This is the only 'door-to-door' transport option in Bang Saen. There are no metered taxis and also no tuk tuks. There are plenty of buses which may go off their set route for you if you request it, but generally you cannot hail a taxi on the side of the road and head off to your destination. This private taxi service is run by a local husband and wife team. You'll have to negotiate prices with them but they were quite reasonable for a door-to-door service, especially if you are taking a lot of luggage. One-way drop off anywhere in Bangkok is 900 baht (up to 5 people) and Pattaya is 500 baht. They can also take you around the local area.
The office is located on Bang Saen 1 Rd, near 7-11 and the S.S. Bangsaen Hotel.
It's easy to find your way around in Bang Saen. Bangsaen 1 Road runs parallel to the beach. This is the main street you will need to know. The beach ends at the S.S. Bangsaen Hotel but you can then follow the road along the bay. Bangsaen 2 Road runs parallel with Bangsaen 1 Road but is one block further back from the beach.
Most of the points of interest are located directly on the coast and buses and group taxis ply the route day and night. So you can combine walking and taxis to get around.
Sukhumvit runs between Bangkok, Bang Saen and Pattaya. Everybody knows this street. Sukhumvit is connected to Bangsaen 1 Road by Bangsaen Rd, which takes you past Burapha University and Laem Thong Shopping Mall on the way to the beach (about 3 km). So you really only have four streets to remember ;-)
Bicycle Hire (Top End)
You can hire good quality bicycles at the Tide Resort on Bang Saen Road 1. There is a bike rack adjacent to the hotel gym there and you can rent a bicycle from the staff inside. It costs 100 baht per hour which is more double the rate you'll pay from a vendor on the street. The bikes are much better though and the gym is open later (you can rent up until 9pm).
On the information board pictured above the bike rack there are a few cycling events listed too, such as sightseeing trips and so on.
Bicycle Hire (Cheap)
You can hire a bicycle in several places along Bang Saen Beach Rd.1. There are a number of outdoor stalls with bikes. It costs 40 baht per hour or 150 baht per day. They also have tandems which cost a little more.
You'll have to leave some ID with the stall holder and if you are taking the bike for the whole day you need to find out what time the stall is closing.
The quality of the bikes varies but you can try a few and see. This particular stall is located outside 7-11 between soi 2 and 3, Bang Saen Beach Road 1.
You can get a taxi from any one point in town to any other for an maximum of 15 Baht. A short journey costs 7 Baht. The taxis run from one end of the beach to the other and down Bang Saen Rd.
You just basically flag one down, get in the back and tap the back of the cabin when you're ready to get off. If you're going somewhere off the main street, tell the driver first.
They run all day and night.
Getting There from Bangkok
You can take a bus to Bang Saen from Bangkok. The fare is only 67 baht and the journey takes about an hour and a half.
Go to Ekka Mai, Soi 63 on Sukhumvit Road. You can buy your ticket at counter # 15. The buses leave fairly regularly and there is no need for you to make a reservation.
Avoid going between 5 and 7pm. It's difficult to head east out of the city because of the heavy traffic (this is the same highway you would take to get to Pattaya).