If you are in Pattaya, just go to soi POSTOFFICE and go to Malibu travel. They have mini vans that will take you direct to the ferries.250 bahts each way and I think 400 bahts RT. they stop along the way with a rest stop, if not there is a public bus that you can take that goes on the BanPhe route to Koh Samet, still 100 bahts. (the mini van will do door to door service). If you have a group of people 4, hire a private driver. Try Mr T taxi service in Pattaya....reiable with english speaking drivers 66-38-720-318 or their mobile 081-258-7716 I always use them for a pick up and deliver me to the airport. always on time and never have to haggle with the prices...they are fair where ever you want to go.
Good luck and
cheers tommy x
The best way to travel in the island is by renting a motorbike. You can rent it anywhere for 200 baht per day (6USD), no deposit required! They don’t charge you for the mileage either, so is really cheap transportation. We used that bike so much poor little thing!
Gas is also cheap, you can buy a bottle by 30 or 40 bahts, depends where you buy it (1 USD aprox) . 3 bottles and you have a full tank! You can park anywhere.
We rent our bike in our hotel to make sure everything was fine, but there are rental places everywhere.
The law mandates that you have to wear a helmet, but almost 95% of the people don’t do it (we never had any problems)
Just be aware that they drive “on the other side of the road” (well... depends where YOU live!) Have fun!
Before you get on a bus or van or taxi to Koh Chang, please note that the LAST FERRY to Koh Chang leaves at 7pm and it will take you around 5 to 6 hours to get to the ferry from Bangkok, depending on the method and the traffic (I know by experience! we lost the ferry and we had to sleep in Tran... NOT a good idea, LOL, you'd be better in BKK and leave for Koh Chang early the next morning)
There are 2 different ports for the ferries and they leave every 30 minutes, round trip is 120 Baht (4 USD). It takes 45 minutes and it's fun.
We took a van to get there and the bus to come back, we liked the bus better than the van and it's a LOT cheaper (more leg room!). Taxi would be around $100 USD, bus is $6 USD each, Van was $40 for us and the luggage... Ferry is 2USD round trip (45 minutes) and then the taxi on the Island depends to where you go, and if you are willing to share it or not (they called them "taxis" but they are trucks with seats... pretty funny!)
ALSO; if you take the shared van, they will charge you extra for the luggage (since it takes the spot of another person)
Anyone would like to go to Koh Chang by bus.
You can take a free shuttle bus from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Bus Terminal (around 3 kilometers) http://www.ikohchang.com/busterminal-suvarnabhumi.htm
The road between Bangkok to Trat via Pattaya is popular with travellers heading to Koh Chang and Cambodia and there is a daily minibus service. I have not been to Trat before but guess there will be a travel agents or guesthouses somewhere in town that will be able to arrange this for you. Travelling in Thailand is pretty easy. you can always use the local buses aswell.
In Koh Chang you will find plenty of travel Agents that will arrange bus and ferry to Pattaya.
If you take the minibus, you might change minibus in Bang phe where travellers depart for the ferry to Koh Samet. From Bang Phe they go direct to Bangkok or to Pattaya then onto Bangkok.
Getting around on Koh Chang may be easy, but if you want to travel off regular business hours and to odd places it pays off to use a reliable driver who will sit out the time you need. we used Mr. Suittiporn Paholpakdee on a couple of occasions, once travelling all the main roads on the island, landing us late night on the southeastern side for an evening meal. Suttiporn had time and friends everywhere and did not hurry us.
"Wherever you would like to go. Please call me 24 hrs" says his business card. I can second that. Useful contact on Koh Chang
Go to Laem Ngob to catch a ferry to go Chang. Ferries from this pier land at Tha Dan Kao (meaning Old Post Pier). The ferries depart every hour during the high season (November to April)and long weekends starting from 7.30 am till 5.00 pm. The frequency is less during other times of the year depending on the crowd, and the weather. However, you can expect a ferry to depart at least every 2 hours. Travelling time is about 30 to 45 minutes and the cost is 60 Baht for each return ticket and 150 Baht per vehicle inclusive of the driver.Other passengers in the same vehicle are charged 60 Baht per person. It is worth noting that all ferry fares should be the same no matter which pier you go to, a legacy of open competition! On arrival at Koh Chang you will find some Songthaews ready to take you to anywhere in Koh Chang. The fare ranges from 40,60 to 80 Baht per person depending on the distance. This applies to other piers as well.
To get to Koh Chang go to Ekkamai or Morchit bus station .Air-conditioned and ordinary buses depart almost every hour and a tickets to Trat is about 240 baht .The trip takes 5 hours.
