Before travelling to Koh Chang in July 2019, I did A LOT of research about the easiest/cheapest way to get there and I opted for the minibus option. While there is information available online on how to do this, a lot of it is conflicting or simply outdated.
This is the most detailed information you’re going to find online as of July 2019, I promise!! I’m your woman on the ground, I’ve been there, done it – and taken photos! 😉
How to get a minibus from Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok (BBK) to Koh Chang island:
To book your ticket, go to the ‘Suvarnabhumi Burapha’ bus counter on level 1 of the airport, it’s next to exit 8 and looks like this:
The buses run from Suvarnabhumi airport to Koh Chang at 7.50am, 11am and 2pm.
(I don’t know what time the ticket counter is open, I went there at around 7pm and it was closed, so I assume it’s open 7am-2pm or something like that.)
Sorry about the grubby picture 🤣 this is actually what the counter looks like! 🤣
Many websites I found said that you could book online in advance at 12go.asia but that wasn’t the case for me. I looked a couple of weeks in advance and also the day before but I wasn’t able to pre-book from Suvarnabhumi airport. So I turned up in person about an hour and a half before the bus was due to depart. (I got the 2pm bus.)
The price I paid was 900 baht return! 👌🏻 (Or 600 baht one way.) As the sign says, the prices are set/fixed by the government.
Some online sources quote that the price is 1,050 return but as you’ll see from this photo of the counter itself, this simply isn’t true.
(Sorry – another grubby picture taken from their counter 🤣) It’s hard to read, but the last stop is Kai Bae Beach – which on this map is the Siam Bay Resort. If you’re going to Lonely Beach (as I was) you will need to pay the driver an extra 50 baht when you reach Koh Chang.
If you have time to kill at the airport:
If you’re peckish, and have time to spare, there’s a ‘Street Food Market’ a few metres from the ticket counter.
Considering it’s airport food; 45 baht for pork, rice noodles, morning glory and gravy is very reasonable! And mango sticky rice was 55 baht 🙂
The minibus and ferry journey to Koh Chang:
You’ll need to be back at the counter 15 mins before your departure time. We left at 2pm sharp and arrived at the ferry port in Trat at 6.30pm. (This will obviously vary depending on traffic conditions.)
The bus is air-conditioned and we had 2 x 10 minute stops along the way to use the toilet/buy snacks.
Luckily for us, upon arrival at the ferry terminal there was a ferry with one space left! So we drove straight on and left almost immediately! I’m told that there can be up to an hour wait for the ferries to fill up…
Once aboard, the ferry takes 20ish mins and I was treated to these views:
There’s not much else to do on board, so take in the views and enjoy the short crossing! 🙂 (There is a mini shop on the ferry but it was closed when I was there, not sure if that was to do with the time of day or the fact that it was low season though 🤷♀️)
I was at my hotel by 8pm (Lonely Beach) but it depends where on Koh Chang you’re staying. You can expect anywhere between 15 mins – 1 hour depending on how far south your hotel is!
I hope this information helps with planning your trip to Koh Chang island! But as always, if you have any questions, please leave a comment below 🙂
Information and prices correct as of July 2019