UPDATED for 2019-20 Season
A taxi or songthaew, (two rows in translation) is the means of getting about Koh Chang, if you do not rent a motorcycle or car.
Essentially a converted truck, the taxi is a white open-sided vehicle, which shuttles back and forth between the beaches as well as to and from the ferries.
You can flag them down on the street at any time, with fares set according to routes and time of day.
Though the taxi pricing system seems madly complex and confusing at first, it starts to make sense if thought of as moving from zone to zone.
The price per person assumes two people minimum using the taxi or that it is already carrying passengers when hailed. If the taxi is actually empty when stopped or if you are the only passenger, the charge may double, but this is at the discretion of the driver and very rarely enforced.
The price after 11.00 goes up by 50bt across the board and if you are trying to get somewhere distant such as Bang Bao Beach (Klong Kloi), then the taxi price may escalate even further.
Taxi Prices Between the Beaches
|Between White Sand Beach, Pearl Beach, Chai Chet, Klong Prao Beach, Kai Bae|
50bt per person
|White Sand Beach, Pearl Beach, Chai Chet, Klong Prao Beach to/from Lonely Beach, Bailan Beach|
100bt per person
|White Sand Beach, Pearl Beach, Chai Chet, Klong Prao Beach|
to/from Bang Bao
150bt per person
For Bang Bao Beach (Klong Goi) add 50bt
|Kai Bae to/from Lonely Beach|
50bt per person
|Kai Bae to/from Bailan Beach|
70bt per person
|Kai Bae to/from Bang Bao, Bang Bao Beach (Klong Goi)|
100bt to 150bt per person
|Lonely Beach to/from Bailan Beach|
50bt per person
|Lonely Beach to/from Bang Bao, Bang Bao Beach (Klong Goi)|
70bt to 120bt per person
|Bailan Beach to/from Bang Bao, Bang Bao Beach (Klong Goi)|
50bt to 100bt per person
|Bang Bao to/from Bang Bao Beach (Klong Goi) – 50bt per person|
The taxis from the piers operate under a different pricing system and will only leave with a minimum of 12 people, whose fares, added up, make the total required by the driver for departure. If the passengers aboard do not make 12, the driver waits for the next boat.
It is possible to leave immediately by paying more per person, thereby meeting the total required, but this needs the agreement of all of the passengers and the taxi driver will not negotiate on the sum needed.
Taxi Prices from the Koh Chang Piers (Leaving only when full – 12 persons minimum)
|Price THB |
|Ao Sapparot Ferry Pier (fast ferry) or Centerpoint Ferry||Klong Son, White Sand Beach,||50bt|
|Pearl Beach||50bt or 60bt|
|Chai Chet Beach||60bt|
|Klong Prao Beach||70bt|
|South Kai Bae (Seaview, Porns, Siam Bay), Lonely Beach||100bt|
|Bailan Beach||100bt or 120bt|
|Bang Bao Pier||150bt|
|Bang Bao Beach (Klong Goi)||200bt|
East Coast – Koh Chang Taxi
Taxis run down the East Coast 3 times a day, leaving at 9.00, 11.00 and 15.00 from Ao Thammachat pier and Centrepoint pier shortly afterwards. They turn at Chang Noi Kitchen past Salak Phet School and continue to Salak Phet Seafood. Price per person is 100bt, with the ‘full’ system not applying from the boats.
A return taxi leaves from there at 10.00, 12.00 and 16.00. Price per person is 100bt, with the ‘full’ system not applying from the boats.
Price per person is 100bt, with the ‘full’ system not applying from the boats.
They do not go to Salak Khok, Chek Bae or Long Beach. A taxi to those areas will be in the 1,000bt to 2,000bt range as private charters, though Long Beach Resort (Treehouse) will meet the 9.00, 11.00 and 15.00 taxis at the Chek Bae junction if you phone ahead (Joe at 087 979 4572/086 014 1382).