Address and orienteering in the streets of Thailand

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The names of the streets in Thailand at most resorts is duplicated in English, but orientation without a map or Navigator, and some skill, it may be difficult. Not only is the writing in English of the same street or point of interest may differ (e.g. street Phahonyothin, Phahon Yothin, Pahon Yothin, Phaholyothin it's the same thing, and it's not the most complicated case), and addressing system in Thailand can confound any cartographer. A little information below will help you understand the intricacies of Thai legend:

  • Major streets in Thailand are referred to as Thanon (often abbreviated as Th), for example - Thanon Sukhumvit. At the same time, in the English version often such streets are designated as Road or Rd, i.e. Sukhumvit Rd.
  • To great streets perpendicular, angle or parallel usually adjacent small alleys called Soi, and they're just numbered. Ie Sukhumvit Soi 2 it's not the street name, just the designation of alley No. 2 on Sukhumvit. Odd and even lanes are on opposite sides of the street and are in ascending order. But what is bad, adjoining rooms can be located far from each other. For example, Sukhumvit Soi 39 and Sukhumvit Soi 40 are not directly opposite each other, and a few kilometers from each other.
  • More confusion makes the fact that many famous Soi receive their own names, and are indicated in different sources in different ways, for example Sukhumvit Soi 3 is also referred to as Soi Nana Nuea. And then even more difficult, since these have their Soi Soi.
  • House numbers are indicated at the beginning of the address, then there is a big street, then the number of the alleyway Soi. For example, 125 Sukhumvit Soi 13 125 means the house in lane 13 on Sukhumvit.
  • Sometimes the house numbers are indicated by a slash, for example 52/2. This is roughly similar to our case, i.e. 52/2 denotes the house No. 2 near the house No. 52.

And finally, our subjective advice from my own experience: the Thai people, particularly adults, does not focus on the map. Show them the map and asking for directions is useless, they don't even understand the world (apparently at school they are not taught geography). So, if you go to them for help in finding a place, simply ask, "How come," and listen carefully as they will tell you the route. In answer usually follows instructions like "Go to the first traffic light, turn left, walk to the store so-and there turn right, etc."

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Марианна25 March 12, 2019
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Thank you very much for the answer! ...
AtinA 23 March, 2019
Hello. The first time going abroad. Have a question about conversion. How much approximately is the cost of the conversion when you pay for the hotel by booking through the card VTB,if rasplachivatsya rubles? And what is the principle use of the card VTB world in Thailand. If it is important,then going to Khao Lak is not in season. Thank you. ...
admin 23 March, 2019

Moved your topic from Phuket.
1. If you pay for the hotel on the booking card, the card will be charged the price indicated in rubles. If you need to know the exact conversion rate, change the currency on the booking in dollars and do the math on the calculator.
2. About using times written here - And what kind of features you use the card VTB world, you get to know in the Bank or to read the terms of the contract. In General features, I think, should not be any, will be able to use it as a card of any other Bank. ...
smart4111 28 March, 2019
Hello! And it is possible to return the tax per stay in the hotel? Buckingham writes that the price includes sales tax of 7%. ...
admin 28 March, 2019

It seems like the refund is only for products covered ...
Antonio of 18 April, 2019
Tell me, and if I will be of national law with international standards , although category B (cars) - I can also fine? ...
admin April 21, 2019

If you are renting a car, all OK, and on a motorbike will be fined. As much as I drove a motorbike in Thailand, but I never in my life never stopped, although I have everything as it should be: category a and the international ...
admin August 23, 2019

If you'll be driving, not fined. If a motorbike will be fined. ...
Vetot 20 September 2019
The driver's license of the Russian sample is indeed in Thailand, though the Vienna Convention has not been ratified. Got into an accident through the fault of the Thais, insurance WU admitted (as there are people operate by laws: Convention signed but not ratified). But the Police, especially in tourist areas to prove something difficult, almost impossible. ...
admin , September 20th, 2019

So it is true, but there is an official circular and the statement by the police in the media that the national Wu international they do not recognize. This year alone, all published in the Thai media. Therefore, to argue with the Thai police on the road I think it makes no sense, they have bosses and teams at the top. ...