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How to book these very comfortable 999VIP Bus

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ok, thx for the help.

i have to book smth here from phuket to bkk, it would be easier doing it in mo chit, i know.

maybe i look for a tesco supermarket. finding a post office? i dont know bout this...

i ask (just for fun) a travel agency here on patong: 32 seater was 1100 baht and then she mentioned a 24 seater for about 1500 baht...facepalm.gif

maybe i check out nokair and airasia as well rolleyes.gif

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I have ridden on buses in Thailand over the last 30 years that I have been living here. Overnight and during the day. If you cannot tell when the driver is not a good driver, why stay on the bus. Just have them stop at the next big town and get off.

I have never had to do this, but would if I felt unsafe.

If you do not want to travel here go home. Try that.

I see you are quite a new poster, telling most TV members that if they do not like something about Thailand to go home does not sit well.

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The buses have a bad record for accidents, but the train falls off the track regularly; even with the transport monister aboard.

Seriously, though, the busses are not properly policed for driver rest, driver chewing the khaat leaf, and other things that would never be allowed in the civilized world. Just remember that you are traveling in the third world and expect to fall over occasionally.

Really, I am surprised to hear that. I thought that the VIP 999 were the best buses in Thailand. They don't have so many stops as other buses and in my experience never rush.

I haven't used 999 for quite a while now, but never had any problem booking a particular seat

I believe the 999 buses are part of the bigger Transport Co. operation. And the 999 means the buses are doing overnight trips.

I don't believe they have any particularly good record for safety.

I too would avoid any overnight trips, and stick to NCA (Nakhon Chai Air) instead, if they served the destination I was traveling.

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Nakhon chai air is the best, 999 is a totally budget setup, very unprofessional.

Also Chan Tours are excellent.

I've taken both quite a few times.... Chan is OK, and their prices are similar...

But NCA operates in a distinctly different/better realm.

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Not sure if NCA serve the OP's stated destination of Mukdahan?

VIP/999 buses are operated by various public and government entities. While many buses depart in the PM - after people get off work for the day, and when traffic is at a minimum - there are some AM and afternoon departures both from and to Bangkok.

The OP can view the seat plan for a specific bus/route/date, but you do need to register - I didn't bother.

My best guess is that the OP is interested in one of those first two listings: operated by "The Transport Co." (ostensibly the government I think?) with 08:00 or 20:30 departures from Mor Chit (Chatuchuk) in 32-seat configs.

I haven't seen any accident statistics re: 999/VIP buses but am under the impression they are reasonably safe, with two drivers and mandatory safety check/stops at some prescribed intervals during a journey. Most complaints seem to be about the near meat-locker temperatures on board, so dress in/carry layers. For many destinations buses are the only viable option.

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well, i booked a flight with nokair,

2400 baht,phuket to bkk on a saturday afternoon is fine for me

guess my hippy days are over too...smile.png

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I had one of the seats one time, the ticket seller at the station at Mo Chit just randomly gave it to me. If you ask them at the sales booth you might be lucky and get one. I found it more comfortable than uptairs.

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I agree that Nakhonchai Air is the most professional of the bus companies.

NCA had a couple of crashes in the past few months, including two reported here. Fortunately, not the horrible kind with dozens of fatalities that seem to be a regular occurrence with lots of the other Thai bus companies. NCA is indeed the cream of the Thai bus crop in terms of safety.

But as for the OP's comment, I also would say... NEVER book an intercity overnight bus trip, especially on any of the Transport Co.'s buses or many of the private carriers. It's those kinds of trips and buses that usually seem to get hit by the major fatality accidents.

Having a comfy seat downstairs does you no good if you're dead. And that's no joke!

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OP - Make sure you have full insurance cover - that's LIFE! - as this is what you will be taking into your own or the company's hands when you step aboard one of those things. Don't worry about medical, chances are if that thing leaves the road you won't be needing that.

Or haven't you been reading the news lately?

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On 2014-1-7 at 6:34 PM, maderaroja said:

The buses have a bad record for accidents, but the train falls off the track regularly; even with the transport monister aboard.

Seriously, though, the busses are not properly policed for driver rest, driver chewing the khaat leaf, and other things that would never be allowed in the civilized world. Just remember that you are traveling in the third world and expect to fall over occasionally.

Kat is not a Thai drug..it's from North East Africa like Djibouti and Co. 

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