How to get to Siam Beach resort Koh Chang
There are a number of ways to get to the Siam Beach resort on Koh Chang island's lonely beach.
the most comfortable: the Siam Beach Minibus
The Siam Beach Resort offer our guests a 100% safe journey between many pick up points like Suvarnabhumi airport or any downtown Bangkok hotel and the Siam Beach or any of it's sister resorts on or near Koh Chang island. The chauffeur driven minibus is recommend for groups up to 6 persons. More information and the fares for the Siam Beach Resort chauffeur driven minibus services can be found on our Koh Chang Minibus page here.
Ideal for travel from Bangkok Airport: the Lonely Beach Express bus
This shared minibus service will take passengers direct from the Bangkok airport terminal right to our beautiful Lonely Beach, without any stops at all (besides gasoline and toilet stops). So it will not pass the cities of Chantaburi and Trat, like it's big brother does. Initial time tables are as follows:
|From -> To:||Departure times|
|Bangkok Airport -> Lonely Beach||11:00||14:00|
|Lonely Beach -> Bangkok Airport||06:00||17:00|
Above times are additional to the ones mentioned for the #392 big bus to Koh Chang. The 00:00 bus will drive direct to the ferry pier to wait about 90 minutes for the departure of the first ferry.
The fare for the Lonely Beach Express bus is just 600 baht / person / transfer or 800 baht for a round trip ticket and that even includes the ticket for the ferry to Koh Chang and all taxes. At this time, it's not possible to book seats for this service Except for the peak dates between Christmas and the 2nd week of January, we do not expect that reservations will be required.
Trat Airport is conveniently located on the mainland just outside of Laem Ngop town, where the ferries to Koh Chang Island depart from. There is an Bangkok airways bus service that can take you directly to the Siam Beach Resort's doorstep for a very reasonable fee of 350 - 400 baht per person, which includes the ticket for the ferry and door-to-door service.
Depending on the season, there are between 2 & 4 daily flights to and from Bangkok. As of December 2010, there will be direct flights to & from the islands Koh Samui & Phuket (via Samui) as well. There will be 4 flights per week initially, as show below.
|Trat - Samui||PG 261||16:15||17:30||ATR72||Tuesday / Wednesday / Friday / Saturday|
|Trat - Phuket
|PG 261||16:15||19:10||ATR72||Tuesday / Wednesday / Friday / Saturday|
|Samui - Trat||PG 260||14:20||15:40||ATR72||Tuesday / Wednesday / Friday / Saturday|
Fares, general information and online bookings are available on their website: www.bangkokair.com
The telephone numbers for Trat airport are: 039-525767/8 and you can contact Bangkok Airways in Trat on 039-525777 (airport office) and 039-525299 (downtown office) or in Bangkok at: 1771 (reservation center), 02-134-3888/89 (domestic airport) or 02-265-5555 (head office)
There are many other ways to get to Trat and Koh Chang by bus. The air conditioned (blue and white) government licensed busses tend to be more comfortable than the minivans and coaches that run from Khao Sarn's famous backpacker area.
The government licensed busses depart from both the Eastern Bus terminal Ekkemai and the Northern Bus terminal Mo Chit. The journey will take 5-6 hours and the bus fare will be between 180 and 230 baht. The Cherdchai buses that depart from Ekkemai station start running at 06:00 at intervals of 1.5 hours and from Mor Chit station at 08:30 and another at 17:30, while their colleagues from Suparat bus company start at 08:30 with intervals of 2 - 2.5 hours on Ekkemai station and from Mo Chit at 06:00 and continue their departures from there with 3 hour intervals. Perhaps less confusing and just as accurate is the statement: Just show up at the bus terminal of your choice, buy a ticket and get on the bus! Last departures are all around 23:00-23:30.
Bus 999 from Ekkemai station, which is conveniently located at a sky train station with the same name, right to the Center point ferry and the Ao Thammachat ferry pier at Leam Ngop. If you are coming from Bangkok city and do not intended to spend extra time in Trad city, we highly recommend that you book a seat on this bus, as you will save the cost of a taxi from Trat to the Leam Ngop ferries, plus it will cut 30 - 60 minutes off your traveling time. This express bus "99" starts from Ekemai station in Bangkok at 07:30 and 09:30. It departs from Laem Ngop's centerpoint and Ao Thammachat piers to Bangkok at 14:00 and 16:00 daily. Tickets for the express bus are 250 baht. As of early 2007 these same buses now make extra stops at the new Suvarnabhumi airport, both when going to Laem Ngop, as well as when they come back. Coming back the bus stops at both the Centerpoint as well as the Thammachat piers.
