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Salaya Campus Fact Sheet
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Salaya Campus, opened in 1982, is located just a few hundred meters from Bangkok’s city limits in Phuttamonthon District, Nakhon Pathom Province, on 520 acres (210 hectares) of natural beauty, landscaped gardens and tropical foliage. The relaxing semi-rural setting, within easy reach of central Bangkok, makes it ideal for studying or working in tranquility without losing out on the myriad opportunities available in the city proper.

Most international undergraduate students at Mahidol attend Mahidol University International College (MUIC) on Salaya Campus. Because all first-year native Thai students in national programs also study at Salaya, there is ample opportunity for international undergraduates to get to know their Thai counterparts. Many international postgraduate students, including full-time and visiting students and short training course participants, study or perform research at Salaya. Salaya is also home to many foreign staff members, including lecturers and administrative personnel at MUIC and other academic, research and administrative divisions.

 
Salaya Campus houses the largest number and widest variety of Mahidol University's academic and research facilities, including 7 Faculties, 7 Institutes and 5 Colleges. Numerous other sub-faculty level Research Centers and Laboratories are also located on campus, along with:
the Central Library and 6 branch libraries of the Mahidol University Library and Information Center,
as well as some independent Faculty libraries;
the Student Union, home to many student services, clubs and activities, and the main cafeteria;
the Office of the President , the University administration building;
numerous stores, eating establishments, sports facilities, student and staff dormitories and condominiums,
and a comprehensive range of facilities for attending to the academic,
professional and personal needs of staff and students.
 
 
Library Facilities
 

The Central Library is the hub of the Mahidol University Library and Information Center (MULIC). It contains an extensive collection of over 1 million books, theses, research reports and bound journals; 1,500 printed journals; 15,000 electronic journals and 16,000 electronic books; 13,000 audiovisual materials; hundred of computer terminals and multimedia viewing equipment; a full range of specialized services including online reference services, multi-database searching and document delivery services.

Ten other branch libraries are linked to the Central Library by the computer database MULINET, of which 6 are located on Salaya Campus, at the Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Institute for Population and Social Research, Institute of Language and Culture for Rural Development, Institute of Nutrition, ASEAN Institute for Health Development and Ratchasuda College.

All staff and students can gain access to all library facilities by showing their Mahidol University identity card. Information on all branch library opening hours and resources can be found on the central Library website at www.li.mahidol.ac.th.
 
 
Sport and Recreation Facilities
 

The College of Sports Science and Technology has five swimming pools (one Olympic-sized) and a fitness center with weight equipment, sauna and aerobics, available for use by students, staff and the general public. Annual membership for using only swimming pools costs 200 baht for students and 400 baht for staff, allowing use of the pools for 20 baht per visit. To use all health, fitness, and exercise equipment, students and staff are required to apply for membership at SS Sports Centre of various types such as 3 months, 6 months and 1 year. For price details, please visit the centre’s website at www.ss.mahidol.ac.th. or call 0-2441-4296-8 ext. 103. A medical certificate, easily and inexpensively available from any doctor, is required for membership. Proper swimming attire and a bathing cap must be worn while swimming. (Swimming equipment can be purchased at a shop near the pools).

Additional sport facilities, all free of charge, include a large indoor stadium for basketball, badminton and other indoor sports, four outdoor tennis courts, three large soccer fields, a volleyball court, a pétanque court and a running track. Bookings should be made to reserve the courts and the stadium at the window on the outside wall of the stadium. The spacious layout of the campus also allows much opportunity for jogging, cycling or exercise.

Shopping
 
Several stores on campus offer a variety of basic necessities and student supplies. The University Cooperative Store in the Student Union complex stocks groceries, personal and household products, gifts and assorted items. Nearby are two convenience stores and the University Bookstore, which sells textbooks, school supplies, newspapers, sports equipment, Mahidol University souvenirs and similar items (teaching staff holding a Mahidol identity card receive a 10% discount; student discounts are also occasionally offered). Lively weekly markets are held all day every Friday outside the College of Sports Science and Technology and the Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies near the Student Union. The markets feature food stalls and a wide variety of goods, especially clothing. A stationery store with computer supplies is on the ground floor of the Faculty building. Special Mahidol events held throughout the year often feature markets as well.
 
