Sakon Nakhon to Kalasin to Roi-Et to Surin on the Buses in Northeast Thailand


Sakon NakhonhillSunday morning is a safe time to travel,usually as school is generally closed, people are not going to work and the rest of the world is hung over.
I hopped the 0700 Sakon Nakhon to Mahasarakham express and arrived in Kalasin just as I was waking up.
Instead of going on to the station in Kalasin those going on t Roi-et debus at a spot in town where the Roi-et second-class air bus stops. we departed just befor 1000h on the 50 kilometer journey. These buses stop constantly to on and off load passengers and all in all it took and hour and a half to reach the roi-et terminal. It was a generally painless trip, especially relative to driving. And we arrived at the Roi=et station just before 1100 hours.
The onwoard trip to Surin required some thought. the 1100 bus to Surin through Suwannaphum looked like a real popular route, while the one through Kaset Wisai looked rather less crowded.

I asked around and found that latter was longer, emptier and quicker. This was because the driver , who had no ticket taker slash assistant only stopped in towns that had ticket offices. I gave it a chance and was quite pleased basically from Kaset Wisai it went due south to Tha Tum and into Surin where I arrived about 1500 hours.
A not painful trip that took about 6 hours travelling and 2 hours sitting. That included food and a can of beer in Roi-et.
Certainly less stressful than driving and a lot less expensive.
I quess it would be a bit of a challenge with no Thai, but I tink with a bit of planning a fairly intellegent person could sort it out.
Be calm and cool and enjoy the day…….more to come

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