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How to get to Pak Chong by public transport

!!! First of all, some important notes !!!

  1. Pak Chong is very different from most other tourist cities in Thailand. Only a handful of taxi drivers operate in town, and only in daytime/ early evening. If you arrive after 19:00 it becomes increasingly hard or even impossible to find a taxi!!! So plan accordingly.
  2. Schedules and situations change, we try to keep up with it, but if you find anything that has changed, please inform us. And we ask for your understanding that we have no influence whatsoever on all these services!

 

How to get to Pak Chong?

  1. Travelling by train from Bangkok to Pak Chong
  2. Travelling by bus from Bangkok to Pak Chong
  3. Travelling by bus from Pak Chong to Bangkok
  4. Travelling from Pak Chong to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport (BKK)
  5. Travelling from Pak Chong to Bangkok Don Mueang airport (DMK)
  6. Travelling by train from Ayutthaya to Pak Chong
  7. Travelling by minivan from Bangkok to Pak Chong
  8. How to get to your hotel or the national park after arriving in Pak Chong?
  9. How to get to Khao Yai Cottage?

 

Travelling by train from Bangkok to Pak Chong

For those who travel from Bangkok to Pak Chong, the best way is to travel by train. Due to the inconsistent schedules of the buses and minivans and their tendency to drop people at various spots in town making it impossible for us to find our guests, the train is the most straight forward option. However, it has its downsides.
There is only one small train station in Pak Chong, so that’s easy 😉 . The first train from Bangkok should leave about 05:45 AM (but always check current scheduling to verify). Arrival time in Pak Chong is 08:52 AM. And if you have booked a private tour with us, it is possible to start the tour directly from the railway station.
 
We strongly recommend to avoid Rapid and Ordinary trains. The Special Express & Express trains however are usually relatively ‘punctual’ (for Thai standards).
 
Railway station: Hualamphong Railway Station
City: Bangkok (Click here for the location on Google maps)
Cost: depends on the class, and type of train
Departure time: Click here for the train schedule
Travel duration: 3:00 hrs

The railway station of Pak Chong lies at the following location: Click here for the location on Google maps
Unless agreed otherwise, our guide will meet you at the small parking lot in front of the station. If you don’t see the guide at the promised time, don’t wait, please, call!
 
 

 

Travelling by public bus from Bangkok to Pak Chong

Update: 26 NOV 2017
For quite some time we had been recommending using the public bus instead of the shuttle minivans. But problems have also started to increase with the bus services. They are no longer departing every hour, it seems like they just go whenever it suits them. Maybe a couple times per day.
There are various bus companies that go from Bangkok to Pak Chong, but there are a few problems: there seems no fixed time schedule so you might have to wait around for a long time, some bus services stop in every tiny town along the way so take a very long time, and they all drop their passengers at different locations in town, some might just drop you along the highway out of town and then it will be quite a challenge to get to your destination.
It makes finding our guests harder than spotting endangered wildlife in the jungle of Khao Yai national park 😉 . For that reason, we have decided to no longer start our tours directly from the minivan or bus stops. USe the train instead, or if you wish to take a bus or minivan, find a taxi from town to your hotel and our guide can meet you there.
The Ratchasima Tour bus company used to be the most convenient when you are lucky they have a bus departing, but there is no guarantee the bus will be leaving every hour. Some days there will be only a couple buses making the trip to Pak Chong. Anyway, below some information about this service.

 
Bus company: Ratchasima Tour
Ticketbox: no.49, 3rd floor
Bus station: Morchit Mai bus station (pronounce: “Morcheet My”)
City: Bangkok (Click here for the location on Google maps)
Cost: 146 baht/ person (If you are being charged 200 baht or more, it means they are selling you a ticket to Nakhon Ratchasima, which is not correct. REJECT IT! Repeat that you need to go to Pak Chong, NOT Nakhon Ratchasima!)
Departure time: No fixed times! They might only have a couple of buses per day, no fixed time, but likely some time between 6:00AM – 19:00PM
Travel duration: 2:30 – 3:00 hrs

Show the following image when buying your bus ticket, and show it again to the bus driver and the assistant to make clear you are going to Pak Chong, NOT to Nakhon Ratchasima! In the past, some of our guests ended up in Nakhon Ratchasima which is an hour further east.

Bus directions Bangkok - Pak Chong in Thai-script

Save (on your smartphone), or print this image showing in Thai-script that you need to go to Pak Chong.


 

These blue buses stop in Pak Chong town at the following location: Click here for the location on Google maps

From the bus stop is on the frontage road, opposite from the night bazaar and you should be able to see a monument of a deer, on the opposite side of the main road. If you do not see this, it probably means you somehow ended up at a different bus stop.

