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Nakhon Ratchasima, Getting around in Korat when there

Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Page 4 7 c, Videos of Nakhon Ratchasima the journey back to Bangkok on the train. Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Page 4e, Songtaew's in and around Korat.

Getting around by Taxi

Meter taxis are a fairly new introduction to the Korat roads. They are blue and yellow in colour and scarce in number. If you are lucky enough to see one for hire on the street then you can hail it as you would a Bangkok taxi. It is 30 Baht for the first kilometre and four Baht a kilometre after that. You can call for one (044342255) but if you do that then the meter will not be used but a fixed fee will be charged for your journey. Furthermore, you cannot book one in advance as you can with a minicab. You just have to call when you want one and hope that one is available. It should be added that the operator doesn't speak English so get your hotel receptionist to call.

They do congregate at the main bus station and if you catch one from here then the meter should be used. Again, do not expect the driver to speak English.

By cycle rickshaw ( samlor )

The traditional pedal powered samlor ( literally, three wheels ) is a large tricycle with room for - at a squeeze - two passengers who sit on a covered, padded seat behind the rider. These days there are far more tuk-tuks and motorcycle taxis than Samlors but you can still find them dotted along most major roads. They come into their own during the Yamo festival ( end of March/start of April ) when Ratchadamnoen Road is closed and pedestrianized every evening and Samlors are the only form of transport allowed. You will notice that all samlor operators are elderly men so do not get them to take you halfway across the city! A kilometre or so is a more appropriate distance and it will only cost you 20 Baht.

By Songthaew

Songthaew (sometimes songthaws) are the most popular type of public transportation. A Songthaew is a pick-up truck which has been converted into a small short-hop bus. Passengers step into the back of the truck and sit on parallel benches. When you want to get off just press the buzzer and hand your fare through the passenger window to the driver.

You can get on one anywhere by hailing it from the side of the road although there are official bus stops complete with signs displaying which number Songthaew(s) stop there. They usually only stop when a passenger presses the buzzer or when a pedestrian hails one but there are a few locations where they will always stop such as The Mall, Klang Plaza and Big C.

Each Songthaew follows a fixed route (a different system to that which is used in Chiang Mai, for example) and there are around 20 different routes which cover most roads in the city. The vehicles come in a variety of colours and numbers - each denoting a different route. Most have their route number prominently displayed on a board above the window. Some start as early as 5 am and run as late as 11 pm but generally speaking it is rare to see one before 7 am and very rare to see one much after 9 pm.The current fare is eight Baht for a single journey (that's right, 8 Baht!) but particularly long journeys - from Yamo to the zoo, for example - will be a little more.