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Hat Yai to Phuket

Hat Yai Phuket & other destinations in south Thailand and Malaysia

A pleasant drive through the tropical jungle
Hat Yai Map
With a minibus via Krabi this stretch in south Thailand is an easy drive. Big and small coaches are leaving for Phuket almost every half hour. These are either big buses or vans. The best are the medium sized which start in Hat Yai opposite the Tesco Lotus mall and arrive at Phuket at the terminal 2 starting at both ends from 6 am until 9 pm.
Price is about Baht 400,- one way and travel time is up to 10 hours. The worst are the very big buses because they stop continuously. The best are the medium sized units since they only take about 7 hour and won’t stop often. Southwards bound is good organized because they didn't do it the usual chaotic way which means the made one terminal where buses leave and arrive.
The picture of the Phuket bus terminal for the Krabi Hat Yai and Bangkok bus is below from here also coaches for Satun, Ranong, Khao Lak even Pattaya and Koh Samui plus Chiang Mai is served.
Similar coaches travel from Krabi to Bangkok
Hat Yai is the hub for southern Thailand travel including Phuket and there are several bus terminals for long distance and for local. But as usual there is chaos means main traffic from Hat Yai to the north such as to Krabi, Phuket, and Bangkok can leave from various stations and small travel agents who have a minibus or van parked in front of the office.
The main bus terminal in Hat Yai also has vans available which are faster but they never are on time and on top of it they always circle in the city until they are scram packed which easily can take more than an hour which finally means they win on the highway they lose in the city an irrational behavior.
phuket to hat yai
When northwards bound, means starting in Hat Yai where there are 3 bigger bus terminals and about half a dozen smaller, there is absolute no cooperation between any of them.

That's the Thai Way, everyone works against each other and nobody cooperates. But all like one thing and this are the "farang" because they are an easier pray to cheat than the local. Be aware that in Thailand a foreigner is considered as a moving ATM machine on two legs.

The new Phuket Bus Terminal is at the outskirt of the town at the airport road.
  1. phuket bus terminal
  2. phuket bus terminal (1)
  3. passing Phuket heroine monument on the way to leave the island
  4. phuket bus terminal (2)
If you want to fly between Phuket and Hat Yai or vice versa try Bangkok Air

But it wont make much sense because it costs about 4 - 6 times as much as the bus and when considering the time you are hanging around at the airport (driving there and waiting) it will be only about half the time as using the bus since the coach starts from the Phuket Bus Station which is in town.

So just get to the Phuket Bus Station by motorbike taxi (baht 100,-) or tuk-tuk (negotiate) there are no taxis and the coaches will depart almost every 45 minutes and take between 6-7 hours. Costs are Bath 400,- the red 38 seater buses or van and bigger buses are around Baht 370,-. The reason why it wont make sense to use the aircraft is because the time you safe you loose at the airport and drivng to and from the airport.  

The distance between the two cities is around 600 km when using the road via Krabi and Trang. Please use the comment section below to tell your experience and you will miss a pretty view of south Thailand with the aircraft.
On the road in Thailand
Road travel photos
Thai people are often very creative such as this bus modification doesn't it look nice? Actually, this bus had a disco in the upper back and the bass wobbled over the rest stop. 
  1. On the road in south Thailand (1)
  2. On the road in south Thailand
  3. Phuket to Hat Yai Bus Stop
  4. On the road in south Thailand (3)
  5. On the road in south Thailand (4)
  6. On the road in south Thailand (3)
  7. In the south Thailand bus
  8. Phuket to Hat Yai Bus Stop
The road networks in ASEAN
Photos of roads
Thailand has probably the number one road network in ASEAN almost all through roads have four lanes but there is a real negative stuff they dont maintain the roads.

Once they build them they forget them and since the surfaces break after 2 years  either they dont know how to do it or they use bad material to make more profit. Corruption is rapant so they try to make even the most worst tricks to cheat its sometime a shame to see that. 
  1. Bus schedule in Hat Yai
  2. under the sarasin bridge Phuket
  3. phuket to hat yai (4)
  4. farang at speed
  5. phuket to hat yai (1)
  6. phuket to hat yai (2)
  7. phuket to hat yai
  8. phuket to hat yai (3)
  9. phuket to hat yai (5)
  10. southeast Asian road scene
  11. ASEAN road side
  12. poor pigs in southeast Asia