Bus times from Bangkok to Yasothon

By public bus the journey from Bangkok to Yasothon is scheduled to take 8 hours 20 minutes.

Bus Timetable from Bangkok to Yasothon

Click on the Bangkok – Yasothon link below for more information and to buy tickets.

Bangkok - Yasothon ฿ 486–839 7h – 13h 24m
  •   VIP 20:00
  •   Express 08:40, 18:00, 19:30, 19:50, 20:00, 20:40
  •   VIP 24 19:45

Bus Stop in Bangkok

Bus services from Bangkok to Yasothon depart from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal, 798 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand.

Google Map of Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal

Bus Stop in Yasothon

Bus services from Bangkok to Yasothon terminate at Yasothon Bus Terminal, Nai Mueang, Mueang Yasothon District, Yasothon 35000.

Google Map of Yasothon Bus Terminal

About Travel to Yasothon

Yasothon is a small town in Thailand’s North Eastern Region with a population of under 25,000 permanent residents. Yasothon has few points of interest for visitors, and few facilities in terms of hotels and restaurants. For the most part very few visitors tourists, foreign or Thai, come to Yasothon except that is the third weekend in May each year when the town holds Thailand’s largest Rocket Festival.

Yasothon is famous for its annual Rocket Festival
Yasothon is famous for its annual Rocket Festival
Tradition of Rocket Festivals

A Rocket Festival, or Bun Bang Fai, relates to pre-Buddhist traditions of worshipping a Sky God in the hope of it raining. The timing of the festival coincides with the start of the rice planting season during which the paddy fields need to flooded in order for the young rice saplings to grow properly. No rain means no rice which is disaster for a region still reliant on rice farming as the principal local industry.

Yasothon Rocket Festival

Rocket Festivals are less common than they were, and Yasothon’s Rocket Festival is one of the best surviving examples of this antiquated tradition. The firing of rockets happens on a Sunday as a crescendo to the festival.

The is is a three day event:

  • On the Friday evening before performances of traditional music and comical theatre commence, fuelled by the consumption of alcohol, particularly rice whiskey.
  • On Saturday there is a parade of floats carrying both real and simulated rockets embellished with elaborate decorations.
  • The main event is on the Sunday and involves both small and large rockets constructed according to very specific regulations.
Safety at Rocket Festivals

If you attend on a Sunday we advise standing some distance away from where the rockets are launched. They don’t always fire directly upwards as intended and on occasion they explode at or near ground level. Injuries are not uncommon among both rocketeers and spectators.

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