Transport

Koh Chang Taxi ( Songtaew ) Fares

Shared pick up truck taxis on the road on Koh Chang, Thailand

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 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 ( a.k.a. ‘songtaew’  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  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.  

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.  

Shared Taxi Fares From/To The Ferry Piers

Prices are per person

FROM / TOTO / FROMPRICE (THB)
Ao Sapporot or Centrepoint pierWhite Sand beach50
 Pearl beach50
 Chai Chet60
 Klong Prao70
 Kai Bae ( until KB Resort )80
 Lonely beach plus Seaview Resort, Porn’s bungalow and Siam Bay Resort100
 Bangbao150
 Klong Kloi beach 200

Price list for taxi ( songtaew) fares on Koh Chang island, Thailand

If you want to avoid the hassle of taking a songtaew when you reach the island then booking either a ticket for a door to door shared minibus or arranging a private transfer are much more convenient.  Information on shared and private transfers to Koh Chang.

Other Shared Taxi Prices 

Prices are per person

FROMTOPRICE (THB)
White Sand BeachChai Chet50
White Sand BeachKlong Prao50
White Sand BeachKai Bae50
White Sand BeachLonely Beach100
White Sand BeachBailan100
White Sand BeachBangbao150
   
Chai ChetKlong Prao50
Chai ChetKai Bae50
Chai ChetLonely Beach100
Chai ChetBailan100
Chai ChetBangbao150
   
Klong PraoKai Bae50
Klong PraoLonely Beach100
Klong PraoBailan100
Klong PraoBangbao150
   
Kai BaeLonely Beach50
Kai BaeBailan70
Kai BaeBangbao100
   
Lonely BeachBailan50
Lonely BeachBangbao70
  • These prices are for hopping on a songtaew that is moving and has other passengers on it.
  • 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.
  • Expect fares to at least double late night.  
  • 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 ) 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.  But there are three services from the ferry piers to Salakphet at 09:00, 12:00 and 15:00. 
  • As the songtaews 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.

16 Comments

  • Yes, there are often checkpoints.

    I think you already know that there is an increased risk of having an accident if you drink & drive.

    There are taxis running late night. So it’s best to use them if you’re going out for the night. The prices will be more expensive after midnight.

  • Hello, do cops often setup road checks ? Is it risky to drive a motorbike after dinner if I drink 2 or 3 glasses of wine ? I can get a pickup but I fear that I won’t find one if it’s late ? Thank you.

  • It’s about 25km ( 1 hour drive ) from one end of the island to the other. You can use a scooter. But be careful on the roads in the south of the island where there are a lot of steep hills.

    If you go on booking.com you can filter search results by price. Just select your budget and you’ll find accommodation in various areas of the island in that price range. Klong Prao and Kai Bae beaches are the most central.

  • Ohk. Thank you Ian.Can you recommend some place which i will get budget accomadation and easily reachable to other tourist spots in the island ? By road How many kilometers from one end to another end in the island?Scooter is enough for covering major tourist attractions ?

  • You won’t have any problem getting to Koh Chang the same day. The taxi price is the same all day. It’s no different if you arrive on the last ferry at 19:30.

    Lonely Beach is more for backpackers and people who like to party a bit. You’ll also find inexpensive accommodation on other beaches. Check the listings on booking.com. Book in advance to save to having to walk around looking for rooms when you arrive.

  • Hi ian . I am planning to come on november this year. I am an indian . my flight time is 8:00 am at dom meung airport bangkok. From here i have to take taxi to ekamai bus station to get bus to trat. I dont know what time i can reach at koh chang ferry. I am looking for a budget accomodation. So some of my frienda recommended more budget rooms are available in lonely beach. If i am late how much does it cost to lonely beach by taxi. We are three including my 4 year old daughter

  • You’ll be able to get one late night / early morning. But expect prices to double. Bear in mind that if you are on your own, you’ll have to hire one privately and they’ll charge the same price for one or two people.

  • What time do these shared taxis stop running at night? I am thinking of staying at Lonely Beach but I might visit White Sands Beach a couple of nights while I am there. How hard would it be to get a shared taxi in the early hours of the morning?

  • Rates from ferry to these destinations as posted on the back of a songtaew today:
    white sand beach 50
    chai chet 60
    klong prao 70
    kai bae 80
    seaview, porn bungalow, siam bay, lonely beach, salakphet 100
    bang bao 150
    bang bao resorts nirvana, tropical, chivapuri, grand lagoona 200

  • Not true. It’s from 50 – 150 Baht / person by shared pick up truck taxi. Price is more expensive the further south you are staying. But if you hire a taxi privately then it probably will be around 1,000 Baht.

  • Hi Ian, myself and two friends are here on the island till the 6th Thursday. We have been told by previous visitors to the island that it costs 1000 baht per person to get back to the ferry pier regardless of how many people there are. Is this true?

  • In the day time it’s OK. But it’s around 45 minutes from Cliff Cottage to White Sand beach and that wouldn’t be fun to do at night on the section from Kai Bae down to Bangbao where the road is like a rollercoaster – only with more drunk drivers. If you want to be able to easily get to other beaches at night, then staying somewhere more central is a better option. Far easier and cheaper too if you are using the pick up truck taxis to get around at night.

  • Hi Ian,

    If we were to stay at Cliff Cottages, how far would it be to travel to the northern end of the island for food. We plan to rent scooters for our transport and was thinking of staying at Cliff Cottages and visiting other restaurants around the island for our stay. Or would you advise to stay at a centralized location? Thanks for your service.

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