Off-campus, the commercial district across Phuttamonthon 4 Road in front of the campus has many shops and restaurants. Shopping for major items and groceries can be conveniently done in the Pinklao area (west of the Chao Phraya River, approximately 25-30 minutes from Salaya by blue bus No. 124). Pinklao houses the large Pata Department Store and Major Cineplex and Central Plaza shopping complexes.
 
 
Eating
 

There are many nice, affordable eateries both on- and off-campus. The main cafeteria in the Student Union has a large selection of Thai rice and noodle dishes costing 15-25 baht and inexpensive drinks. Snack food is available at two convenience stores. Not far away the College of Sports Science and Technology runs a bakery café. Many university buildings also have smaller, inexpensive cafeterias, and small snack shops and food stalls are dotted around campus as well.

At Mahidol University International College, a more upscale restaurant on the second floor, the Herb Garden, offers lunch buffets for 160 baht per person Tuesday and Thursday and a 195 baht set menu on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. A pleasant student-operated cooperative coffee shop, Cup-pa is adjacent to the MUIC building; while the Princess Café behind the Food Science Lab, Faculty of Science, with indoor and outdoor café seating and serves fresh coffee and Western-style dishes and snacks. Another relaxing spot to eat is near Thai House, where a Thai restaurant has open-air seating overlooking a small lake. Many restaurants also are found in the Phuttamonthon 4 Road area opposite the university gates.

 
Services
 
Post -- A Post Office near the Student Union offers standard postal services including overseas parcel delivery. Salaya Post Office, about 1 kilometer east of campus, has all regular postal services including facilities for overseas telephone calls and faxes. A stationery store in the Phuttamonthon 4 Road area has more expensive fax, express mail and postal services.
 
Banking -- Several banks are on Phuttamonthon 4 Road in front of Salaya Campus: Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), Thai Military Bank (TMB), Bangkok Bank and Siam City Bank. Another bank in the Salaya market near Mahidol University’s Gate 3 and 4 is Krung Thai Bank. Both SCB and TMB provide international services, including foreign currency and travelers’ check exchange. You can also open a Thai baht account in a small branch of SCB located on campus in the Salaya Center building. (For staff at Salaya Campus, it is very convenient to open an account here as this is the university's official bank, and university employees can have their salary transferred directly into an account there).
 
ATMs are located at the banks on Phuttamonthon 4 Road and SCB at Salaya Center, on the ground floor of the Office of the President and Mahidol University International College, and at the Student Union, the Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies and the College of Music.
 

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 the Student Health Center in the Student Union complex, or a specialized Sport Clinic at the College of Sports Science and Technology.

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'.

 
Other Services -- Other services on campus include a beauty salon and comic book store on the ground floor of the student dormitory No. 10 and copying services available in many buildings and libraries.

Transportation
 
Public Transportation -- This section describes public transportation options to and from Salaya 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'.
 

Buses are a convenient way to travel between Bangkok and Salaya Campus. The air-conditioned buses No. 515 and No. 547 run on different routes from Phuttamonthon 4 Road to Victory Monument in central Bangkok. Regular bus No. 124 runs from Phuttamonthon 4 Road to Pinklao west of the Chao Phraya River (and continues into central Bangkok), connecting to the Express River Ferry at Pinklao Bridge Other Regular buses No. 125 and No. 84 also runs on different routes from Phuttamonthon 4 Road to Samsen Train Station and Klongsarn Pier. [... further information at Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) ... ]

 
Commuting between Bangkok and Salaya Campus by train (a 1-hour trip) is also possible, though less convenient.
 
Private vans (‘rot dtoo’) run between Salaya Campus and Pata Department Store in Pinklao. On campus they wait at the main cafeteria, as well as at the bus stop by the pedestrian overpass opposite campus on Phuttamonthon 4 Road. In Pinklao they wait in Q8 Gas station close to Central Department Store.

Mahidol University International College and certain faculties provide free shuttle commuting services for their own students and staff between Salaya Campus and different parts of Bangkok. Regular free shuttle buses for staff and students also commute between the Office of the President building and Bangkok in every half an hour from the early morning to late afternoon. For current scheduling details, please see the relevant webpage on “Shuttle Bus Service").
 
Taxis at Salaya are usually available at the small taxi stand on Phuttamonthon 4 Road in front of the campus. From Salaya expect to pay about 125 baht to Central Pinklao, 190 baht to Siam Square, 250 baht to Don Muang Airport and 800 baht to Suvarnabhumi Airport. Motorcycle taxis also wait here for short excursions.
 
Driving to Salaya Campus -- If driving from east of the Chao Phraya River (central Bangkok): cross the river westbound over either the Phra Pinklao Bridge or Rama 8 Bridge. These two routes meet in Pinklao; follow Phra Pinklao Road westward. Alternatively, cross Sang Hee (Krung Thon) Bridge from central Bangkok on Rajvithi Road, which becomes Sirinthorn Road and then meets the Phra Pinklao Road route in Taling Chan. All routes then follow Boromrajchonnee Road westward toward Salaya.

Continue straight on Boromrajchonnee Road, following the signs to Nakhon Pathom or Nakhon Chaisi, and eventually the sign to Salaya. The exit to Salaya is on the left; once off Boromrajchonnee Road, stay in the right lane, which veers off to the right on a flyover, crossing Boromrajchonnee Road onto Phuttamonthon 4 Road. The well-marked gates of Mahidol University are immediately on the left after descending from the flyover.

A toll-free elevated expressway with faster traffic also runs from the Pinklao area over Phra Pinklao Road and Boromrajchonnee Road most of the route to Salaya. The route coming from Rama 8 Bridge goes directly onto the elevated expressway while the other two routes begin at ground level.

 
Accommodation
 
Numerous accommodation options are available at Salaya Campus, both on- and off-campus, including condominium high-rises and dormitories primarily used by undergraduates. Mahidol University International College (MUIC) reserves one condominium unit and maintains 2 International Houses for their students, and also arranges student accommodation in private houses and flats near campus. Applications can be made at the MUIC office. In addition, MUIC maintains Salaya Pavilion, a fully operational hotel. The ASEAN Institute for Health Development also has a dormitory reserved for its postgraduate students.
Affordable housing is widely available both off and on campus, including shared housing, private flats or condos, and boarding houses. Some accommodation options for both staff and students are below. (Note: In the phone numbers listed, (66) is the country code for Thailand. The (0) only needs to be dialed if calling from within the country).
 

Salaya Pavilion Hotel at Mahidol University International College

 
Name Address Room Rate Facilities
ASEAN House
ASEAN Institute for Health Development
Phuttamonthon 4 Rd.
Salaya, Phuttamonthon
Nakhon Pathom 73170
Tel: (66) (0) 2441-9040-3,
(66) (0) 2441-9994
Single 500 Bt./Day,
7,000 Bt./Month*

Double (excluding breakfast)
600 Bt./Day,
8,000 Bt./Month*

*(only for
Institute students)

Own toilet and shower, bed linen, towels, laundry, housekeeping, kitchen, left luggage, safety deposit box, telephone for out going calls, lounge room with TV/VCR.
Prachakorn International House 35/71-75
Phuttamonthon 4 Rd.
Salaya, Phuttamonthon
Nakhon Pathom 73170
Tel: (66) (0) 2441-9978-9
Single 300 Bt./Day,
3,500 Bt./Month

Double 400 Bt./Day,
5,000 Bt./Month

Standard accessories, kitchen, drinking water, housekeeping.
Chaiyapreuk International House Chaiyapreuk Village
Soi 3, 7/131
Liab Klong Taweewattana Rd.
Sala Thammasop
Bangkok 10170
Tel: (66) (0) 2800-3353
Single 6,200 - 6,500 Bt./Month

