So if you want to go to Laem Mae Phim for example, you must take a dark-blue song-taew, they go all the way to this famous beach. If you take a white song-taew, it would bring you in the same direction but it ends at Dta-Pong and drives back to Rayong, you would still be far away from your destination. You might be wondering how much it would cost you then, since there is more than 40 kilometers to Laem Mae Phim. I told you, it’s a maximum of 40 baht, so don’t be worry about the price, but rather the time it will take. Since song-taews wait to have at least 5 people on board to leave the terminal and it stops regularly, it might take you up to one hour and a half to reach Laem Mae Phim, and maybe more if the traffic is bad.
With the hot weather, pollution you get from other cars and of course the time schedule that can be very variable, people in Rayong don’t like to take song-taew that much, unless they have no choice, mostly for budget reasons. Another reason is also that song-taews usually stop their service at 7 pm, after that it’s hard to find one.
And about the color code, try to ask around first and remember where they go, I’m sorry, I can’t remember them all.
Another mean of transportation that Rayong people like to use are motorcycles, they are very convenient and motorcycle taxi terminals can be found almost everywhere around the city. There are for example three of them just around Laemtong shopping mall, about 10 on Rajbamrung road (also called “sai-laang”) alone and ten as well around the bus terminal. So you won’t have problems finding one if you need one, and if you do not want to walk, try to get the number of one station or one motorbike driver, they can pick you up if they are not too far from you (though you would need to speak Thai for that).
As for the prices, motorbikes are more expensive than song-taews, it usually starts at fifteen baht for a short course, and can go up depending on your destination. For example, if you go from Laemtong to the mini-van terminal station (where you can pick-up van to go to Bangkok, Pattaya or other cities) it should cost you around 50 baht. But I think it is still reasonable and it is much more convenient, as you don’t have to wait for anybody and they can drop you off exactly where you want to. The main drawback is the same as it is usually with motorbikes in Thailand it may be dangerous.
Motorcycles stations operate from early morning until midnight approximately, but you will see that at night there are most likely fewer drivers.
Thai can be a difficult language to learn mainly because it is a tonal language. One word can have several different meanings depending on the tone used when speaking. Take, for instance, the word may depend on the tone when said it can mean: Not, new, burn, silk, and wood. In all there are five tones used in the Thai language and they are: Low tone, mid tone, high tone, rising tone, and falling tone.
If you are going to Thailand on your first trip, having a basic knowledge of the language and using some Thai words and or sentences will give a smile to the locals and can save you some baht when shopping at the markets. You’ll also find it easy to pick up on words when around the native speakers and youll hear the correct pronunciation. Dont be afraid to speak the Thai that you learn because you may say something the wrong way and inadvertently offend someone, the Thai people know their language is hard to learn for foreigners and can usually figure out what you were trying to say.
I have added some useful Thai phrases before in articles and will do so again but when doing so I do it phonetically in english which is usually close to the correct sound but its not easy to convey the proper tone.
A few resources I have come across and have found to be really useful while learning the Thai language rely on sound and or images and sound to reinforce the proper sounds and tones of the words spoken: