Directions

Welcome to the Rak Tamachat Directions Page.

We hope the below information makes your journey to Rak Tamachat easy. Their are a few ways you could travel to Rak Tamachat and all are very interesting. Take some time to review the below options to see which way you would like to come. Remember if you have any questions you can always 

Please Note:

  • We are a Permaculture Education Center which focuses on the education of our students and not open to the general public for tours. If you arrive without an appointment you will be politely asked to leave and request by email an appointment.

First thing we recommend is to take a look at the below maps and get your bearings of where Rak Tamachat is located in Thailand. We are approximately 3 hrs by car from Bangkok, 3 1/2 hrs by bus with a 30 min journey from Si Khiu (the nearest town) or five hrs by train to Si Khiu and the 30 minute ride from Si Khiu.

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Map of the countries showing Thailand in South East Asia

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Map of Thailand showing the different provenience of Thailand, Rak Tamachat is located in the North East which is in Green, we are located in Nakorn Rachasima which is the large provenience in the bottom left corner of the green region. Nakorn Rachasima’s nick name is “Korat”, it is known as the gate way to “Issan” the North East of Thailand.

 

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Map showing the Provience of Nakorn Rachasima, Rak Tamachat is just outside of Si khiu, which is next to the 2 in the white box.

 

You can find your way using the above map.

 

Directions from Bangkok to Si Khiu

Please Note:

  • We are a Permaculture Education Center which focuses on the education of our students and not open to the general public for tours. If you arrive without an appointment you will be politely asked to leave and request by email an appointment.
  • Go to the Mo Chit bus station (the north bus station).

(If coming from the Airport: Take the Airport link train to BTS Thai (last stop) and then the green metro to Mo Chit Terminal.)

Mo Chit Terminal (train station) is several km away from Mo Chit Bus station. You can take a motorcycle (60 Baht) or a taxi at the base of the sky train to the station.

Alternatively, you can take a taxi right to Mo Chit Bus station.

  • The ticket window for buses going to the Isaan region of Thailand (North East) is on the 3rd floor of the bus station. The taxi may have dropped you off at that level otherwise take the elevator to the 3rd floor.
  • Ticket windows 40, 49, 50, 52 or 53 all sell tickets to Si Khiu. The ticket for the express (VIP) bus us just about 220 baht. If you find a cheaper price be ready for a slower trip, as it will stop more often. There will be many people around (directing) clueless travelers, just tell them you want to go to Korat and they will direct you to the windows, just make sure you get the bus you want, express or slow. Make sure to buy a ticket to Si Khiu not Korat to save you money.
  • Once you have purchased your ticket they should direct you to the bus stop number 70 (this may change though, so check) and tell you how long it will be until the bus arrives. They generally leave every 30 min. It will be a 3 – 3.5 hr trip with the express bus.
  • It could be up to 5 hrs on the cheaper bus.
  • Also take note the express bus has a toilet and the slower does not!
  • People will direct you to the correct bus if you show them your ticket.
  • Once you are down the stairs to the bus level just show them your ticket and say “Si Khiu (CQ)” and they will load any big luggage under the bus. Ask the driver’s assistant to tell you when you arrive at Si Khiu, which he/she will probably do anyway as your a foreigner. You will most likely be the only foreigner on the bus, and they generally are very thoughtful and helpful, but best to always ask, just in case.

 

Directions from Si Khiu to the farm

Please Note:

  • We are a Permaculture Education Center which focuses on the education of our students and not open to the general public for tours. If you arrive without an appointment you will be politely asked to leave and request by email an appointment.

There are a few ways to get to the farm, when you arrive in Si Khiu. You most likely will arrive by bus or train.

By Bus:

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Picture of Bus Stop

Please Note: If coming from Korat (Nakorn Ratchasima) then you will have to cross over the pedestrian bridge to the Si Khiu side of the highway.

Picture of Bus stop from Korat and to Bangkok with Pedestrian bridge Below.

