The lively party scene, cold beers and beautiful beaches just like in Koh Larn make it so hard to leave Pattaya but we have to move on. Our next destination is Koh Chang.
How to go from Pattaya to Koh Chang?
There’s a lot of tour companies offering service from Pattaya to Koh Chang, the price is around 500-1000 THB. We thought it’s expensive so we opted for the cheapest way to go to Koh Chang.
There’s a Van waiting in front of Tesco Lotus. Click this map.
The schedule of the bus is from 7:30 AM, 10 AM and 1 PM. We took the 10 AM bus and arrived in Koh Chang at 7 PM. I suggest you go early as the seats are limited. We wanted to take the 7:30 van, so we went there around 7:20, but the van was already full so we don’t have any choice but to pay for the 10 AM van.
If I remember correctly, we paid 100 THB per person. Then you have to pay for your own ticket for the ferry which is 90 THB for one way.
Arrival at Koh Chang
Upon arrival, you have different options to reach your hotel:
- Big Tuktuk (songthaews) – these are a very expensive option but apparently, the only means of transportation in Koh Chang. They asked us 250 THB to bring us to our hotel, which can be lower down to 150 THB depending on the number of people who’ll ride with you and will also depend on how long your patience is.
- Rent a motorcycle – If you plan on roaming the island, then renting a motorcycle is a good option. You will see a lot of motorbike rentals near the pier when you go down. We paid for 200 THB for 24 hrs. They’ll give you a helmet and some gas. Also, you have to deposit $100 which they will refund in full if you did not damage the motorcycle.
Tip: Take a picture of your motorcycle. There are reports that some motorcycle rentals blame you for some damage even if it was already there before you rent it.
- Hitchhike – many locals are willing to give you a ride. Communication might be a little difficult but you can give it a try. There are no reported dangers but it’s best to be careful.
- Walk – it’s safe to walk in Koh Chang. If you are up for the challenge, then go for it. There are many bars on the way to clench your thirst.
Van to Koh Chang – 100 THB
Boat (1 way) – 90 THB
Total Cost: 190 THB
It’s cheaper this way, but if you find a tour company offering 500 THB that will send you at your hotel’s door, then go for it.
Hope this helps!