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Transportation options in Bangkok include buses, taxis, trains, tuk-tuks, river ferries, the BTS Sky train, monorail system, motorcycle taxis, vans, and subway. Although road traffic is often heavy, transportation is easy to find and inexpensive. Visit the website www.into-asia.com for in-depth information on transportation in Bangkok.
|GETTING TO SALAYA|
Salaya is located 20 km from the center of Bangkok and is linked to the cosmopolitan life of Thailand’s capital city by a modern expressway, which makes it an idyllic location for students who want to commute on a daily basis and for those who want to live among the scenic beauty and calm of Salaya.
Buses -- Several different types of buses in Bangkok include green
mini-buses (6.50 baht) and red 'normal' buses (7 baht); blue-and-white buses
equipped with fans (8 baht); air-conditioned blue buses (11-19 baht depending
on distance); orange air-conditioned buses with (12-24 baht); and special
air-conditioned pink express mini-buses that follow select routes for higher
fares. Remember that differently colored buses with the same number do not
follow the same routes. Overall the bus system is an efficient and very
cheap service. For route information, buy a good bus map or visit
the Bangkok Metropolitan Transport Agency website at www.bmta.co.th
Buses are a convenient way to travel between Bangkok and Salaya Campus. The air-conditioned buses No. 515 and No. 547 run on different routes from Phuttamonthon 4 Road to Victory Monument in central Bangkok. Regular bus No. 124 runs from Phuttamonthon 4 Road to Pinklao west of the Chao Phraya River (and continues into central Bangkok), connecting to the Express River Ferry at Pinklao Bridge Other Regular buses No. 125 and No. 84ก also runs on different routes from Phuttamonthon 4 Road to Samsen Train Station and Klongsarn Pier. Commuting between Bangkok and Salaya Campus by train (a 1-hour trip) is also possible, though less convenient.
Trains --Several train stations in Bangkok on the nationwide network make it possible to ride the system to many places around the city, including the airport. The State Railway of Thailand runs express, fast and ordinary train services throughout the country at reasonable fares. For information and reservations, call 1690, (0) 2222 0175 6621 8701, or visit www.railway.co.th.
Vans -- Shared vans (‘rot dtoo’) follow a fixed route, seat 10 people, and cost around 25-40 baht -- cheaper than taxis but more expensive (yet faster) than buses. Drivers wait until the van is full before embarking and usually do not stop to pick up passengers, although they will let you off anywhere along the route. Vans run between Salaya Campus and Pata Department Store in Pinklao.
Taxis --Taxis in Bangkok are very cheap by international standards, and most are pleasantly air-conditioned. Most drivers use the legally required meter, but some might 'negotiate' an inflated price. If a driver refuses to use the meter, simply find another taxi; they are plentiful. Fares start at 35 baht for the first two kilometers and increase at a rate of 5 baht per kilometer. At night when traffic is light, taxis are definitely the quickest means of transport. Note that tipping is not normal practice in Thailand. The taxi hotline (dial 1661) provides a pick up service for an extra 20 baht.
Taxis at Salaya are usually available at the small taxi stand on Phuttamonthon 4 Road in front of the campus. From Salaya expect to pay about 125 baht to Central Pinklao, 190 baht to Siam Square, 250 baht to Don Muang Airport and 800 baht to Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Tuk-tuks --Thailand's infamous tuk-tuks are a unique form of 3-wheeled transportation with a metal cage seating 2-3 persons built around a motorcycle-like front end. Generally speaking they are best for short distances; over long distances, buses and even taxis are more economical. Be sure to agree on a (negotiable) fare with the driver before setting off.
Motorcycle Taxis -- Motorcycle taxis cost approximately the same as tuk-tuks and are generally used for short distances in areas without heavy traffic, such as a long soi, or lane, off a larger avenue. Drivers wear distinctive colored vests and congregate at key intersections.
River Ferries -- River ferries are a cheap, pleasant and often quicker alternative to the congested roads. The Express River Ferry travels the Chao Phraya River from Wat Ratsingkhon in the south to Nonthaburi in the north, the entire 1-hour and 15-minute trip costing only 13 baht. Numerous stops at piers along the way on both sides of the river have signs in Thai and English. Tickets costing 9-13 baht depending on distance can be bought at the piers or on the boat. The boats, colored white with orange stripe along the side, run regularly from 6:00 a.m. At rush hours, certain boats only stop at main piers and the fare is a fixed 18 baht. Smaller 3 baht ferries also regularly cross the Chao Phraya River from many piers. Free maps of routes and pier locations are available at most main piers. For more information, call (0) 2222 5330.
