Directions to Asia BackPackersAddress: 420/137 moo9 Soi Buakow, Nongprue, Banglamung Chonburi, Pattaya, Thailand
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Directions to Asia BackPackers
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport or Don Mueang Domestic Airport: Take the bus from either airport (follow the bus departure signs), catch a bus to Pattaya Bus Terminal, once there take a Bhatt Bus or Motor Bike Taxi, show him this page with the address, we are a few hundred metres from LK metro, on the corner opposite the Pattaya City Hospital always ask the driver for a price so as there is no confusion later. The fare should be approx. Bus 200 Baht Motor Bike Taxi 50 Baht. Driving into Pattaya on the sukamvit take the junction for Pattaya Klang. Drive Approx. 1.2 miles down Pattaya Klang and just after K Football Stadium Turn Left onto Soi Buakow, Drive approx. 1.1 miles and we are located on the corner almost opposite Pattaya City Hospital. Or contact us and we will arrange to have you met at the airport and bring you straight to the hostel for the same cost of a metred taxi i.e. 1500 Baht. (See fuller details click here) click through to the following Get to Pattaya from Suvarnabhumi Airport By Taxi Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) is 110 km from Pattaya (40 km closer than Don Muang Airport). Transfers by road take around 80-90 minutes in dry weather, 120 minutes in wet weather). Taxi fares from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya should be negotiated with the driver in advance. The 'standard rate' is 1,500 baht and you should confirm it before leaving the taxi rank. At quiet hours you may be able to negotiate downward. Passengers will be expected to pay the two tolls en route, at 30 baht each. Be aware that non-licensed taxis may try to solicit business from you, and it is important to note that these drivers do not have proper credentials. One option though to save some money is to take a metered, licensed taxi from the departure level (avoiding the 50 baht airport fee). Given that they are only allowed to drop off passengers and then are supposed to leave right after, you are in a pretty good bargaining position when it comes to talking about prices. Go for a taxi where the driver isn't outside the car, but waiting inside (meaning they didn't bribe the security guards to be allowed to wait longer and need to depart soon). Time to Pattaya is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes during non-peak hours, and can take double this during rush hour. To ensure you a safe and hassle free journey we provide a secure taxi service to and from the airport and our charges are no greater than a normal registered taxi at 1,500 Baht. By Bus First class bus 1st class buses from Bangkok to the North Pattaya Rd bus station are air-conditioned, almost always have an on-board toilet, are essentially direct (i.e., no stops), and provide a no fuss, no frills, hassle-free service. Departures from the Eastern (Ekamai) Terminal and Northern (Mo Chit) Terminal are frequent (every 20-40 minutes, depending on the time of day; more frequent still at public holiday weekends) and usually take 2-2.5 hours; those from the Southern (Sai Tai Taling Chan) Bus Terminal are less frequent and take a little longer. Fares may vary slightly depending on the route taken. For example, at busy times when the Moh Chit service uses the elevated express toll way, a marginally higher fare applies. Exact prices are always clearly posted at the official ticket counters. All 1st class direct services to/from Bangkok use the recently redeveloped bus station on North Pattaya Rd. These buses are usually full when they depart, and must be boarded at the terminus. Tickets are sold at the bus station; it's not possible to pre-book these services more than an hour or so in advance. Usually, if the bus that's due to leave next is already full, there will be seats available on the next one. The longest queues are for the very early morning departures from Pattaya. To get a seat on the first bus of the day you need to be in the ticket queue at least 30-40 minutes early. The bonus is that these pre-rush hour services can take as little as 90 minutes to get to Bangkok. From the North Pattaya Rd bus station songthaews (a cross between a pickup truck, a share-taxi, a local bus and two pews) depart when full (every few minutes). The fare to anywhere on Beach Rd ('the beach') is 25 baht; press the buzzer button on the underside of the roof when you want to get off. Be wary of touts who solicit you at various bus stations in Bangkok. Most of them provide private minivan transport and won't drop you off at the main Pattaya station on North Pattaya Road. You will likely find yourself miles outside Pattaya. They also don't begin their journeys until the minivan is full. Unless you want to charter your own van, you should stick to the government buses or those offered by Roong Reuang Coach. These mainstream providers operate out of clearly marked counters and offices and do not send touts to solicit business. Second class bus 2nd class services (no air-con, usually no on-board toilet) don't use the expressways, and make frequent (and sometimes lengthy) stops; hence they take considerably longer than their 1st class counterparts (which at worst will only halt momentarily once or twice to let passengers jump off on the final approaches to their destination). As at June 2006 the 2nd class fare is 100 baht, so the difference in price doesn't amount to much. The terminus for 2nd class services to/from Bangkok and other short-haul destinations is on South Pattaya Rd, but in practice these buses pick up and drop off the majority of their passengers en route. Tickets are sold both at the bus station (although advance booking may not be possible) and on the bus itself. The airport bus service, not very well advertised, from Suvarnabhumi Airport, is brand new, as are the buses. Direct from the airport, and terminating at Jomtien Beach Rd & Soi Chiaproek, it costs 112 baht. Currently 5 return trips either way per day. You won't get too much info on this service, as it is not a private company, it is run by government employees. Or arrange for us to pick you up from the Airport for 1,500 Baht (max of 4 passengers subject to luggage, we can accommodate larger numbers, just drop us an email). How to find your pre-booked taxi: Once through passport control, baggage reclaim and finally through customs look at the glass exit doors in front of you, they are numbered 10-1 go to exit door 4 and before you leave the terminal building look left and you will see our driver with a hand held note with your name on it Word of warning if you choose to make your own Taxi arrangements only do it at the Taxi rank desk immediately outside the terminal and always ask the price before you get into the Taxi.