The proposed ferry service between Pattaya and Hua Hin will begin on January 1st, the Marine Department has announced.
The new service will be operated by Royal Passenger Liner Co and will initially only be available to passengers, reports Manager Online.
The service will operate a daily round trip between the two destinations.
Making the announcement, Marine Department director-general Sorasak Sansombat said Royal Passenger Liner Co had been the only company to apply for license to operate the service.
The ferry service is expected to slash journey times between the two popular resorts by almost two thirds, Mr Sorasak said.
Initially the ferry will be able to accommodate up to 150 passengers per trip, while a larger ferry with a capacity of 260 passengers will be added to the service at a later date.
The ferry will cruise at a speed of around 27 knots during the 113km journey.
No further details regarding fares and scheduling are expected to be announced after Dec 15.
The Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry service is part of the Thai government’s East-West Ferry Project which aims to boost tourism and logistics between Chonburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan.
Earlier this month a promotional video which was reported in Thai language media gave a first glimpse of what the final ferry service may look like when it is fully operational by 2020.
In the video, a state of the art catamaran could be seen transporting both passengers and vehicles.