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Phayathai Campus Fact Sheet
 
This 78-acre (32-hectare) campus is located near the Victory Monument (Anusawari Chai Samoraphum) in central Bangkok in a very urban setting, near tree-lined residential avenues as well as active commercial districts, right in the middle of modern Bangkok. The bustling activity at the large Victory Monument traffic circle, a major public transportation hub, provides a real taste of fast-paced city life. The campus is divided into three separate but linked compounds centered around Sri Ayudhaya Road, Rama VI Road and Rajvithi Road, and contains the Faculties of Dentistry, Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Pharmacy, Public Health, Science and Tropical Medicine; the Institute for Innovation and Development of Learning Process; Mahidol University Computing Center, National Doping Control Center and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases.
Library Facilities
 
The computer-based Mahidol University Library and Information Network links the Central Library and 12 branch libraries of the Mahidol University Library and Information Center. 4 branch libraries are located on Phayathai Campus: the Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital Library, Faculty of Pharmacy Library, Faculty of Science Library (Stang Mongkolsuk Library), and the Rajvithi Campus Library (which pools the resources of the former libraries of the Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Public Health and Faculty of Tropical Medicine). All staff and students can gain access to all library facilities by showing their Mahidol University identity card. Information on all library opening hours and resources can be found on the website www.li.mahidol.ac.th.

 
Sport and Recreation Facilities
 
A soccer field, tennis court and basketball courts are on the grounds of the Faculty of Science, and a Sports Center is on the grounds of Ramathibodi Hospital near the Nursing School. A stadium for basketball, badminton and other indoor sports is available on the 9th floor of the Faculty of Pharmacy 's Multi-Purpose Building in the Rajvithi Road area.
 
 
Shopping
 
Phayathai Campus is in close proximity to some of the most popular shopping districts in Bangkok, from the most fashionable stores to discounted market areas. The closest shopping area is Victory Monument, which includes many stores, bookstores, fast food outlets, etc., and has a BTS Skytrain station. Many shopping areas such as Siam Square, Siam Paragon, CentralWorld, Pratunam Market and Chatuchak Weekend Market are also easily reachable by public transport.
 
Eating
 
Each Faculty at Phayathai Campus has a cafeteria offering Thai rice and noodle dishes at very inexpensive prices, such as the canteen of the Faculty of Dentistry, located on the 2nd Floor of Building 5, the canteen of the Faculty of Science, and the Food Hall and Cafeteria located on the grounds of Ramathibodi Hospital. The Faculty of Pharmacy also houses a Student Union in Building 2 with eating establishments. Numerous restaurants and food stalls are also near campus.
 
Student Services
 
Post -- Two post offices are located near Phayathai Campus: one near the Faculty of Public Health, and another near Rajvithi Hospital on Rajvithi Road.
 
Banking -- Several banks with ATMs are situated near campus, including Siam Commercial Bank (at Ramathibodi Hospital, Rama VI Road; Rajvithi Hospital, Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Rajvithi Road; and Victory Monument); Krung Thai Bank (Government Pharmaceutical Organization building, Rama VI Road); Siam City Bank (Rajvithi Road, Victory Monument); Bangkok Bank (Phayathai Road); and Thai Farmers Bank (Soi Rang Nam; Center One Shopping Center, Victory Monument). ATMs are also located at the front gate of the Faculty of Dentistry and in or near convenience stores in the area.
 
Computers and Internet -- Each academic department on Salaya Campus has its own computer lab and the Office of the President has a computer lab on the ground floor with over 100 computers equipped with high-speed Internet connections. Computers with Internet connections are also available in campus libraries, and each campus dormitory room provides network access.

Students pay a 300 baht per semester computer fee as part of their registration fees for Internet and Intranet access and a 10-megabyte email account (although in certain programs this fee must be paid separately). Contract staff can pay 600 baht for a 6-month email account with 25 megabyte of storage space, while visiting staff lacking a contract pay 250 baht per month. To open an account, contact Mahidol University Computing Center (MUCC) in person or by mail at:

  Mahidol University Computing Center
Faculty of Science, Phayathai Campus
Mahidol University Rama 6 Rd, Bangkok 10400 THAILAND
Telephone: (0) 2354-4333 Fax: (0) 2354-7333
 
Applications may also be made on Salaya Campus at the computer lab in the Office of the President building. Students must provide a copy of their registration invoice, and staff a copy of their employment contract (or an appropriate document certifying visiting staff status). A Mahidol University identification card must be shown to use the computer labs. MUCC also provides free computer training to account holders, although only in Thai. More details are available on MUCC's website at www.cc.mahidol.ac.th.
 
Health Care -- All staff and students are covered by the Mahidol health insurance plan for treatment at Mahidol’s three hospitals -- Siriraj Hospital at Bangkok Noi Campus, and Ramathibodi Hospital and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases at Phayathai Campus. Additional medical services are also available at the Dental Clinic at the Faculty of Dentistry on Phayathai Campus and the Golden Jubilee Medical Center on Salaya Campus. Students can also visit Student Health Centers located in each of the 6 Faculties on Phayathai Campus.


General information about using university health care services can be found in the ‘Health Care' section of the 'Guidebook for International Students and Staff at Mahidol University'.

 
Transportation
 
This section describes public transportation options to and from Phayathai Campus. General information about using transportation in Bangkok can be found in the ‘Transportation’ section of the 'Guidebook for International Students and Staff at Mahidol University'.