One ‘common’ different location people have been dropped off is a small bus station (Click here for the location on Google maps) with a 7-eleven minimart right behind it, and a green bank branch of the Kasikorn Bank next to it. This area is called Talad Keckh.

 

Travelling by public bus from Pak Chong to Bangkok

Returning to Bangkok, Morchit Mai bus station (pronounce: “Morcheet My”) from Pak Chong is a bit easier. We recommend the following bus company. It is a small bus stop with only this company, so no confusion. Just tell them you need to go to Bangkok (they also offer service from Pak Chong to Nakhon Ratchasima).
 

 
Bus company: Ratchasima Tour
Bus station: Ratchasima Tour bus stop Pak Chong
City: Pak Chong (Click here for the location on Google maps)
Cost: 146 baht/ person
Departure time: about 7:00AM – 19:00PM sometimes till maybe 20:00PM but no fixed departure times. Might only go a couple times a day!
Travel duration: 2:30 – 3:00 hrs

 

 

Travelling from Pak Chong to Suvarnabhumi airport (BKK), Bangkok

We are often asked how to get from a hotel in Khao Yai area to the Suvarnabhumi airport (BKK) in Bangkok. By public transport, it is definitely not a trip for the faint-hearted and to be honest if you have a flight to catch – unless you have all day to travel relaxed and potentially not have much luggage – we would recommend spending a bit more and take a private transfer from door to door to save you from all the potential stress involved. A cost calculation is difficult as we do not know all current prices and also depending on where you are staying in Khao Yai, but here follows the pure public transport option. Surely you could replace certain stretches by a local taxi, but then the financial gain will be so minimal, that you might as well book a direct private transfer.

Many hotels near the park are situated near the Thanarad road (2090) that connects the park gate with Pak Chong town. If you are not near this road, you will likely have to book a private taxi to get you to Pak Chong town center from where public transport departs. If you are near this Thanarad road you can take the public shuttle trucks, mentioned elsewhere on this page. There is no strict time schedule, they usually pass once every half to full hour between let’s say 6:00 – 7:00AM and 16:00 – 17:00PM.
Once you reach Pak Chong town center you can opt for either a shuttle minivan or a bus. These days both head to Morchit Mai bus station in Bangkok. This journey should take roughly 2:30 – 3 hrs, if no traffic.
Upon arrival at this Northern bus station, there is a bit of a complication. The skytrain station is about 2kms away, the MRT metro about 1km. Not sure what the easiest way is to get to either of these. Maybe you can find a TukTuk. Or perhaps a local Bangkok bus line might pass either of the two stations. Both the skytrain and the MRT metro connect with the Airport link railway. Check the routes where this connection is and then buy the tickets to that location. Then once you reach the Airport Link railway, you are ready for the last stretch to the airport, as this Airport Link ends right under the airport.

In between all these connections there might be quite a bit waiting time and lugging around with luggage, so hopefully you travel lightweight 😉
Be prepared for at least 5 hrs journey unless you are extremely lucky with connections. Excluding potential traffic…

For those who book a tour in Khao Yai national park with us, we can arrange private transfers from door to door. Just for your information, we do NOT offer these transfers as a stand-alone service if not booked together with our tours!

 
Cost: ? baht/ person
Travel duration: Be prepared for 5:00+ hrs

 

 

Travelling from Pak Chong to Don Mueang airport (DMK), Bangkok

The journey from Khao Yai to Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok is a bit easier than the one to Suvarnabhumi airport.
If your hotel is situated near the Thanarad road (2090) that connects the park gate with Pak Chong town you can take the public shuttle trucks, mentioned elsewhere on this page. There is no strict time schedule, they usually pass once every half to full hour between let’s say 6:00 – 7:00AM and 16:00 – 17:00PM. If you are not near this road, you likely need to ask your hotel to arrange a taxi from there to Pak Chong town center.
Once you reach Pak Chong town center you can probably best opt for a shuttle minivan, as we are not sure if buses will drop people off at the airport. Just make sure to inform the ticket seller and – more importantly – the minivan driver that you need to be dropped at the airport and NOT at the final station of this trip. Might be a little challenge as usually there is hardly any english spoken, but with a bit of hands and feet, perhaps showing the airport name etc, I think you should be alright 😉 . The minivans should pass the Don Mueang Airport and can drop you off right in front.
Worst case scenario: they forget to drop you off and you end up at Morchit Bus station and will have to take a taxi from there to the airport. Not a major problem either.

For those who book a wildlife tour in Khao Yai national park with us, we can arrange private transfers from door to door. Just for your information, we do NOT offer these transfers as a stand-alone service if not booked together with our tours!

