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New Hua Hin Songthaew Service

Post by Big Boy » Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:15 pm

Over the last couple of days I've noticed a new Songthaew service operated with white Songthaews. They seem to cover a lot of Hua Hin, and still only cost 10 Baht per journey. I've seen large posters in Thai around the town, but being thick, I can't read Thai.

Does anybody know any details e.g. routes, timetables etc.?

If nobody can help, I'll try to take a photo of the poster tomorrow, and maybe somebody can translate.
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Re: New Songthaew Service

Post by ste860 » Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:56 pm

it goes along the market road and via soi 94 and soi 88 just does a loop around central hua hin not along petchakasem like the green ones ,its run from just next door to the pai mai driving range

theres more buses on a rush hour times i think upto 20 it does say on the sign hours worked

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Re: New Songthaew Service

Post by BaaBaa. » Sat Nov 03, 2012 1:14 am

Can't wait until they start going over the flyover. You'd think somebody would've started it with all the cheap Thai housing up that way.

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Re: New Songthaew Service

Post by Big Boy » Sat Nov 03, 2012 11:44 am

Here's the poster advertising the new route:
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Re: New Songthaew Service

Post by wpcoe » Sat Nov 03, 2012 9:14 pm

This might be stupid to ask, but I've learned never to assume, so: Do the white songthaews run in both directions or is it only a big one-way loop? If the latter, which direction does it go?

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Post by Big Boy » Sat Nov 03, 2012 9:31 pm

I've seen them running in both directions at the end of my street, so I guess the answer is yes. However, it would be good if somebody else could confirm.
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Re: New Songthaew Service

Post by moja » Sat Nov 03, 2012 10:04 pm

Sat at Restaurant 94 this evening watching them pass and they went in both directions.

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Re: New Songthaew Service

Post by wpcoe » Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:58 pm

Thanks.

I was a bit confused by "it goes along the market road and via soi 94 and soi 88." So "the market road" = Petchkasem Road? And, on the map: the road it takes inland from Petchkasem Road is Soi 94? If so, now I can explore easily Soi 94. 8)

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New Songthaew (Baht bus) route

Post by Korkenzieher » Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:49 am

For those familiar with the green-van (songthaew / baht bus) service down to Kao Takiab, and back up to the airport, you may be interested to know that there is a new regular route in town.

It circulates from Chomsin via the railway station, Soi 88 (Bon Kai), Soi 94, Market Village, Night Market and across Petchkasem to the Van Stop on the corner of Chomsin and Naebkhehars Road. It seems to go in both directions, and has nice new (and as yet relatively empty) vans.

It has been running for at least a few weeks, though doesn't seem to have received any publicity. It also looks as though it circulates in both directions, and is similarly 10 baht unlimited distance. I don't know whether it goes any further north of Chomsin. Seems pretty clearly to be aimed at giving tourists ease of access to Market Village and the centre of town - almost all of the destinations are listed in English.
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Re: New Songthaew Service

Post by Super Joe » Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:39 pm

Korkenzieher wrote:It has been running for at least a few weeks, though doesn't seem to have received any publicity. It also looks as though it circulates in both directions, and is similarly 10 baht unlimited distance. I don't know whether it goes any further north of Chomsin.
I'd never heard of it 'til the other day when our rental customers mentioned it. They said it goes as far North as the Golf Villas, so that's Soi 41 and Ham & Bacon Company territory I believe. Apparently it terminates in a depot across the railway lines near Gee-UnTung supermarket.

They were two pensioner couples and regular Hua Hin visitors and they were fairly raving about it's convenience and inexpensive alternative to the usual tuk-tuk's. They said the staff/service ws excellent, afer they got the wrong bus back which ended up in the depot the staff put them on the next bus out and wouldn't accept their 10 Baht fare as they'd paid for a short wasted trip already. 'Non-Thai' drivers?? :naughty:

Bet the rotund tuk-tuk drivers slumped across their tailgates are chuffed to see them circling round loaded up with tourist meat :duck:

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Re: New Songthaew Service

Post by Big Boy » Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:54 pm

Yes, it was a standing joke with my wife and I when watching one of these songthaew's drive past. Until mid-January we rarely saw any passengers. However, I'm pleased to see that they are being used a lot more now.

We've used them a couple of times, and they are very good. The only gripe we had with them is if you wish to go North of Soi 41, you have to combine the journey with a green songthaew. It would be much more convenient if both songthaew companies went through the big square in the middle of the night market. We have found that there is a couple of minute walk from one songthaew to another.

The depot is near the Per Mai market, although I wasn't aware that they terminated there. I was under the impression that it was a bit like the Circle Line in London. They just go round and round in circles - 10 Baht regardless of distance.
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Re: New Songthaew Service

Post by Pleng » Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:16 am

Hmm I'm pretty sure there's already been a thread on this service?

Anyway I have seen some publisicty for it, outside some 7-11s on the south side of Petchkaseam road, but it's all in Thai.

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Re: New Songthaew Service

Post by Big Boy » Wed Feb 13, 2013 3:48 pm

Pleng wrote:Anyway I have seen some publisicty for it, outside some 7-11s on the south side of Petchkaseam road, but it's all in Thai.
Similar to the image in the 4th post?
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Re: New Songthaew Service

Post by Pleng » Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:38 am

Big Boy wrote:
Pleng wrote:Anyway I have seen some publisicty for it, outside some 7-11s on the south side of Petchkaseam road, but it's all in Thai.
Similar to the image in the 4th post?
Yup. Except I wrote my post before the new thread was merged into this one :p

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Re: New Songthaew Service

Post by Big Boy » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:48 pm

Pleng wrote:
Big Boy wrote:
Pleng wrote:Anyway I have seen some publisicty for it, outside some 7-11s on the south side of Petchkaseam road, but it's all in Thai.
Similar to the image in the 4th post?
Yup. Except I wrote my post before the new thread was merged into this one :p
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