Good news: a new ferry service is about to start between Hua Hin, a sleepy beach resort town on the west side of the Gulf of Thailand, and Pattaya, Thailand’s hedonism capital. I’m a big fan of Pattaya (and not for the same reasons as you’d think), since it has one of the best selections of restaurants of anywhere in Thailand outside of Bangkok.
The new ferry is a welcome addition, since traveling to Pattaya from Hua Hin currently means taking a bus or taxi all the way to Bangkok, then switching over to another bus or taxi for the two hour journey to Pattaya. Grossly inefficient when you consider Pattaya is a short trip across the Gulf of Thailand from Hua Hin.
The new service will take 1.5 to two hours and start from the New Year. Early rides will be limited to passengers and not allow vehicles, making this better suited to tourists than expats looking to avoid the long drive to Pattaya.
As someone who loves checking into a hotel around Jomtien (good list available here — update: and another list of guest friendly hotel options in Pattaya here) and enjoying Pattaya’s excellent dining opportunities, this is a great development. One more reason to head back to the mainland every other month.