There are 3 piers servicing Koh Chang. All of them are located in the Amphur (district) of Laem Ngob the most eastern point of Thailand .To go to these piers take one of the Songthaews in Trat. They can be easily found around the municipal market from as early as 6.00 am. The fare is about 20 Baht per person. Vehicle-carrying ferries and taxi or chartered boats are ready to take you to Koh Chang '
We bougth a one way tour from Bangkok with a minivan. When we got to the ferry we needed to walk onboard as the boat was a passenger ferry/boat. The salesperson in the ticket office insisted that we MUST buy a ticket for the return trip to Bangkok. I told her that we did not plan to go back to Bangkok by minivan, and after some discussion she settled if we bought return boat ticket (70 B). I paid, but should have insisted on not buying anything more than the single boat ticket I allready had, as we chose another company for our return trip.
I went to Ko Chang on a combined bus/ferry ticket from Bangkok. The journey took around 6hrs including the ferry ride. If i remember correctly the ticket was 200 THB. You can purchase these tickets from most travel agents in BKK.
Alternativly you can fly to Trat take a bus from there to the ferry terminal at Laem Ngop and hop on the next boat.
La mejor forma de desplazarse por la isla es en moto.
No hay mucho trafico , pero la carretera tiene unas pendientes muy grandes
El precio de alquiler son 250 bath (6,25 Euros) por 24 horas
The best way to move in the island is by motorcycle
There is not much traffic, but the road has big slopes
The renting price is 250 Bath( 6.25 Euros ) for 24 hours
Decidimos ir a Ko Chan desde Battambang por la frontera de Pailin, asi que cogimos un taxi hasta la frontera y alli la pasamos a pie.
Es una frontera muy tranquila pues no hay mucha gente.
A partir de aqui podiamos haber cogido un taxi hasta el ferry, pero decidimos complicar un poco el viaje, asi que cogimos dos motos que nos llevaron con las maletas hasta una parada de "autobuses".
Alli la comunicacion no fue facil pero conseguimos que nos llevaran hasta Tantaburi, donde pretendimos coger un autobus, pero nos recomendaron que nos fueramos en un minibus los dos solos y asi llegamos al muelle de los Ferries que van a KoChan.
Llegamos a la isla por 56$ y realmente nos divertimos
We decided to go to Ko Chan from Battambang by the Pailin border , so we got a taxi to the border and there we crossed it on foot.
It is a very quiet border because there are not many people
From here we could get a taxi to the ferry station, but we decided to complicate the travel,so we got two motos that took us with the luggage up to a "Bus station".
There , the comunication was not easy , but we got a bus that t took us up to Tantaburi.
We tryed to get here a bus , but somebody in the station recomended us to take a mini-bus for us and so we arrived to the ferry harbour that go to Ko Chan.
We arrived to Ko Chan for 56$ and we had a very good time
The island is like one big hill, up and down all the time.. If you don't have a lot of experience in driving a motorbike (which is the best way to explore the surroundings), I wouldn't recommend you to hire one. Every day there are accidents on the island. The 4 days I was there, I saw 3 accidents happening, including me (just some bruses, not anything bad ;-)). On the other hand, without a car or motorbike, exploring the island will get very difficult. Taxis are like maffia over there, and charge you really toooooooo much! You can't make any deal with them, and often they don't want to pick you up if you are just with 2 persons. I really can not say any good word about the taxi companies. Completely different from elsewhere in Thailand!!
I bought a ticket at S.T. Travel on Rambutri Road in Bangkok. Price about 250 bath. This includes only the busdrive. The boattrip to Ko Chang you still need to pay (about 50 bath).
The busdrive was about 7 hours, with a few stops in between. Once at the pier, you don't have to wait for the boat. They leave immediatly. The boattrip is about 45 minutes (very slow boat).
I think getting by minibuss to Ko Chang is about the easiest way. Otherwise you need to take the public buss to Trat, and from there on you need to go by songthaew to the pier (the prices are very high if you would do this part alone. And they do not like to drive to the pier if the songthaew isn't completely filled, because its a distance of 20 km from Trat to the Pier)
In the port of Laem Sok near Trat we chartered a boat to the south coast of Ko Chang. Our luggage, pots, pans, kitchen utensiles and food, bought at the market inTrat early morning was loaded in a boat which was allready filled with huge earthen pots.This boat with the luggage needed two hours to reach our place at the south coast of Ko Chang.
We ourselves went with a faster speedboat and reached or hidden spot at the south coast in about one hour.We had a lovely boatride between the many small islands with mountains and palmbeaches. They talked about pirates, but we reached the bay of our island safely.
We had to walk to the beach through the water. Our stay of a few days at our bounty island could start !