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Koh Chang is a relatively big island in Gulf of Thailand close to the boarder with Cambodia. I found it a very relaxing place. If you just want to do nothing but to relax on any of it’s beautiful sandy beaches and hang out in the beachside bars then Koh Chang would definitely be the right place for you.
It’s easy to get there from Bangkok as it’s only 215 miles (350 km) southeast from Bangkok city. Based on my experience I found that road trip is the cheapest and comfortable way to visit the island. There are big buses out of Ekamai bus station as well as from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport.
On our way to Koh Chang we have taken Suvarnabhumi Burapa Bus line 392 40 seater VIP bus connection from the main international airport in Bangkok to the Koh Chang Hotel. I think it’s the most comfortable way for affordable travel between Bangkok and Koh Chang.
The first bus departure at 7:50 am in the morning. We bought our tickets from the ticket booth next to exit 8 on the ground floor at suvarnabhumi airport. Ticket price is set at 600 baht / person / one way or 900 baht / person / round trip (1 US$ = 35.40 Baht).
Pros: Comfortable ride, enough leg room, express service to the Koh Chang Ferry Terminal and once on the Island you will be transported to a mini bus and dropped off to your hotel, which is part of the same ticket. So, you save Ferry ticket 80 Baht plus the taxi ride between 100 -200 Baht from Koh Chang Ferry Terminal to your hotel (cost varies based on the location of your hotel).
Cons: Big bus won’t go on the Ferry so you need to get off close to ferry terminal bus stop, get your luggage and get on to a transporter van to the pier (about few minutes ride), then carry your luggage to the ferry and once at the Koh Chang side of the pier do the same and get on to the mini bus to be dropped of at your hotel.
Tips: Not a bad idea to call in advance and make a reservation for a guaranteed seat. They do speak little english so call and be in the safe side. Tel: 089-1133490, 083-7942122, 081-6605926
To buy bus ticket at the airport just follow the sign for Taxi and Bus (ground Transportation) from arrival hall and go all the way to ground floor. Right next to exit 8 you will find a small booth.
Alternative Option for Buses:
There are also direct frequent buses departs from Ekamai – Bangkok’s eastern bus terminal or from Morchit – the northern terminal. Takes about 4 to 6 hours to get down to Koh Chang Cenerpoint ferry terminal. Expect to pay about 275 – 300 Baht for the trip.
99 Express (089-752-5732)
Ekamai to Ferries – 06.30am, 07.45 am, 09.45 am
Ferries to Ekamai – 12.30pm, 02.00 pm, 04.00 pm
(service also stops at Suvarnabhumi Airport)
Ekamai to Ferry (Ao Tammachat)
On our way back from the Island we rented a private car despite the fact it costed us 3500 Baht ( US$ 100) but still I consider that was a wise decision. First for a alternative experience and secondly considering the comfort and all inclusive door to door service. I think this is the best option if you are not solo traveler. No need to carry your luggage to the ferry and have freedom of stopping at any rest area and the comfort of being behind a friendly and safe driver was unbeatable. Resort travel desk quoted us 6000 baht to Bangkok where as outside agent like Mr Nate’s rate was 3500 baht.
Therefore we used Mr. Nate Private Car services from Koh Chang to Bangkok Hotel and highly recommend him for his excellent and reliable service. Mobile: +66 (0)802251149, Email: email@example.com
Trat Airport is the closest one from Koh Chang, only 10 miles (17 km) to Koh Chang main ferry terminal. Since Trat Airport is owned by Bangkok Airways so air fare could be little pricey. There are daily 3 flights to and from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. First travel from the city to Bangkok airport, second early check in formalities, third 1 hour flight time and finally hassle of getting a transport to the ferry terminal from Trat airpot and also arranging the trip from the ferry terminal to the hotel was kind of too much for us.
Our bus scheduled to depart at 7:50 but get delayed due to one passenger realized at the last moment that he had an urgent need to go. All the empty seats are already filled except one. By 8 am we are on motorway 7 heading south. Seating in the bas was comfortable plenty of legroom and reclining seats was relaxing.
From the airport to Koh Chang Ferry Terminal is about 186 miles (300 km), but due to the road conditions it will take about 4.5 – 5 hours.
Our first stop after 90 minutes of driving to a roadside restaurant for breakfast. They have nice toilet facilities and cook to order food for on going passengers.
The view on both side of the road was beautiful in the month of December, little dry but picturesque landscape.
After 5 hours on the road at about 1:00 pm we arrived at our final stop. We had to collect our luggage and then line up to get our sticker from the operator. That will indicate that we already paid for the ferry ticket as well as after getting off from the ferry on the island which minibus we will be taking to be dropped off at our hotel. Different minibus covers different area on the island.
Once all the passengers got their stickers, we were transported to the pier which was few minutes driver from here.
At the pier the ferry already waiting for us, so we grab our own luggage and got on board.
All the passengers climbed upstairs to be seated. There was a food stall selling snacks and drinks and people could smoke on board but only at designed smoking area.
The 45 minutes ferry journey was comfortable and kept us occupied while enjoying the view around us.
Little after 2 pm we arrived at Koh Chang terminal.
Our ride already waiting for us, we could even see 3 minivans (in the picture below) lined up to take all the 40 passengers to their respective hotels.
I saw independent travelers were hopping on to one of those white taxis (three taxis lined up in the left corner of the below picture). Shared taxi ride is cheap, should be between 50 – 200 baht depending on your destination.
Right before 9:00 am our car pulled over at the reception area. Late model car looked clean, well maintained and the friendly driver greeted us with broken english. Heading straight to the Centerpoint ferry terminal to catch 10 am ferry.
In about 30 minutes we arrived at the Centerpoint Ferry Terminal, get on the queue and our driver bought the ticket (120 Baht/car). We were early there was about 25 minutes waiting before we could see our ferry is approaching the pier.
The Centerpoint ferry to mainland is approaching the pier little before 10 am.
The ferry journey going back to mainland from Koh Chang was very comfortable due to early morning breeze. We arrived at the terminal in about 45 minutes. Good thing is that we did not have to carry any luggage with us, all are left in the trunk of the car.
For lunch we made a stop at one of the rest area. No worries as we made it close to Bangkok in good time hopefully by 3 pm we will be in Bangkok.
We tried few street food one of them was very delicious looked pancake to.
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