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There are a few price options to get to the farm.

We recommend that once you get off the bus that you take the “song-tail” (pick-up truck Taxi) or “side car” (motorcycle taxi).

 

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Song-tale stop on the right hand side after the pedestrian bridge crossing.

 

 They are all parked on the side of the road, you can’t miss them.

At this point you have a few options:

 

1. Take the Song Tale to the farm directly. It cost 400 (Day Time – 5:00pm) 500 (Night Time) Baht (Ok to haggle with driver).

 

2. Take a Song Tale to the Market in Si Khiu for 20 Baht. Then get a side car motorcycle directly to the farm for 250 – 300 baht baht. (Ok to haggle with driver)

The name of the farm is Rak Tamachat located at “Ban Huai Ta Khaeng Tai” village (1K) away.

Please Note: If you talk to a driver who acts as if he does not know our farm or the name of the village, best to ask another who does!

 

3. Directions by Car or Bike

Please Note:

  • We are a Permaculture Education Center which focuses on the education of our students and not open to the general public for tours. If you arrive without an appointment you will be politely asked to leave and request by email an appointment.

When coming you want to get to Hwy 2 which is a large road running from Bangkok all the way to Loa. It is the main highway that goes through Korat (Nakorn Ratchasima) you can see it on the below map, it is the main road designated by the white box with the number 2.

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Coming from Bangkok it is 160 km to Si Khiu. Coming from Korat it is 47 km until you arrive at Si Khiu. If coming from Bangkok you have the option of turning onto Hwy 201 or going 2 km further and going through Si Khiu town. If taking the 201 highway (thus bypassing Si Khiu) then you want to ignore the signs for Si Khiu and take the left turn to the 201 which has a sign that reads Chaiyaphun.

After turning left off of hwy 2 onto hwy 201 heading north towards Chaiyaphum (you will need to still ignore the signs to Si Khiu)

Stay straight on Hwy 201 for 15.8 km

Watch for a yellow “cow crossing” sign on the left and just after on the right is a double blue sing in Thai. 

There is a large archway over the road saying “Welcome to Nong Bui Noi”, you will need to go to the next u-turn as their is a median and come back to the village entrance.

 

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There is also a red roofed bus stop at this turn (but it is difficult to see till you get right there).

 

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Continue on this road. After about 1.2 km you enter a village. Stay straight through the village. The road curves to the right near a temple. 

 

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When you come to the T in the road, take a left.

 

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This road will wind you around and turn into a dirt road after a km.

In about 4 km you will hit another T in the road.

 

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Take a right at the T.

In 0.3 km, turn left into the gate of Rak Tamachat, the drive is lined with Rain Trees.

 

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Congratulations you made it to Rak Tamachat!

 

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Address for the farm:

Attn: Phawarin Wickboldt 

64 M.8  Ban Huai Ta Khaeng Tai, T. Nong Bui Noi, Sikhiu, Nakorn Rachasima 30140 

Lin Wickboldt: +66 (0)8 6249 5983  – Thai Permaculture Educator (Native Thai and English Speaker)

 

 

Words you will need for traveling:

  • Si Khiu – Si Khiu on road signs, Si Khiu on Google. (Pronounced See Kieu or like the letters CQ) This is the nearest town to Rak Tamachat about 30 km away. You will ask for bus or train tickets to this town, but make sure it is on the way to Korat, Nakhorn Rachasima, because there are other places in Thailand with similar sounding names and your pronunciation may not be clear to all Thai but with Korat you will get the right ticket.
  • Nakorn Rachasima  (Korat) – This is the largest city next to Rak Tamachat, about 1 hr away. Ticketing offices may ask if you mean the Si Khiu near Korat. Nakorn Rachasima is also the capital of the province of Nakorn Rachasima, ticketing offices may also ask if your traveling to this province.
  • Ban Huai Ta Khaeng Tai, Village – The village is approx 800 meters from Rak Tamachat.
  • Rak Tamachat – The final destination.
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