Double 4,400 - 10,500 Bt./Month

Furnished, UBC cable TV, air conditioned, computer room, kitchen standard accessories.
Mahidol
University
Dormitories
Phuttamonthon 4 Rd.
Salaya, Phuttamonthon
Nakhon Pathom 73170
(contact Student Affairs Division at the relevant Faculty/College)
4-person rooms 2,050 Bt./Term Bunk beds, shared toilet and shower, wardrobe, writing table, Internet access.
Mahidol
University Condominium
Mahidol University
Condominium
Phuttamonthon 4 Rd.
Salaya, Phuttamonthon
Nakhon Pathom 73170
Tel: (66) (0) 2800-2350-69
2 bedrooms 10,000 Bt./Month plus
16,000 Bt. deposit
Standard accessories, own toilet and shower, refrigerator, TV, telephone, housekeeping, laundry
Green Park Home 1/59-66 Moo 8
Green Park Village
Phuttamonthon 4 Rd.
Sampran
Nakhon Pathom 73220
Tel: (66) (0) 2441-4600
Single 5,000 - 5,200 Bt./Month

Shared 4,400 - 4,800 Bt./Month

Air conditioned, wardrobe, desk, bathroom, cable TV, Internet, cleaning service
Kritsakorn 50/5 Moo 5
Phuttamonthon 4 Rd.
Salaya
Nakhon Pathom 73170
Tel: (66) (0) 2800-3960-3
Air-conditioned
Single 4,000 Bt./Month
Double 4,500 Bt./Month

Fan
Single 3,500 Bt./Month
Double 4,000 Bt./Month

Standard accessories, furnished.
Salaya
Pavilion

Phuttamonthon 4 Rd.
Salaya, Phuttamonthon
Nakhon Pathom 73170
Tel: (66) (0) 2441-0568-9
Fax: (66) (0) 2441 0554
Email: rsvn@salayapavilion.com
www.salayapavilion.com

(Prices include breakfast and service charges)
Deluxe Single/Double 2,800 Bt./Day
Executive Single/Double 5,800 Bt./Day
Superior Single/Double 3,800 Bt./Day
Junior Suite Single/Double 5,200 Bt./Day
Grand Junior Suite Single/Double 7,000 Bt./Day
Presidential Suite Single/Double 15,000 Bt./Day

Own toilet and shower, all rooms with balcony, personal electric safe, extra bed (880 baht), local and international satellite TV, Internet, housekeeping, laundry.
Wanthanakorn House Phuttamonthon 4 Rd.
Salaya, Phuttamonthon
Nakhon Pathom 73170
Tel: (66) (0) 2889-2756-9
Double 3,800 - 4,000 Bt./Month Bed, mattress, wardrobe, desk, own toilet and shower, (200 Bt./Month extra for refrigerator).
Neena Place 32/7 Moo 2
Phuttamonthon 5 Rd.
Bang Kratuk, Sampran
Nakhon Pathom 73210
Tel: (66) (0) 2482-1541-50
3,000 Bt./Month Standard furnishings, air-conditioning, laundry, mini-mart, computer room, 24-hr. security guard
Ramathibodi Hospital
Dormitory
25/25 Moo 5
Phuttamonthon 4 Rd.
Salaya, Phuttamonthon
Nakhon Pathom 73170
Tel: (660 (0) 2441-4234 #642
Students:
Single 3,000 Bt./Month
Double 1,500 Bt./Month
Triple 1,000 Bt./Month
4-person 750 Bt./Month

Staff:
Single 4,000 Bt./Month
Double 2,000 Bt./Month

Standard accessories, own toilet, fan, cafeteria
 
Many people also stay in apartment buildings across Phuttamonthon 4 Road from Salaya Campus (opposite the front gates). The Pinklao and Taling Chan areas -- roughly halfway between central Bangkok and Salaya -- are also popular places to stay for both staff and students.
 
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.
 
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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