How to get to Koh Chang from Bangkok

What about

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

12go.asia 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.

Activities

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 @ ferry, bus, van, flight Aug 27, 2017

32 trips (THB 350 — 6,500)

From Khao San Travel Mart to Koh Chang by bus+ferry joint ticket

08:00
Khao San Travel Mart, Bangkok
18:00
Center Point Pier, Koh Chang
10h
Instant
฿ 700
× 2 = ฿ 1,400
48 seats available

From Ekkamai to Trat by van

06:00
Ekkamai, Bangkok
11:00
Thammachat Pier, Trat
5h
Instant
฿ 350
× 2 = ฿ 700
10 seats available
08:00
Ekkamai, Bangkok
13:00
Thammachat Pier, Trat
5h
Instant
฿ 350
× 2 = ฿ 700
10 seats available
10:00
Ekkamai, Bangkok
15:00
Thammachat Pier, Trat
5h
Instant
฿ 350
× 2 = ฿ 700
10 seats available
11:00
Ekkamai, Bangkok
16:00
Thammachat Pier, Trat
5h
Instant
฿ 350
× 2 = ฿ 700
10 seats available
12:00
Ekkamai, Bangkok
17:00
Thammachat Pier, Trat
5h
Instant
฿ 350
× 2 = ฿ 700
10 seats available

From Ekkamai to Koh Chang by van+ferry joint ticket

06:00
Ekkamai, Bangkok
12:30
Koh Chang Pier
6h 30m
Instant
฿ 430
× 2 = ฿ 860
10 seats available
08:00
Ekkamai, Bangkok
14:30
Koh Chang Pier
6h 30m
Instant
฿ 430
× 2 = ฿ 860
10 seats available
10:00
Ekkamai, Bangkok
16:30
Koh Chang Pier
6h 30m
Instant
฿ 430
× 2 = ฿ 860
10 seats available
11:00
Ekkamai, Bangkok
17:30
Koh Chang Pier
6h 30m
Instant
฿ 430
× 2 = ฿ 860
10 seats available
12:00
Ekkamai, Bangkok
18:30
Koh Chang Pier
6h 30m
Instant
฿ 430
× 2 = ฿ 860
10 seats available

From Morchit Terminal to Trat by van

07:00
Morchit Terminal, Bangkok
13:00
Thammachat Pier, Trat
6h
Instant
฿ 350
× 2 = ฿ 700
10 seats available
08:00
Morchit Terminal, Bangkok
14:00
Thammachat Pier, Trat
6h
Instant
฿ 350
× 2 = ฿ 700
10 seats available
09:00
Morchit Terminal, Bangkok
15:00
Thammachat Pier, Trat
6h
Instant
฿ 350
× 2 = ฿ 700
10 seats available
10:00
Morchit Terminal, Bangkok
16:00
Thammachat Pier, Trat
6h
Instant
฿ 350
× 2 = ฿ 700
10 seats available
11:00
Morchit Terminal, Bangkok
17:00
Thammachat Pier, Trat
6h
Instant
฿ 350
× 2 = ฿ 700
10 seats available
12:00
Morchit Terminal, Bangkok
18:00
Thammachat Pier, Trat
6h
Instant
฿ 350
× 2 = ฿ 700
12 seats available

From Morchit Terminal to Koh Chang by van+ferry joint ticket

07:00
Morchit Terminal, Bangkok
14:30
Koh Chang Pier
7h 30m
Instant
฿ 430
× 2 = ฿ 860
10 seats available
08:00
Morchit Terminal, Bangkok
15:30
Koh Chang Pier
7h 30m
Instant
฿ 430
× 2 = ฿ 860
10 seats available
09:00
Morchit Terminal, Bangkok
16:30
Koh Chang Pier
7h 30m
Instant
฿ 430
× 2 = ฿ 860
10 seats available
10:00
Morchit Terminal, Bangkok
17:30
Koh Chang Pier
7h 30m
Instant
฿ 430
× 2 = ฿ 860
10 seats available
11:00
Morchit Terminal, Bangkok
18:30
Koh Chang Pier
7h 30m
Instant
฿ 430
× 2 = ฿ 860
10 seats available
12:00
Morchit Terminal, Bangkok
19:30
Koh Chang Pier
7h 30m
Instant
฿ 430
× 2 = ฿ 860
10 seats available

