Nestled at the foot of a mountain with its spring water feeding our showers and only a few hundred meters from the beach at Bang Bao is our latest Asia BackPackers resort/hostel, come stay in our detached uniquely decorated, secluded Bungalows or in our chic purpose built dormitories
Our secluded Bungalows come with their own en suite bathrooms, Air Con, flat screen TV and veranda while our chic dormitories provide you’re with your own reading light, power source and backpack size lockers. What-ever your budget we will do our utmost to make your stay here on this beautiful island as laid back or as energetic as you want it to be.
Come join us for a drink at the ‘Z’ bar, it is the place to meet new friends or watch the latest big game or do nothing but chill back in a hammock, local food and beverages are served 24 hours a day. With Free WIFI and use of the computers you can choose to stay connected with the outside world or simply switch off to the hassle of the so called ‘real world’. We host daily events that will bring a smile to your face and our tour desk is there to help when you feel the urge to do something more with your days .
Located a whole few hundred metres from Bang Bao pier, the stilted fishing village in the bay, with its local small and quaint shops and restaurants the whole location is a feast for your eyes.
This part of the island is renowned for its crystal clear waters and Coral Sea bed and is arguably the best location for snorkelling on the island. Due to the fact there are so few roads crossing this part of paradise it is also an ideal place to hike or simply ramble and bird watch.
From the ferries to the Resort/Hostel:
On arrival at any of the ferry piers on Koh Chang, you will find mini pick-up truck taxis called Songthaews (a pick-up truck with seating running down both flanks of the rear of the vehicle), the fare is approx 150Baht, always agree the price with the driver before getting on board the Songthaews.
Getting from Bangkok to the ferries
Buses from Bangkok
The best route on time and money is the bus from Ekamai Bus Station to the Trat ferry piers, with prices around 300 Baht per person.
|Government Bus 99||Bangkok Laem Ngop||Laem Ngob Bangkok|
|07:45, 09:45||14:00 16:00|
www.transport.co.th is a good site for online bus booking but it is mainly in Thai, in true Thai style, just show up at the bus station 30 minutes before departure time and you should be fine, except on Thai Holidays and high seasons when you do need to book to ensure your seat. Buses going to Laem Ngop don’t go through Trat and will save travelling time. Do note, buses heading to Trat will often stop about 25km before Trat, when they know passengers are heading to Koh Chang, you will be asked to disembark but don’t worry, you will be put on a pickup truck taxi to the ferry pier. (This isn’t free, but you would have to pay for a pickup truck taxi from Trat to the pier anyway, and it does save you time.)
Other options: All prices are approx.
Minibuses pick up and drop off at the airport terminal itself near the Siam Beach Minibus booth at Door 8 on the ground floor at the airport. At present departures are at 07.50, 11.00 & 14.00 Ticket price for the minibus service is 600 Baht for Bangkok Airport – Koh Chang; 400 Baht for Koh Chang- Bangkok Airport and a round trip ticket is 800 Baht. Rather going direct you can break up the travel time by going via Pattaya, it takes approx. 1.30-2.00 hours to Pattaya and from there a further 3.30-4.00 to Trat. There are heaps of buses hourly to Pattaya, an added benefit for late arrivals into Bangkok and the issue with the last ferry crossings to Koh Chang. See www.asia-backpackers.com for directions to Pattaya
By Mini Bus from Bangkok
There are many mini buses plying between Bangkok and Ao Thammachat, Centre Point and Laem Ngob piers. Mini bus transfers from the Victory Monument in Bangkok to Ao Thammachat ferry pier, and vice versa start at 05:00 a.m. and the last trip is at 07:00 p.m. The mini bus leaves every 2 hours and costs 300 Baht per person. For those in Koh Chang (66 8 7833 7696), you can buy tickets at Ao Sapparos pier. For those in Bangkok (66 8 7833 8985), you can proceed to the parking lot for mini bus at the northeast corner of the Victory Monument. The same company that operates VIP buses, the Suvarnabhumi Burapa Co., Ltd., also has a fleet of mini buses that travel to Suvarnabhumi airport daily. It leaves Koh Chang at 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. Mini buss from the airport park at 1st floor, Exit 8 and leaves at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 11:00 p.m.
Koh Chang Ferry
One Way: 80 Baht per adult, 30 Baht for children Round Trip: 120 Baht per 4-wheel vehicle
|Koh Chang Ferry Timetable|
|Ao Thammachat, Mainland||Ao Sapparot Pier, Koh Chang||06:45 – 19:00||Every 45 minutes|
|Ao Sapparot Pier, Koh Chang||Ao Thammachart, Mainland||07:00 – 19:00||Every 45 minutes|
Centre point Ferry
Round Trip: 100 Baht per person (anyone under 10 is free) One Way: 70 Baht per person. Motorbikes & 4-wheel vehicles are carried free.
|Centre point Pier||Dan Kao Pier||06:00 – 19:30||On the hour, hourly|
|Dan Kao Pier||Centre point Pier||06:00 – 19:30||Half past the hour, hourly|
Bangbao Boat; services from Koh Chang-Koh Wai-Koh Mak-Koh Kood for around 8-9 months per year. They normal stop running during the worst of the rainy season. They are simply, a Slow Wooden Boat that runs Out of Bangbao
|09:00||Koh Chang||Koh Wai||09:45||300 Bt|
|10:00||Koh Wai||Koh Mak||10:45||300 Bt|
|13:00 Connect||Koh Mak||Koh Kood||14:00|
|Koh Chang||Koh Mak||400 Bt|
|Koh Chang||Koh Kood||700 Bt|
Returning to Bangbao
|12:00||Koh Mak||Koh Wai||12:45||300 Bt|
|13:00||Koh Wai||Koh Chang||13:45||300 Bt|
|Koh Mak||Koh Chang||400 Bt|
Speedboat; there are speed boats but who’s in that much of a hurry? They only save approx. 25 mins and are 400Bt but you cannot take motor vehicles and under 10 will pay.
Flying from Bangkok to Trat:
Bangkok Airways are the owners of Trat Airport and therefore have a monopoly on the daily flights to/from Bangkok. The prices for the 40 minute shuttle service isn’t cheap, with prices from 3,100 – 3,500 Baht/person one way depending on time of year, it can be a stress free way of getting there but the costs are prohibitive. Be warned the airline has a habit of cancelling flights if they aren’t too full, something which is all too common in Asia, so do double check your flight, even in high season. www.bangkokairways.com
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