Bangkok to Hua Hin Without Using a Bridge!

Discussion in 'Central Thailand Road Trip Reports' started by E3L0, Jan 2, 2008.

  1. Bangkok to Hua Hin Without Using a Bridge!

    Getting out of Bangkok towards Hua Hin is a pain because bikes are not allowed to use most of the bridges so you have to go miles out of your way.

    Looking at the map, though, I noticed a ferry marked quite close to where I live in On Nut. You can just about see the blue dotted line going perfectly horizontal at the end of the 3113. You can probably see it better here:,100.50868&spn=0.06055,0.11467&z=14&om=1

    map. You can get to the ferry by going down Sukhumvit 50 (Tesco Lotus, On Nut) and turning left at the tee-junction onto the 3114. Careful if you go early, though, as it is one-way against you till 0900 to ease rush hour traffic. The 3114 is vaguely interesting as it is the dock road and takes you past a bit of industry and the odd naval ship.

    The second traffic lights you come to allow you to turn right onto the 3113 (clearly signposted). This road is still quite industrial and you will see at least one place restoring big bikes if you look to the right. At the end of the 3113 is a slip road to a perfectly servicable bridge. You are not allowed on it, though, so carry on to the end of the road where the ferry awaits you.

    I've used the ferry once in each direction and both times I only had to wait about 10 mins for it to leave. The cost is 10B and Farrangs inexplicably pay the same as Thais.

    IMAGE_00073. It only takes a few minutes to cross the river then you need to head for the road to Hua Hin. It's best to follow the bulk of the other bikes as they leave the ferry as they will be heading for the main road. Don't bother heading for the 9, which you will be able to see in the distance to your left. Instead, keep Bangkok to your right and head for the 35.

    Congratulations! You are now on a pretty direct road to Hua Hin. Going this way instead of battling along Rama IV and over the bridge (that bikes ARE allowed to use) I knocked an hour off my normal journey time.

    In the photo you can see the ferry that I am on and another one carrying bikes in the opposite direction. The speedo to the bottom right is on the GSX1400 I have just bought. The scale goes to 180kmh, the needle goes further!

    There are ferry details here:

    Happy New Year,
  2. Dave
    Great to see you back on the board.
    Thanks for the Hua Hin trip tips.
    That doesn't look like the TDM you're still riding, or is it?
    Happy New Year & hope to see you back in the North in 2008.
  3. Hello David,

    The TDM has gone, I now have a GSX1400 that I like so much I even clean it myself. I could do with another hand-made stainless steel luggage rack so may have the beginnings of an excuse for a trip up to Chiang Mai.
  4. david, this is just GREAT! i live in bkk and have yet to make that long-awaited trip down south on my bike! now i know how to avoid all that hassle and the police harassment! how long did the entire trip take you door2door on your gsx1400? how long do you estimate i will need on my shadow areo 750?

    one thing that struck my fancy was your remark about the hand-made stainless steel luggage rack. i need a new custom-made one too and am looking for a competent source. whom do you recommend in cnx??
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  5. Hello beattheswiss,

    Car drivers reckon on 2.5 hours using the highways and without a break.

    I took a lot longer than that on the way there as I faffed about and got lost instead of just going straight to the 35 once I'd got off the ferry.

    Coming home took me a bit over 3 hours including a break so I must have got quite close to the car time.

    I cruise at 80mph (+/- 20mph!).

    New bike, new jacket, daft old helmet.
    xx. I used the ferry again yesterday. Helen and I went to explore Phra Pradaeng, which is the bulge of land almost islanded by the river. There is a floating market there which is made of concrete and firmly anchored to the ground. I'm not sure why it is regarded as floating.

    For the rack, I suggest you contact silverhawkusa (hello Dave) on this forum. He met me in a cafe, escorted me to the fabricators and used his own rack (TDM) as an example of what was needed.

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  6. Dave, yet another stupid question. We're planning on trying your suggested route this Saturday; we're heading for Pranburi. Somehow we're not too sure we won't get lost and end up spending a lot more time traveling than if we take the regular route. How idiot-proof are your detailed directions? :)

    Also, you say traffic is one-way inbound till 9 am on the 3114. Do you know if this is the case on Saturdays too?
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  7. Hello Beat,

    Traffic is two-way all day at the weekends.

    You won't get lost this side of the river as long as you have a map and remember the ferry is on the 3114. The other side of the river is more complicated. No problem with GPS, but without it I have lost time in the past.

    A more straight forward route is Rama III then Krung Thep bridge. Time (for me, from On Nut) is about the same but you don't get the maritime experience.

    Good luck,
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  8. Anyone used the bike ferry recently? Just wondering if it's still the same as I'll need to cross the river in that area in the next week or two.
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  9. I used it in November, same thing, no changes.

    Phra Pradaeng Pier, Greater Bangkok Area.
    13.65698, 100.53718 (coming from East i.e. Chon Buri)
    13.65728, 100.53390 (coming from west or south i.e. Samut Sakhon)

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  10. Thanks Goran. I'll give it a go on Saturday.
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