NEED URGENT HELP - MOTORBIKE RIDE PATTAYA - SAMUT SAKHON
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Jun 13, 2012 1:40 AM
NEED URGENT HELP - MOTORBIKE RIDE PATTAYA - SAMUT SAKHONHello,
I am sorry if this had been asked previously, as I dont hv much time to check the past posts. Right now, I am in Pattaya, and tomorrow will be going to Samut Sakhon (and further down, depending on the traffic and time). My biggest concern now is Bangkok. I find out that certain highway does not allow motorbike on it (but I am not sure which highway). Can someone guide me, which easiest route to take plz mention the route number)? I am not stopping by in Bangkok, but am riding through. Plz respond ASAP. Thanks.
Jun 13, 2012 2:21 AM
1Not sure, but think no bikes allowed on the elevated expressways. You can just take the Pattaya Chonburi Bkk route under the elevated expressway to Bkk, and after that surely you will need a good road map.
Jun 13, 2012 3:01 AM
2I have often driven between Bangkok and Pattaya. I have also driven from Bangkok through Samut Sakhon. I have never done it straight through without stopping in Bangkok.
- Leaving Pattaya, you can take 7 all the way into Bangkok. As stated above, you need to stay on the frontage roads whenever possible. Also, you cannot take the elevated parts ever. There are times when it is safe to go over bridges to skip pesky intersections, but you have to use your judgement. To do this, see if other motorbikes are pressing on over the bridge or not. Skip Chonburi and take the bypass around.
- Alternatively, it is a nicer ride to just take Sukhumvit Road (3) right up into Bangkok. There aren't as many trucks blowing past you. You can take this all the way into Samut Prakan. This route is more scenic which is why I prefer it myself.
- Otherwise, you are going to be dumped out under the Bangna-Trad Expressway. Just stay to the left, and you will be fine.
- Here's where someone else might be able to chime in and help you more. As I live in the On Nut area of Bangkok, I just drive home! You may or may not be able to cross the river to the south where the Outer Ring Road (9) crosses from Samut Prakarn to the Thonburi side of the river. I simply don't know because I haven't tried. I would think that there is a way to cross.
- Otherwise, the easiest way that I can think of other than that is to head through Bangna on Sukhumvit Road (so you don't get lost - there are other ways). Turn left, onto Sukhumvit Soi 62. From there, follow the road to the entrance to the express way and follow the other motorbikes and cars not getting on the expressway which involves a sharp left and an immediate sharp right. Keep following the twists on Sukhumvit Soi 62 past Pittayalai School. When you get to a T Junction at Thanon Thang Rotfai Sai Kao Pak Nam, turn right onto it.
- Follow that for a very short distance until you reach the PTT Plant on your left. It may appear that you cannot go through because it looks official, but it is a major shortcut and will save you loads of time. Turn left into the plant. Go through the plant to the traffic light. The port will be on your left. Continue forward on what is now Thanon At Narong.
- Keep going straight. You will pass the infamous Klong Toei slums on your left. You will pass the Thai Customs Department as well. Keep going until you hit a 6 way junction that will look more like a T junction until you are at the red light. To your left will be the Loxley Building and the way to Rama III. Directly in front of you will be Sacred Heart Convent School. And, to your right will be the Klong Toei wet market. (**** NOTE: It may be possible to turn left here. I am not sure if a motorbike can cross the river using the crossing on Rama III - If you can, this would save you a lot of time)
- Make a soft right onto what is Thanon Sunthon Kosa. Follow that to Rama IV road.
- Go left onto Rama IV. Follow it Sathorn Road.
- Turn left onto Sathorn Road.
- Take the Taksin Bridge into Thonburi.
- Pass Wongwien Yai BTS.
- Turn left onto Taksin (it has a longer name, but that is what we have always called it)
- Keep going straight until you hit Rama II
- Turn right onto Rama II taking you to Samut Sakhon ....
Good luck! You might need it. I have never traveled with more than the map on my phone. I'm sure you will be fine! Have fun!
Jun 13, 2012 5:10 AM
3Does anybody know if the car ferries on Phuchao Saming Fray (3113) still operate?
Off Sukhumvid in Samrong Neua.
San Phawut (3102) is a sure bet for moto-river crossing, the pedestrian does take motos over to Bang Kacha certainly.
It basically 'all straight' when coming in on Bangna-Trad Rd, straight across the intersection with Sukhumvid road.
From there down to Suksawat Rd, then turn left into Rama II.
Dunno about possibility of taking a moto across with the ferry in Paknam in Samut Prakan, there's two piers there behind the market, but I remeber pedestrians only - but then that was during temple festival, might be different on regular days.
Worth to check out if you come in via Sukhumvid Road, as described above.
In any case the Bangna-Trad and then straight across per ferry is the the easiest way to go.
Jun 13, 2012 5:17 AM
4^^ See ... I wasn't aware of that ferry. It will save you loads of time. Straight along at the Bangna-Sukhumvit Intersection to the river. I have never gone beyond the Thang Rotfai Sai Kao Pak Nam Junction there, so this is good to know. I will check it out soon!
This would seem to be the best option as far as I can tell if the ferry is running.
Jun 13, 2012 5:18 AM
Jun 13, 2012 5:21 AM
Jun 13, 2012 5:23 AM
7This ferry is running for sure, had been on it a few weeks ago and the local boys took their motos on it. Just follow the pedestrians that small walkway to the left at the end of the road near the river. It goes over to 'Bang Ko Bua' (google maps) and through the green area there all teh way to Suk Sawat Road.
Another good bet would be the crossing at Phra Pradaeng (3113). I thing even if the car ferry is not operating anymore (haven't been down there in ages) the pedestrian sure will and would likely take motos across too.
Jun 13, 2012 5:27 AM
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Jun 13, 2012 5:32 AM
Jun 13, 2012 5:40 AM
11Old, but interesting: http://thaitransit.blogspot.com/2008/07/mass-transport-of-phra-pradaeng.html
Jun 13, 2012 5:51 AM
12Still valid however - it shows that the car ferry was going in 2008, after the bridge was opened.
I thought it might have shut down after the bridge opened in 2006, but this and the shot I saw from Google Earth 2011 seem to confirm that the car ferry is still going.
Haven't been down there in a long, long time. At least not exactly this spot. Will have to go on a little trip again one of these days...
Jun 13, 2012 5:53 AM
Jun 13, 2012 8:03 AM
14Thx to all for the very quick responses and detailed explanations. Really appreciate it. I think I will try the Sukhumvit - Bangna Trat route, but stick to the ground road. Will there be a sign post mentioning 'Sukhumvit' or 'Bangna Trat'? And approximately when is the peak hours to avoid?
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