From Bangkok any hotel to Koh Chang by taxi+ferry joint ticket

Any
Bangkok any hotel
Time
Koh Chang, any hotel
5h
Instant Refund
฿ 4,900
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Bangkok any hotel
Time
Koh Chang, any hotel
5h
Instant Refund
฿ 5,800
  vehicle, all incl

From Bangkok any hotel to Koh Chang by taxi

Any
Bangkok any hotel
Time
Center Point Pier, Koh Chang
4h 25m
Instant Refund
฿ 5,350
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Bangkok any hotel
Time
Koh Chang, any hotel
5h
Refund
฿ 6,000
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Bangkok any hotel
Time
Koh Chang, any hotel
5h
Refund
฿ 6,500
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Bangkok any hotel
Time
Koh Chang, any hotel
5h
Refund
฿ 6,500
  vehicle, all incl

From Suvarnabhumi Airport to Trat by flight

#PG301
08:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
09:30
Trat Airport
1h
Instant
฿ 3,505
× 2 = ฿ 7,010
  available
#PG305
11:40
Suvarnabhumi Airport
12:40
Trat Airport
1h
Instant
฿ 3,505
× 2 = ฿ 7,010
  available
#PG307
17:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
18:00
Trat Airport
1h
Instant
฿ 3,505
× 2 = ฿ 7,010
  available

