Ban Pong is in Ratchaburi Province in Thailand. It is the northernmost amphoe (district), with Kanchanaburi to the north and Nakhon Pathom to the east.
Ban Pong, written in Thai as บ้านโป่ง - a better English transliteration is "Barn Porng". It is a large town on the main road between Bangkok and Kanchanaburi, about half way between.
This town was actually a transit point for Allied prisoners of war in World War 2, many coming up from Malaya (as it then was) by the railway line to Bangkok. The actual place they detrained was at the station in Nong Pladuk, some three kilometres back towards Bangkok. From this point, the Death Railway was constructed from this end, and prisoners were sent north to Burma to work from there.
The railway station is still functional as part of the Thailand rail network on the part of the Death Railway to Nam Tok still in operation.
You have 3 main points in Bangkok to go to Bang Pong. Taking a van is much more convenient than a bus.
1. South Western Van Station (Sai Tai Gao / สายใต้เก่า) - 60 Baht - 1 hour 2. Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai / สายใต้ใหม่) - 60 Baht - 1 hour 3. Mo Chit Bus Station - Runs less often, hourly and is 120 Baht - 1.5 hours. A much more convenient route if you are located within central Bangkok. Getting to the above two stations is a hassle during peak hour.
If for whatever reason you cannot find transport directly into Ban Pong town, you could take a van Kanchanaburi and drop off just outside of Ban Pong town along the road. You will need to coordinate this with ticket staff members and van drivers.
There are no Taxis or Tuk Tuks, but the town is easily walked around. There is one main road in and out, with a clocktower in the centre. This is a four way intersection. The bus in from BKK will stop just before the clocktower, then go to the right towards Kanchanaburi. This is the main road. The road to the left from the bus stop leads to the market,and shopping strip, although there is shopping also along the Kanchanaburi part to the right.
The Maeklong River runs through the city and is a popular site for town festivals and gatherings. During Loi Krathong, many people spend their evening by the river, sending lanterns off to heavens and flower arrangements down the river.
Every Monday and Friday, there is an evening market where many shop owners and food stands gather. The evening market offers many different goods in a centralized area, making for a convenient shopping trip to find inexpensive goods.
There are plenty of restaurants in the town.
One good one is to the right of the hotel Gasamesup, on the corner. Stir fried chicken and mixed vegetables (just ask for "pat pak ruam guy") will cost you B80, including a large bottle of Chang beer.
This appears to be the only hotel in town. It is on the main road on the Kanchanaburi side of the clocktower,about 300 metres along,and just past the hospital (both on the left). Sign is written in Thai only. The hotel is rather worn, but clean with aircon, TV, and hot water in the shower. Reception is out the back (place is a bit of a rabbit warren). Aircon room is B350.
To go to Bangkok - The van station is very close to the Railway Station. From the station, walk towards the round about and keep going straight. After 50 meters, on the left hand side you will see the shops 'Coffee Club' and 'I am Jeab' and the van station is in the middle of the two.
Buses go from next to the Police Station, on the opposite side of the road from where the Kanchanaburi bus drops off people coming from Bangkok. Fare is B60.
To go to Kanchanaburi, the buses leave from near the clocktower opposite the police station. Fare is B55.
Purchase tickets for the buses before getting on board - a seller is located on the footpath on both sides of the road. Buses go about every half hour in each direction..