How to get to Phana


Most people get to Phana from Ubon Ratchathani.


You can get to Ubon (Ratchathani) by air, train and overnight coach.


By air to Ubon Ratchathani (UBP)


You can fly from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport (DMK) on Air Asia, Nok Air and Thai Lion. Flights take 55 minutes.

From Bangkok Suvannabhumi Airport (BKK) (spelt variously, but pronounced Soowannapoom!) you can take Thai Smile which is often more expensive but you get a bigger baggage allowance.


By train to Ubon Ratchathani


Trains run from Hua Lampong station. overnight train is probably best and 2nd class sleeper is what we always use. You can NOT book online. It leaves about 8.30 pm and should arrive about 7.25 am. Advance booking is advised, and this train gets heavily booked for ‘long weekends’ when people return home to Ubon for public holidays. 2nd class air conditioned carriages: Upper berth 691 Thai Baht, Lower berth 781 Thai Baht. Cheaper seats in air conditioned carriages are also available.


Another good option is the so-called sprinter or special express which leaves Hua Lampong at 05.45 and arrives at Ubon at 14.00. This train has just 3 carriages, all air conditioned, and of course you get a good view of the countryside and arrive much quicker. But can you be up in time to catch it?


 By bus / coach to Ubon Ratchathani


Most buses to Ubon go from Mo Chit bus terminal which you can almost reach by MRT metro and/or BTS sky train but then you must take a taxi a short distance. However, we strongly advise you to take a Nakhon Chai Air bus from the dedicated Nakhon Chai Air bus terminal which is also nearby Mo Chit. Silver Class, Gold Class or Gold + Class are the recommended options. Comfort and service increases as you move up the scale, of course. The Gold + option is highly recommended and costs 520 Thai Baht. These buses leave more or less hourly and travel time is about 10 hours.


First, you must find the dedicated Nakhon Chai Air bus terminal which is a 60 baht taxi ride (5-10 minutes) from Mo Chit BTS Skytrain station / MRT Chatuchak Park interchange station. At Mo Chit Station you will need to walk across the road to catch the taxi going northwards. The terminal is modern, clean, well-signed and you can buy your ticket easily and wait for your bus in some comfort.






You have reached Ubon Ratchathani. Well done! Now, how do you get to Phana (silent h, so Pa-Na)?

The answer is: by bus from the Ubon Bus Station.

From the airport: take a taxi (about 60 Baht from the taxi queue NOT from the touts waiting just outside the arrival hall. Walk out of the hall and turn right, walk right down the far end of the building and you will see the taxi queue. Tell the person in charge where you want to go (‘Bus Station’ BOR-KOR-SOR).

From the railway station: take a taxi (about 100 Baht) or better, if you are alone, take a little white bus number 2, which runs all the way to the bus station. Pay when you get out. 40 Baht.

From the Nakhon Chai Air bus terminal: walk across the road!

Make you way to Platform 11, on the left side of the bus station. Two buses are available, each running hourly, with about 30 minutes between them. The journey will take between an hour and 75 minutes depending on traffic and stops.

One bus service is provided by white mini-vans numbered 229. These are fairly comfortable and air-conditioned. Pay 60 Baht on board before leaving. The other service is mostly provided by orange pick-up trucks (numbered 228) converted to have two rows of seats at the back. Pay on arrival in Phana usually. The fare is 40 Baht.

The Phana Monkey Project is based about 5 minutes walk from the bus terminal in Phana. Call us if you can and we will meet you off your bus. If you can’t call us, let us know the time you will arrive in Ubon and where (airport, train station, bus station) and we will go to the Phana bus terminal at a suitable time.

Support the project

The PMP is a completely non-profit organization and therefore relies only on private funds to achieve its goals. If you want to be part of the adventure and help us achieve our ultimate mission, a harmonious life between the monkeys and the inhabitants of Phana, you can volunteer or come and visit Phana and contribute to the project with your accommodation fees. 

Or you can donate small amounts or buy the books of one of the original founders of the PMP, Lawrence Whiting whose knowledge and experience in Thailand inspired him to write several books on Isan and Buddhism. 
Know that all the profit and donations will be used for the sole purpose of improving the daily life of the monkeys by buying them their favorite food and paying the local staff who clean and manage the rubbish in the forest of Don Chao Poo. 

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All sales from these books and donations will be donated to the Phana Monkey Project.