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BKK Airport to Kanchanburi

Posted by hfergu on 3/5/2010 at 05:44

I'm sorry if this was posted earlier, but I couldn't find an answer to this question specifically.

I know that it is possible to take a bus from the Southern Bus Terminal, or a train from Thonburi station to travel to Kanchanburi. I was hoping to avoid the city altogether - - are there any ways to get to Kanchanburi without entering Bangkok? For example, would it be possible to hire a van to the next closest train station, or to travel all the way by private vehicle. If so, how much might this cost?

My original plan was to take the train.. but I'm not sure if it is in a safe area.

Many thanks, and I'm sorry if this is repetitive.

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Posted by exacto on 3/5/2010 at 06:24

hey h,

are you talking about getting from the new airport directly out to kanchanaburi, or are you arriving from somewhere else?

from what i can tell from news and other reports, both the southern bus terminal and the bangkok noi (thonburi) train station are well outside of the protest centers. that's as it stands right now of course - things could change quickly.

if you are arriving at the new airport, it will be difficult to avoid bangkok altogether, since the airport is pretty much east of the city and kanchanaburi to the west. you could head up to ayutthaya i suppose, and from there take a bus to suphan buri and continue on to kanchanaburi. another option i imagine would be to take a taxi directly from the airport. if the cost all the way to kanchanaburi is too much for you, you could take the taxi to nakorn pathom, about 65km west of bangkok, and continue by bus or train from there. cheers.

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Posted by hfergu on 3/5/2010 at 06:33

thank you so much exacto! honestly, this site is amazing and people are always so helpful :)

i will be flying into the new airport at around midnight, so i've decided to stay at a guesthouse near the airport. i assume i can make arrangements on arrival about what the safest and most cost effective option will be.

it's good to know that i can catch the train in a nearby city. i looked up nakorn pathom and found train stations in talingchan and salaya, which seem to be even closer. would it be possible to taxi to these stations and go from there?

thanks!

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Posted by exacto on 3/5/2010 at 08:03

if i remember correctly, there is a list at the taxi queue at the airport with prices for various out-of-BKK spots. all in all, the prices are a pretty good deal. you might also be able to have the guesthouse where you spend the first night line up a taxi for you. check the price list at the taxi queue when you first arrive, so you'll have a basis for comparison. you can also just check with your hotel to see what the current situation is when you arrive. it may be that things are calm enough to taxi directly to the bangkok noi station in thonburi and catch the morning train to kanchanaburi.

be sure to check the schedule for the train (2x/day #257 and #259) from bangkok noi/thonburi to kanchanaburi and beyond. it is on the state railway of thailand website at:

http://www.railway.co.th/English/Time_HTML.asp

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Posted by RotPickup on 4/5/2010 at 22:42

You can get a direct bus from the Suvarnabhumi Airport Transportation Centre to the Southern Bus Terminal. It is Bus Number 556; the fare is 35 Baht.
From there you can continue on to Kanchanaburi by bus for about 100 Baht.

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Posted by hfergu on 14/5/2010 at 19:07

Hello again,

Now I'm getting pretty nervous. We leave on May 31st for our trip and things are NOT looking any better in BKK. Just worse, which is very unfortunate (and not just for our travel plans, of course!!)

Does the bus do a better job of bypassing the city than the train?
Are train stations still open and running smoothly?

Maybe we can fly in somewhere else from the airport. Any suggestions?

Thanks again.

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Posted by mikethediver on 21/5/2010 at 19:58

Hi,
I arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday. I did stay overnight in an airport hotel as i didn't want to travel though Bangkok at night.

As RotPickup said; get the bus from the airport terminal to the SOuthern bus station and on to kanchanburi. This is what we did no problems.

If you are still worried we were offer a taxi all the way to kanchanaburi for 2,400 Baht. But it would still need to travel through Bangkok I think.

Mike

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Posted by RotPickup on 25/5/2010 at 17:11

Dear hfergu;
i am in bangkok now for 4 days already; since then i have traveled around all over the city; apart from the traffic and heat it was fine everywhere.

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