Getting from Pattaya to Koh Chang takes about 5 hours by road however you can also get here via ferry! Here’s how to get from Pattaya to Koh Chang and Koh Chang to Pattaya + fab things to do in Koh Chang + info on the Pattaya to Koh Chang ferry!

Are you planning a trip to Thailand and looking for an exciting adventure with beautiful beaches, breathtaking waterfalls, and plenty of activities to keep you entertained?

If this is the case, then travelling from Pattaya to Koh Chang is the ideal option for you, especially if you’re looking to spend 1 month in Thailand!

Koh Chang, located just a few hours from Pattaya, is a tropical paradise with crystal-clear waters, lush rainforests, and lively local culture. It offers a variety of activities ranging from snorkelling and diving to hiking and exploring local villages.

Read along to know the best ways for getting from Pattaya to Koh Chang, as well as the best attractions and activities to do on the island. So grab your sunscreen and let’s get going!

Nong Nooch garden in pattaya when getting from pattaya to koh chang

How to get from Pattaya to Koh Chang


The journey from Pattaya to Koh Chang can be an adventure in and of itself. Although the two destinations are only a few hours apart in travel time, the options for getting there are numerous.

Pattaya to Koh Chang distance


If you travel by road, the distance between Pattaya and Koh Chang is approximately 251 kilometres. Travel time by road can range from 4 to 5 hours, depending on the mode of transportation and traffic conditions. If you choose to take the ferries to Koh Chang, the distance between Laem Ngop and Koh Chang is approximately 6 kilometres (3.7 miles), and the trip takes 30 to 45 minutes.

If you are wondering about how to get to Koh Chang island, here are some of your options.

How to get to Koh Chang

Pattaya to Koh Chang ferry

Taking a ferry from Pattaya to Koh Chang is a great option if you want to enjoy the scenic beauty of the island while avoiding road traffic. The ferries to Koh Chang are typically large and comfortable, with air conditioning and open-air decks that provide panoramic views of the surrounding sea and islands.

Here’s how to take one of the ferries to Koh Chang:

  1. Travel to the Trat, via a bus/ private taxi/shared minivan. The journey takes around 4-5 hours, depending on the traffic conditions and mode of transportation you choose.

  2. Once you reach Trat, head to the ferry terminal at Laem Ngop, a small town located on the mainland close to Koh Chang,

Regular ferries to Koh Chang depart from two main piers: Centre Point and Ao Thammachat. Several companies provide ferries to Koh Chang such as Centre Point Ferry, Ao Thammachat Ferry, Koh Chang Ferry, Boonsiri High-Speed Ferries and Koh Chang Princess Ferry.

Tickets for ferries to Koh Chang can be purchased at the pier or online in advance for added convenience.

A Pattaya to Koh Chang ferry takes approximately 30-45 minutes, depending on the pier from which you depart and the weather conditions. It’s worth noting that ferries to Koh Chang are subject to weather conditions and may be cancelled during bad weather.

It’s advisable to check with the ferry operators or local tourism offices for up-to-date information before planning your trip to Koh Chang.

Ferry terminal at Koh Chang on a pattaya to koh chang ferry
Ferry terminal at Koh Chang when getting from pattaya to koh chang

How to get to Koh Chang – Pattaya to Koh Chang bus

Taking a Pattaya to Koh Chang bus is a popular and inexpensive option if you are on a tight budget. Proceed from the Pattaya Bus Terminal, which is located near Sukhumvit Road, to the province of Trat.

From Pattaya to Trat, several bus companies operate, including Roong Reuang Coach, Cherdchai Tour, and Suvarnabhumi Burapha. The trip takes about 4-5 hours, depending on traffic and mode of transportation. You can book your tickets here.

Once in Trat, take a taxi or Songthaew to the Centre Point Ferry Terminal in Laem Ngop, which is about 20-30 minutes away. You opt from the several ferries to Koh Chang available at the terminal.

Taxi Pattaya – Koh Chang

Taking a taxi from Pattaya to Koh Chang is a comfortable and convenient option, especially if you travel in a group or with a lot of luggage.

You can take a direct taxi Pattaya Koh Chang, via Trat. Booking a taxi to Trat through your hotel or hiring one from a taxi stand. The trip takes about 4-5 hours, depending on traffic and the route taken.

Taxis are more expensive than other modes of transportation, but they provide the convenience of door-to-door service as well as the ability to stop and rest along the way.

Once you reach Trat, You can take a ferry to Koh Chang from the ferry terminal at Laem Ngop.

Pattaya Koh Chang minibus

Taking a shared Pattaya to Koh Chang minibus is another inexpensive option for travellers, and they are faster and more comfortable than buses. These services are very popular and offer more flexibility in terms of timing.

Travel from Pattaya to the minivan station near the Central Festival Shopping Mall, to take a shared minivan Pattaya to Koh Chang.

The journey via Pattaya Koh Chang minibus is faster than buses, taking about three to four hours, but they can be crowded and are not always the safest option.

