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Koh Chang, how to get there? All transports

Koh Chang, how to get there? It is easy to reach the island from the capital: plane, bus, minibus, ferry. Summary of transportation to facilitate a trip to Elephant Island.

By plane to / from Bangkok / Trat

Trat Airport is 17 km from the pier of Koh Chang. There is only one company: Bangkok Airways.

From Bangkok, flights depart from Svarnabhumi Airport.

Daily 3 departures / arrivals connect the capital to Trat. From the airport, it is possible to go to Laem Ngop pier (ferry to Koh Chang) by minibus or taxi.

Flight Bangkok - Trat ฿ 2,271–5,200 1h
  •   Economy 06:55, 08:20, 10:10, 11:40, 14:45, 16:40, 16:55, 19:00
  •   Economy 10:00, 13:10, 16:00, 16:25, 18:30, 20:00
Flight Trat - Bangkok ฿ 2,889–5,310 1h
  •   Economy 10:00, 13:10, 16:00, 16:25, 18:30, 20:00
  •   Economy 06:55, 08:20, 10:10, 11:40, 14:45, 16:40, 16:55, 19:00
Note: 
There are two piers to go to Koh Chang. These two piers - Tha Laem Ngop
and Tha Center Point - are located in the city of Laem Ngop.

By bus from Bangkok

This is the most efficient way to reach the pier for Koh Chang.

Buses can be taken from Bangkok’s 2 bus stations: Ekamai (East Bus Station) and Mo Chit (North Railway Station).

There are 3 bus companies: 99 Express, Cherdchai Tour and Tanakawee.

Below, schedules of the 3 companies:

Bus Bangkok - Trat ฿ 261 5h
  •   Express 07:30, 11:00, 22:00
  •   Express 14:30
 Buses take about 6 hours to connect the capital to Trat or 
the pier to Koh Chang.

The 99 Express and Tanakawee companies have several buses that go directly to the pier for Koh Chang.

The price of a ticket costs between 270 and 300 baht per person.

The other buses arrive at the Trat bus station (it’s 1 km from the city center). To get to the pier either take a taxi (300 baht) or take a songthaew (50 baht per person).


By minibus from / to Bangkok / Trat

There are many minibuses going to Trat. It is possible to buy combo tickets (minibus + ferry = 300 baht) at Khao San Road or at the bus stations (Ekamai).

Departures begin around 6:00. The trip lasts 5 to 6 hours. For return to Bangkok, departure every hour, every day. There is no minibus directly to Bangkok Airport.

Van Bangkok - Koh Chang ฿ 450–1,290 7h – 8h
  •   Regional 14pax 00:10, 05:00, 07:30, 08:00, 08:30, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00
  •   Van 10pax 08:00, 13:30
  •   Regional 14pax 07:45, 08:30, 09:15
Van Suvarnabhumi Airport - Koh Chang ฿ 700–890 6h 30m – 7h
  •   Regional 14pax 11:00, 14:00
  •   Van 10pax 10:30
  •   Van 10pax 08:00, 13:30
  •   Regional 14pax 07:00, 18:00

Note: 
From Trat's bus station, the songthaews all go to Laem-Ngop-Pier.
From Bangkok, minibuses usually go to the Tha Center Point pier.

Boats to Koh Chang

There are 2 wharves for Koh Chang.

The first pier – Ao Thammachat Pier – is located less than one km from Laem Ngop. You can either take a ferry or a smaller boat (only for travelers) or a speed boat.

The second ferry pier – Tha Center Point – is 4 km from Laem Ngop. This is the most recent pier. You can either take a ferry or a smaller boat (only for travelers) or a speed boat.

Ao Thammachat Pier

Tha Center Point

Departure every 45 mn. Departure every Hour
Departure first Boat: 6:30 AM Departure first Boat: 6:00 AM
Last Departure: 07:00 PM Last Departure: 07:00 PM
Travel Time: 40mn Travel Time: 40mn
Ticket Price per person : 80 bahts Ticket Price per person : 80 bahts

Koh Chang has several pier. However, two piers monopolize traffic: Dan Kao Pier and Tha Ferry Dan Kao. Both are located within 500 meters of each other.

Center map
Traffic
Bicycling
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2 Comments

  1. Ian Reply

    Nice summary Theo. But please note that there are only two ferry piers used for boats to Koh Chang – Ao Thammachat pier and Centrepoint pier. These are both large vehicle ferries.

    There aren’t any passenger only boats or speedboat services form the mainland to Koh Chang.

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