Numerous buses follow the main arteries that run near Phayathai Campus:

Phayathai Road:
  Normal (red or blue) bus Nos. 14, 17, 29, 34, 36, 38, 54, 59, 77, 201
  Air-conditioned (orange) bus Nos. 2, 3, 29, 33, 39, 59, 140, 157
  Microbus (green) Nos. 2, 5
Rajvithi Road:
  Normal bus Nos. 8, 12, 14, 18, 28, 92, 96, 97, 108
  Air-conditioned bus Nos. 9, 10, 32, 63, 159, 166, 509, 515
  Microbus Nos. 4, 8
Rama VI Road:
  Normal bus Nos. 8, 44, 67, 92, 96, 97
  Air-conditioned bus Nos. 32, 44, 509
  Microbus No. 8
 
[... further information at the website of Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) ... ]
 
The BTS Skytrain has a station at Victory Monument at the intersection of Rajvithi and Phayathai Roads near the Faculty of Dentistry, on the northern section of the Sukhumvit line. Two train stations are also located nearby at Samsen and Yommarat, both approximately 2 kilometers from the Faculty of Dentistry. Bangkok's main train station Hualumphong is about a 30-minute taxi or bus ride from Phayathai Campus. Taxis and tuk-tuks are plentiful and easy to hail on the street. Vans and motorcycle taxis are also available in the area.
 
Accommodation
 
There are numerous accommodation options available at Phayathai Campus, both on- and off-campus, including dormitories, shared housing, private apartments and boarding houses. Some options are listed in the following table (*Note: In the phone numbers listed below, (66) is the country code for Thailand. The (0) only needs to be dialed if calling from within the country).
 
Name
Address
Room Rate
Facilities
Faculty of
Tropical
Medicine
Dormitory
Faculty of Tropical
Medicine
Mahidol University
420/6 Rajvithi Rd.
Bangkok 10400
Tel: (66) (0) 2354-9100 ext. 2119
Superior
Single (Monthly)
7,000-8,000 Bt./Month
Double (Monthly)
9,000-11,000 Bt./Month

Single (Daily) 600 Bt./Day
Double (Daily) 800 Bt./Day

Deluxe
Single (Monthly)
8,000 - 9,000 Bt./Month
Double (Monthly)
10,000 - 12,000 Bt./Month
Single (Daily) 700 Bt./Day
Double (Daily) 900 Bt./Day
Super Deluxe
Double (Daily)
2,000 Bt./Day

 

Standard accessories, own toilet/shower (hot and cold), refrigerator, TV, laundry, common kitchenette, air conditioning.
Sasa
International House

Soi Chulalongkorn 12 Phayathai Rd.
Bangkok 10330
Tel: (66) (0) 2216-8844

Vice President
Single (Daily)
2,500 Bt./Day
Double (Daily)
2,700 Bt./Day
President
Single (Daily)
2,700 Bt./Day
Double (Daily)
2,900 Bt./Day
Standard accessories, own toilet/shower (hot and cold), refrigerator, TV, telephone, laundry, housekeeping.
Rangnam Apartment 521/3-4 Si Ayutthaya Rd., Phayathai,
Bangkok 10400
Tel: (66) (0) 2247-6301-4
Studio
4,500-5,000 Bt./Month
Standard accessories, own toilet/shower, telephone, air-conditioning.
 
When searching for an apartment, note the following:
 
Rent -- Average monthly rent is about 2000-4000 baht for a 20 - 30 square meter, furnished single room with air conditioning, bathroom and perhaps a balcony. Most apartments require an advance deposit of one or two months' rent.
 
Security -- Although most apartment buildings have security guards, it pays to be extra careful. In addition to a built-in lock, most apartment doors have a metal ring for an extra padlock that should definitely be used.
 
Telephone --Telephone service varies from place to place, though a surcharge of 100 baht per month is standard. Most apartments do not have a direct line; individual calls usually cost a 5 baht flat rate and often have a time limit, about 10 minutes on average. Calls to mobile phones and long distance cost more. International calls are often not possible in apartments, but they can be made at international public phone booths and post offices.

By contrast, on a direct line calls usually cost 3 baht per local or mobile call with no time limit. A direct line is necessary to access the Internet. Another option is to buy a mobile phone, which is very popular in Thailand. Using a mobile often reduces telephone costs. Note that mobile phones purchased outside Thailand may not work on our local networks.

 
Utilities -- Most apartment buildings will add a surcharge to the electricity bill of about 5 baht per unit. Avoid places that charge more, as the electricity bill can be very high if air-conditioning is used regularly. Expect to pay around 600 baht per month for electricity (without excessive air-conditioning) and around 100 baht per month for water. A cost-saving option in this regard is to buy a fan (about 500 to 700 baht).
 
Laundry -- Building laundry services are common, rather than coin-operated washing machines. Many private services are also available, charging by item or a flat rate per month, which can be more economical. Apartment services are usually more expensive. Note that hand washing is common for many Thais, and clothes dry very fast under the Bangkok sun.
 
Furnishings -- The definition of ‘fully furnished’ varies widely. A good fully furnished room provides a bed, telephone, desk, chairs, wardrobe, and possibly a refrigerator, television or cable service, sometimes with English language stations. Avoid unfurnished apartments for short stays; new furniture is somewhat expensive and quality used furniture hard to find.
 
 
 
Students can get assistance finding accommodation from the Division of Student Affairs in the Office of the President, the International Relations Section of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (for postgraduate students), or the relevant department's Student Service Unit. Staff can generally receive personal assistance from their colleagues if necessary.
 
 
Reference : Guidebook for International Staff and Students by International Relations Division

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