Mini Review of Bangkok Bus Lines from Chiang Mai to Bangkok

Mini-review of Bangkok Bus Lines from Chiang Mai to Bangkok Mo Chit 2 or Bangkok Northeastern Bus Terminal

I booked this trip online for 759 Bath at the end of February 2016. The ticket includes a voucher for food at the stop about halfway of the trip.
You find a few pictures of the food below. The bus leaves Chiang Mai at 20:30 and was in Bangkok at 6 in the morning.
Most passengers got off at the Bangkok Bus Lines office but the bus continues to Mo Chit since that is what you paid for! They might tell you that it does not so you have to insist on it. They will drop you there.

How to get a Ticket for Bangkok Bus Lines

Bangkok Bus Lines have a counter at the bus station in Chiang Mai if you want to get your ticket there. You can come to the station a few hours before to get it. This usually works off-season but if you want to travel in high season you better get a ticket in advance.
I usually book with 12go.asia: From Chiang Mai Bus Terminal to Bangkok Mo Chit Bus Terminal
(Affiliate link that does not cost you more but might get me a beer eventually!)
The same goes for the bus from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. You can get a ticket at Mo Chit Bus Terminal. Sometimes it is also called Northern Bus station or Chatuchak Bus station or Terminal. Quite confusing but all the same.

The Bangkok Bus Lines Bus

Bangkok Bus Lines
This is a 32 seat bus with a 1 – 2 configuration. 1 seat on one side of the bus and a double seat on the other. Since there are only 3 seats in a row you have more space. The seats are wider and there are fewer seats in the bus. If you want to sit together with your friend or sit alone you better book online a few days before. This way you can choose your seat.
The toilet is in the back of the bus. So you want to sit in the front or middle of the bus. The toilet door makes some noise. And it might smell from time to time. But this is the same as all the busses that come with a toilet in Asia.

Bangkok Bus Lines seat
The seats do recline quite a bit and have a nice footrest. The footrest is only useful when you are not too tall. If you over 190 cm you might look for a 24 seat VIP bus to use the footrest. I am 203 cm and had no problem in this bus apart from the footrest that I can not use.
You get a blanket and a travel pillow that goes around your neck. Never had one of those on a bus. They are better than a pillow alone but I am not sure if they wash them all the time so I did not use it. But you could use your T-Shirt or towel if you want to use them.

Entertainment System

Bangkok Bus Lines entertainment system
Great entertainment system. You can even charge your USB device. Lots of movies to choose from. Even a few in English. The headphone is from the bus as well but you can use your personal one if you like.

Free Snacks

Bangkok Bus Lines stewardess
The stewardess – she hands out the snacks

Bangkok Bus Lines food
You get a small bottle of water and this box – I only eat the chips. The rest I gave to a homeless guy that sleept close to my hotel on the streets in Bangkok after we arrived. He looked happy.

Bangkok Bus Lines
Then you get tea and soy milk and another strange Euro Cake thing that went to the guy on the streets of Bangkok as well

Free Midnight Dinner

Bangkok Bus Lines snack stop
Since that is a VIP bus you can eat in the VIP dining area of the food stop midway to Bangkok or Chiang Mai if you go the other direction. That means more options and buffet – you can eat as much as you like. Usually, the vast majority of the buses stop at a rest stop where you have a very limited option of meals. In any case, keep your ticket – it has the voucher for the food on it.

Bangkok Bus Lines
There was even some for me – vegetarian food that is!

Here are the buses 12go sells online. Be aware that there are other bus companies as well that do not sell online tickets. If you need to go to Bangkok from Chiang Mai or Chiang Mai from Bangkok you will find a bus easy if it is not high season. It might not be a VIP bus but you should get to Bangkok or Chiang Mai.

