If island or beach hopping is your thing then slowly make your way to Koh Chang from Bangkok, North or Southern Thailand via the beaches of Pattaya and Koh Samet. A short inexpensive journey will have you sampling the delights of Koh Chang in no time at all.
There are daily minibus services that operate from Pattaya via Ban Phe (Koh Samet Ferry port) which will take you direct to the ferry departure town of Laem Ngop. Tickets can be booked through one of the travel agents in Pattaya or Koh Samet. Expect to pay around 500 baht if traveling from Pattaya to Koh Chang and 3-400 Baht if you are traveling from Ban Phe. The journey will take 4 hours 2 and a half hours from each respectively.
Compared with Europe Taxi’s in Thailand are far from expensive making traveling between destinations that little bit more affordable. Getting to Koh Chang from Pattaya could not be easier, private Taxi’s can be arranged from Pattaya and Bang Phe (Koh Samet) to take you to the ferry port of Laem Ngop. The journey time is just over 3 hours from Pattaya and 2 hours from Samet. Particularly if you are traveling from Pattaya try and negotiate your fare to ensure both you and the taxi driver are getting the right deal.
12Go is an excellent online booking service for Busses, Trains, Ferry’s and Flights around Thailand. It maybe slightly more expensive than booking at a local tour company or flagging a taxi in Pattaya, however it is safe, hassle free, you know exactly what vehicle to expect and is a highly recommended service. You can also add Travel Insurance for the duration of your journey.