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philkrenshaw

Newbie Guide to Baht Buses

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philkrenshaw

The cheapest and easiest way to get around town is on the Baht Buses. I know they have some other Thai name, but I don’t remember it.

 

What They Are: Basically, they are modified pickup trucks. There are two padded benches in the back along with a roof, a step to help you get in and some posts to grab hold of. See the photos below. There are hundreds of them driving around all day long.

 

How They Work: When you see one coming down the road in the direction you want to go, just wave or something and he’ll stop long enough for you to hop on the back. Sometimes if you’re standing there or just walking along they’ll slow down to see if you want a ride. Once you’re on, just ride along until you get where you want to go and hit the buzzer (you’ll see little buttons on The Roof or the side poles—even if you don’t hear anything, they buzz up by the driver). He’ll pull over where it’s convenient. Hop out, go over to the passenger door and hand him 10 Baht through the window. It’s good to carry around some coins. Although I had no problems getting change, some have said the driver might claim he has none.

 

Where They Go: They mostly go in loops, but sometimes they branch off. They travel South on Beach road where they stop at Walking Street. I have seen, during the day, some of them going down Walking Street to the Pier at the other end, but those might be specifically hired. Usually, at Walking Street, they turn East (away from the water) and to up South Pattaya Road to 2nd Road. There, they mostly turn and go North on 2nd Road. Some of them may turn South. Some of them may continue East and go North on Buakow (the N/S road half way between 2nd Road and 3rd Road). If you want to be sure you’re going the direction you want, wait for a bus beyond the intersection where it’s already going your direction.

 

The ones that go North on 2nd Road mostly go all the way to the Dolphin roundabout at the North end of Pattaya. Most will turn South and go back down Beach Road (the loop). Some of them continue North.

 

Baht Buses go both North and South on Buakow. The ones going South turn West on South Pattaya Road and stop at 2nd Road. Just ahead and to the left is Walking Street. Some of these turn North on 2nd Road, some go South. If you don’t want to get off here, wait for the turn and, if it’s the wrong way, hit the buzzer and get off. Walk across the intersection and wait for one going your direction. Since Buakow kind of peters out in the North direction, I’m not sure exactly where they turn around up North.

 

If you want to go to 3rd Road and places East, I’m sure you can, but I don’t know how. I’m still enough of a newbie to just know the prime areas.

 

Buses For Hire: Mostly, if the bus is moving when you flag it down, it’s going along a fixed route and you’ll pay 10 Baht. You’ll find lots of them parked along the street, particularly late evening near Walking Street. You can always ask one to take you somewhere specific. It will cost more than 10 Baht, but might be worth it to you. For example, I was heading up to the Sanctuary of Truth. I took one North on 2nd Road, got off at the Dolphin Roundabout then walked a little farther North. When a Baht Bus stopped for me I showed him a brochure of the Sanctuary and he said, “50 Baht.” Fine by me. He dropped off his other passenger on the way and took me straight to the entrance. I knew it was out one of the Sois going West from Naklua Road, but wasn’t exactly sure how to get there. When done there, I just walked back to Naklua and grabbed a Baht Bus going South. I stayed on at the roundabout to see which way he’d go. When he headed down Beach Road I just stayed on. I took it all the way to Central Festival Mall. Since that was much farther than a normal ride on one of the circuits, I gave the driver 20 instead of 10. You might find, especially if you go around part of the loop instead of just a straight shot, that they expect a little more. It’s still a good deal.

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jonerich

Useful info thanks for posting. The Thai call them song thieaw=(two axles)

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benny31

Useful topic for newbie.

:001_Thank_You5:

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greatness
:001_Thank_You5: Very useful info.

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kopite

This is quite handy thanks for posting.

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El Cata

Nice guide for newbies. What I keep meaning to get when I'm over there is a picture of one of those tables from inside the bus. They tell you which number goes where, although my experience tells me that it wouldn't be entirely reliable.

 

Useful info thanks for posting. The Thai call them song thieaw=(two axles)

 

I always thought it meant 'two rows'.

 

Peace. :GoldenSmile1:

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Highlander

I knew a lot of that but nowhere near all of it, good work

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7-Eleven

Great post. I see that we haven't got a guide like this pinned already so I'm going to pin this.

 

Thanks for posting.

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Jack_41

Great guide , have +1 rep.

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SlickMonkey

Useful info thanks for posting. The Thai call them song thieaw=(two axles)

 

Its actually "2 rows"....As in 2 rows of seating.

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murtle71

great topic

Edited by murtle71

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Mike056

Only one warning; If you take care of your money anywhere, do it here.

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pattayaNL

Thank you, very useful

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seveneighty1

How is traffic these days? Is it better just to walk distances of less than ten minutes?

