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In Hua Hin, like many other communities in Thailand, Songthaews are a very economical way of getting around town – for expats like us, visitors and locals alike.
In our area Green Songthaews and White Songthaews have routes past our front door leading into town or away to outlying areas. Whether you own a car or not, often the Songthaew is the easiest and most cost-effective way to get around town.
Parking in the centre of town and some other locations is difficult as are the one way main street with limited spots to do u-turns and then there’s the simply crazy drivers! The Songthaew is a more relaxed option.
Songthaews (literally meaning “two rows”) are covered pick-up trucks with two rows of seating in the back for passengers. They function like local buses in Hua Hin and there are 4 main routes. The Songthaew is the cheapest form of public transport, and you don’t have to worry about haggling when taking these local “buses”.
Fares for the Songthaew that service our area are set at 10 Thai Baht (about $0.40 Aussie) per journey and go up to 15 Thai Baht in the evenings. The Songthaews typically come past every 15 minutes from 6am to 9pm.
This Wikipedia article explains a little about the Songthaew and it’s use in parts of Asia including Thailand and the origins of the name Songthaew.
We’ve seen the truck sized songthaews operating in the outer regions of Hua Hin often loaded with children coming home from or going to schools.