Sai Tai Mai bus station or Sai Tai as most call it, is the most difficult bus station to get to in Bangkok and depending on where you’re located, it can take 2 hours or more in heavy traffic. However, don’t let a little adversity keep you from taking a super nice and cheap bus to one of the beautiful beaches in Thailand. You came to travel and experience, remember?
Bangkok’s bus stations each serve a different region of the country. Sai Tai serves the West and South (all the great beaches), Mo Chit 2 serves North and Northeast (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Laos, etc), and Ekamai serves the East (Pattaya, Koh Chang, Cambodia, etc).
While Sai Tai can take some time to get to it’s not expensive if you take the bus. Unfortunately, there is not a Skytrain (BTS) or Subway (MRT) connection like Mo Chit 2 or Ekamai. Follow the steps below and you can get to Sai Tai from Khao San or almost anywhere else in Bangkok for less than the cost of Pad Thai ($1-2).
Sai Tai Mai bus station is located in West Bangkok and directions to this station can be found here from Wikitravel.
We recommend three ways to get there:
1) Take a taxi. In heavy traffic this isn’t any faster than a bus.
2) Recommended: From Victory Monument BTS station, the terminal can be reached with pale orange air-conditioned bus 515 (17 baht) or the blue-white non-air conditioned bus 28 (8 baht). The pick up location is confusing if you’ve never been there before so check the location via this link: pick up here.
3) From the Hualamphong station, take bus 507 (15 baht) non-airconditioned bus.
Traffic in Bangkok is very bad from 07:00-10:00 and 16:00-20:00 every day and you should allow yourself 1 to 2 hours to reach the station by either taxi or bus.
Sai Tai is like a shopping mall with many clothes and restaurants to get lost in. There are lots of southern style curry eateries and even chains like KFC and Mister Donut. The bus companies that depart from here are all high quality and provide a really nice trip to Phuket, Krabi, and all destinations to the South.
Tell the person on the bus that takes the money “Sai Tai” so they will remind you where to get off. Once you exit the bus walk straight through the front doors and go up to the 2nd floor where you will see all the ticket windows and directions to the bus platforms.