Bus Chiang Mai - Bangkok $ 16.80–27.91 10h – 10h 55m
  •   Express 08:30, 10:00, 18:35, 20:00
  •   VIP27 20:30, 21:50
  •   VIP31 19:45, 21:00
  •   VIP 19:15, 19:30, 20:00
  •   VIP24 20:00
  •   Express 06:00, 06:30, 09:15, 16:00, 18:50, 19:00, 20:35, 21:00
  •   VIP31 19:00, 21:10
  •   VIP20 21:19
  •   VIP 15:00, 16:00, 20:02, 20:15, 20:20, 20:40
  •   VIP24 20:00, 20:20, 20:30

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Winter 17/18 – The last Days in Pai

The BLACK HOUSE Sessions

Arno and Jason have rented a house a bit outside of Pai. The house is black – hence the name – you guessed it! Since there are so many musicians in Pai they invite some of them all the time to the house. They make some music videos and Arno posted them on facebook.
The interesting thing is the mix of different styles and ideas. I filmed a few of the videos. If you have time check them out here:
->Ramon & the Hot Gang de Pai – Chocolate Jesus
->Hot Club de Pai – Latcho Drom
->John Taney – Tennessee Whiskey
->Bamboo Tambourine – Belleville Rendezvous
->Saint James Infirmary
->Hot Club de Pai – Misrelu
->Gipsy Fish

There are MANY more videos up! Check out the music love!

The BLACK HOUSE Sessions: Kam Kamil with the Sound Guru
Kam Kamil with the Sound Guru

Mr. Guitar Jason and Arno on the bass
Mr. Guitar Jason and Arno on the bass

2 or 3 rehearsals and they where good to go
2 or 3 rehearsals and they where good to go

It was already getting quite hot in the afternoon
It was already getting quite hot in the afternoon

Charly Clerentine on the strings
Charly Clerentine on the strings

Lots of different styles on that balcony
Lots of different styles on that balcony

You never play alone
You never play alone

One more try?
One more try?

There we go
There we go

Norton makes sure the sound is right
Norton makes sure the sound is right

Look at this historical MacBook! Still working like a charm
Look at this historical MacBook! Still working like a charm

The smoke getting more dense day by day
The smoke getting more dense day by day

Ready for action! Camera - lets roll
Ready for action! Camera – lets roll

The big one with Alice Alouette and Wiriya Wiseatkun.
The big one with Alice Alouette & Oosamu Sakurai as well as the one and only Wiriya Wiseatkun

The interesting thing about the BLACK HOUSE Sessions is the mix of styles and people all the time
The interesting thing about the BLACK HOUSE Sessions is the mix of styles and people all the time

Florence and Sam
Florence and Sam

rehearsal for an outdoor video
Rehersal for a outdoor video

And after everything is recorded there is time for a beer and a smoke and of course we have to listen to the recordings as well
And after everything is recorded there is time for a beer and a smoke and of course we have to listen to the recordings as well

In other News

This cat!
This cat!

The yellow flower field
The yellow flower field

Rahel on her last day
Rahel on her last day before leaving Pai

Another sunset beer
Another sunset beer in my hammock

Looook
Looook

That is what we need! More fires!
That is what we need! More fires!

Good Morning Pai
Good Morning Pai

Warming up after a cool night
Warming up after a cool night

Khao Soi cashwe
Khao Soi cashew

Picnic at the River

On the way to the waterfall
On the way to the waterfall

Dee and Gerben are back in Pai. Of course, the monkey is with them and Dee’s brother with his girlfriend. The monkey loves to play in the fresh water so we went a few kilometers upstream for a picnic.

Gerben looks for the best picknick spot
Gerben looks for the best picnic spot

Dee with her brother and his girlfriend
Dee with her brother and his girlfriend

The monkey was so happy in the cold water
The monkey was so happy in the cold water

Back in Pai again

Just look at this happy face!!
Just look at this happy face!!

Finally Jose gets his hair done!
Finally Jose gets his hair done!

Maria is not so sure about it
Maria is not so sure about it

Hmmm - do I like it?
Hmmm – do I like it?

