UPDATED MAY 2016
Boats run by 3 separate companies leave from the mainland Laem Sok Pier, which is 4.5 to 5 hours journey time from Bangkok and about 30km out from Trat, the nearest provincial town. The last daily boat leaves at 14.20.
Laem Sok Pier is not served by public transport. To reach the pier directly, you can use private transfers from your hotel or Suvarnabhumi Airport, but these will require early starts to make the boat connections. Private cars and minibuses can also meet the morning and lunchtime flights from Trat Airport.
A bus and boat combination, with its twice daily departure at 05.00am and 08.00am operates from the the Khao San Road area. Alternatively, you can use public transport from Ekamai Bus Station to Trat City itself. After staying a night in one of the many guesthouses, you can continue onto Laem Sok Pier the next morning via the free shuttle taxis laid on by all of the boats.
You can island hop from Koh Chang, Koh Mak and Koh Wai using speedboats, though please note this service is not available in the rainy season, mid May to mid October.
Private transfer by car or minibus is perhaps the most comfortable way of getting to Koh Kood. These transfers, just you, no sharing, travel direct to Laem Sok Pier or Trat, with a journey time, door to pier, of around 4.5 to 5 hours from a Bangkok hotel or Suvaranabhumi Airport. You can book these with with us here.
Others routes covered include to and from the Cambodian borders, from Siem Reap, Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh, Ban Phe, Pattaya.
There is no direct public transport to Laem Sok. Buses and public minibuses instead instead head for Trat, with daily departures from the eastern bus station at Ekamai, its northern counterpart at Morchit or Victory Monument.
Unless you take very early morning 05.00am transport or the night bus, you will arrive in Trat too late to make any boat connections from Laem Sok, so must stay a night in Trat.
All the boat companies lay on a free shuttle taxi, 1 hour, from the city down to the pier in order to make their respective connections, with the same service available in reverse.
We can organise this for you, so please do contact us with your requirements.
All boats leave from Laem Sok Pier, about 30km out from Trat, an hour from Trat Airport and 45 minutes from the Koh Chang Piers and Laem Ngop Pier (Koh Mak).
The express boats, Koh Kood Princess with departure at 12.30pm, duration 100 minutes and Koh Kut Express at 13.00, duration 90 minutes, are both 350bt per person. The high speed catamaran, Boonsiri Fantasea, 10.45am direct and 14.20 via Koh Mak. duration 75 minutes to 90 minutes, is 500bt per person. There is a solitary speedboat, Koh Kut Express Speedboats, 10.00am, duration 60 minutes at 600bt per person. Private speedboats are also available.
Companies provide a free taxi shuttle service from Trat. On arrival in Koh Kood, each boat company once again supplies free transport to and from your resort. The speedboat Siri White can deliver you to your resort if it has it own pier.
Bang Bao Boats and Kai Bae Huts Nor Nou Speedboats run daily speedboats between the Koh Chang Islands.
Bangkok Airways flies 3 times daily from Suvarnabhumi to Trat Airport and if using the morning 08.20am PG301 or lunchtime 11.40am PG305 flights, landing at 09.20am and 12.40pm respectively, you can connect to selected Koh Kood boats. There is no public transport from the Airport to Laem Sok, so you will need to use a private transfer by car or minibus to reach the pier.
On your return, the first boat, the 09.00am Boonsiri Fantasea from Koh Kood will make the lunchtime 13.10 PG306 flight back to Bangkok, but once again you should reserve the private transfer from the pier to the airport.
Bangkok Airways’ telephone number is 02 270 6699 or 039 551 654-5, www.bangkokair.com
Once you are on Koh Kood, there is a very limited island taxi (songthaews) service, which dovetails with the free shuttle transport provided by the boat companies. Motorbike rental goes at 350bt a day, though this will come down if you rent for a few days. You can also hire cars and guides to explore Koh Kood at 1,500bt a day.