The long rumored ferry connection between Hua Hin, Cha Am and Pattaya have been ordered by the government to speed up planning. Here is an article from Thaivisa.com posted Friday the 17th of April 2015 with the latest news.
Bangkok: Transport Minister ACM Prajin Juntong has instructed the Harbor Department to speed up the design and study of a project to build ferry piers to link three seaside towns of Pattaya, Cha-am and Hua Hin. Prajin gave the order in his capacity as the economic division chief of the National Council for Peace and Order. Prajin said he wants the study to be done as soon as possible because the ferry piers would link the two sides of the sea and thus boosting tourism and the economy and trades in Pattaya, Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan. The minister said the ferry boats would cut time of travelling between Pattaya to Cha-am and Hua Hin from around six and seven hours to just three hours.
“The Harbor Department has studied it in 2012 so it has a development plan in line with the NCPO’s policy to develop ferry piers to link the upper Gulf of Thailand to the eastern and western coasts,” Prajin said. He said the Bali Hai pier and Ocean Marina might be chosen as the site for the ferry pier in Pattaya and the Puektian Beach in Petchaburi might be selected for the ferry pier for Cha-am and Hua Hin. Prajin said the Harbor Department will this week hire a private firm to study and design the piers and select proper sites for the project. The study would be sped up to be completed in 12 months instead of 18 months as initially planned He said so far Siam Eastern Logistic Terminal has expressed its interest to invest Bt4 billion for the project. Here is the link to the original article on Thaivisa.com