The recently launched ferry link which connects Hua Hin with Pattaya in just two hours has been temporarily suspended due to the rainy season but also the lack of demand during the low season. The service is due to resume by the end of October or by early November.
According to BangkokPost, the ferry service between Pattaya and Hua Hin has temporarily been suspended until October 31 due to unfavourable weather conditions. The service will resume in the first days of November. However, some experts suggest that the decision was more motivated by the fact that the link, which cuts travel time between Hua Hin and Pattaya from 5 hours (by car) to just 2 hours by boat has not been so popular – particularly in the low season.
The new link received much fanfare when it was inaugurated in February although the viability of such a service can be questioned. Hua Hin and Pattaya attract both very different clientele. While Hua Hin has turned increasingly into a haven for wealthy local Thais and retired Westerners, Pattaya is attracting a more diverse visitor’s profile, from family to large groups of tourists from China, India, the Middle East or Russia essentially. It is not obvious that these tourists will feel the need to commute between both seaside resorts.
Royal Passenger Liner Co, the ferry operator, put in service a double-decker passenger catamaran Royal 1 offering 286 economy seats, each priced at 1,250 baht a trip per person. It also offers 44 business-class seats and two VIP rooms with eight seats in each room, but there is no official price communicated for business and VIP tickets.
The operator said the ferry service is temporarily out of service, quoting the weather agency’s forecast of the strong northern monsoon which prevails across the Gulf of Thailand with strong wind waves 2-4 metres high. The service would resume on November 1st, according to staff from Royal Passenger Liner Co.