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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  • You can hire a car from most tour agents or your hotel. Figure on 1,000 – 1,400 Baht / 24 hours for a small automatic car or pick up truck.

  • You’re over 30Km from White Sand beach and 45Km from Lonely beach – so maybe not a good idea to rent scooters, go and party and get drunk and try to ride back again. It might be possible to find a taxi to take you there and back. But it will be very expensive, no drivers will want to go to Salakphet on New Year.

    The best thing to do is to 1) Decide which beach you want to have NYE on 2) Look for a cheap room there for a night – you might not be able to find one online so when you get to Koh Chang get scooters and come round to this part of the island and take a look at places away from the beach on the main road. 3) Rent scooters in Salakphet drive round this side of the island, party, sleep and head back to Salakphet in the late afternoon.

  • Hello Ian!

    We did super shitty research before booking our hotel for a new years week on Koh Chang. So we are staying at Salak Phet and our plans are mostly to go snorkeling, spend time on beaches and explore the nature. But we want a New Years Party! And that seems kind of hard to get on – or near – Salak Phet.

    Which beach do you recommend for a new years-bender, and how do we get to that beach and back again during New Years Eve? Moped? Boat taxi? Should we try to book a hostel just for the new years eve?

    Thanks in advance!

  • There’s no schedule. It depends on how busy the island is and time of day. But during high season you won’t have to wait more than a few minutes.

  • How regular are the songtaew’s? e.g. between White Sand Beach, Kai Bae and Lonely Beach, what sort of wait would there be? Are there several / more than one an hour, or less frequent than that?

  • Hi Ian,

    I have been reading your page a lot! Thank you for the great content! What I want to ask is regarding the fare prices. When do those go up? After 22.00, 23.00 or later? Thank you! Best regards

  • The taxis will run late night until 0200 – 0300 during High Season, so no problem getting back from Lonely beach. Although you might find it cheaper to just rent a simple bungalow in Lonely beach and stay there the night. As the drivers will put their prices up a lot at night and if there aren’t many people wanting to go back to White Sand beach you will have to pay for a private taxi, not shared, so will be even more expensive.

  • Hi Ian,
    when i stay in an hotel at white sand beach…. but want to go party at lonely beach for one night…
    i can Always have a songtaew back at midnight to white sand beach ? the songtaews drive all night ?
    thanks for your answer !

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