It’s best to use a reputable service and pay attention to the driver’s speed and style. Bangkok Airport Limousine, Pattaya Minibus, and Suvarnabhumi Burapha are among the popular companies.

Huts at a hotel within the jungle in koh chang on a pattaya koh chang minibus

Cost of getting from Pattaya to Koh Chang

The cost of travelling to Koh Chang from Pattaya is determined by the mode of transportation used. Here are some estimated costs for various modes of transportation:

  • Ferry: The ferry is the most popular mode of transportation from Pattaya to Koh Chang. A one-way ferry ticket costs between 500 and 800 THB per person, depending on the ferry company and ticket class.

  • Bus: A one-way ticket from Pattaya to Koh Chang costs between 300 and 500 THB per person, depending on the bus company and the class of the ticket.

  • Minibus/Taxi:  A one-way minibus or taxi ride from Pattaya to Koh Chang costs between 3,500 and 6,000 THB, depending on the number of passengers and the type of vehicle.

Getting around Koh Chang

When you arrive on Koh Chang, you have several options for getting around the island. Taxis and songthaews (shared taxis) can be found at the pier, or you can rent a car or motorbike to explore the island at your leisure.

For added convenience, you can pre-book a transfer service to your hotel or resort.

Exploring Koh Chang: What to do

Explore the Beaches of Koh Chang


Koh Chang is home to some of Thailand’s most beautiful beaches, each with its distinct charm and appeal.

The most popular and busiest beach is White Sand Beach on the west coast, with powdery white sand and crystal-clear waters ideal for swimming and sunbathing.

Klong Prao Beach, Kai Bae Beach, and Lonely Beach are also popular, each with its distinct atmosphere and range of activities.

Head to the island’s southern or eastern coasts for a more secluded and serene experience, where you’ll find quieter beaches like Bang Bao Beach and Long Beach.

White sand beach at koh chang on a taxi pattaya to koh chang
Colourful boats on the beach in koh chang on a pattaya to koh chang minibus

Do water activities


With its crystal-clear waters, beautiful beaches, and tropical climate, Koh Chang is an ideal destination for water sports. Here are a few of the best water activities on the island:

  • Snorkelling. In the warm, clear waters, You can explore the vibrant coral reefs and colourful marine life. You can book this  Full-Day Reefs or Wreck Sites Snorkeling Trip to have the best snorkelling experience. Approximate Cost: around 700-1,500 THB  per person

  • Diving: Koh Chang also has excellent diving opportunities for more experienced divers. The waters surrounding the island are home to a variety of marine life, including whale sharks, manta rays, and barracudas.

    A variety of diving schools and operators provide courses and trips for both novice and experienced divers. Approximate Cost: 1,500-3,500 THB ( Single dive);  8,000-14,000 baht (Diving courses)

    Discover Scuba Diving for Beginners with 2 Dives is the best tour if you want to experience the world under water.

  • Kayaking: A fun and relaxing way to explore the island’s coastline and hidden coves is to go kayaking. Kayaks can be rented from various shops and resorts and used to paddle around the island’s many bays and beaches. Approximate Cost for Kayak Rental: 150 THB (per hour); 1,000-1,500 THB (full day)

  • Island hopping: Around Koh Chang, there are numerous small islands and islets, such as  Koh Mak, Koh Kood, and Koh Wai. You can explore these hidden gems by taking a boat tour or renting a longtail boat. Approximate Cost: 1,000-2,000 THB per person; Private longtail boat rentals start at around 2,500 THB per day.

  • Jet skiing and parasailing are also available in Koh Chang for those looking for some adrenaline-pumping action. Approximate Cost:  Jet ski rentals-  1,000 THB (30 minutes), parasailing – 1,000-1,500 THB per person for a single ride.

Visit serene waterfalls


Koh Chang is home to several breathtaking waterfalls, each with its distinct personality.

The most popular and easily accessible waterfall on the island, Klong Plu Waterfall, is located in the heart of the island and features a series of cascades and natural pools ideal for swimming.

Than Mayom Waterfall, with its two-tiered falls surrounded by lush jungle, is another popular option.

For a more secluded experience, hike to Klong Nonsi Waterfall or Klong Neung Waterfall, both of which offer a serene and peaceful escape from the crowds.

Bring sturdy shoes and plenty of water with you on the walk!


Klong Plu Waterfall

Cost: 200 TBH per person

Timings: Open daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Than Mayom Waterfall

Cost: 200 TBH per person

Timings: Open daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Klong Nonsi Waterfall

Cost: 200 TBH per person

Timings: Open daily from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM


Klong Neung Waterfall

Cost: 200 TBH per person

Timings: Open daily from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Klong Plu waterfall in Koh Chang on ferries to koh chang from pattaya

Experience jungle trekking


The lush jungles of Koh Chang will allow you to explore the island’s natural beauty and wildlife through a variety of jungle trekking adventures. There are numerous trails available, ranging from short and easy walks to more difficult treks deep into the island’s dense forests. You’ll see breath taking waterfalls, hidden streams, and a diverse array of flora and fauna along the way.

