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.  

Fares increase at night. By around 20 – 50 Baht per journey, depending on distance.  

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 BeachBailan120
White Sand BeachBangbao150
White Sand BeachKlong Kloi200
   
Klong PraoKai Bae50
Klong PraoLonely Beach100
Klong PraoBailan120
Klong PraoBangbao150
Klong PraoKlong Kloi200
   
Kai BaeLonely Beach50
Kai BaeBailan70
Kai BaeBangbao100
Kai Bae Klong Kloi150
   
Lonely BeachBailan50
Lonely BeachBangbao70
Lonely beachKlong Kloi100
  • 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.
  • 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  2,500 to 3,000 Baht – negotiable.

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  • The hotel will call a taxi for you. No need to book in advance. Just tell them when you check in. Rimklong hotel is a very good place to stay and the owner ‘Tooh’ will be happy to call the taxi, he’s very helpful.

  • Hi!

    Hoping you can help with a question. If we were to stay in one of your suggested boutique hotels in Trat overnight before catching the ferry to Koh Chang in the morning how difficult is it to get a taxi to the ferry? Are they available or would we need to set one up ahead of time? Something like the Rimklong hotel to the Koh Chang Ao Thammachat ferry pier for an early 7am departure.

    Thanks!

  • You might be able to catch the train. I don’t know. It depends on if the minibus gets delayed picking people up / if the ferries off the island aren’t busy / if there’s no delays on the way to Bangkok due to traffic / where else the driver is dropping people off etc. If you want to be 100% sure of catching the train, leave earlier.

  • Fair enough Ian

    Just wondering if I book the late departure from kc 1330hrs to Bangkok will there be sufficient time for me to catch my train at hua lamphong which departs at 2130 hrs? Taking into account it’s New Year’s Day and traffic is expected to be slightly better in Bangkok?

    I know I might be pushing my luck on the timing but I’ve tried boarding the train in don meang station when my ticket was for departure Bangkok station and the conductor accepted my ticket.

  • Hi Ian

    Was looking for some info to get to koh Chang when I stumbled upon your page. Was wondering if you give any discounts if I book a return shared transfer but from/to different locations?

    I’m coming into kc from Pattaya but need to head to Bangkok to catch a night train on the return leg on New Year’s Day 2019.

  • You won’t find any scooters that have full insurance. Only the basic third party insurance that they are required to have by law. So you will be responsible for any damage to the bike and for any hospital bills for your own injuries. Check that your travel insurance will cover you for scooter accidents. Most doesnt, even if you have a full bike license from your home country.

    There are hundreds of places you can rent scooters on the island. Most will ask for your passport as a deposit. So you will have to look around if you you don’t want to trust a rental shop with it. And when you rent a bike check the types and brakes are in good condition.

  • Hello Ian.
    Can you recommand where to rent two scooters? It is important for us, that they are allright, and have full ensurance.
    Thank you :)
    Finn and Gitte

  • You will have to negotiate a price with a driver. I guess about 1,500 – 2,000 Baht total. It will be cheaper to rent a car. Or about the same price to get the songtaew for a day to take you to some other places as well.

  • Hello Together, please send me price from Klong Prao Beach to Temple Salak Phet with Mangrove Walk today for 2 person. Thanks

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