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Confirmed: 20 percent discount on Hua Hin-Pattaya ferry over Christmas

 

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Thaivisa has been able to confirm the details of the reduced prices on the Hua Hin-Pattaya ferry over Christmas.

 

On Wednesday it was announced that Royal Passenger Liner Co Ltd would be reducing prices for passengers over the Christmas period.

 

However, there was some confusion on how long the promotion was available for.

 

On Thursday, Royal Passenger Liner Co Ltd confirmed to Thaivisa that economy class ticket prices will be reduced between 25th Dec to 5 January 2018.

 

During this period ticket prices will be reduced by 20 percent for ferry crossings across the Thai Gulf, between Hua Hin-Pattaya and Pattaya-Hua Hin.

 

The news comes after adverse weather forced the cancellation of the Hua-Hin-Pattaya ferry from Dec 20th to Dec 23rd.

 
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18 minutes ago, Colabamumbai said:

But the boat will not be running due to high waves.

Cancelled 20th - 23rd. Discount from 25th- 5th Jan.

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Having taken the ferry over from Pattaya a couple days ago, it was a bit choppy. Alot of the  people were puking into the green garbage bags handed out. There were about 65 pax on the boat (capacity 300+). Looked to have 100 pax on the dock for the return back. Not enough pax to make a profit or to sustain this route. I have seen fewer numbers at off peak tourism periods.

 

The ferry is not state of the art  and shows its age. I will be surprised if this venture lasts  another year as it is not set up for success. Purchasing a ticket is difficult and access to the ferry is  difficult and  a negative. If you are elderly or have a  mobility impairment, forget this option. The walk out to the boat at the Bali Hai pier is  a good 15 minutes and going to be difficult if carrying  a bag.

 

Arriving at the KT dock was a nuisance. Slogging across that dirt patch  is not a good first impression and it must be disgusting when it rains. Having to  navigate the communal pick up truck "transport" system is an insult. Seriously, they expect customers to pay an inflated fare to arrive at a place where it's a stressful annoying exercise to obtain transport to town? No thought was given to making this sustainable or attractive. The ferry services a foreign tourist  demographic and they  provide transport options  better suited to an up country  small town market depot.  Not overly bright and a complete disconnect of marketing savvy.

 

Hua Hin is an upmarket destination and the tourists are typically older. It would have shown some common sense to  service the market accordingly.

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1 hour ago, geriatrickid said:

Arriving at the KT dock was a nuisance. Slogging across that dirt patch  is not a good first impression and it must be disgusting when it rains. Having to  navigate the communal pick up truck "transport" system is an insult. Seriously, they expect customers to pay an inflated fare to arrive at a place where it's a stressful annoying exercise to obtain transport to town? No thought was given to making this sustainable or attractive. The ferry services a foreign tourist  demographic and they  provide transport options  better suited to an up country  small town market depot.  Not overly bright and a complete disconnect of marketing savvy.

 

Hua Hin is an upmarket destination and the tourists are typically older. It would have shown some common sense to  service the market accordingly.

 

You sure they aren't working on upgrading the service?  It's only been in operation a year or so, and just getting any kind of construction approved takes that long (if they're lucky).  They were also making noises about better, purpose built boats to replace the ones they acquired 2nd hand to start the service and test the market.  They could be a year or 2 from the factory.

 

And it can take a while to dial in the amenities at each end, fighting the taxi mafia fight, getting concessions set up, and improving the experience that comes along with the boat ride.  Especially if they haven't nailed down a permanent location for the facilities.

 

Not time to stick a fork in it just yet.  Especially if the purpose built boats can haul scooters and (say a little prayer) 4 wheel vehicles.  Hopefully, it's patient money and they'll stay with it long enough to iron out the wrinkles.

 

Or, quoting Jack Nicholson, "What if this is as good as it gets?"

 

Oh, and if they're tuned in here, pick us up at Khlong Toei pier in BKK and haul us anywhere nice in reasonable comfort, and you'll have a customer for life...

 

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Shouldn't 'news stories' like this be taken away after their sell-by date.

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I have had a few fiends use the ferry an had only good reports and been said it was good value

 

But one of the major things they need to sort out is a shuttle service bus to Hua Hin to stop the vultures at the key side raping unsuspecting people.

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1000 baht one way ? Forget it. If you want to fill it up with locals + tourists every day you need ticket prices down to 400 baht . 

 

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