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Hi all. Heading to Koh Chiang on the ferry next Monday for a few days. Be staying around the white sands area. Not sure but I believe there are two car ferries from Trat, not sure from the same pier / area or not? Is one better than the other one? We plan to drive to Trat Sunday as I figured the ferries might likely be less busy in the morning before the buses and tourists arrive.

 

Any mist see areas on Koh Chang? Particularly like natural waterfalls, swimming holes etc. Any family friendly farang / Thai reasonably priced restaurants to recommend? Many thanks in advance

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I think the difference is 50 to 75 minutes, don't recall which is best.  Personally, I don't think it makes much difference, but check out Khlong Phlu Waterfall

 

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Best I think living here is Ao Thammachat to Ao Saparrot (Pineapple pier) quickest and closest from Bangkok. 25-30mins good boats.  The other is about 10kms away from the first on the mainland and closest to Trat.  Center Point and has a scheduled service many of the minibuses go there though takes about 45-50mins (slow boat)

 

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Just now, Journeys End said:

Best I think living here is Ao Thammachat to Ao Saparrot (Pineapple pier) quickest and closest from Bangkok. 25-30mins good boats.  The other is about 10kms away from the first on the mainland and closest to Trat.  Center Point and has a scheduled service many of the minibuses go there though takes about 45-50mins (slow boat)

 

Agree.

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Thanks guys. Fastest the go for sure. Is there any advantage to getting there in the morning or booking ahead?

 

Have heard stories of three hours waiting in the car in a queue. Guess high season not really in full swing yet

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One more other thing. Coming down from Khon Kaen and to break up the trip wanted to stay about an hour or two North of Trat for the night, somewhere along the way. Do the last short hop of the trip the next morning. Google maps a bit vague re towns on the way. Can anyone recommend a town or hotel? Quiet town, simple Thai Motel will do. Just a stop off for the night. 

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10 minutes ago, Kenny202 said:

Thanks guys. Fastest the go for sure. Is there any advantage to getting there in the morning or booking ahead?

 

Have heard stories of three hours waiting in the car in a queue. Guess high season not really in full swing yet

I don't think you can do any booking for the ferry, just get there and wait for the first boat, about every 45 min.

The long queues are normally on Sunday evenings or end of holidays, when many Thai families go back home.

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I would not worry about Ko Chang being busy. I was there last week and it was like a ghost town ( and that was White Sand beach) the ferry line was short and waited 10 min each time. It was 250 baht for 2 people and a car. Went from Ao T it was 30 minute ride. 

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On 12/7/2019 at 4:36 PM, Kenny202 said:

One more other thing. Coming down from Khon Kaen and to break up the trip wanted to stay about an hour or two North of Trat for the night, somewhere along the way. Do the last short hop of the trip the next morning. Google maps a bit vague re towns on the way. Can anyone recommend a town or hotel? Quiet town, simple Thai Motel will do. Just a stop off for the night. 

Chanthaburi is an hour away, I lived there 6 years.  The Maneechan Resort has a great pool and is right on the Sukhumvit Highway.  Otherwise, if you're on a budget, the Hop Inn in the middle of town near the Lake has dormitory rooms for about 500

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Thanks all. Great advice and Chantaburi looks like a good place to stay the night

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We used the car ferry from the Centrepoint pier last month. Took 45 minutes to Koh Chang. 120 Baht for the car and 80 Baht per passenger. Was a Sunday and only half a dozen or so vehicles. Top class service.

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On google maps I think Ao T is listed as natural bay Pier. I thought someone said it was Pineapple pier?

 

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FERRY

There are two ferries.

There's the main one, Ferry Koh Chang, which goes from Koh Chang Pier or Pineapple Bay Pier to Ao Thammachat / Natural Bay Pier on the mainland. This is the one I've always used. It's turn up - no booking - buy the ticket (price per car and each occupant), get in the queue (well organized, no queue jumping) and wait for the ferry. There's usually at least 3 ferries going back and forth to the island; no timetable, they just come and go. I always avoid the national holidays to cross as the queues are really horrendous; usually an hour wait or so at normal times (there's toilets etc at the ferry pier).

There's also the Center / Centre Point Ferry. Not so busy judging by the queues for it on the island but there must be a reason for that.

Friends who live and work on the island but have schooling on the mainland use Ferry Koh Chang.

When leaving the island on Ferry Koh Chang, the queue seems to be a line from just one direction only (i.e. coming from white sands bay side of the island and not from the side of the island facing the mainland), get in the line - you will know when you are in it. On a normal day you can drive up to within a couple of 100 metres of the ferry area and join the queue. Same process, buy a ticket, queue and wait for the next ferry.


STOP-OFF PLACES

We always stop-off at Chatrium Golf Resort Soi Dao Chanthaburi in Pong Nam Ron; it's a lovely place, peaceful, not expensive. It's 2hours drive from ferry.

Last trip we stopped of at Maneechan in Chanthaburi, it was ok but we prefer Chatrium.


ON THE ISLAND

Make sure you take a drive on the less popular side of the island facing the mainland. We always go once for lunch to Salak Phet seafood ( https://goo.gl/maps/tkA9T5SQc5R5pn2AA ) which is in a beautiful bay setting and has great food (little expensive) - use google maps or you may get lost in the final kms through the villages.

 

 

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