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    Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry to begin on New Year's Day

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/gene...-new-years-day

    A privately-run ferry service from Pattaya to Hua Hin is expected to start operations on Jan 1, the Marine Department says, but the ride will be initially limited to a daily round-trip and cater only to passengers, not vehicles...

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    Re: Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry to begin on New Year's Day

    Too late for my forthcoming trip.

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    Re: Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry to begin on New Year's Day

    I wish them well----I have never been to Hua Hin.

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    Re: Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry to begin on New Year's Day

    I hope it opens as scheduled and the times suit my schedule, in which case I will try their service for a round trip Bankok-Pattaya-Hua Hin-Bangkok (or other way round).

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    Re: Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry to begin on New Year's Day

    When in Hua Hin stop by at Chez Smiles and get acquainted.

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    Re: Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry to begin on New Year's Day

    This ferry route has been tried before, if my memory is correct.
    Memory is unreliable at best, I admit.

    And the service failed; uneconomic?

    A good idea in theory.
    ..........and that's the way it is.

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    Re: Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry to begin on New Year's Day

    Quote Originally Posted by neddy3 View Post
    This ferry route has been tried before, if my memory is correct. Memory is unreliable at best, I admit. And the service failed; uneconomic? A good idea in theory.

    There has been at least three attempts that I know of over the last 15 years or so, None succeeded.
    I agree with you that it makes a lot of sense if one leaves out the financials (which of course will not happen). The drive (bus or car) all the way up to Bangkok, round the corner, then all the way down to Pattaya is a pain in the ass and the last stretch can easily be bumper to bumper quite often.
    A ferry service would be almost straight across the gulf. A car ferry would be the best bet I would guess, but that's a very expensive proposition.
    This apparent new start up ferry service is news to me however ... obviously I'm not paying attention. I'll post a message on this thread if I can find out more details.

    The Bangkok link in the OP sounds adventurous.

    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, Mr Sorasak said.
    Thank you Francois for trying to foist visitors uninvited on me. Obviously you have not heard of my anti-social leanings.
    Last edited by Smiles; November 14th, 2016 at 23:29.

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    Re: Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry to begin on New Year's Day

    According to an announcement by the thai website painaidii.com, passed on by Richard Barrow's twitter, you will be able to ride the Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry for free at the end of December before the official launch on 1 January 2017.
    More on my blog !

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    Re: Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry to begin on New Year's Day

    Game over for the Hua Hin / Pattaya ferry link ?

    According to the thai newspaper Manager, the service is unlikely to be authorized by the Pattaya authorities due to the poor state of the Pattaya jetty.
    http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/956134-pattaya-hua-hin-ferry-could-be-a-dead-duck-even-before-it-starts-as-local-authority-warns-of-damaged-pier/?page=1

    We can only be surprised and worried that the pier is not good for the ferry but in a good enough state for the thousands of daily visitors to Koh Larn ... or should we not ?
    More on my blog !

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    Re: Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry to begin on New Year's Day

    If you think the South Pattaya pier is a mess you should take a gander at Hua Hin's downtown pier. It can hardly handle a two-man squid boat. There is no way it could handle a reasonably large ferry.
    Most of the attempts at starting up a Hua Hin/Pattaya ferry service have used the pier(s) at Pak Nam Pran which is a half hour (+) drive south from Hua Hin.

    Apparently there is a brand new pier being built on the beach between Hua Hin and Cha Am. (About a 15 minute drive into Hua Hin).
    There's a amateur video showing a plane landing at Hua Hin Airport: at the start of the video and another peek at the 30 second mark in the video there is definitely a kind of pier being built out into the waters.




    I have no idea whether this new pier is related to a ferry start-up, but ... it's being built for a reason and it certainly looks as if there's some serious money being spent.
    More on this as we approach year-end.

    I did however enjoy this post in llZ's link to that ThaiVisa thread:

    Hot news: Sin City to Hurrah Hin ferry is a dead sperm in a condom, due to an expert study revealing that the water might be unsafe and needing stuff like lifejackets!
    Nothing like a good old pile of rank cynicism. (But he's probably right )
    Last edited by Smiles; December 1st, 2016 at 07:20.
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