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From Khaosan Rd Travel Mart to Koh Chang by Buses

Travel Mart
eTicket Instant Refundable
Khaosan Rd Travel Mart, Bangkok
5h 30m bus ride in Express
Thammachart pier, Trat

From Suvarnabhumi Burapha to Koh Chang by Buses+Ferries

Suvarnabhumi Burapha
eTicket Refundable
Suvarnabhumi Burapha, Suvarnabhumi Airport
7h 10m journey in Bus+Ferry. All connections guaranteed
Koh Chang Pier

From Suvarnabhumi Burapha to Koh Chang by Vans+Ferries+Buses

Suvarnabhumi Burapha, Suvarnabhumi Airport
6h 30m journey in Van+Ferry+Bus. All connections guaranteed
Klong Son Bus, Koh Chang
Suvarnabhumi Burapha, Suvarnabhumi Airport
6h 30m journey in Van+Ferry+Bus. All connections guaranteed
Klong Son Bus, Koh Chang

Transport types between Bangkok and Koh Chang

Bangkok to Koh Chang Schedule

Bangkok to Koh Chang Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Travel Mart Regional 14pax 00:10 - 09:50฿ 850
Team Holiday Comfort 00:00 - 05:00฿ 4,950
MCC VAN Van 9pax 00:00 - 05:00฿ 5,830
Thailand Limo by Datum Comfort 00:00 - 06:00฿ 5,060
Triple T Express 05:00 - 12:30฿ 490
Bangkok Air Economy #PG22206:55 - 07:55฿ 2,268
Bangkok Air Economy #PG30108:20 - 09:20฿ 3,877
Bangkok Air Economy #PG21610:10 - 11:10฿ 2,268
Triple T Express 12:00 - 19:30฿ 490
Bangkok Air Economy #PG30914:45 - 15:45฿ 2,808
Bangkok Air Economy #PG22616:40 - 17:40฿ 2,268
Bangkok Air Economy #PG22019:00 - 20:00฿ 2,268

How to get from Bangkok to Koh Chang

Gone are the days when Koh Chang was some kind of a well-kept secret. The second largest island in Thailand after Phuket – yes, Koh Chang is even bigger than Koh Samui! – the island has for a long time remained backwaters among other beach destinations in the country. It is getting more and more developed nowadays, true, but there are no great shopping malls there yet, and regardless the fact that luxury resorts have already invaded the best beaches, Koh Chang preserves very rustic, homely atmosphere – in major part thanks to the jungle covering a considerable part of the interior and those authentic fishing villages, mangroves, elephants which you can spot wandering between the trees in the afternoon. Even if budget bungalows are getting more of a rare bird in Koh Chang nowadays, small cosy and elegant boutique hotels do not lack; though more expensive than a usual backpackers’ or flashpackers’ abode, they still feel totally ‘right’ for the place. Koh Chang is a delightfully beautiful island but do not expect crystal clear waters of the Andaman. Enjoy the way the island manages to blend resort style of living with nature, go kayaking or elephant trekking, watch glowworms in the dusk while dining by the khlong and think twice before you decide to rent a motorbike to negotiate those treacherous island roads!

How to get from Bangkok to Koh Chang

Koh Chang is easily reached from the mainland by ferry. There are two piers serving ferries to Koh Chang near Laem Ngop – a seaside village some 20 km from Trat. You can get from Bangkok to Trat first and than proceed to Laem Ngop by songthaew, but more and more companies are offering direct service to Laem Ngop or Koh Chang (normally to Koh Chang Pier) which is obviously a more convenient option, usually at more or less the same price.

From Bangkok to Koh Chang by bus offers combined tickets from Bangkok to Koh Chang (van+ferry) operated by Triple T company. Vans leave from the Northern Bus Terminal in Bangkok, Morchit, and head for Trat where the passengers exchange their e-tickets for ferry tickets and then are brought to the pier in another vehicle. The whole trip costs THB400 and lasts approximately 6½ hours, out of which the ferry travel takes about 40 minutes. The ferries to Koh Chang are large car ferries, so normally even those who are seasick prone do not suffer much. There are four vans by T.T.T., all of them leaving Morchit in the morning, at 5am, 6am, 7.30am and 9.30am, to ensure they make it in time for the last ferry. Normally even the 9.30am van arrives to the pier by 3pm the latest.

