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THE GATEWAY TO KOH CHANG

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THE GATEWAY TO KOH CHANG

THE GATEWAY TO KOH CHANG

There is only one way to visit Koh Chang, by boat. Most tourists tend to go on board at Laem Ngob Pier and then hire a boat to Koh Chang. It also has a ferryboat which you can float your car to your destination, Ao Sapparod Pier. The major pier or gateways to Koh Chang are situated at the front of the island. They are Ferry pier and general port in each village such as Ao Salakphet, Ban Bang Bao, Ban Klong Son. etc.

Ao Sapparod Pier, the Ferry Boat Pier, is the new travelling center of Koh Chang. Every-day a lot of cars float from Ao Thanmayom Pier (Trad) to Ao Sapparod Pier. It will take time only 20 minutes. A ferry boat here is very safe and suits for boat sick people.

Koh Chang Ferry departs from Ao Thanmayom at

7.30 a.m., 10.00 a.m., 02.00p.m., 04.30 p.m.  and return from Ao Sapparod at 08.30 a.m., 11.00 a.m., 01.00 p.m., 3.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. The fare is 30 Baht per person, and 150 Baht per car.

There is inexpensive food shops and minibus station at Ao Sapparod. The fare begins at 30 Baht.

Dan Kao Pier is the liveliest pier as most ferryboat from Laem Ngob go ashore here. The geography of the beach in this area is rock, so fishing is more suitable than swimming. After weary day, do not miss eating delicious food.

The return ticket from Laem Ngob (yellow flag) costs 60 Baht per person. The first departure is at 8 a.m. and the final one is at 5 p.m. For a ferryboat that come from Ferry Center Point costs 120 per one. It departs every two hours from 6.30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Dan Mai Pier is not far from Dan Kao Pier and opposite Koh Chang Police Station. It became the dock of fruit as most local people in Ban Dan Mai grow a various kinds of fruit. However, nowadays the picture of loading and unloading fruit at this port is hardly seen because many gardeners sell it themselves by their own pick-up.

Than Mayom Pier is the oldest pier on Koh Chang and the location of Koh Chang National Park Office. You can rest at the office’ s guesthouse or put up a tent on the beach. Over here, the sunrise is splendid, the beach is quiet and swimming is safe. Taking a day off here is profitable. Both accommodation and food are inexpensive, and the nature is scenic.

GO TO KOH CHANG BY PRIVATE CAR

Trat is accessible by three main routes from Bangkok.
Travelling time is about 4 hours.For convenience and better road surface use the elevated BANGKOK-CHONBURI TOLLWAY until its final exit or the BANGKOK-CHONBURI MOTORWAY and exit for BAN BUNG-KLAENG-CHANTHABURI.

ROUTE 1

BANGNA-CHONBURI-BAN BUNG-KLAENG-CHANTHABURI-TRAT

DISTANCE : 315 KILOMETERS

This is the more preferred route with the following details:

(a) Take highway No.3 ( BANGNA-TRAT ROAD) until you reach
the Chonburi by-pass. You can either take the normal road or the new elevated BANGKOK-CHONBURI TOLLWAY which is right above it.
Toll fee is 55 Baht.

(b) Exit from the main road,head to the left and follow the Chonburi by-pass that reads Pattaya-Rayong.

(c) Head for Rayong until you see the BAN BUNG-KLAENG-CHANTHABURI and the BANG SAEN-PATTAYA signboards.

(d) Take the BAN BUNG-KLAENG-CHANTHABURI route on your left.
You are now on highway no.344

(e) Turn right at the BAN BUNG-KLAENG intersection and head for KLAENG only until you reach the CHANTHABURI-RAYONG junction.Take the left route to CHANTHABURI but do not enter the town which is on your right. This is again highway No.3. Instead go forward until you
reach the SA KAEW-TRAT junction.

(f) Take the right turn and go all the way to the town of Trat.

