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http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/2018/09/20/pattaya-hua-hin-ferry-service-suspended/

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN — Less than two years after it opened with much fanfare, a ferry connecting the resort towns of Hua Hin and Pattaya has been suspended, a tourism official said Thursday.

Citing financial losses and low monsoon season ticket sales, provincial tourism official Orasa Awutkhom announced the service would resume Nov. 1.

“It’s currently a period of decreased tourism, or low season, so there are very few customers,” Orasa said. “Therefore, the company has halted its service from Sept. 20 to Oct. 31.”

Opened in January 2017, the ferry is run by a private company called Royal Passenger Line, a state contractor. With the ships, travel time between Hua Hin and Pattaya on the other side of the Gulf was cut from five hours to 90 minutes.

 

It launched with a rough start. Its maiden voyage, set to take place on New Year’s Day, was canceled due to strong waves. A navy patrol ship was dispatched to escort the ferry when it finally took to the sea four days later.

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On 9/18/2018 at 7:23 PM, Captain Richard M. Colby said:

yes this VIP bus is great. I use it all the time living in Hua Hin and FOR ME better than a taxi. 387 baht for the bus each way is sort of hard to beat. Yes longer than the ferry for sure but

1250 x 2 is 2500.     387 x 2 is 774.   2500-774 is 1726 baht.  What could you do on Soi Six with 1726 baht? :D

Don’t you mean, WHO could you do on Soi Six with 1726 Baht Captain?

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back in a month so not stopped, wtf would want to cross the gulf in this weather we have been having.  not me for certain, its rougher than the english channel for sure.  

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At least you have the security of knowing a Thai Captain will be at the helm to get you safely there - well worth the extra fare you are paying over the cost of a bus.

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They are still not running as of last week when I was down on the pier .

 

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21 minutes ago, Tham said:

At least you have the security of knowing a Thai Captain will be at the helm to get you safely there - well worth the extra fare you are paying over the cost of a bus.

The  Captain was driving a bus two days before he was let loose on a ferry. 🤣

 

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I've taken 4 trips on them now to/from HH. All were a pleasure.

So nice to have, especially when you consider the alternative options.

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If I’m honest , i’d Rather drive than use this service. My ( 1) experience wasn’t great so really should try again in order to be more objective but I’d rather get up and leave at 5am- to avoid traffic-  from Patts and drive to HH and vice Versa

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30 minutes ago, AJSP said:

If I’m honest , i’d Rather drive than use this service. My ( 1) experience wasn’t great so really should try again in order to be more objective but I’d rather get up and leave at 5am- to avoid traffic-  from Patts and drive to HH and vice Versa

Every trip I had was smooth as silk.

Plenty of room, good views, comfortable seats, no delays, snacks/drinks available, clean toilets. 2 hour trip.

 

And IMO 100 times safer than driving.

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29 minutes ago, Glasseye said:

Every trip I had was smooth as silk.

Plenty of room, good views, comfortable seats, no delays, snacks/drinks available, clean toilets. 2 hour trip.

 

And IMO 100 times safer than driving.

The very opposite to my experience. If only I had your trip my love 💗

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3 minutes ago, AJSP said:

The very opposite to my experience. If only I had your trip my love 💗

 

Was your trip on the old boats or the newer one ?

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38 minutes ago, Glasseye said:

 

Was your trip on the old boats or the newer one ?

Twas in August 2018. Granted, end of season and rainy season, but my other issue is , 1 hour wait before boarding, 3 hour crossing (should be 2) plus trek to taxi to get into Patts. 

All-in-all, and door ro door it was 5  and a bit hours so I could have drove in 4 , albeit a tad more stressful but suffice to say I wouldn’t do again in rainy seasons but I MAY try in another  

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Do you guys not have safety concerns about these rather old river boats? 

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16 minutes ago, Bazle said:

Do you guys not have safety concerns about these rather old river boats? 

I remember seeing a debate on this, I think it was on Shh, about those ships being originally river feries. 

With the brand and type, it should be easy to find out, but as far I remember the conclusion was they were sea qualified.

But then again, with Chinese and Thai "certificates" there is always a doubt.....

 

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19 minutes ago, Bazle said:

Do you guys not have safety concerns about these rather old river boats? 

Never been on one.

But I'd venture that almost any form of transportation is safer than a thai motorway.

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I am hoping to book a boat this coming May from Pats to Hua Hin I assume it's still running? 

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14 hours ago, Bazle said:

Do you guys not have safety concerns about these rather old river boats? 

When the sea gets up they don't go out.

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8 minutes ago, KWA said:

When the sea gets up they don't go out.

So they are reliant on the abilities of weather forecasters.

Remember Michael Fish? 🙂

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Do you think it's true that they cancel if the number of passengers are low and they use mechanical or weather as an excuse?

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3 hours ago, Doug said:

Do you think it's true that they cancel if the number of passengers are low and they use mechanical or weather as an excuse?

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I would imagine they look at how many are going and how many are coming back and make a decision, then make an excuse  . . . . 

I booked online via a 3rd party Thai company for late September last year but to be fair when they cancelled it due to "weather" for the low season I got an email and a refund pretty quickly, without me having to chase or do anything.

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