Note that you can get to Koh Chang directly from Suvarnabhumi airport. There is a direct service offered by Burapha company. They have a big bus leaving at 7.50am and vans at 9.30am, 11am and 2pm, all at the same price of THB655 (ferry ticket included). The trip lasts about 6½ hours, meaning that with the last departure you reach the island by 8.30pm, so it is highly recommended to have at least an idea (or better – a booked accommodation) on where to stay on Koh Chang at least for the first night.

From Bangkok to Koh Chang by taxi

If you prefer to travel with more comfort, consider hiring a PGS charter from Bangkok to Koh Chang. They have Toyota Camry for three passengers at THB5,280 and Toyota Commuter for 9 pax at THB5,830 which is a better investment if you have other fellow travellers to share expenses. The prices are all-inclusive (ferry tickets are included, too), and normally the trip lasts a bit less than if you use an ordinary combined van+ferry option. PGS picks you up at any location in Bangkok and brings you with the same vehicle directly to the pier from where the ferries to Koh Chang leave. PGS vans have more luggage space compared to the ones leaving from Morchit and can make pit stops on your request on the way, too. In general, it is definitely a more comfortable way to travel from Bangkok to Koh Chang, though more expensive.

Visiting Koh Chang’s neighbouring islands

Koh Chang is a part of Mu Koh Chang National Park. There are two more relatively large islands within the park boundaries – Koh Kood and Koh Mak. Both of them are easily reachable from Koh Chang, but you can also skip the more developed Koh Chang and go to Koh Kood or Koh Mak directly from Bangkok. Boonsiri sells combined van+ferry tickets from Bangkok to Koh Kood and from Bangkok to Koh Mak at THB850 and THB750 correspondingly. In Bangkok, vans depart from Boonsiri office off Khao San Road at 5.30am and 8am and in about seven hours you reach your paradise island. High speed ferries from Trat which Boonsiri uses, first call to Koh Mak and then proceed to Koh Kood. The sea travel lasts about one hour and it is better to have your medicine at hand if you are prone to seasickness as high-speed ferries are not as stable as the slow car ones which connect the mainland with Koh Chang.

Getting around

The public transport on Koh Chang is represented by songthaews, which are pickup truck with two benches inside. It costs THB80 to get from the pier to Hat Sai Khao or Hat Kai Bae; more if you go further afield. Within the island any trip between the neighbouring bays will cost you THB50 per person. Note that it is often next to impossible to find a songthaew which to bring you back to the pier as only a limited number of vehicles have a ‘permission’ to enter the pier area.

Motorbikes are widely available for rent on the island, but if you are not much of a rider, it is better not to tempt your fate. Koh Chang roads are notorious for their high toll of broken limbs and injuries, so think twice before renting a scooter.

Similarly, bicycles are not a good idea in Koh Chang unless you are an enduro champion.

Where to stay

Hat Sai Khao is the closest beach to the pier. It has a wide choice of accommodation and offers arguably the best stretch of sand on the whole island, though it is also the most peopled one. In general, Sai Khao and other beaches on the west coast are the widest ones and – which is also of importance – most convenient place to stay if you use songthaews for beach-hopping.

If you are looking for the most budget bungalows, check Hat Khlong Prao where you find really great deals, even if at first sight it looks like Hat Khlong Prao has already abandoned itself to the mercy of large expensive resorts.

Hat Kai Bae in general is a bit more glamorous, but there are some really great middle-range resorts separated from the sea by the seaside road.

Lonely Beach is not so lonely any more, but you find there the best night life on the island and some of the cheapest old-school huts; though do not expect them to be right by the water.

The picturesque Ban Bang Bao in the south is a great place to head for some seafood and the atmosphere of a traditional Thai seaside town, but if you stay there you may feel a bit isolated from the rest of the island unless you have your own transport. Note that good beaches are not Ban Bang Bao’s strong point.

The east coast is a dream destination to get away from it all if you seek some tranquility and peacefulness. Your own wheels are almost a must as no public songthaews ply the roads of this part of the island.


Koh Chang is a lush jungle paradise. There are plenty activities, traditional for any Thai beach destination, on offer – from canoeing to cooking classes. The hilly interior hides a couple of beautiful waterfalls, though the entrance fee which you pay for visiting some of them (THB200) looks too high for what you will see. But to feel the real taste of Koh Chang, do some jungle walking following numerous winding island paths. You are going to see locals’ homes, elephant camps, secret waterfalls, fruit orchards and boar farms. Unforgettable.

