After two nights in Nang Rong, we travelled ‘directly’ to Chanthaburi.
This section describes the bus journey from Nang Rong to Chanthaburi.
The journey from Nang Rong to Chanthaburi
Chanthaburi is the capital of Chanthaburi province in eastern Thailand, bordering Cambodia. It is famous for its gemstones and the city of Chanthaburi is home to Thailand’s largest gemstone exchange.
Chanthaburi is located almost directly south of Nang Rong. The distance from Nang Rong to Chanthaburi is approximately 300 km.
Buses from Nang Rong to Chanthaburi
Buses from Nang Rong to Chanthaburi depart from Nang Rong Bus Terminal.
Buses from Narn Rong to Chanthaburi are large local buses and we were told that there are three buses a day at 09:00, 11:30 and 15:30.
The distance is 300 km and takes seven hours, which is a very slow pace given the roads are quite good.
Bus fares from Nang Rong to Chanthaburi
When we arrived at the bus terminal in Nang Rong in the morning, we asked at the information desk about the bus and was told to buy the ticket from the roaming ticket salesperson. There was no official ticket counter. The fare from Nang Rong to Chanthaburi was 300 baht per person. We assume it was the right price.
The bus was scheduled to leave at 9am, but the bus did not start at Nang Rong and would come from Buri, so we were prepared for a slight delay, thinking that it would not leave on time. I did not expect it to be an hour late.
The bus did not arrive until at 9:00 or 9:30. Meanwhile, a minibus to Nakhon Ratchasima (Korah) came almost every 15 minutes, and two VIP buses to Bangkok arrived, so we began to wonder if it would be faster to go to Korat and change to a bus to Chanthaburi. Just when I was beginning to think that it might be faster to go out to Korat and change to another bus to Chanthaburi, our bus arrived.
It was already 10am. We were one hour behind schedule. The estimated arrival time was 5pm.
Boarding the bus from Nang Rong to Chanthaburi
The bus was a large bus with only half the seats taken so we spread out. It was good that we were able to do this because the air conditioning didn’t work very well and for half the journey the ceiling fans were off. It was a hot ride!
When the bus finally departed it headed due east for some reason, even though it was supposed to go south. After about 15 kms on the main road, the bus turned south. It turned out to be a day of stopping at rural villages and towns.
Bus journey times from Nang Rong to Chanthaburi
We arrive arrived at the bus terminal in Chanthaburi city at 17:30. The journey took 7.5 hours.