(g) Alternatively, you can head directly to the three piers without passing through Trat town.Look for the signboard Laem Ngop at the LAEM NGOB-TRAT junction.Notice there is a PTT petrol station to your left before the junction.Turn right to LAEM NGOB.This is Highway no. 3156 (LAEM NGOB-SAEN TUNG ROAD).You will reach AO THAMMACHAT followed by CENTRE POINT and KROMALUANG CHUMPORN Piers.

ROUTE 2

The Motorway is another alternative. Starting from Rama IX Road and onto Srinakarin Road, exit after paying the second toll that leads to Ban Bung, Klaeng, Chanthaburi and finally Trat. The total toll fee is
60 Baht.

ROUTE 3

BANGNA-CHONBURI-RAYONG-CHANTHABURI-TRAT

DISTANCE : 385 KILOMETERS

This is the other route using the same highway no.3 but takes longer as you need to pass through the province of Chonburi.

BY AIR-CONDITIONED BUS

1) The Ekamai Bus Terminal is the main terminal for the eastern provinces. It is located at the Ekamai section of Sukhumvit Road which is also easily accessible by the BTS Skytrain. Air-conditioned and ordinary buses depart almost every hour as shown in the timetable here. The trip is about 5 hours.

2) The Northern Bus Terminal (New Morchid) is the other route.It is located at New Morchid of Kampaeng Petch Road.Air-conditioned buses depart as shown in the timetable. The trip is also about 5 hours.

TIMETABLEEastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai) – Trat
Air-Conditioned Buses Tel. Bangkok-Trat
Time (hrs)
Trat-Bangkok
Time (hrs)
Cherdchai Tour
(First Class Air-con)
42 SeatOne way 189 Baht
Roundtrip 357 Baht
Bangkok Office :
(02) 391-2237
(02) 391-4164Trat Office :
(039) 511-062
06.00 , 07.00 , 09.30 , 11.00 , 12.30 , 14.00 ,
15.30 , 17.30 , 19.30 , 20.30 ,
22.00 , 23.30
07.00 , 08.00 , 09.00 , 10.00 , 11.00 , 12.00 , 13.00 , 14.00 , 16.00 , 18.00 ,
23.00 , 23.30
 Suparat Tour
(VIP Air-con)
32 SeatOne way 189 Baht
Roundtrip 359 Baht
Bangkok Office :
(02) 391-2331Trat Office :
(01) 820-6838
(039) 511-481
08.30 , 10.30 , 12.00, 16.40 , 18.30 , 22.30 08.30 , 10.30 , 11.00 , 14.00 , 17.00 , 23.00
 Chokanukul Tour (First Class Air-con)
42 SeatOne way 189 Baht
Roundtrip 357 Baht
Bangkok Office :
(02) 392-7680Trat Office :
(039) 511-208
14.00, 23.30 09.30 , 23.00
State-owned Transport Co.,Ltd
(Bor Kor Sor)

(Second Class Air-con)
One way 147 Baht
Bangkok Office :
(02) 391-8097
(02) 391-2504Trat Office :
(039) 511-986
06.00 , 07.00 , 08.00 , 09.00 , 11.00 , 12.30 , 14.30 , 16.30 , 17.30 , 24.00 06.30 , 07.30 , 08.30 , 09.30 , 11.30 , 13.00 , 15.00 , 17.00 , 23.30

 

TIMETABLENorthern Bus Terminal (New Morchid)-Trat
Air-Conditioned Buses Tel. Bangkok-Trat
Time (hrs)
Trat-Bangkok
Time (hrs)
 Suparat Tour
(First Class Air-con) 57 Seat
One way 194 Baht
Roundtrip 388 Baht
Bangkok Office :
(02)936-3939Trat Office :
(039) 511-481
15.30
18.30
23.30
07.30
09.30
12.30
16.00
23.30

 

TIMETABLEEastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai) – Center Point Ferry
Air-Conditioned
Buses
Tel. Bangkok-Trat
Time (hrs)
Trat-Bangkok
Time (hrs)
 99 Tour
(Ninety-nine Tour)
(First Class 40 Seat )
One way 216 Baht
Roundtrip 408 Baht
Bangkok Office :
(02) 391 6846
07.45
09.45
14.00
16.00

BY VAN

There are many vans plying between Bangkok and Laem Ngob. They are found on Khao San Road near the Vieng Tai Hotel, departing at 8:00 a.m. daily and leaving Laem Ngob at 11:00 a.m. daily. The one-way fare is 500 Baht / person depending on the season.