If you are on a tight budget, in a rush, don't like to go all the way to one of the bus stations first, or actually enjoy feeling like a canned sardine, then the minivans or tour busses that depart from the Kao Sarn area are probably your thing. Trips to Koh Chang island can be booked through any of the travel agents on Kao Sarn road, or anywhere else in the city and most of them will take you directly to the pier at Laem Ngop, while some may even take you all the way to the siam beach resort on Koh Chang island. Most of these buses leave early in the morning (07:00 - 08:00) and take 5 - 6 hours to complete the journey. The cost of a journey can be anywhere between 180 and 280 baht depending on whether the ferry crossing is included. In Laem Ngop village you will find the minivans eager to take you back to Bangkok from 11:00 onwards.
Unlike with some of the other popular east coast islands in Thailand, it is possible to drive your car all the way to the Siam Beach resort on Koh Chang. There are 3 ferries that provide easy access to Koh Chang island. The distance from Bangkok to the ferries is only 310 kilometers, but when planning your journey, do not forget to include a 30 - 45 minutes ferry crossing plus as much as an hour waiting time, if you happen to travel during a Thai holiday. Driving a car in Thailand can be somewhat challenging at times, but the roads leading to Laem Ngop / Trat are among the best and safest roads in the country. When traveling from Bangkok there are only 2 routes that are worth mentioning. First there is the Bang Na - Trat road, which starts out as an elevated toll way that runs right on top of highway number 3.
Stay on this road until the Chon buri bypass and turn off onto highway 344 in the direction of Klaeng. After you passed through Ban Bung you will reach the Klaeng cross roads, after which you turn left back onto highway number toward Chantaburi and Trat.
As the Bang Na - Trat road can be sometimes difficult to reach, especially if your journey does not begin from Sukhumvith road or anywhere near the Bang Na area, it's usually faster to get on to the express way in the direction of Rama 9 (IX) road. After paying the second toll, just after the rama 9 exit, you will find yourself on the number 7 motorway, which is an extension of Rama 9 (Srinakarin) road. This road will also lead you to highway number 344 where you turn left toward Klaeng and follow as listed above.
While Trat hosts some of the cheapest seafood restaurants in the country, it is possible that you are eager to get to our Siam Beach resort and that you would like to avoid the city of Trat altogether. If so, turn left to Laem Ngop at the T-junction with highway 3156 roughly 20km before Trat city border, and continue on this road to the ferry piers. However, to reach the cheaper Center point ferry, you can take a little short cut. Turn off highway 3156 after about 9 km and follow the road until it rejoins the 3156, where you turn right. (Be aware of poorly marked or unattended road construction sites when driving this road at night). Center point ferries is a few hundred meters away. Buy (return) tickets from the booth and park in line. Snacks and beverages can be bought on the ferry, unless you are on the first run and the key holder is still at home recovering from last night's beach party.
To our knowledge there is only one marina that is operational on Koh Chang, which is surprisingly named: Koh Chang Marina. It is located in the southern Salak Petch Bay surrounded by mountains, well protected from winds and waves. They provide launching, retrieving wet and dry berth, supplies and maintenance services at very reasonable prices. The Koh Chang Marina can be contacted via: +66 (0)1-782-6040 / +66(0)1-762-8082 or by fax on +66(0)39-553-055
From the ferry piers to the Siam Beach resort:
While we are pursuing the option of having our own transportation to and from the Siam Beach, Siam Bay and Siam Huts resorts, we are currently obliged to let our visitors make use of the public white 'shared taxies' which are locally known as Song Teaw. When the ferry arrives to the island you will normally find several of these shared taxi's waiting for you at the unloading point. Although the fees are not always fixed, the trip to our location at the Lonely beach should be 100 baht per person.
However, when visitors arrive late in the afternoon or early evening it is not uncommon that the taxi driver will ask for a higher fare if there are not enough people to share. At such time you can negotiate with the driver or wait for a next ferry with more people to arrive. Keep in mind that there are no other forms of public transportation on the island while negotiating. If you find yourself somehow stuck or unable to make it to the Siam Beach resort, don't hesitate to give us a call, so that we may assist in finding alternative transportation for you or send one of our staff members to come and collect you.
Tel: +66(0)81-922-4495, +66(0)89-161-6664 • Fax: +66-(0)39-558-082