You can see the smoke in the valley
You can see the smoke in the valley

Heating up in the morning rays
Heating up in the morning rays

Morning shower
Morning shower

Yin and Yang
Yin and Yang

White is hiding inside my bed
White is hiding inside my bed

Does not look really comfy
Does not look really comfy

Sleep sleep sleep
Sleep sleep sleep

And more sleep
And more sleep

Best view? From the roof!
Best view? From the roof!

Chiang Mai

Dee and Gerben gave me a lift to CNX
Dee and Gerben gave me a lift to CNX

Look who I found in Chiang Mai!!
Look who I found in Chiang Mai!!

Last minute room - well not a lot to expect for that kind of money
Last minute room – well not a lot to expect for that kind of money

Dinner with friends
Dinner with friends

The next day - the guest house I booked in advance
The next day – the guest house I booked in advance

A bit better
A bit better

And a fan!
And a fan!

Comes at last with a private bathroom
Comes at last with a private bathroom

My birthday breakfast
My birthday breakfast

My little birthday party with Nattinee and Khemphirat
My little birthday party with Nattinee and Khemphirat

There is a new Bear in town
There is a new Bear in town

And it is snowy Weizen
And it is Snowy Weizen

Winter 17/18 – More Pictures from Pai

Every day something new is happening in Pai. And some days there are even too many things happen to attend them all. Here are some more pictures from the Winter 2017/2018 trip.

Burns Supper

A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, the author of many Scots poems. John was the Super Host of the evening and it was quite a night out!

Far to many pictures to show here but you find many more pictures in this album.

Hi there!
Hi there!

Looks like Sandra is not the biggest fan of the bubbly
Looks like Sandra is not the biggest fan of the bubbly

John with the best dressed woman in Pai: Puifai Petprapai
John with the best dressed woman in Pai: Puifai Petprapai

Everybody happy
Everybody happy

One sip at a time: Arno
One sip at a time: Arno

The speech - John in Scottish and Jason translated into English
The speech – John in Scottish and Jason translated into English

Lots of video going on
Lots of video going on

And it was a funny one
And it was a funny one – the speach that is

Very funny
A very funny one

For sure there is the traditional dancing as well
For sure there is the traditional dancing as well

Round and round that dance goes
Round and round that dance goes

More Pictures from Mojo Bar

Back at Mojo: John on stage
Back at Mojo Bar: John on stage

Good mix of locals and farangs
Good mix of locals and farangs

Not to miss - The Tip Box
Not to miss – The Tip Box

Stephen doing what he loves to do
Stephen doing what he loves to do

The Band!
The Band!

What is happening at Twin Hut?

Twin Hut

View from my bungalow
View from my bungalow

New batch of coconuts
New batch of coconuts

White lounging at my bungalow
White lounging at my bungalow

Marcin and Mendel
Marcin and Mendel

That is what we need! More fires!
That is what we need! More fires!

Only a few more weeks before it gets to hot for them
Only a few more weeks before it gets to hot for them

Nina and Julian on the way out
Nina and Julian on the way out

Organic Hill Tribe Coffee
Organic Hill Tribe Coffee laid out in the sun to dry

The Twin Hut gang: Jose, Guillem, Berta, Maria and Constantinos
The Twin Hut gang: Jose, Guillem, Berta, Maria and Constantinos

Sophia’s Birthday Party

Brigitte and Addye
Brigitte and Addye

Happy Hot Pot is coming up
Happy Hot Pot is coming up

The Boss doing what she does best
The Boss! Doing what she does best

Foooooood
Foooooood

You know what is next!
You know what is next!

As long as you laugh you can not blow the candles
As long as you laugh you can not blow out the candles

Everybody waits to snatch the biggest piece
Everybody waits to snatch the biggest piece

Sai Sin or the Sacred White Thread
Sai Sin or the Sacred White Thread

Just a bit of cat hypnosis
Just a bit of cat hypnosis

Some cat brain
Some cat brain for dessert