Bangkok to Koh Chang destination reviews

979 customer reviews
van Regional 14pax, Triple T, Nov 20, 2019
2* for taking us 2hours earlier and for the driver that in comparission to others in Thailand drove carefully. The bus was horrid. The dirtiest vehicle I have ever seen. There were cocroaches inside!!! You should definitely put more attention on state of your vehicles because for now it is hopeless.
Bus Express, Triple T, Nov 19, 2019
Well...I would have never imagined that our 6-7hr journey would be spent in such a shitty minibus. It was totally run down, made awful noises and smellt like rotten fish!! The van was full but we purchased luggage seat (as advised) in advance so we had no issues. However, a young French couple had no tickets for their luggage and the staff treated them very badly. On our way we had no information about stops in advance, so when we stopped at a very shabby buffet looking like thing and were told to get off there for Koh Chang it was rather suspicious at first. Anyways, we were then put on a songthaew or what that carried us to the ferry. Not a pleasant journey at all!!!
taxi SUV 4pax, Thailand Limo by Datum, Nov 18, 2019
We booked inclusive. But the driver tried to let us pay the Ferry fee. The car was older /less than the car on the picture. Cardriver was a good driver.
van Regional 14pax, Mango Travel, Nov 15, 2019
Everything fine. Don't worry If driver wont come on time, its because traffic.
van Regional 14pax, Triple T, Nov 15, 2019
I slept almost all the time. The van was not so full otherwise could be more stressful. The driver was nice and he stopped 2 times before arriving to Trat.
van Regional 14pax, Triple T, Nov 13, 2019
Mini van with no chairs you can relax just in right position. No sun screen so very hot also with airco. Driver was very Nice
ferry ferry, Boonsiri High Speed Ferries, Nov 12, 2019
Smells from Toilet in our bus was unbearable , rest good
ferry ferry, Boonsiri High Speed Ferries, Nov 10, 2019
The main problem was a broken toilet and terrible smell in whole bus. From toilet, by all 5 hours of trip, has been emissioned very stinky smell which made me sick and head pain.
taxi Comfort, Glassflower, Nov 8, 2019
Very friendly driver. He was waiting for us in hotel reception ad after this we have very comfortable road to our hotel. Thank You so much !
Bus Express, Triple T, Nov 6, 2019
It would be nice to know in advance how many stops/breaks we are going to have. Overall a good trip for the price
Bus Express, Triple T, Nov 4, 2019
Crowded, luggage everywhere, unclear info, but you get there in the end.
taxi Comfort, Glassflower, Nov 2, 2019
Puntuale, cortese e discreto. Il viaggio è andato molto bene.
ferry ferry, Boonsiri High Speed Ferries, Oct 31, 2019
Easy collecting tickets and comfortable bus ride. Had to wait a bit for the ferry but otherwise smooth journey altogether
ferry ferry, Boonsiri High Speed Ferries, Oct 25, 2019
Perfect journey. Comfortable bus. Busy for first part of journey, then more space to spread out. Mid journey toilet & smoke break. Little confusing at the Pier where they try to force you to buy taxis for the other side. Simply refuse and take the bath buses. Highly recommended.
Bus Express, Triple T, Oct 24, 2019
We had a 3,5 hour window to get from this train in Bangkok to our next bus. Because this train had a delay of more than 3 hours! we had to get out at an earlier station and nearly missed our connection. The train left on time at Surat Thani. If it's normal to have such a delay they should change the arrival times so passengers can take this into account. Train itself was fine, just a normal sleeper train 2nd class with AC.
van Regional 14pax, Mango Travel, Oct 22, 2019
Der Fahrer kam etwas zuspät, was aber wohl eher am Verkehr gelegen haben wird. Wir sind sicher von A nach B gekommen, die Klimaanlage hat gut gekühlt. Es gab einen Stopp zum essen und austreten
Bus Express, Triple T, Oct 21, 2019
Felt very well looked after at each stage of journey. Van comfortable with AC. Had a comfort break half way. Happy with service, thanks.
ferry Catamaran, Boonsiri High Speed Ferries, Oct 20, 2019
The bus leave at the time. Very good service and confortable bus. All the transport (bus+ fastboat) very well organised. We arrived on time. The worst is the the fast boat stop in diferent island before stop in koh chang.
taxi Comfort, BangkokTaxi24, Oct 20, 2019
Brilliant door-to-door service! Couldn't fault it in any way.
van Regional 14pax, Mango Travel, Oct 11, 2019
Comfortabele minibus, relaxte chauffeur. 2x tussenstop. Minibus was halfvol, dus lekker de ruimte. Waren niet goed geïnformeerd door 12goAsia. Pick up in Bangkok was 07.30 en geen 08.30 uur.

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