Festival take place on small Koh Chang island in Ranong province (not famous big Koh Chang near Cambodia border which you will find first in google)
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How to get to the island
There are several ways to get to Koh Chang from Bangkok.
There are two companies who have flights from Bangkok to Ranong: Nokair – not every day, Airasia – daily. They fly from Don Mueang Airport, so if you plan connection flights in Bangkok, leave at least 4 hours between the flights (international flights are at Suvarnabhumi Airport).
The Airport in Ranong is 23 km from the city. So you can go straight to the pier by taxi, bus or songteo (songteo is an open pickup, you stop it directly on the road, go to the city and change to the other one that goes to the pier, 15 minutes from the city center). If you arrive in the evening, you can stay in the city for the night and go to the island in the morning.
Another option is to fly to Phuket and then move to Ranong by bus.
There are several buses a day from the Southern Bus Station in Bangkok (Sai Tai Mai), most of them depart at 8-10 in the evening. First Calss is ~500 baht, VIP ~700 baht. We don’t recommend to take 2nd Class, it is only a little cheaper and a lot less comfortable and takes longer time to get there. From Ranong to Bangkok there are also several buses a day (both day and night). The ride is 9-10 hours.
Timetable of some buses.
If you move to Ranong from Phuket it will take 5-6 hours. Buses schedule and telephone numbers of Bus Terminals. Everything changes in Asia, so it is better to check a schedule in advance.
If you prefer to book everything in advance, you may use 12go.asia – website with small comission for booking of tickets.
Near the bus station there is an affordable guest house Kiwi Orchid – convenient place for one night.
Other hotels in Ranong:
Ranong Garden Hotel
Luang Poj Boutique Hostel
Thansila Hotspring Resort
The closest station to Ranong is Chumpon. There is a daily train #85 from Bngkok to Chumpon at 19:30. There is a bus from Chumpon to Ranong, 2 hour ride. This is a more complicated way to get to Ranong.
From Ranong to Koh Chang
It takes 10-15 minutes to get to the pier to Koh Chang from bus terminal. You may take a taxi or stop a blue songteo №6. It will drop you off at the pier turnoff (100-200m form the pier)
There are long-tail boats twice a day (The ticket is 200 baht and the trip takes 1,5 hour) at 9:30 and 14:00 to Koh Chang pier (you have to take a car or moto taxi from this pier – 100 baht per person).
Long tails don’t stop near every guesthouse as it was in previous years.
There are also speed boats to the island (350 baht and 30 minutes).
Schedule of speedboats: 9:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm
Slow boat from Koh Chang to Ranong starts at 8:30 am and 1 pm.
Speed boat from Koh Chang to Ranong starts at 9:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm.