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    How to get into BKK by car?

    Have been putting if off due to the flood, but need to get to the Embassy to get a passport for the little (new) one. Otherwise we'll not get the docs in time to travel.

    I called the Australian Embassy and they tell me they are working normal hours and that South Sathon Road, where they are located, is not under water.
    Good.
    But I have to get there from Rayong.
    The usual way would be via Bang-Na-Trat- Road.
    The other alternative via Highway 7 past the Airport and then turn south on Chalem Maha Nakorn Exp.-Way and onto Sathon via Rama IV.

    I'm planing the expedition for tomorrow (Friday the 12th of Nov.).
    Any info on how bad are those routes are affected (blocked) would be highly appreciated.
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    Rama 2 road is going to flood soon

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    Don't worry, there will be no Friday 12 this year anymore !

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    Two alternative routes heading to the South are expected to be fully salvaged by Saturday to be used in place of Rama II Road that would hardly escape inundation, Transport Ministry permanent secretary Suphoj Saplom said yesterday.

    Route 340 (Bang Bua Thong-Suphan Buri) is now partly flooded, covering a distance of about 27 kilometres of the entire length of 189km. The lowest section is one metre below the mean sea level between km markers 15-19.

    Flood barriers, comprising large rubber jars and round concrete pipes, are being built along all inundated sections before flood water is pumped out, he said.

    After Route 340 and Route 346 - Lat Lum Kaew-Kamphaeng Saen - are fully dried, motorists will be advised to use both roads, together with a Western Outer Ring Road section which is now flooded but is being recovered, to form a road network in place of Rama II.
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    Straight up the Bangna Trad, continue on straight onto the tollway heading towards Din Daeng and then take the Rama 4 ramp off the tollway.

    First main street on the left is Sathorn Rd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    Straight up the Bangna Trad, continue on straight onto the tollway heading towards Din Daeng and then take the Rama 4 ramp off the tollway.

    First main street on the left is Sathorn Rd.
    That's the way I usually go.
    But like everybody else I have seen the reports and pictures of blocked expressways etc. So my question is:
    Will this route still work? - I certainly hope so. It would be a very quick and easy run...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabaii sabaii
    Rama 2 road is going to flood soon
    Do you know where Rayong is ?

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    On Saturday I took the motorway route.

    All the way to the end take the express the way you said in your OP.

    You will pass lots of buses parked on the express way but no floods, no blockages etc.
    Last edited by VocalNeal; 10-11-2011 at 10:17 AM.

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    Parking at Sathon is usually at a premium.
    I guess this time it will be close to impossible to find a spot in a car park.
    Does it sound like a total retarded idea to take one of my staff and have him driving up and down the street while I'm at the embassy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by amazon777
    Does it sound like a total retarded idea to take one of my staff and have him driving up and down the street while I'm at the embassy?
    No perfectly normal to do so. Especially in Bangkok.
    It called "Driver".

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    Head to rama 3 via toll, exit as though going to central rama 3.. enter bkk via queen sirikit convention centre.

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    If you don't have your kiddie with you could do it like this...

    Take the number 7. Go past the airport turn-off and do the u-turn bridge (sign posted Rom Klao/Lat Krabang).

    Park at the Lat Krabang airport link where there is plenty of parking and train it in. Won't really cost you any more time and ensures that you won't hit any traffic coming out of town on your return.

    Just another option.

    Oh. Here's the route BTW. Lat Krabang to Makkasan switch to Petchaburi MRT and get off at Lumphini (less than 1Km from the embassy).
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    ^ That sounds like a viable alternative, if there really is any parking left at Lat Krabang station.
    But somehow I remember reading that Lat Krabang is under 30cm of water. So I would assume that all parking spaces at the station will be gone?

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    I think you will find that the car park there is full. The route into Bangkok is clear but parking will be hard around Sathorn. You might want to try and park in BNH hospital across the road. The carpark is underground so no one will be leaving their cars there longterm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    Straight up the Bangna Trad, continue on straight onto the tollway heading towards Din Daeng and then take the Rama 4 ramp off the tollway.

    First main street on the left is Sathorn Rd.

    Lt is right, but I would go Friday the 11 Nov.

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    Or alternatively, just get a public bus from Rayong and then a Taxi?
    OR
    Slightly quicker?
    Drive to Jomtein, get the express airport bus near station is near the corner of Theprasit and Jomtien soi 2 (TB124 each way - leaves on the hour) Get the train into BKK, get a taxi = the cheapest (considering fuel, toll gate and parking fees) and by far less hassle.

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    Depending on how well you know BKK. You can get of the motorway at Srinakarin junction drive over srinakarin under Rama 9 until Sukumvit soi 71 turn left and park at Nasa Vegas and get airport link or cab from there.

    There are endless permutations of how to do it.

    If you want you can park in our Soi near Prakhanong BTS That means you exit the Ramintra Expressway at Soi 50.
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    I'm back

    Thanks for all the advice and suggestions.

    After confirming that the route was dry and not blocked I used the usual (and obvious) way via Bang-Na-Trat and Rama IV onto Sathon.
    Rayong - Embassy - Rayong took me 4 hours and 30min. (30 of which I spend at the Embassy itself.)
    It didn't feel that much different to any other day.
    Only a few cars are parked on the Expressway and no water in sight anywhere.
    Let's hope it's the same in 10 days - when I have to go again.

    One side note:
    For the first time I saw the old eyesore, the empty concrete skeleton near the expressway in Bang-Na put to some use. It's filled with cars...

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