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How to get to Pak Chong by public transport

!!! First of all, 2 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 bus from Bangkok to Pak Chong
  2. Travelling by bus from Pak Chong to Bangkok
  3. Travelling by train from Ayutthaya to Pak Chong
  4. Travelling by minivan from Bangkok to Pak Chong
  5. How to get to your hotel or the national park after arriving in Pak Chong?
  6. How to get to Khao Yai Cottage, or Areeya Guesthouse?

 

Travelling by public bus from Bangkok to Pak Chong

There are various bus companies that go from Bangkok to Pak Chong, but there is one problem: they all drop their passengers at different locations in town. It makes finding our guests harder than spotting endangered wildlife in the jungle of Khao Yai national park 😉 .
Therefore, we ask you to please follow these instructions accurately, so we can find you. Always carry the phone number of our guide, and our numbers with you. If you don’t have a phone, just ask a local to call one of the provided numbers!
 
Please, buy your bus ticket from Bangkok to Pak Chong with the following company:
 
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: about 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.


 

Pak Chong Bus Stop

Ratchasima Tour Bus Stop in Pak Chong centre near the giraffe-like monument


These blue buses stop in Pak Chong town at the following location: Click here for the location on Google maps
Unless agreed otherwise, our guide will meet you here at the agreed time. If you don’t see the guide at the promised time, don’t wait, please, call!

From the bus stop at the frontage road, you should be able to see a monument of some giraffe-like (actually they are deer 😉 ) animals holding balloons, 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. In that case, you should immediately call, and maybe best to ask a local to explain our guide where you are.

One ‘common’ wrong location 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. If you end up here, please, immediately call our guide to explain where you are. 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
Travel duration: 2:30 – 3:00 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 stairs 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 giraffe-like 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 giraffe-like 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 two hotels near Khao Yai.
Khao Yai Cottage and Areeya Guesthouse. The following jpg-image can be printed and has the location of the 7-eleven near these two lodging options 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 or Areeya Guesthouse.


 

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

 
 

Areeya Guesthouse

Areeya Guesthouse, one of the cheapest options within 5 – 10min from the park, is located along the Thanarad Road, no. 2090. It’s on the same side as the 7-eleven at km.20, in Klutkha Village. Just 300m towards the national park.
 
If the driver doesn’t know it, try to explain you need to be at the 7-eleven at km.20, Klutkha village. and just walk the 300m down the main road.

Areeya Guesthouse, Pak Chong
Thanarad Road (km 20.5), Baan Goodklaa, Moosri, Pak Chong 30130
Tel: 0874595856 (no English)
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.

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