Ferries increase Gulf sailings

BANGKOK, 21 April 2017: A new ferry service linking Sattahip, 30 km south of Pattaya with the tourist island of Chang on the eastern seaboard and Hua Hin on the west side of the Gulf of Thailand will start this May.

Royal Passenger Liner Company already operates a daily passenger ferry service from Pattaya to Hua Hin.

Tourists visiting Chang island in Trat province, around 120 km from the Cambodian border, usually travel by bus or on Bangkok Airways flights from Bangkok’s  Suvarnabhumi airport to the airline’s privately owned airport on mainland Trat. From there they take a taxi to the ferry port to transfer to Chang Island

To catch the ferry travellers will have to take a bus or taxi to Sattahip harbour, 30 km from Pattaya and 12 km from the U-Tapao International Airport.

The Sattahip-Koh Chang service will operate from the Chuk Samet pier in Sattahip to the Bang Bao pier on Chang island.

The Sattahip-Hua Hin ferry service depart daily from Chuk Samet pier and concludes the trip at Khao Takiab pier in south Hua Hin.

Royal Passenger Liner said it will commission two new ferries to operate the services, each capable of carrying 350 passengers.

The Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry claimed it carried 10,689 passengers in February and March of which 6,995 were foreigners and 3,694 were Thai nationals. Of the foreigners, 4,472 were from Europe, 1,543 were from China.

There was no information regarding ticket prices for the new service.A one way ticket for the Pattaya-Hua Hin service costs THB1,250.

The Chang island trip would probably five to six hours depending on weather conditions.

(Source; ThaiVisa.com and Voice TV)