Great news for Thailand tourism with a new project that is underway and will bring you a whole new traveling experience! The trip will shortcut across the Gulf of Thailand by boat or to more precise, a catamaran ferry which can run up to 80NM or 148.25 mph. Not only does travelling by high speed boat make life easy and more relaxing but it saves time.
A privately-run ferry service from Pattaya to Hua Hin is expected to start operations on the first day of the year, Jan 1. The service will be initially limited to a daily round-trip and will cater only to passengers, not vehicles.
The ferry service is the first phase of the government’s new East-West Ferry Project to connect the resort towns of Pattaya in Chon Buri province and Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan.
This is according to the Marine Department’s director-general Sorasak Sansombat.
SELECTION & APPROVAL
The new service will be operated by Royal Passenger Liner Co. The company was the only firm to apply for a licence to operate the Pattaya-Sattahip-Cha-am-Hua Hin ferry. Applications opened on Aug 9 and the firm passed the selection process on Sept 30.
A ferry committee was inspecting the firm’s documents and readiness for the service, upgrading arrival and departure ports for safety, and finding the appropriate fares. The panel was expected to reach its conclusions on Dec 15. The service would start on Jan 1 as a New Year gift for the public.
SHORTEN TRAVEL TIME BY TWO-THIRDS: 1.5-2 HOURS
To drive between the resort towns currently takes five to six hours, but the ferry will shorten travel time by about two-thirds.
The firm’s ferry would cruise at 27 knots on the 113-km journey across the Gulf of Thailand with a maximum passenger capacity of 150 for each trip.
A bigger ferry carrying up to 260 people would be added to the service later.
CAR FERRY PROJECT PROGRESSING QUICKLY
A feasibility study on a car service and suitable routes was expected to be completed this month.
Work on an environmental impact assessment (EIA) report would be conducted later.
DEEP-SEA PORT IN PRACHUAP KIRI KHAN
The East-West Ferry Project also includes construction of a deep-sea port in Prachuap Khiri Khan to cater for cargo shipments.
Full services for both passengers and vehicular vehicular Meaning: related to “vehicles” that is cars, trucks, buses, etc ferries along with the new port are expected to be in 2020.
WHERE WILL BE THE NEW FERRY PORTS
Looking forward to the new ports that will be open in Pranburi, Pattaya and Bang Na (Bangkok).
ข่าวดีสำหรับคนไทย สายการเดินเรือ Anantasia เป็นโครงการใหม่ที่จะพาท่านสัมผัสประสบการณ์ใหม่ด้วยการเดินทางลัดข้ามอ่าวไทยด้วยเรือ catamaran ferry ความเร็วสูงซึ่งสามารถแล่นได้ถึง 80NM หรือ 148.25 กิโลเมตร ต่อชั่วโมง ด้วยเทคโนโลยีชั้นนำจากต่างประเทศในราคาที่ทุกคนเข้าถึงได้
Bang Pu (Bangkok) to Pranburi or Hua Hin is approximately 3 – 4 hours depending on traffic and by boat it is only 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Hua Hin or Pranburi to Pattaya is at least 5 – 6 hours by car but by boat you don’t need to worry about traffic and it is only 1 – 1 Hour and 15 minutes.
Bang Pu (Bangkok) to Pattaya would be 2 – 3 hours by car and now will be just 50 minutes by boat.
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There has been talk about a Catamaran from Hua HIn to Pattaya as well as Bangkok. We have found this article and video created by Channel 3 news which gives more information!