|The article below is partially out of date, since the minivans have been moved out of Victory Monument.|
From Bangkok to Cha-Am
Minivans (minibuses) start from Victory Monument, which is on the BTS line (Skytrain). Make sure you take exit #2 and you will find the minivans down the station. Typically they can accommodate up to 14 people including the driver. The cost is 160 baht, and it takes a bit more than two hours to reach Cha-Am. The first minivan leaves at 5:00 am and the last one at 8:00 pm. Minivans leave only when they are full or almost full, so depending on the moment of the day, you may have to wait a little. The space available for luggage is quite small, so if you have big suitcases it’s not convenient (you can also be charged – 100 baht per piece of luggage).
From Cha-Am to Bangkok
There are several minivan services in Cha-am. The first one is on Narathip road, next to the clinic of Doctor Samran, almost opposite to the Family Mart. They go to Victory Monument for 160 baht, every 30 minutes from 05:00 to 19:00 (or 20:00 on week-ends).
The second one is on the left side of Phetkasem road when going to Bangkok, near the 7/11, between the bus ticket office and an optician. We wrote about it in our blog. The price is the same, 160 baht, but they go to Victory Monument (04:30-19:30, every 30 minutes), Mo Chit (07:00-18:00 every 1 hour) and southern bus station (05:00-20:00 every 30 minutes). They also have a service to Nakhon Pathom (06:00-18:00 every 1 hour, 140 baht) and Pattaya (06:30-18:30 every 2 hours, 350 baht).
The third minivan service is on the right side of Narathip road when going down to the beach, near the Friday market. The price is still the same, 160 baht to Bangkok, from 04:30 to 20:30, every one hour. They also go to Ratchaburi (05:00-19:30, 120 baht) and Nakhon Pathom (05:00-19:30, 140 baht).