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SmellyFarang

Here's a tip:

 

Try not to select a baht bus with a driver that insists on:

 

steering with his knees

while attempting to roll a cig

spilling the tobacco in the process

then meticulously picking each shred of tobacco off his shirt

to finally complete & light said cig

... all while in full motion without ever once looking up from lap :wacko:

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blueboy0510

if you want to change the baht bus into a taxi and go to a specific place the general rule of thumb is;

 

say you are at Walking Street and your hotel is in North Pattaya offer 100 baht and you should be good to go, most will go North pattaya/third road/walking st area for 100 bt

 

not sure about Jomtien as only been up that end a few times, but pretty sure prices similar to OP's post

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Jimmydr

Great guide , have +1 rep.

 

 

I gave 1 as well.

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Laawman

The songthaews with the white stripe along the side go to Jomtien - or at least they are supposed to.

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WhoristJohnny

very useful info,thx

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eyebee

Baht Busses go both North and South on Buakow. The ones going South turn West on South Pattaya Road and stop at 2nd Road. Just ahead and to the left is Walking Street. Some of these turn North on 2nd Road, some go South. If you don’t want to get off here, wait for the turn and, if it’s the wrong way, hit the buzzer and get off. Walk across the intersection and wait for one going your direction. Since Buakow kind of peters out in the North direction, I’m not sure exactly where they turn around up North.

 

If you want to go to 3rd Road and places East, I’m sure you can, but I don’t know how. I’m still enough of a newbie to just know the prime areas.

 

Very good post Phil, however I'll add a bit more info. Going north on soi Buakhaow, the vast majority of buses turn left onto Pattaya Klang. At the junction with 2nd Road most will turn right and go north to the Dolphin Roundabout (though some will go straight on directly to Beach Road), and then south onto Beach Road.

 

Buses also run along Pattaya Nua, Pattaya Klang and Pattaya Tai as far as Sukhumvit, and back. Just stand by the road and wait for one to come along, however they aren't as frequent as the buses on the Beach Road/2nd Road loop, BTW Pattaya Nua is also called North Pattaya Road; Pattaya Klang, Central Pattaya Road and Pattaya Tai, South Pattaya Road.

 

To go to Jomtien, look for the line of buses outside the school on Pratumnak Road (the extension of 2nd road beyond Pattaya Tai). Once full they will go as far as soi Chayapruek in Jomtien for 10 baht.

 

The general fare within Pattaya is 10 baht (now for both Thais and Farangs), but I hear a lot of tourists are now paying 20, so that may become the norm in the near future. I've lived here for over 8 years and the price hasn't gone up in that time, whereas the cost of petrol has risen dramatically - it was only 15 baht a litre 8 years ago!

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ExpatDave

I've lived here for over 8 years and the price hasn't gone up in that time, whereas the cost of petrol has risen dramatically - it was only 15 baht a litre 8 years ago!

 

That is really a good point. Personally, I would have no problem paying 20 baht for the Baht buses.

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Mike Asia

That is really a good point. Personally, I would have no problem paying 20 baht for the Baht buses.

 

when you go out to eat do you leave a 100% tip? How about Coops bar? 100% tip?

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philkrenshaw

Very good post Phil, however I'll add a bit more info. Going north on soi Buakhaow, the vast majority of buses turn left onto Pattaya Klang. At the junction with 2nd Road most will turn right and go north to the Dolphin Roundabout (though some will go straight on directly to Beach Road), and then south onto Beach Road.

 

Buses also run along Pattaya Nua, Pattaya Klang and Pattaya Tai as far as Sukhumvit, and back. Just stand by the road and wait for one to come along, however they aren't as frequent as the buses on the Beach Road/2nd Road loop, BTW Pattaya Nua is also called North Pattaya Road; Pattaya Klang, Central Pattaya Road and Pattaya Tai, South Pattaya Road.

 

To go to Jomtien, look for the line of buses outside the school on Pratumnak Road (the extension of 2nd road beyond Pattaya Tai). Once full they will go as far as soi Chayapruek in Jomtien for 10 baht.

 

The general fare within Pattaya is 10 baht (now for both Thais and Farangs), but I hear a lot of tourists are now paying 20, so that may become the norm in the near future. I've lived here for over 8 years and the price hasn't gone up in that time, whereas the cost of petrol has risen dramatically - it was only 15 baht a litre 8 years ago!

That's good info. If I was still able to edit I'd paste it in the original post.

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BOBBY-123

the buses are a great way of getting around the city , rather unique in a way , but do they not turn into personal taxis after a certain time at night as they always seem to want to charge me more than the going rate after say 8pm from were im staying on 3rd road, still value for money as opposed to other places in thailand

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pipeman350

I paid 20 baht each from Jomtiento Second road for a lady and me and think it is awonderful value for money service

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