MOVING AROUND TRAT

The main transportation in Trat is by Songthaew which literally means two rows. Songthaews are pick-up trucks modified for public transportation.Essentially they have two rows of seats at the back of the truck where passengers sit face to face.They can accommodate up to 8 or 10 people depending, of course, on the size of the passengers.

The following serves as a guideline on the route and approximate costs

From Trat Distance Located at Cost/ Baht
To Laem Ngob  17 Kms Robinson Dept Store Baht 20
To Laem Sok 28 Kms Front of the Municipal Central Market of Trat Baht 20
To Klong Yai 75 Kms Behind the Municipal Central Market Baht 50 
To Had Lek 90 Kms In front of the Sri Trat Rama Theatre Baht 110

FROM TRAT TO PIERS

THERE ARE 3 PIERS SERVICING KOH CHANG. All of them are located in the Amphur (district) of Laem Ngob.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.

THA LAEM NGOB(LAEM NGOB PIER) – ALSO CALLED KROMALUANG CHUMPORN PIER

This is the main pier at Laem Ngob. 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.

As the main pier, Laem Ngob has a good supply of boats to different parts of Koh Chang and other islands especially Koh Wai, Koh Mak, and Koh Kham. Taxi boats leave for Tha Dan Kao every hour during the high season from November to April and 5 times a day during the low season.There are taxi boats leaving for Tha Dan Mai (New Post pier) and Tha Than Mayom as well but with less frequency. Chartered boats are also available.

Ferry Koh Chang and Koh Chang Ferry

Tha Thammachat (Natural Pier) at Ao Thammachat (Natural Bay) serves 7 daily ferry trips to Ao Sapparos. Travel time is about 25-30 minutes.

Ao Thammachat Pier Time Rates/pax (Baht) Travelling Time
Mainland to
Koh Chang
(Ao Sapparos)
06.30, 07.00, 07.30, 08.00, 08.30, 09.00, 09.30, 10.00, 10.30, 11.00, 11.30, 12.00, 12.30, 13.00, 13.30, 14.00, 14.30, 15.00, 15.30, 16.00, 16.30, 17.00, 17.30, 18.00, 18.30, 19.00 30 25-30 Min Trip
Koh Chang
(Ao Sapparos)
to Mainland
06.30, 07.00, 07.30, 08.00, 08.30, 09.00, 09.30, 10.00, 10.30, 11.00, 11.30, 12.00, 12.30, 13.00, 13.30, 14.00, 14.30, 15.00, 15.30, 16.00, 16.30, 17.00, 17.30, 18.00, 18.30, 19.00 30 25-30 Min Trip

Ferry Koh Chang Tel : 039-597143
Koh Chang Ferry Tel : 039-528288

It is advisable to check the rate and schedule of the ferry services before embarking on the trip because of possible changes due to the season, passenger load and competition amongst the ferry and boat operators.The rates and schedules supplied here is effective at the time of writing and should serve as a guide only.

Tha Centre Point (Centre Point Pier) has 6 ferry departures. All land
at another part of the Tha Dan Kao.Travelling time is about 45 minutes.Free for vehicle.

Centre Point Pier Time Rates/pax (Baht) Travelling Time
Mainland to Koh Chang (Cabana Pier) 6.00, 7.00, 8.00, 9.00, 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00, 17.00, 18.00, 19.00 30 45 Min. Trip
Koh Chang (Dan KAO) to Mainland 6.00, 7.00, 8.00, 9.00, 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00, 17.00, 18.00, 19.00 30 45 Min. Trip

Centre Point Ferry Tel. 039-538-196

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