BTS Skytrain --The BTS Skytrain has two lines converging at Siam Square: the Sukhumvit line from Sukhumvit Soi 81 to Mor Chit in the north, and the Silom line from the National Stadium to WongWian Yai in the south. It is very convenient and comfortable for travel around the Silom, Siam Square, Sukhumvit and Mor Chit areas, and much quicker than buses. Additional extensions to the Skytrain system are currently being constructed.
Subway -- The Bangkok subway runs from the city’s main railway station, Hua Lamphong, under the major thoroughfares Rama 4 Road and Ratchadaphisek Road, and connects several hotels, shopping centres and business districts, as well as the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. The route is 20 kilometers long with 18 stations and three interchange stations that connect to the Skytrain, with more interchange stations to come on stream after line extensions to the Skytrain are completed. The subway operates from 5.00 a.m. to midnight daily.
Driving to Salaya Campus --If driving from east of the Chao Phraya River (central Bangkok): cross the river westbound over either the Phra Pinklao Bridge or Rama 8 Bridge. These two routes meet in Pinklao; follow Phra Pinklao Road westward. Alternatively, cross Sang Hee (Krung Thon) Bridge from central Bangkok on Rajvithi Road, which becomes Sirinthorn Road and then meets the Phra Pinklao Road route in Taling Chan. All routes then follow Boromrajchonnee Road westward toward Salaya.
Continue straight on Boromrajchonnee Road, following the signs to Nakhon Pathom or Nakhon Chaisi, and eventually the sign to Salaya. The exit to Salaya is on the left; once off Boromrajchonnee Road, stay in the right lane, which veers off to the right on a flyover, crossing Boromrajchonnee Road onto Phuttamonthon 4 Road. The well-marked gates of Mahidol University are immediately on the left after descending from the flyover.
A toll-free elevated expressway with faster traffic also runs from the Pinklao area over Phra Pinklao Road and Boromrajchonnee Road most of the route to Salaya. The route coming from Rama 8 Bridge goes directly onto the elevated expressway while the other two routes begin at ground level.
Shuttle Bus Service
Mahidol University provide shuttle bus service between Salaya, Phayathai and Bangkok Noi Campuses for staff and students. The service is available on schedule free of charge. It commutes between the Office of the President building and Bangkok in every half an hour from the early morning to late afternoon. For current scheduling details, please visit www.mahidol.ac.th. (link to relevant webpage on “Shuttle Bus Service”).
Shuttle Bus Services Time Table (Weekday)
|Salaya - Faculty of Science, Phayathai Campus||Faculty of Science - Salaya Campus||Salaya Campus - Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok Noi Campus||Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok Noi Campus - Salaya Campus|
|DEPARTURE TIME||DEPARTURE TIME||DEPARTURE TIME||DEPARTURE TIME|
|5.45 (Bus)||7.00 (Bus)||6.45 (Bus)||7.15 (Bus)|
|6.10 (Bus)||7.30 (Bus)||9.00 (Van)||8.00 (Bus)|
|9.45 (Bus)||8.30 (Bus)||12.45 (Van)||8.15 (Van)|
|10.45 (Van)||9.30 (Bus)||15.35 (Bus)||10.00 (van)|
|11.00 (Bus)||10.30 (Van)||13.45 (van)|
|12.00 (Van)||11.30 (Van)||14.00 (van)|
|13.00 (Bus)||12.00 (Bus)||16.35 (Bus)|
|15.15 (Bus)||12.30 (Van)||17.30 (Bus)|
|15.45 (Bus)||13.45 (Bus)||17.45 (Bus)|
|16.05 (2 Buses)||16.15 (Bus)|
|16.45 (Bus)||17.45 (Bus)|
|17.05 (Van)||18.00 (Van)|
|Faculty of Science - Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok Noi Campus||Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok Noi Campus - Faculty of Science||Salaya - Pinklo Building, Bangkok Noi Campus|
|DEPARTURE TIME||DEPARTURE TIME||DEPARTURE TIME|
|7.00 (Bus)||7.30 (Bus)||16.35 (Van)|
|13.00 (Van)||17.00 (Bus)|
|16.45 (Bus)||17.30 (Bus)|
|17.00 (Bus)||18.00 (Van)|
From Phayatai, you can reach BTS sky train easily at Victory Monument or take airport link.
From Sirirath, you can reach Sirirath hospital, take transfer boat to Thammasat University or Grand Palace.
From Pinklao, you can reach Central Pinklao, Pata Pinklao, or Pinklao pier. You can take some buses transfer to Rachadamnurn road, Democracy monument or Khaosan Road.
Salaya Tram is an university public service provided for Mahidol staff and students within Salaya campus.
SALAYA LINK: Express Shuttle Bus services