Royal Passenger Liner Ltd which is the ferry operator servicing Pattaya and Hua Hin already extended its free ride period to the 31st of this month instead of the 15th, following a lot of cancelled trips due to stormy seas.
Ferry service’s official launch, schedules and fares
The ferry service’s official launch was also postponed to February instead of January 12 due to the bad weather conditions.
The Meteorological Department and the Marine Department have both advised the ferry operator that more heavy rain, rough seas and strong winds are anticipated in the Gulf of Thailand.
The company suspended the January 11 to 12 service and is going to also do so for this January 19 due to crew training and ferry maintenance.
From January 13 to 31, except January 19, the time of departure from Pattaya’s Laem Bali Hai pier is going to be moved to 10:30 am from 8:30 am because of changing tides. The Royal 1 passenger catamaran is going to depart from the pier located at Hua Hin’s Prachuap Khiri Khan earlier at 1:30 pm instead of 3 pm.
When the free ride period is going to end, the fare will cost 1,250 baht one way per person.
Preecha Tantipura, the company’s chief executive, mentioned that the company is going to oblige with the safety regulations specified by the Marine Department. For those passengers who intend to catch a ride with the company, they should check further announcements of schedule changes due to weather conditions on the company’s Facebook page, RoyalPassengerLiner.
The information that is presented in the company’s Facebook page is available currently in Thai. Foreigners may call 0-3848-8999 or inquire at its office.
The ferry service launched unofficially last January 1, with the free rides supposedly offered until the 15th of January only. However, its initial run was delayed due to rough seas and not made possible until the 5th of January.
This new ferry service is great news for any traveler on the way to a 5-star or 4-star resort in Pattaya from Hua Hin, since this is already very convenient to travel by ferry instead of enduring the long land travel.