Passenger reviews out of total 2,778 passengers traveled with us on this route

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★★★☆☆ Aug 17, 2017 (van Regional, Triple T) :
A little more direction would be nice! Also the driver did nothing about some car signal beeping for 4 hours...
★★★☆☆ Aug 6, 2017 (van Regional, Triple T) :
Different Seats in the van then shown on the pictures .not as luxurious .so very packed bit hard trip.
★★★☆☆ Aug 3, 2017 (van Regional, Triple T) :
Whole trip was ok. A few remarks though: - a T.T.T sticker on the counter at the Ekkamai station would be welcomed to avoid asking everyone which counter we should get our tickets from. - There is no trunk in the van. So if the van gets full, the luggage will need to get under the seats if small enough, or on your knees. - Driver of the van refused to make an early stop for the toilets even though there were some on the road... - Changing tickets twice for the ferry was a bit confusing. Could 12go detail the steps of the travel so we know in advance how it will be proceeded. We did not know there would be a stop to finish the trip to the ferry with another taxi, which took our 3 tickets for the ferry + the van tickets to give us another ferry ticket with the mention "3". The taxi then took us to the ferry where we had to give this one ticket to get another 3 tickets for the actual ferry. Once on Koh Chang, taxis will wait for you at the arrival of the ferry. They will wait to have 10 people in their truck before going. So if you get one of the last ones and is not complete, they will wait for the next ferry (could be around one hour) to get you to your hotel, unless you agree with other people onboard to sum up 800 bahts to pay the driver to go immediately. Fortunately we were already 8 people and easily agreed to pay 100 bahts each....
★★★★☆ Jul 31, 2017 (van Regional, Triple T) :
Good service. Need to show online booking at one of the Ekkamai ticket windows to get 2 paper tickets, one for bus, one for ferry. Then we went to stop 17 to catch bus, no problems. Changed vehicles at roadside for the last 10km to ferry terminal - open sided pickup truck, was fun. Ferry journey was great and then paid B50 for shared pickup truck taxi to white sand beach hotels.
★★★★★ Jul 24, 2017 (van Regional, Triple T)
★★★☆☆ Jul 22, 2017 (van Regional, Triple T) :
The driver was driving like a mad men and constantly on his mobile phone, the bus was old and the ac was not working properly plus bad seats,
★★★★☆ Jul 6, 2017 (van Regional, Triple T) :
After reading all the negative reviews about the trip we were a bit worried, but it went out totally fine. We were an hour early at Ekkamai (german accuracy ;)) so we were able to get on the previous minibus. We didn't have any problems with our luggage and stopped for toilet and food twice.
★★★★★ Jun 11, 2017 (van Regional, Triple T) :
Great, a small misunderstanding in the order was resolved immediately.
★★★★★ Apr 28, 2017 (van Regional, Triple T) :
Everything was perfect. The first bus was on time, then they dropped us along the road where the second transport already waited. We also got the ferry ticket there. When we got to the ferry we just showed our ticket and that was it. We needed 7 hours from bangkok to koh chang (including the ferry).
★★☆☆☆ Apr 21, 2017 (van Regional, Triple T) :
Mor Chit is not best bus station in Bangkok, but largest. There no navigation in English. I booked trip with departure at 10:30 and arrived to Mor Chit at 9:30. At platform I got ticket with printed time 12:00. But real time of departure was written by pen - 11:00. (we started just in time, at 11:00). Van - old and very hard used Toyota Commuter (but this is ok, really). Worst of all - change from van to songthaew (this transfer is not direct to Koh Chang pier). Suddenly you must leave van with luggage in 5-7 seconds. After that you must show ticket again (you have 10-15 seconds to out it from backpack) or pay cash. As result I pay twice. Songthaew was crowded (12 people with luggage) and in very bad condition.
★★★☆☆ Apr 11, 2017 (van Regional, Triple T) :
We arrived at koh Chang on schedule. However, the ticket lady and driver were a bit rude to us. As we got into the minivan we sat on the front seats and we were told we were not aloud to sit there even though we got in first. Then a young Thai lady moved to the front and we realized they were just being racist. Two of us then insisted we would remain in the front. The van was pretty warm as well.
★★☆☆☆ Mar 24, 2017 (van Regional, Triple T) :
Booked 2 seats for ourselves and 1 seat for luggage online like it said to. We didn't need to do this at all as they put all the luggage on 1 seat and pile it up. So don't bother booking with 12goasia as they are just trying to rip you off. Very easy and simple to just buy a ticket at the station
★★★★☆ Mar 19, 2017 (van Regional, Triple T) :
Fine Minivan, no problems :)
★★★★☆ Mar 8, 2017 (van Regional, Triple T) :
Minivan was ok, but I'm 1,8m tall, so, it was little bit uncomfortable. One star less is because of aircondition-so heavy and cold. Than we changed the car-something like tin can for sardines :) What I have to appreciate is, that we bought tickets online for time 12:30, but we arrive 2 hours earlier to terminal and they gave as seats in another bus at 11 o'clock. So, I can recommend for free lance travelers, but it's not for fastidious people.
★★★★☆ Mar 6, 2017 (van Regional, Triple T) :
a very good combination. I recommend Bardzo dobre połączenie. Polecam.
★★★★★ Feb 27, 2017 (van Regional, Triple T)
★★★★★ Feb 21, 2017 (van Regional, Triple T)
★★☆☆☆ Feb 21, 2017 (van Regional, Triple T) :
We van was really full. When we perches the tickets online, it was writen we should tell the driver where to drop us on the island. Insted we were droped off in the middle of nowhere, from where they switch us to another car, that took us to ferry. At the island we had to pay a taxi, to reach the final destination. If you decide to buy ticket at the bus station, be aware it does not come with ferry ticket, and you'll have to buy it sepertly. all together, a real thai experience; )
