Getting to Koh Chang by Car
Thailand has bilingual road signs on virtually all roads. They are usually pretty easy to follow and driving to Koh Chang from Bangkok by either your own vehicle or by rental car is straightforward. Most of the drive is on either six lane motorway or four lane dual carriageway. Only the final 30km is on a quiet rural road. In fact, there are just a handful of turnings you need to remember, so whilst a GPS is handy, it isn’t a necessity.
Driving time from Bangkok Airport to the mainland pier is around 4 and a half hours. From the centre of Bangkok add on another 30 minutes to an hour. ( These times assume there’s no delays enroute and you just stop for a quick snack on the journey.)
Briefly, all you have to do is follow the motorway out of Bangkok until you see Highway 344. Stay on the 344, looking out for police checkpoints as they like to stop drivers for no reason on this stretch of road.
Join Highway 3 again near Klaeng and continue past Chanthaburi. Then, about 23km outside Trat, turn left at the T-junction with 3156, signposted to Laem Ngop. Around 20 mins later you’ll be at the first of the ferry piers – ‘Koh Chang Ferry’. This is the better of the two car ferry companies, with a shorter crossing time and sailings every 45 minutes from 0700 (sometimes earlier) – 1900 daily.
To reach ‘Centrepoint Ferry’ the slightly cheaper service, with less frequent departures, continue a further 5km on the 3156.
( If you follow signs marked to the ferry pier which require you to turn off the 3156 before you pass the airport, you are going the wrong way. These signs were put up by Centrepoint ferry and take you on an 18km ‘shortcut’ to a point close to their pier, avoiding driving past the Koh Chang Ferry pier.)
Route Map from Bangkok to Koh Chang
Video – Driving to Koh Chang from Suvarnabhumi Airport
This video shows the route from Bangkok Airport to Koh Chang. If you were coming out of the centre of Bangkok, follow signs for the airport and then the route shown is the same as the Googlemap.
Ferries to Koh Chang
Ticket prices for the 30 minute crossing from Ao Thammachat, on the mainland, to Ao Sapporot, on Koh Chang by Ferry Koh Chang are, as of 2023:
Passengers: 80 Baht one way ( Adults ) 30 Baht for kids. Children under 7 years old are free.
Cars: 120 Baht one way
There is another ferry – Centrepoint – which is the same price but is slower and has less frequent sailings. However, since September 2022 Centrepoint Ferry has been closed for renovations to the facilities and boats. No date for the restarting of services has been announced yet.
More information, including up to date timetable and ticketing details are on this Koh Chang Ferry website.