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Koh Chang Travel

Buses From Bangkok
Minibus and full sized bus services pick up from guesthouses around Khao San Road and other Bangkok locations on request and travel directly to ferry departure points at Laem Ngop. Bookings can be made from any of the scores of travel agents in this area. The buses leave at 7-8am taking 5-6 hours and cost around 180-250B for a single trip including ferry crossing. Minibuses return to Bangkok at 11am every day from Laem Ngop and a Bus leaves Centrepoint at 12pm. Frequent buses (departures between 06.00 am. – 12.00 pm.) also leave for Trat from the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai) and the Northern Bus Terminal (Mor Chit). Ekamai is located on the route of the Bangkok Skytrain whilst Morchit 2 is slightly closer to Khao San road. The journey takes 4-6 hours & costs 190-220 Baht. Return buses leave from the bus companies located on both sides of Sukhumvit Road in Trat.

Buses From Pattaya/Koh Samet
Daily minibus services operate directly from Pattaya via Ban Pae (ferry port for Koh Samet) directly to the ferry departure point at Laem Ngop. The cost is around 400B from Pattaya or 300B from Ban Pae and the journey takes 4 or 2.5 hours respectively. Going to Laem Ngop the service leaves Pattaya at 8am. It picks up in Ban Pae at 11am. A return service leaves Laem Ngop at 1pm daily. Public buses leave for Pattaya from Sukhumvit road in Trat at 05.00, 09.30, 12.00 and 15.00 daily. The trip costs 160B and takes 5 hours.

Reaching the Region - By Car
Eastern Thailand and its islands can be easily reached by road and three regular car ferries operate to Koh Chang. There are two main driving routes from Bangkok, both around 310km long. The first route is to take Highway 3, the Bangna - Trat road. There is a quicker elevated tollway running above Highway 3 that costs 55 Baht for cars. Continue until the Chonburi Bypass and here turn off onto Highway 344. Follow this road past Ban Bung and when you reach the Klaeng Crossroads turn back onto highway 3 and continue on towards Trat. Alternatively you can leave Bangkok on the Motorway that is a continuation of the Rama IX, Srinikarin road. This road goes onwards and meets highway 344 where you can continue to Trat as detailed above. To avoid Trat and go directly to the ferry departure points turn right onto the well-signposted Laem Ngop road about 20km outside Trat. Driving from Pattaya take Highway 36 which joins Highway 3 heading towards Trat shortly after Rayong.

From Trat Town to the piers.
From Trat town, visitors can continue by share taxi transports to Leam Ngob pier or the ferry landings at Ao Thammachart piers and Koh Chang Centre point pier where services are operated all day. Distance from town to Leam Ngob pier is 17 kilometres.

Note: visitors can easily find share taxi in many major place in Trat province like Trat Market (opposite of 7-eleven minimart), Trat Department Store, or Bus Office.

From Trat piers to Koh Chang Piers

  • Option 1: Laem Ngob pier - Dan Kao pier ; Passenger boats usually leave from Leam Ngob pier to Dan Kao pier (near Koh Chang Ferri Pier) on Koh Chang every hour from 8.00 am. – 5.00 pm. The trip takes 45 minutes and the fare is 50 THB per person.

  • Option 2: Ao Thammachart piers ; There are 2 piers; Koh Chang Ferry Pier and Ferry Koh Chang Pier .
    • Koh Chang Ferry Pier : Ferry boats usually leave from pier to Koh Chang Ferri Pier (near Dan Kao Pier) on Koh Chang every hour from 6.30 am. – 6.30 pm. The fare is 60 THB per person and 150 THB per car.
    • Ferry Koh Chang Pier : Ferry boats usually leave from pier to Sapparot Pier on Koh Chang every hour from 7.00 am. – 7.00 pm. The fare is 60 THB per person and 150 THB per car. The trip takes 20 minutes.

  • Option 3: Koh Chang Centre point pier - Dan Kao pier ; Ferry boats usually leave from pier to Dan Kao pier (near Koh Chang Ferri Pier) on Koh Chang every hour from 6.00 am. – 6.00 pm. The trip takes 60 minutes and the fare is 30 THB per person and free of charge for car.

From Piers to Koh Chang Beaches

Visitors can continue to Had Sai Khao (White Sand beach), Had Klong Phrao (Klong Prao beach) and Had Kai Bae (Kai Bae beach) by local bus which charges around 30 THB per person (may be changed) . The schedules and fares are subject to change without notice due to climate condition.

Reaching the Region - By Air
Trat Airport was recently opened by Bangkok Airways on the mainland near to Laem Ngop. At the moment flights operate to and from Bangkok. The flights depart twice a day four times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Flights to Trat from Bangkok leave at 08.10 and 15.40. Flights back to Bangkok from Trat leave at 09.30 and 17.00. The Trat office of Bangkok Airways can be reached on 039 525 299-30 and the number of the airport is 039 525 776.

 

 


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