Several new ferry services are launched to connect Thailand, with a long-haul route from Chon Buri to Songkhla and a new boat service from Chumphon to the islands of Ko Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. The new routes will be managed by Seahorse Ferries Company for the cross-country route and Marine Passion through the islands.
CHONBURI – SONKHLA
The ferry from Chon Buri to Songkhla will officially launch tomorrow, although their website does not indicate a bookable service yet. They had planned to launch the service earlier but were delayed due to lack of travel due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The boat will travel between Chuk Samet Pier in the Sattahip district in Chon Buri – with a scheduled departure at 2 p.m. – and the port of Songkhla in the south, arriving around 10 a.m.
The large ferry that runs the overnight route from the Eastern Province to the Deep South Province will cover about 611 kilometers (330 nautical miles), or about half of the 1,130 kilometers between the two provinces. The journey will take 20 hours while driving takes at least 23 hours.
The trip will be on a triple bridge bought in Japan named Blue Dolphin which was bought by Seashore Ferries for 200 million baht. The large boat can hold up to 80 commercial trucks and 20 cars, as well as a maximum of 586 passengers. There are a variety of rooms on board as well as a restaurant, lobby and even an entertainment area.
The Department of the Navy said the long-distance ferry should boost tourism and allow domestic travel across the country in greater comfort. Prices were not available in press releases or on their website.
CHUMPHON – TAO – PHANGAN – SAMUI
Meanwhile, in the Gulf Islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, a new company called Marine Passion has launched a new route from Chumphon Main Pier to Mae Head Pier in Koh Tao, with continuous service. to Koh Phangan then Koh Samui. The Chumphon – Koh Tao route has already been launched, with full service scheduled to begin on December 1.
The company operates large speedboats, 42 to 55 feet running on 4 engines, which can accommodate up to 40 passengers per boat for the inter-island journey. The trip will run twice a day with the first ferry leaving Chumphon at 8:00 a.m., stopping at Koh Tao at 9.15 a.m., Koh Phangan’s Thongsala Pier at 10:15 a.m. and the smaller Phu Yai Non Pier at Plai Lam in the north. . from Koh Samui at 10:50 am.
The afternoon ferry route departs from Chumphon at 1 p.m. and arrives in Samui on a similar schedule. A morning boat in the opposite direction from Samui to Chumphon will depart at 8:00 a.m. and stop at Phangan at 8:20 a.m., Tao at 9:15 a.m. and Chumphone at 10:45 a.m. A second boat will leave Samui at 11:30 am with a similar schedule.
Tickets to / from Chumphon start at 750 with an introductory price of 650 baht, 1,100 baht (introductory price of 1,000) to Phangan and 1,450 baht (introductory price of 1,100) to Samui. Between Samui and Phangan the price is 350 (introductory price 250), Samui in Koh Tao is 700 baht (introductory price 600) and Phangan in Tao is 600 baht (introductory price 450). Reservations can be made by calling 082-554-797 or by sending a message on LINE to @marinepassion
THE SOURCE: Pattaya News
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