How Much Does a Taxi Cost on Koh Chang?
Firstly, there aren’t any metered taxis on the island. The only public transport that is available are the white, shared pick up trucks (songtaews) 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, packing as many passengers as possible into the back and piling luggage onto the roof. If you want to stand on the back, hold on tight. As when you start going over bumpy roads or up the hills you’ll find it much harder to cling on. People have fallen off the taxis in the past.
Inside every pick-up truck taxi 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 there are 12 to 14 of you squashed in like pigs being transported to the slaughterhouse 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. There is a rota system in place and so with around 90 licensed songtaews 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. But are still far cheaper than you’d pay for an equivalent ride on Samui or Phuket.
The drivers should always take you for the prices on this page. And most drivers are OK, but there are always some who will want to try to rip people off. Prices can’t usually be haggled or negotiated. Getting them to go lower 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.
Fares increase after 10pm at night by 50 Baht per journey.
Prices are per person.
|FROM / TO||TO / FROM||PRICE (THB)|
|Ao Sapporot or Centrepoint pier||White Sand beach||50|
|Kai Bae (until KB Resort)||80|
|Lonely beach plus Seaview Resort, Porn’s bungalow and Siam Bay Resort||100|
|Klong Kloi beach||200|
The songthaews run to coincide with the arriving ferries. However, if you are arriving at Centrepoint pier ( the quieter of the two piers) in the morning, you can expect to have to wait for the next boat before the driver departs. The reason for this is that they want to fill the taxi.
So if there are only a handful of passengers, you’ll be give then option to pay double and he will leave immediately, or wait an hour for the next boat and pay the regular fare.
In early 2023, a new sign with the prices for songtaew fares was erected at Ao Sapporot pier. Hopefully, this will prevent arguments between travellers using their trusty 2008 edition of Lonely Planet as a guide to prices and drivers.
Taxi timetable from hotels on Koh Chang to the ferry pier
To get a taxi you just wait patiently roadside until you see one of the distinctive white pick ups with black roof. The taxis that are going to the pier usually have a sign in the window in English with ‘Ferry pier’ or something similar on it.
Songtaews will leave the different beaches every hour and pick up passengers on the way to the pier.
The first taxi leaves Bangbao at 07:00 and this will pick up in Bailan and Lonely beach about 110 – 15 minutes later. These run every hour until 17:00.
Taxis from Kai Bae and Klong Prao beaches begin running earlier at around 06:00 – 06:15, they also run hourly until 17:00 – 17:15
For people staying on Pearl beach or White Sand beach, the first taxi will at 06:15 – 06:30 and the last around 17:30 – 17:45
Prices are per person
|White Sand Beach||Chai Chet||50|
|White Sand Beach||Klong Prao||50|
|White Sand Beach||Kai Bae||70|
|White Sand Beach||Lonely Beach||100|
|White Sand Beach||Bailan||100|
|White Sand Beach||Bangbao pier||150|
|White Sand Beach||Klong Kloi||200|
|Chai Chet||Klong Prao||50|
|Chai Chet||Kai Bae||50|
|Chai Chet||Lonely beach||100|
|Chai Chet||Bangbao pier||150|
|Chai Chet||Klong Kloi||200|
|Klong Prao||Kai Bae||50|
|Klong Prao||Lonely Beach||100|
|Klong Prao||Bangbao pier||150|
|Klong Prao||Klong Kloi||200|
|Kai Bae||Lonely Beach||50|
|Kai Bae||Bangbao pier||100|
|Kai Bae||Klong Kloi||150|
|Lonely Beach||Bangbao pier||70|
|Lonely beach||Klong Kloi||100|
|Bangbao pier||Klong Kloi||50|
- These prices are for hopping on a songtaew that already has other passengers on it and being dropped off on the main road outside your resort. if the driver has to go down a side road to drop you off there will probably be a 50 Baht/person surchage.
- If you’re going to Klong Kloi you’ll be dropped off at the footbridge that leads from the main road to the western end of the beach. If you want to go to your resort – eg Bangbao Beach Resort, Chivapura Resort etc it’s an additional 50 Baht.
- Likewise if you’re going to resorts on Bangbao peninsula – eg Cliff Cottage or nirvana. you’ll be asked to pay an additional 50 Baht.
- For ‘private hire’ i.e. you stop an empty songtaew 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.
- There is only a limited service on the east coast. But there are three services from the ferry piers to Salakphet at 09:00, 11:00 and 15:00. The fare is 100 Baht per person. They terminate at the car park of Salakphet Seafood restaurant. The taxis don’t go to Salakkok, Jek Bae or Long Beach. They return at 10:00, 12:00 and 16:00 from Salakphet to the ferry piers.