A Koh Chang taxi is easy to spot, they are the white, shared pick up trucks which provide the only type of public transport on Koh Chang. As soon as you get off the ferry the drivers will herd you onto them, usually packing 12 – 14 passengers into the back and piling luggage onto the roof.
Inside every pick-up truck taxi ( a.k.a. ‘song-taew’ in Thai ) is a price list for fares. However this is only applicable for trips from the ferry pier to the west coast beaches and to Bangbao. Just because it costs 150 Baht to get from the ferry pier to Bangbao, doesn’t mean it will be cheaper to get from, say Klong Prao – half way down the West coast to Bangbao. The reason for this is simple,
it’s a welcome gift from the friendly drivers to visitors there are 12 – 14 of you squashed in like veal calves in the rear of the pick up.
Ideally the drivers would love nothing more than to spend their day only picking people up from the pier, however they have to take turns to do this and so with around 90 licensed song-taews on the streets each driver doesn’t get to the pier as often as they would like. Therefore, fares for trips along the west coast are higher than they should be given the distances involved. This is also to avoid the drivers’ children starving to death, possibly.
The prices below are on this PDF that you can print out. It is in Thai as well as English.
It is a copy of the one that drivers have and was given to me by one of the tame drivers that we use to take our guests around. He charges us the same price for coming off the main road and down to our place to pick customers up. They should always take you for this price, even if they might try to charge you more, but getting them to go lower than it won’t be easy unless you have a large group and even then don’t expect a big discount as drivers aren’t supposed to undercut each other.
|PRICE PER PERSON|
|White Sand Beach||Chai Chet||50|
|White Sand Beach||Klong Prao||50|
|White Sand Beach||Kai Bae||50|
|White Sand Beach||Lonely Beach||100|
|White Sand Beach||Bailan||100|
|White Sand Beach||Bangbao||150|
|Chai Chet||Klong Prao||50|
|Chai Chet||Kai Bae||50|
|Chai Chet||Lonely Beach||100|
|Klong Prao||Kai Bae||50|
|Klong Prao||Lonely Beach||100|
|Kai Bae||Lonely Beach||50|
* These prices are for hopping on a song-taew that is moving and has other passengers on it.
** For ‘private hire’ i.e. you stop an empty song-taew and ask him to take you somewhere, prices should be the same but there will always be a two person minimum. Or if you are alone, you pay double.
*** Yes, I know some destinations aren’t on there – eg Pearl beach & Klong Kloi beach. For pearl beach expect to pay the price for Chai Chet or White Sand – whichever is greater. For Klong Kloi, same as Bangbao but add on ( usually ) 30 – 50 Baht / person depends on the driver & your negotiating skills.
**** No, they don’t go down the east coast and to convince one to talk you to Salakphet will be quite expensive i.e. 1,000 to 1,500 Baht or so.
***** FYI, as the song-taews don’t run down the east coast of the island the price for private, all day hire, to go round the island is 3,000 Baht – negotiable.