★★★☆☆ Jan 23, 2017 (van Regional, Triple T) :
It's not simple to arrive at Morchit terminal
★★★★☆ Jan 21, 2017 (van Regional, Triple T) :
Going by Triple T by bus was a good trip. In Ekkamai station it was kind of hard to find the precise information on where to go to retrieve a ticket with a voucher, but remember, booth 24 ;) The bus is not that big, and if you only bring one ~60l backpack and a smaller one for you, then there is no need to buy an extra sit. Be prepared to wait longer time for the ferry.
★★★★★ Jan 20, 2017 (charter Van 9pax, Glassflower)
★★★★☆ Jan 17, 2017 (van Regional, Triple T)
★★★★★ Jan 12, 2017 (van Regional, Triple T)
★★★★★ Jan 11, 2017 (van Regional, Triple T)
★★★☆☆ Jan 6, 2017 (van Regional, Triple T) :
Minivan was OK, not any problem. But than we had to change minivan for another car that took us directly to the ferry. That car was so small, for 6 people maximum. We were forced to be there in 10 persons plus all the laguages. I know, it's typical Asian style. But nothing what I am looking for. What's more - during changing the car we were asked several times to pay for the ferry despite the fact that we pay for the whole trip to Ko Chang. We didn't pay again, of course, but it was realy "cheap trick".
★★★☆☆ Jan 2, 2017 (van Regional, Triple T) :
Cheap and fast but not very comfortable
★★★★★ Dec 28, 2016 (van Regional, Triple T)
★★★★★ Dec 4, 2016 (van Regional, Triple T) :
it was good, but the only " problem " was that the driver didn't speak a single world of english, but it was really kind and he help with the luggage...and also he was perfectly on time with the schelude!
★★★★☆ Nov 28, 2016 (van Regional, Triple T)
★★☆☆☆ Nov 27, 2016 (van Regional, Triple T) :
Multiple stops on the way. Chickens on board. Driver put luggage multiple times on the road while people entering / leaving. Although additional seat for luggage booked (as recommended) - no additional seat available
★★★★☆ Nov 27, 2016 (van Regional, Triple T) :
Road was good and driver was very helpfull en drove decent!
★★★★☆ Nov 17, 2016 (van Regional, Triple T)
★★★☆☆ Nov 16, 2016 (van Regional, Triple T) :
The minivan is very tight, didn't drive on time and drove way, way to hard. Sometimes it really wasn't normal (Riding 100+ where 50 is allowed). Also the airco didn't seem to work and drive didn't speak englisch.
★★★★☆ Nov 11, 2016 (van Regional, Triple T) :
Trotz überflutender Straße bin ich pünktlich am ziel angekommen. Es Empfiehlt sich das Ticket für die Fähre direkt mitzubuchen , ansonsten kann es passieren das man mehr bezahlt. Das shuttle war vom Comfort in Ordnung. Die klimaanlage war etwas kräftig, aber wenn man passende Kleidung sabei hat, kein problem. Wir hatten einen zwischenstopp zum tanken und Rast. Das shuttle wird zudem auch als paketdienst zusätzlich ausgenutzt. Vor der Fähre mussten wir noch einmal umsteigen. Alles in allem Gut und günstig. Bezahlung im Internet war auch einwandfrei.
★★★★★ Nov 1, 2016 (avia Economy, Bangkok Air)
★★★☆☆ Apr 7, 2016 (van Regional, Triple T) :
Good value for money but too many people + luggage in one can. There were roosters in the back being delivered which helped the hilarity factor.
★★★★★ Dec 30, 2015 (charter Comfort, PGS) :
Great trip.
★★☆☆☆ Oct 22, 2015 (van Regional, Triple T) :
horrible ecperience.. very shabby bus. had to pay extra baht. overall v bad.
★★★★☆ Apr 9, 2015 (van Regional, Triple T) :
Booked Two Tickets from Mochit (Bangkok) to Koh Chang, the vans are located behind the bus areas on the lower level. Ticket lady was quick and took our e-ticket and gave us tickets. 4-5 hour drive to a stop where they sell ferry tickets, presented our tickets and were given ferry tickets. Another 30 min drive in a songteaw truck to the pier. Over all great service, a little hustle bustle and changing vehicles, but hey - its Thailand, relax! :)
★★☆☆☆ Feb 25, 2015 (van Regional, Triple T) :
I booked two tickets for van from Bangkok to Koh Chang for 400 bahts each. On the site and in the tickets it was stated that the final destination is precisely the pier on the island. However, during a trip they demanded from us additional 160 bahts for the ferry! A woman selling tickets looks as if she saw our e-tickets for the first time in her life! Besides she did not speak English, even at the elementary level. So my explanations failed, and we were forced to pay. Moreover, after departing from Morchit Bus Terminal, we traveled a good half of Bangkok collecting passengers. As a result we were in Koh Chang with 1 hour delaying! And one more thing, the bus was full of mosquitoes!
12Go response:

Dear Maksim,
Thank you very much for your feedback. We are very sorry that you had such a bad experience. It was the first time we had such a complaint with this operator. Our investigations showed that indeed you were wrongly charged for the ferry tickets, so I am happy to tell you that we have initiated the refund. It will take about 10 working days for the money to get back to your account. We hope that in the future we can provide a better service to you. Please contact us directly and we will provide our priority support to you free of charge.

★★★★★ Feb 4, 2015 (van Regional, Triple T)

News @ Koh Chang

04 May 2017

The operator of the recently launched Pattaya to Hua Hin ferry service has announced the acquisition of two new vessels. Royal 2 and Royal 3 are expected to start sailing on routes across the northern part of the Gulf of Thailand once they have been certified as seaworthy.

21 April 2017

The operator of the Pattaya to Hua Hin ferry service has announced the addition of two new routes. The boss of the Thai National Marine Department says the routes will commence next month and run between Sattahip and Hua Hin and Sattahip and the island of Koh Chang.

23 December 2016

Bangkok metropolitan authorities have announced a New Year’s gift of free journeys on selected urban transport systems. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) says partygoers and travellers will be offered complimentary rides for 24 hours from 12:00 on New Year’s Eve until midday on the 1 January.