Pattaya – Hua Hin ferry Royal 1 on Saturday at Pattaya’s Bali Hai pier
Looking for an alternative to skip the four-hour drive between Pattaya and Hua Hin, or Hua Hin and Pattaya, opt in favor of a 100-minute boat ride across the Gulf of Thailand.
The ferry service connecting the two popular tourist spots begun testing in December 2016. The boats depart from Pattaya’s Bali Hai pier and Khao Takiab’s New Pier, just a bit South of Hua Hin’s Pier. It was originally planned to go from Pattaya to Hua Hin’s Pier, the Fish Marketing Organization Port.
The large vessel, which can carry up to 262 passengers, starts its operations officially in February 2017.
The project is operated by Royal Passenger Liner, the only firm to win a license from the Marine Department to operate along the route. Royal Passenger Liner also plans to launch more water taxis connecting Pattaya to Sattahip, and Cha-am to Hua Hin.
Roll-on and roll-off ships designed to carry vehicles are also in the long-term plan, according to Marine Department chief Sornsak Saensombat.
The operator sought approval for a fare of 1,200 baht, but the rate had yet to be finalized.