By public bus the journey from Khon Kaen to Tak is scheduled to take 6 hours 10 minutes to 7 hours 30 minutes depending upon which bus service you take.
Bus Timetable from Khon Kaen to Tak
- Click on the Khon Kaen – Tak link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Khon Kaen - Tak ฿ 398–465 6h 10m – 7h 30m|
Khon Kaen Bus Station
Bus services from Khon Kaen to Tak depart from Khon Kaen Bus Terminal 3, Mueang Kao Sub-district, Mueang Khon Kaen District, Khon Kaen 40000.
Tak Bus Station
Bus services from Khon Kaen to Tak terminate at Tak Bus Terminal.
Whilst only a small town with around 20,000 permanent residents, Tak is the capital city of Tak Province and a transport hub for visitors. Tak Province is a sparsely populated part of Northern Thailand which borders Myanmar and is notable for its jungles, the massive Bhumibol Dam and 300 square kilometre reservoir behind it, 250 metre high Thi Lo Su waterfall, and large communities of refugees from Myanmar. To really appreciate Tak province you need your own vehicle or to join a private tour. Nature walks, white water rafting and other adventurous activities are popular activities for visitors to Tak. Volunteering opportunities are also available assisting in the various refugee camps in the province.
Tak town itself has three main points of interest:
- For Thai visitors, the most well known attraction in Tak is its shrine to King Taksin. King Taksin’s rule started immediately after the fall of Ayutthaya to invaders from Myanmar, and under his leadership the Thai people defeated the armed forces of Myanmar and regained their independence. Before becoming king, Taksin was the governor of Tak Province hence the town’s association with this particular historical figure.
- Of more interest to foreign visitors is Ban Chin Alley. Ban Chin Alley is narrow street in Tak town centre lined with wooden houses, most of which were constructed in the 19th Century and early 20th Century by a community of Chinese immigrants and their descendants. Before the expansion of Thailand’s road network, goods in Thailand were largely transported by river or sea and Tak’s location on the Ping River made it an important trading centre for agricultural produce from Chiang Mai for transportation to Bangkok. The community that lived on the Ban Chin Alley were involved in this lucrative trade and some of the houses on Ban Chin Alley are large and luxurious as a consequence.
- In 1982 a long pedestrian bridge was constructed over the river in the town centre to mark the 200 year anniversary of the founding of a new capital in Bangkok. The bridge is open all year round, but is most popular during the annual Loi Krathong festival (November) when the bridge becomes an excellent vantage point for seeing the many baskets which are traditionally floated down the Ping River in the evening, each lit with a candle.