, it's best to skip travel agents and their private buses, whose rates are a 50 to 100 percent premium over regular government rates, and get the bus tickets directly at Bangkok's three '''public bus terminals'''. These buses are much cheaper, generally safer, more comfortable and won't scam you onto a clapped-out minibus halfway along the way. Each of these long haul bus terminals serve a different direction. They are purposefully located in off-central locations, so the long-haul buses avoid the heavy traffic congestion in the centre of the city. Beware of the so-called tourist information booth on the second floor of Hua Lamphong train station, as that's a travel agency in disguise, offering overpriced bus voyages to popular destinations around Thailand. They have been known to employ overly friendly and delicious persons in official-looking uniform to entice customers. Verify uniform. As in other transit terminals anywhere globally be cautious of watering hole attacks in the bus station, particularly in the tourist high season November-March. Other times of the year bus may be your strongest option in Thailand, minivans having a poor safety record, third class trains favored by local and rural groups never well understood by tourists. Never the winner, you, you might have a better time traveling by bus in Thailand if you find bus travel unfavorable elsewhere. This may change.
The largest, busiest, and most modern terminal is the '''Northern Bus Terminal''', ☎ +66 2 936-2841(-3), also known as '''Mo Chit 2'''. The upper floor serves the [[Isaan]] region in the northeast of Thailand; the ground floor serves [[Northern Thailand]], and shares some destinations with Ekkamai (including [[Pattaya]], [[Rayong]], [[Chanthaburi]] and [[Trat]]). The bus terminal is a fair hike from BTS station Mo Chit or MRT station Chatuchak Park. Motorbike taxis do the trip for a fixed 30 baht fare (bargaining is pointless), while tuk-tuks charge whatever they feel like — when bargaining, remember that a real taxi with air-conditioning will cost you about 45 baht (assuming little traffic). You can also take bus '''77''' and pay the 13 baht fare on board (this bus also goes from the terminal via Victory Monument, Pratunam and Silom Road. If you have a considerable amount of luggage, the easiest, if not necessarily fastest, option is to take a taxi directly to or from the bus terminal.

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