Klong Plu Waterfall, Than Mayom Waterfall, and Salakphet Trek, which take you through a mangrove forest to a hidden beach, are some of the most popular jungle trekking routes.


Cost:  800 to 1500 TBH per person

Timings: The operating hours for the trekking tours vary, but most start in the morning and last for several hours

Trip to Mu Ko Chang National Park


Mu Ko Chang National Park is a must-see for nature lovers and thrill-seekers alike. The park spans 650 square kilometres and includes 52 islands, the largest and most popular of which is Koh Chang.

Day trips from Koh Chang can be taken to explore the park’s diverse ecosystems, which include rainforests, mangroves, and coral reefs. The park’s highlights include the breath taking Klong Plu Waterfall, the picturesque Kai Bae Beach, and the scenic Khlong Son Bay.

I would suggest booking this Full-day private day trip in and around Koh Chang where many of these sights are covered and it can be customized to suit your interest.


Mu Ko Chang National Park

Address: 23/7 Ko Chang District, Trat 23170, Thailand

Cost: Entrance fee is 200 baht (foreigners ) and 40 baht (Thais)

Timings: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

People enjoying waterfall on the island of koh chang on a koh chang to pattaya ferry

Elephant Trekking


Elephant trekking on Koh Chang is a popular activity that will give you a unique perspective on the island’s lush forests and wildlife. The trek typically lasts an hour and takes you through the jungle and up the hills, providing breath-taking views of the surrounding landscape.

Ban Kwan Chang Elephant Camp is a popular elephant trekking spot in Koh Chang.


Ban Kwan Chang Elephant Camp

Address: 28 Rural Rd, Ko Chang, Ko Chang District, Trat 23170, Thailand

Timings: 6am- 8pm

Cost: 1000 to 2000 TBH per person

Get a Thai Massage


With a variety of Thai massage and spa treatments available on the island, Koh Chang is an ideal place to unwind and relax. Traditional Thai massages, aromatherapy, reflexology, and a variety of other services are available at various spas and wellness centres.


Cost: 500 to 1500 TBH per session

Timings:  10 a.m. to 8 p.m

Experience Koh Chang Nightlife


When compared to other Thai destinations, the nightlife scene in Koh Chang is relatively low-key, but there are still plenty of options for visitors looking to enjoy an evening out.

The island’s bars and pubs, such as Sabay Bar and Cancun Bar, feature live music and entertainment. Many resorts and beach clubs organise their events and parties, such as fire shows and beach parties.

On your way back from Koh Chang to Pattaya, you can follow the same route of ferry to  Laem Ngop the bus/taxi/shared minicab to Pattaya.

Street scene at lonely beach in koh chang on a pattaya to koh chang bus

Where to Stay in Koh Chang


Koh Chang has a variety of beach resorts to unwind. Here are some recommendations:

Luxury: KC Grande Resort & Spa

Located at the White Sand Beach, this 4 star resort features luxury rooms with wooden furnishings and a private terrace with garden ocean views. They also have a spa and outdoor pool

Midrange: Klong Prao Resort

Located at Klong Prao Beach, this exotic resort features spacious rooms with modern interiors and garden or sea views. Klong Plu Waterfall is 3 kilometres away from the resort.

Budget: Elephant Bay Resort

Walking distance from Lonely beach, this Budget property has free private parking and cosy rooms. They also have free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and a sun terrace.

Best time to visit Koh Chang


The dry season, which lasts from November to April, is the best time to visit Koh Chang from Pattaya. The weather is warm and dry during this time, and the sea is calm, making it ideal for water activities such as swimming, snorkelling, and diving.

The peak season in Koh Chang is from December to February, and the island can become crowded with tourists during this time.

The rainy season in Koh Chang lasts from May to October, and the island experiences heavy rainfall and strong winds during this time. Due to inclement weather, some attractions and activities may be closed.

Fishing boats on the island of Koh Chang how to get to koh chang

However, for those who prefer a quieter and more relaxed atmosphere, the rainy season can be an excellent time to visit Koh Chang.

You must include a Pattaya to Koh Chang trip in your Thailand itinerary to enjoy exotic beaches, fun water activities and local culture. You can refer to this 7 day Thailand Itinerary while planning your trip.

From Koh Chang to Pattaya FAQs


  • How do you get to Koh chang?

    Koh Chang is accessible by ferry from the mainland. The nearest departure point is in the town of Laem Ngop, which is about a 4-hour drive from Pattaya. From Laem Ngop, you can take one of the ferries to Koh Chang.

  • How far is it from Pattaya to Koh Chang?

    If you travel by road, the distance between Pattaya and Koh Chang is approximately 251 kilometres.

  • Is  Koh Chang worth visiting?

    Yes, Koh Chang is definitely worth visiting. The island is known for its beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, waterfalls, and numerous outdoor activities such as trekking, snorkelling, and diving. Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation, Koh Chang has something to offer for everyone

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