Bangkok to Koh Chang Travel Guide
As a relatively new destination on the tourist map, Koh Chang is still developing in terms of links with Bangkok and the rest of Thailand. There are two options to find your way to this, one of the finest islands in Asia. Those are by air or by road.
By Air to Trat
The flight from Bangkok is 45 minutes and departures are from Suvunarbhumi International Airport:
08.00am and 16.50pm daily. There are 2 extra flights on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 15.00pm or 15.30pm. This is the current summer schedule which will change later in the year. Check with www.bangkokair.com for the latest information and fares. Generally these are about 2-3,000 Baht one way including taxes.
Also from Ekamai there is a bus direct to the ferry at Laem Ngop leaving at 07.30am and 09.30am. The service route number is 99.
From the airport, buses goe directly to Trat for around 250 Baht one way. There is a shuttle bus service from the terminal across to the Ďpublic busí station at Suvunarbhumi, and the no 99 stops at the airport for a direct run through to the ferry
All the main rental companies operate from the airport, such as Avis, Hertz, Budget, Alamo, Europcar and the Thai local company Thai Rent A Car (Off airport). All can be booked online. The car can be taken across to Koh Chang at no cost, but the passengers pay 30 Baht each.
Try http://www.travelconnecxion.com/private_transfer_service_thailand.php for information on this, although there will be other transfer services available at the airport, and even a standard taxi could be hired from the public taxi stand. As a guide the regular taxi fare to Pattaya using a metered taxi is 1,800 Baht so double that for Trat, and add a bit more should give a rough figure to negotiate with. The driver will not use the meter on a long journey such as this, so the price must be agreed beforehand.
Ferry Services to Koh Chang
The ferry fare is 30 baht one way per foot passenger, cars go free!
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