"Buying a bus ticket in
Thailand is different than buying a bus ticket anywhere else. In
Thailand, the ticket sellers speak Thai and the tickets are printed in
Thai. Everywhere else, the people speak and the tickets
are printed in every other language but Thai. "
Like any new experience in life, buying a bus ticket in Thailand for
the first time can feel overwhelming. Doug's Republic walks you
through it, in 8 easy steps. Rehearse in front a mirror before
attempting this at a real bus station.
Arrive at bus station using your most preferred transportation method
Step 2: Walk confidently into bus station
Step 3: Examine your wallet. Is there enough
cash in there? If not and you're European, bill price to your
Step 4: Approach bus ticket counter with wallet positioned
in front of body in gesture of spendwill
Step 5: Hand cash to bus ticket agent. Don't
expect them to have change.
Step 6: Receive tickets and change, if they
have any or you warrant any; give thanks and a smile
Step 7: Take a snooze. Bus could be 1 hour to 1
Step 8: When bus finally arrives, get on it!
Failure to follow steps 3 and 8 thoroughly are what cause
the lion's share of problems. Not examining your wallet in step 3
could lead to ultimate disaster in step 5 when you're supposed to hand
cash to the ticket agent. What if you've been pickpocketed or
not changed enough money into Thai baht? Step 8 is usually applied by
all, though incorrectly. You're supposed to step onto your
bus, not just any bus that finally arrives. Failure to
adequately apply step 8 could mean you'll wind up in the tiny town of
Sri Chiang Mai when your true destination was the bustling northern town
of Chiang Mai.