Getting to Rayong by Bus
As a province located along a highly traveled route, Chonburi is easily
reached by private car, public bus, and even air from Samui and Phuket on
Bangkok Airways. Once in one of Rayong’s coastal towns, it may be easier
to get around with your own car, but there are standard forms of local transport
available for visitors: i.e. songtaews, motorbike taxis, tuk tuks, and public
Getting to and from Rayong
• By Car
Route 1 :
Follow Sukhumvit Road (Highway No.3): Starting
from Bangkok passes Bangpu District, Chonburi town, Bangsaen, Sri Racha
District, Pattaya, Hat Jomtien, Sattahip District, Ban Chang District to
arrive in the center of Rayong Province. The total distance
is 220 kilometres.
Route 2 :
The most popular route, starting from
Bangna-Rayong Road (Highway No.34) via Bang Phli and Bang Bo District
(Samut Prakan Province) and Highway No.3 at km. 70. The total
distance is 220.
Route 3 :
Drive along Highway No.3 to Bang Lamung,
then turn off of Highway No.3 at Km.140 and continue on Highway No.36
to Rayong. Total distance is 210 kilometres.
Route 4 :
Taking Highway No.344 (Ban Bung-Klaeng)
at Chonburi town, passing Ban Bung, Nong Yai, Wang Chan and finishing
at Klaeng District, Rayong Province. The total distance is 100 kilometres.
(Bangkok-Chonburi is 80 kilometres)This route is suitable for those who
like to go sightseeing in Klaeng District and Khao Chamao-Khao Wong
National Park or passing through Chanthaburi Province.
Route 5 :
Use the Motorway, starting from
Phatthanakarn Road, Prawet District, Bangkok and drive all the way
up to Pattaya (120 kilometres), then switch to use Highway No.36 and
proceed for another 50 kilometres to Rayong.
• By Bus
Rayong is the eastern gateway to the north and northeast of Thailand. As such, there are
many regular bus services connecting Rayong and Bangkok and other provinces such as Chiang Mai,
Nakhon Ratchasima, and Nong Khai. Busses from Bangkok to Rayong depart regularly from
eastern bus terminal (near BTS Ekkamai). There are specific busses for those who wish to go to
Koh Samet that terminate at Ban Phe opposite the boat pier.
• By Plane
Bangkok Airways operates flights from Phuket and Koh Samui to Rayong/U-Tapao. For more information
contact Bangkok Airways (www.bangkokair.com) in Bangkok, tel : 0 2265 5555 or travel agencies in
Getting Around Rayong
• Local Bus
Local Bus - Assumption School (Red) via Laemtong Department
Store. The busses run daily from 05.00 am. - 09.00 pm. (Every 5-10 minutes).
• By Boat To Koh Samed
By Boat To Koh Samed - Nadarn Pier (Saikaeo / Ao Phai / Ao Thapthim),
Ao Wong Duen (Ao Nuan / Ao Saengthian), Ao Wai, Ao Kui
Koh Samet Transportation
Getting to Koh Samet by Ferry
Getting to Koh Samet
As it is such a popular island, Koh Samet is easy to get to, with
various boat companies providing ferry and speedboat service to the
island from the pier at Ban Phe on mainland Ranong.
Once at Nadan pier on Koh Samet, songtaews (covered pick-up
trucks with seats in the back) provide transportation to the national
park entrance 1 km away and then onto Haad Sai Kaew or Ao Pai for 10
or 20 baht. For beaches farther south, the fare increases
dramatically, particularly if there are fewer passengers.
Once in Ban Phe, visitors must take a ferry to Koh Samet, which typically
takes between 30 and 45 minutes. It may be preferable to buy a one way
ticket as there are numerous ferries returning throughout the day and
you can purchase a ticket for whichever boat is most convenient.
In Ban Phe there are actually several piers from which different boats
leave: Nuan Thip Pier, Phe Pier, and Sri Ban Phe Pier. Fares to Koh Samet
range from 50-150 baht for a one way ticket. Each pier has boats that stop
at different beaches on the island, but the piers in Ban Phe are all a short
walk from one another so it’s not difficult to find the
one that’s best for you. Ferry service runs until 05.00 pm,
so if you will arrive later than this you will need to charter
a speedboat or stay the night in Ban Phe.
There are a couple of speedboat companies that operate from the Phe Pier
and charge at least 600 baht to Nadan pier and more for the southern beaches.
Private speedboats offer the convenience of taking you directly to your
destination on Koh Samet.
Ferry Timetable (from Ban Phe)
Ferry Schedule from Ban Phe to Koh Samet:
• Ferry leaves at 09.00 am., 12.00 am., 01.30 pm. and 05.00 pm. every day
to Vong Duern Beach at 40 Baht per ticket
• Ferry leaves at 11.30 am. and 02.00 pm. to Ao Wai at the cost
of 80 Baht per ticket
• Ferry leaves at 10.00 am. Ao Kio at 100 Baht per ticket
• Ferry leaves at 08.00 am., 11.00 am., 01.00 pm. and 04.00 am. to Ao
Prao at 80 Baht per ticket
Ferry Schedule from Koh Samet to Ban Phe:
• Ferry leaves Vong Duern Beach at 08.30 am., 12.00 am., and 03.30 pm.
• Ferry leaves Ao Wai at 14.00 pm.
• Ferry leaves Ao Kio at 08.00 am. and 12.00 am.
• Ferry leaves Ao Prao at at 10.00 am., 12.30 am., 15.00 pm. and 05.00 pm.
Getting Around Koh Samet
Unless you have brought your own car, getting around Koh Samet is
possible by walking, hiring a motorbike, or climbing in the back of
a songtaew (a pick-up truck with benches in the back). The island is
fairly small, so getting around is not much of a problem.
• By Foot
Haad Sai Kaew (Diamond Beach), the most developed beach on the northeast
coast of Koh Samet, has a sandy path that is fine for walking between
guesthouses and restaurants. Diamond Beach is only a 10 minute walk from
the ferry port at Nadan and most of the beaches from Diamond Beach to Ao
Pai and Ao Cho are accessible by walking along the shoreline or the sandy
path that connects the beaches.
• By Songtaew
There is only one main road on Koh Samet, which runs north to south
and has smaller roads branching off it that lead down to each of the
island’s beaches. Some parts of the road are concrete and some parts
are dirt. Songtaews will pick up passengers at each destination, as
well as passengers along the way. Songtaew journeys between beaches
cost around 30 to 40 baht per person per trip, depending on distance
and negotiating skills. If there is no one else to join the drive,
then expect to pay 200 baht for a private trip. It is also possible
to hire a songtaew for the entire day.
• By Rental Motorbike
Motorbikes are available for rent for around 300 to 500 baht per day.
It is typically required to leave your passport as a deposit. Make sure
to inspect motorbikes carefully and drive cautiously so as not to pay
exorbitant fees for damage (real or otherwise) in order to get your
passport back. 4x4 ATVs are also available for rent at around 1600
baht per day.