UPDATED for 2018/19 Season
It’s about 10 minutes away from the Koh Chang Centerpoint Ferry Pier, 20 minutes from Koh Chang Ferry Ao Thammachat Pier and 16km from Trat, the nearest mainland town.
From Laem Ngop, speedboats are your choice, with 4 companies running to and from the island co-ordinating with the other transport options.
You can reach the Laem Ngop Pier by flying into Trat Airport with Bangkok Airways and then taking private transport to the speedboats.
Alternatively, you can arrange your own transfers from Bangkok by private car or private minibus direct to the pier.
There are also regular daily public buses and minibuses, which head to those Koh Chang piers up the road or to Trat. Taxis are on hand to then take you from either place to Laem Ngop Pier itself.
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 Laem Ngop Pier fro Koh Mak . These transfers, just you, no sharing, travel direct to the pier or Trat, with a journey time, door to pier, of around 4.5 to 5 hours from a Bangkok hotel or Suvaranabhumi Airport, prices from 4,000bt for a car.
Others routes covered include to and from the Cambodian borders, from Siem Reap, Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh, Ban Phe, Pattaya.
To reach Koh Mak by public transport, you can use the Bangkok buses direct to the Koh Chang piers at Centerpoint and Thammachat just up the road, in particular the 07.45am and 09.00am 999 Bus from Ekamai, Bangkok’s eastern Bus Terminal, 240bt per person. You then travel the 10 minutes to Laem Ngop Pier by songthaew taxi, 50bt per person. The return bus is at 14.30 and 16.30
Alternatively, you can take the night bus or very early morning public bus again from Ekamai straight to Trat, about 20km away and hop in a taxi from there to the pier (60bt) or better still, leave at a more leisurely hour, stay the night in Trat and travel down to the boats in the morning, again by taxi.
There are also public minibuses run by TTT which ply the Trat route to and from Ekamai and Morchit, Bangkok’s northern Bus Terminal.
From near Khao San Road, you can also use Boonsiri’s bus to Laem Sok Pier at 05.00am and 07.30am, which connects with their Koh Mak/Koh Kood catamaran at 10.45am and 14.20, 800bt for bus and boat combined. The return bus leaves at 14.30 (11.00am catamaran from Koh Mak).
4 companies, Panan, Leelawadee, Suansuk and Seatales, provide the service from Laem Ngop Pier to Koh Mak, with 9 daily departures at 10.30am, 11.30am (2), 13.00, 14.00, 14.30, 15.00, 16.00 and a possible new addition at 17.00 still not confirmed (updated 1/11/18). Journey time is 45 minutes and all are priced at 450bt per person.
Returns start from 08.00am, followed by 08.30am, 09.00am, 10.00am, 11.30am, 12.30pm (2) with the last boats at 13.30 or a possible new addition at 15.00, still not confirmed (updated 1/11/18). Not all times run during the rainy season, 1/6/18 to 30/9/18.
There is also the express catamaran boat service, Boonsiri, which calls in at Koh Mak on its way to or from Koh Kood. This departs from Laem Sok Pier at 10.45am via Koh Kood, reaching Koh Mak at 12.50pm or direct at 14.20 reaching Koh Mak 50 minutes later, both 400bt. The return back to the mainland leaves from Ao Nid Pier on Koh Mak at 11.00am.
Bang Bao Boats and Kai Bae Huts Nor Nou Speedboats run daily speedboats between Koh Mak, Koh Chang and Koh Kood. Boonsiri is also starting a new catamaran service on this route from 1/11/18. From the same date, Suansuk also begins its own service from Koh Mak to Koh Kood and back again 3 times daily.
If flying to Trat airport with Bangkok Airways from Suvarnabhumi Airport, both morning flights, PG301 and PG305, will make the boats at 10.30am and 14.00 respectively. The new afternoon flight, PG309, landing at at 15.45, will make the new 17.00 Suansuk speedboat, but check before booking as the boat company has still not confirmed the service at this time (updated 1/11/18). The final flight of the day, PG307 will not make any connection, meaning an overnight stay in Trat or Laem Ngop itself.
On your return back to Bangkok, the morning boat at 08.00am will make the morning flight PG302, while the 09.00am and 10.00am speedboats connect to the lunchtime flight, PG306. The 13.30 will connect to the new PG310 at 16.25. The new 15.00 boat allows you to take the evening flight, PG308 but check before booking as the boat company has still not confirmed the service at this time (updated 1/11/18).
To travel between Trat Airport and Laem Ngop Pier, you will require a private transfer as there are no share minbuses operating this route. We can organise the transfer for you, please contact us or use the form here.
Bangkok Airways’ telephone number is 02 270 6699 or 039 551 654-5, www.bangkokair.com
Koh Mak has a very limited island taxi or songthaew service, with a normal minimum charge of 100bt. Provided you let them know, resorts will meet the boats with their own transport and similarly, drop you back at the appropriate pier at the end of your stay.
You can easily rent motorbikes from 250bt a day upwards and bicycles from 100bt upwards a day.