The 999 bus run by The Transport Company is a popular and cheap choice for travelling from Bangkok to the Koh Chang ferry piers at Centerpoint and Ao Thammachat. From Centerpoint Pier, it is just a 10 minute taxi ride to Laem Ngop Pier for boat connections to Koh Mak and Koh Wai.
999 Bus – Bangkok Departure
The 999 bus leaves from the Eastern Bus Station (Ekamai) located on the Sukhumvit Road, best reached using the BTS (Skytrain), Sukkhumvit Line. The 999 ticket booth is at the front of the Bus Station on the left hand side.
Departures are at 07.45 or 09.00, price 243bt. It is sensible to either nip up there the day before and secure your seats or to arrive an hour to 45 minutes before departure on your day of travel.
On its way down to Koh Chang, the 999 Bus calls at Suvarnabhumi Airport Transportation Centre (Bus Station to you or me) at 08.20 and 09.35.
It’s very easy to get to the Transportation Centre from the Airport Terminal with the free shuttle bus. This leaves every ten minutes, from Arrivals, Floor 2, Door 3, Traffic Lane 3 (the white tarpaulin marquee) or Departures, Floor 4, Door 1. Use the Express route A (4,2), travel time 5 to 7 minutes, rather than the ordinary route A, unless you have a particular hankering to tour the whole Airport Complex.
999 Bus – For Koh Chang
The 999 bus will stop at a gas station along the way for a 20 minute fill-up, where you can buy snacks, grab a quick plate of Thai food and a coffee. It also pulls in at Chantaburi Bus Station after about 5 hours for another 5/10 minute break.
It then heads to the ferry piers for Koh Chang with the 07.45 (08.20am Airport) reaching Centrepoint Pier at around 13.30.
The 09.00 (09.35am Airport Bus Station) bus goes to Ao Thammachat Pier first, arriving at around 15.00 to 15.15. It then continues up the road to Centrepoint Pier (5 km away).
999 Bus – For Koh Mak and Koh Wai
If you are heading to Koh Mak, you should let them know at Ekamai. The 07.45 (08.20, Airport) will arrive at about 13.30 at Centrepoint Pier. From here, you then take a share songtheaw taxi at 50bt per person to Laem Ngop Pier (for Koh Mak), another few kilometres along the coast. You should make the Leelawadee at 14.00 if on the first bus, but can fall back on the 14.30 Seatales or 15.00 Suansuk if necessary.
For Koh Wai, you must take the 07.45 bus for the 14.30 speedboat (if available),
If on the second bus, 09.00 (09.35, Airport), after the bus calls at Ao Thammachat Pier, it then continues onto Centerpoint Pier for 15.30. With a songthaew taxi from there, you will make the 16.00 Panan.
All speedboats cost 450bt per person and take an hour.
999 Bus – Back to Bangkok
The 999 bus has two daily return services back to Bangkok at 14.30 and 16.30 from Centrepoint Pier.
From Koh Chang, you will need to catch the 12.30 or 13.30 ferry for the 14.30 bus or the 14.30/15.30 ferry for the 16.30 bus. This in turn means giving yourself enough time to travel down the island from each respective beach. so leaving from Lonely Beach at 11.00 or 12.00 would be fine for the earlier ferries and bus, our recommendation.
If coming from Koh Mak for the 14.30 bus, the most suitable return speedboat back to Laem Ngop Pier is the 12.30pm Seatales or Suansuk, arriving at 13.15. From Laem Ngop, you hop in a songthaew share taxi back to Centerpoint, 50bt per person. You can also use the 13.30 Panan, docking at 14.15, but this is cutting things very fine – best to ring ahead to Relax Tours (081 151 9844) at Centerpoint so they can hold the bus for a few minutes if needed.
For the 2nd bus departure at 16.30, you can use the 13.30 Panan, docking at 14.15 with a bit of a wait.
The return 999 bus trip, does briefly call in at Ao Thammachat Pier before it hits the highway. It too will stop at Chantaburi Bus Station and elsewhere have its own 20 minute stop for gas. It reaches Suvarnabhumi Airport Transportation Centre at 19.30 or 22.30 and Ekamai Bus Station 45 minutes to an hour later, depending on the notorious Bangkok traffic.
The 999 buses are clean, safe and relatively new. Each seat does have a safety belt and there is a toilet on board.
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