Where to Go
The most convenient way to get to and explore Chachoengsao is by car. It is possible to take a bus, train, or boat, but then visitors must rely on local transportation in order to get around town and the nearby villages.
Trains from Bangkok’s Hua Lumphong Station to Chachoengsao leave every day, 9 trains/day, both regular and air-conditioned, from 06:00 to 17:25. The fare is around 40 baht for air-conditioned seating and 15 baht for regular seating. For more details, contact 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020.
From Bangkok, there are three routes to Chachoengsao:
1: Take Highway No.304 via Min Buri; a distance of 82 kilometers.
2: Take Bang Na Trat Highway, turning left before reaching the bridge over Bang Pakong River, to Highway No.314. The total distance is 100 kilometers.
3: Take Highway No.3 via Samut Prakarn and Bang Pakong, and then turn left to Highway No.314. The total distance is 106 kilometers.
There are buses to Chachoengsao leaving from two Bangkok bus terminals:
From Bangkok’s Mo Chit 2 Northern Bus Terminal (Tel: 0 2936 2852 66) first and second-class air-conditioned buses leave every 40 minutes from 06:00 to 17:00. The fare is approximately 40 baht. Regular buses leave every 30 minutes from 05:40 to 19:00. The fare is around 25 baht.
From Bangkok’s Ekkamai Eastern Bus Terminal (Tel: 0 2392 2391) first class air-conditioned buses leave every 40 minutes from 06:30 to 17:00. The fare is approximately 70 baht. Regular buses leave every 30 minutes from 05:40 to 19:00. The fare is around 35 baht.
The easiest way to travel around Chachoengsao is by local transport, either Samlor (basically a bicycle with a carriage attached), tuk tuk (a similar vehicle powered by a motorcycle), or songtaew (a truck with two rows of benches in the back). However, the best way to have freedom to explore at will is by renting a vehicle from Bangkok or Ayutthaya if you would like to explore attractions in the more rural areas.