 
Cost: around 200 – 250 baht/ person
Travel duration: 3:30 – 4:00 hrs

 

 

Travelling by train from Ayutthaya to Pak Chong

For those who travel from Ayutthaya to Pak Chong, the best way is to travel by train. There is only one small train station in Pak Chong, so that’s easy 😉 .
 
We strongly recommend to avoid Rapid and Ordinary trains. The Special Express & Express trains however are usually relatively ‘punctual’ (for Thai standards).
 
Railway station: Ayutthaya Railway Station
City: Ayutthaya (Click here for the location on Google maps)
Cost: depends on the class, and type of train
Departure time: Click here for the train schedule
Travel duration: 2:00 – 2:30 hrs

The railway station of Pak Chong lies at the following location: Click here for the location on Google maps
Unless agreed otherwise, our guide will meet you at the small parking lot in front of the station. If you don’t see the guide at the promised time, don’t wait, please, call!
 
 

Travelling by shuttle minivan from Bangkok to Pak Chong

There was a time we recommended the shuttle minivan services, however after too much trouble with guests being dropped anywhere the drivers felt like it, and after several attempts to try and discuss how to improve the service for foreign travellers, we noticed the minivans did not want to cooperate. Apparently they are not interested to get some extra clients. All we were asking was if the drivers could make sure the guests would remain in the van until the final destination was reached. We gave up!

And now, since October 2016, the minivan service that used to operate from the Victory monument to Pak Chong, has moved to the same bus station where the big buses depart from. So now it seems even less interesting to travel by minivan, because if you anyway have to find your way to the Morchit bus station, you might as well take a big bus which is safer, cheaper, and more spacious. And as long as you follow the instructions above ( Travelling by bus from Bangkok to Pak Chong ) it will take the same amount of time to get there.

If however, you anyway choose for a shuttle minivan service.
Few things to keep in mind.

  1. It will be a surprise where they will drop you, and with the low number of taxis in Pak Chong, it can be tricky to find your way onwards.
  2. If travelling with big luggage, they usually charge for an extra seat. Understandable, so now you can calculate for this.
  3. Some of the drivers might have a different drive-style than you are used to in your home country. That’s a mild way to put it 😉 .

 
Minivan company: various companies available
Bus station: Bangkok – Pak Chong services have now moved away from the Victory Monument BTS Skytrain station to Morchit Mai bus station (pronounce: “Morcheet My”)
City: Bangkok (Click here for the location on Google maps)
Cost: about 160 – 180 baht/ person
Departure time: 6:00AM – 19:00PM
Travel duration: 2:30 – 3:00 hrs

 
Every minivan operator has its own stop in Pak Chong town.
 
 

Getting around in Pak Chong

Let’s put hitchhiking and car or motorbike rental aside. Here follow some options on how to get from Pak Chong town to your hotel, or to the national park entrance. There are basically only two options.

Pak Chong public shuttle truck

Public shuttle trucks that operate between Pak Chong town and Khao Yai national park.

  1. Taxis
  2. Public shuttle trucks

Here follow the locations of the two main taxi stands, and the start off point for the public trucks running between the town and the national park entrance,and from there further East more or less following the border of the park.
 

  1. Taxi stand 1: At the night bazaar and the deer monument on the corner opposite with the 7-eleven, Click here for the location on Google maps
  2. Taxi stand 2: At the railway station, Click here for the location on Google maps
  3. Public truck stand: Near the night bazaar and the deer monument, 50 – 100m Northeast on the frontage road, Click here for the location on Google maps

 
City: Pak Chong
Cost:
Taxi within the town: about 100 – 150 baht
Taxi to hotels half way between the town and the national park: about 200 – 300 baht
Taxi to hotels near the national park: about 400 – 500 baht
Public truck to the park: about 30 – 40 baht (but foreigners often get over-charged!)
Departure time: The trucks depart once every half – whole hour between 6:00AM – 17:00PM
Travel duration: From town to the national park entrance is about 35 min drive
 
Note: the public trucks get quite crowded early morning and late afternoon with locals and schoolkids.
 

Hotels near Khao Yai national park

A large number of our guests stay in the following hotel near Khao Yai.
Khao Yai Cottage. The following jpg-image can be printed and has the location of the 7-eleven near this lodging option in Thai script to show the taxi or public truck driver. When you get there follow the instructions explained, below.

Location 7-eleven Klutkha Thai-script

Save (on your smartphone), or print this image of the location of the 7-eleven in Klutkha Village in Thai-script. From here it is easy to walk to Khao Yai Cottage.


 

Khao Yai Cottage

Khao Yai Cottage, one of the best hotels near the park in its price range, is located just 100m off the main road, the Thanarad Road, no. 2090. You’ll find it into the little street right next to the 7-eleven at km.20, in Klutkha Village.
 
