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First ferry from Pattaya safely arrives in Hua Hin

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47 minutes ago, SOUTHERNSTAR said:

The only problem is you maybe delayed for a week. Is reliability not as important as comfort?

 

I've been on the roads.  I've never been comfortable.

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I will take the ferry trip if I get a Thai navy "lifeboat" escort each time.

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Love the Seafood in Hua Hin.... a nice treat

for a three day weekend....waiting for some

warmer weather! For the trip.

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one test and 100% success wow wow ! ! ... now let us have ..say 25 tests and see that ratio///

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I worked on larger fast craft for a number of years, and these vessel's need constant maintenence to keep them seaworthy, maintenance is a thing here in Thailand is non existent, just fix it when it breaks attitude. Plus they don't take the weather very well,can't sail in anything over a 2 m swell,so expect many cancellations and delays, the people that started this project did not really  do there homework.

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57 minutes ago, rhythmworx said:

Does it have a bar onboard?

 

If not I would rather drive

Can't get through 2 1/2 hours without a drink?   

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Maybe I am missing something here, but why should I care about visiting the sleepy town of Hua Hin for a round trip 2500 baht? The questionable schedule and maybe it will go on any particular day plus the 2 1/2 hour real travel time at the speed approved by the Marine Department are big negatives. You double fugged if you rented a hotel room for Hua Hin and the ferry gets cancelled. Is there any reason to think frequent cancellation will not happen? Good way to waste a lot of time getting to the ferry and back if you are lucky enough to be cancelled.

 

I think the only real selling point of a car carrying ferry has been ignored. There has been a lot of talk about transporting cars on this ferry but little mention of what it might cost.The time saving and reduced driving time for a trip to some place like Phuket would be good, but there will probably be an outrageous charge for the car plus the regular 1200 baht fare for each passenger that will doom the idea.

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The taxi mafias are gonna have a field day 

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45 minutes ago, rhythmworx said:

 

Why not, everyone else does, I can drive drinking better than people who are sober.

I don't and I hope I am far away from you when you drive.  Hs nothing to do with other people's driving abilities, has to do with your driving abilities.

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21 minutes ago, lee68 said:

I worked on larger fast craft for a number of years, and these vessel's need constant maintenence to keep them seaworthy, maintenance is a thing here in Thailand is non existent, just fix it when it breaks attitude. Plus they don't take the weather very well,can't sail in anything over a 2 m swell,so expect many cancellations and delays, the people that started this project did not really  do there homework.

Out of curiosity, what type of vessel do you think would be better, even ideally suited to the HH-PTY route?

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I don't think that this ferry will be successful.

 

1. They don't carry cars or motorbikes. What will you do in the sleepy Hua Hin without transportation? Rent a car or hire a taxi?

2. The ferry is a lightweight catamaran and therefore a bit sensitive against wind and waves. It can easily happen that a trip will be canceled because of bad weather. Therefore the passengers can be never sure that the planed schedule will proceed. It can easily happen that you are planning a 1-2 day stay in Hua Hin, but then you have to wait 1 week to go back because the weather remains unstable.

 

A more stable boat with the possibility to carry cars would have a better chance to be successful.

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27 minutes ago, lee68 said:

I worked on larger fast craft for a number of years, and these vessel's need constant maintenence to keep them seaworthy, maintenance is a thing here in Thailand is non existent, just fix it when it breaks attitude. Plus they don't take the weather very well,can't sail in anything over a 2 m swell,so expect many cancellations and delays, the people that started this project did not really  do there homework.

Still they manage to operate high speed Catamarans between Chumphon, Koh Tao, Koh Phanghan and Samui 3 times daily. For several years. Never seen a cancelation (probably has been) 

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58 minutes ago, Bsd said:

 

The sale of alcohol is banned on all ferries and piers in Thailand.  Advertising alcohol isn't which is why Raja have a giant floating Singha billboard for a boat.

 

You will have to buy your beer from the 7eleven across the road before you board.

I think you may find the consumption of alcohol is also banned on public transport.

but.....21/2 hours without a drink is not the end of the world is it ??

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Im also extremely concerned about whether or not this ferry services succeeds or fails so Im adding my considered opinion to this important topic

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5 hours ago, impulse said:

2-1/2 hours?  Not bad.  

 

I'd gladly pay $30-40 to avoid 4-6 hours on the highways here in Thailand.

Price price is quoted as being 1,250 baht each way so you'd be paying around $36 each way. That's if you can get back the same day of course if it's not been cancelled due to a few waves or the sea being too wet or salty!

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