Many drivers won’t immediately understand the English pronunciation of Khao Yai Cottage (Thais pronounce Cottage more like Cottid, give it a try 😉 ). Otherwise try to explain you need to be at the 7-eleven at km.20, Klutkha village.

Khao Yai Cottage, Pak Chong
เขาใหญ่ คอทเทจ, 888 Thanarat Rd. Km. 20, Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima, 30130
Tel: 044297178, 0819196771
Click here for the location on Google maps

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  1. Chloe

    Hi, Can I book the train ticket from don mueang to pak chong online?

    1. Tontan Travel

      To my knowledge it is not possible to book train tickets online. Though, there might be travel agents in Thailand that will arrange it for you, not sure.

  2. Amika

    good day. i would like to ask how can i go to lup buri bus station. im here in khao yai. ow to go there?
    thanks a lot.

    1. Tontan Travel

      Difficult question. We have no personal experience on getting to Lopburi bus station. As far as I know there is no direct bus from Pak Chong to Lopburi. So you’d probably have to either find a taxi in Pak Chong, or travel by train to Ayutthaya and take a bus from there to Lopburi…
      I am sorry that I have no clear answer.

  3. Robert

    Hey guys
    The khao yai official website just posted that the shuttles from victory monument stopped operating. Only from mochit station

    1. Tontan Travel

      Thank you for letting us know. We have changed our page accordingly. Even more reason to just take a big bus instead of a minivan 😉

  4. Bostjan

    Hello

    Can anybody tell me if there is bus from Rayong or Ban Phe to Pak Chong?

    Thanks!

    1. Tontan Travel

      To my knowledge there is no direct bus from Rayong or Ban Phe. Best to travel to Bangkok and from there to Pak Chong.

  5. desy

    hello, do you have to book early for the bus tickets to pak chong?

    1. Tontan Travel

      No need to book bus tickets in advance.

  6. desy

    hello, i want to ask again. after we arrived in pack chong bus station, is there any taxi that we can find there? to go to our hotel. pls show me the map if you know where it is

    1. Tontan Travel

      The taxi stand location is shown as a google maps link on this page.

  7. Viven Siow

    hi, is that possible to have a custom tour for 2 peoples for 2 days 1night at pak chong?

    1. Tontan Travel

      Yes this is possible. To sent an inquiry for the tour please use the fill in form on the page of the tour package of interest, in this case:
      http://www.tontantravel.com/tours/en/khao-yai-jungle-trekking.html

  8. romi

    hi..can I know the operating hours bus/mini van from pak chong to bangkok?

    1. Tontan Travel

      As these times very per day, it is hard to say, but normally first minivans/ buses should leav at about 6:00AM, and the last maybe 19:00(PM), some day maybe a bit later…

  9. Evelyn

    Hi .. can you pls let me know what time bus Mo Chit – Pak Chong will start to depart and till what time ? Thanks

  10. Riona

    Can i know where mini van stop in pak chong from bkk ?

    1. Tontan Travel

      Every minivan company has its own stop. But all are in the centre.

  11. Ann

    Hi,

    Do you know how I get from Pak Chong to Ayutthaya?
    On thairailwayticket I cannot get train tickets on the day I want to leave (March 18)
    Are there also busses going to Ayutthaya from Pak Chong?

    1. Tontan Travel

      It should be possible to get a train back to Ayutthaya. Just check the railway website that we linked on this page to find the timetable.
      There is no direct bus. I think from the bus stop at Talad Khek in Pak Chong you can take a bus that should drop you in Wang Noi which is on the highway towards Bangkok. And then switch to another local bus to AYutthaya town.

  12. Charlene

    Hi,is there any bus in Don Mueng Airport go directly to Pak Chong? thanks

    1. Tontan Travel

      To our knowledge there is no bus starting from Don Mueang airport. An option is to use the foot bridge and cross the highway. Then wait on the roadside for a bus or minivan that goes to the Pak Chong center. Make sure to explain you need to go to the center before you embark, because some buses might not go into the center but just drop you along the highway in Pak Chong and then you will have a hard time finding onward transport to a hotel. Other option is to take a taxi to the bus station and then just buy a ticket for a bus to Pak Chong as explained on this page.

  13. Jo Mo

    Your description is spot on but I might add that you can get the VIP bus from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima and ask to be let off at the Pak Chong turnoff (Tesco Lotus) then get the waiting motorcycle taxi (even with a big suitcase) into the centre of Pak Chong or towards Khao Yai. I did this myself and it works, if a bit uncomfortable. It is quite quick as you have the choice of non-stop express VIP buses to Nakhon Ratchasima from Bangkok. But as you rightly point out, they may charge you for the whole trip to NR, although to be fair, as it is a non-stop service, they would lose out on your ticket if they do not. It may be better to pay the whole way for speed and convenience.

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