UPDATED MAY 2016
It’s about 10 minutes away from the ferry piers for Koh Chang 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 Koh Mak Pier at Laem Ngop. 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. 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.
To reach Koh Mak by public transport, you can use the Bangkok buses direct to the Koh Chang piers just up the road, in particular the 07.45am 999 Express from Ekamai, Bangkok’s eastern Bus Terminal. You then travel the 10 minutes to Laem Ngop Pier by songthaew taxi.
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 (50bt to 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 which ply the Trat route to and from Victory Monument, Ekamai and Morchit, Bangkok’s northern Bus Terminal.
4 companies, Panan, Leelawadee, Suansuk and Seatales, provide the service from Laem Ngop Pier to Koh Mak, with 8 daily departures at 10.30am, 11.30am, 13.00, 14.00, 14.30, 15.00 and 16.00. Journey time is one hour and all are priced at 450bt per person.
Returns start from 08.00am and finish at 13.30.
There is also the express catamaran boat service, Boonsiri Fantasia, which calls in at Koh Mak on its way to Koh Kood. This departs at 14.20, 400bt from Laem Sok Pier, reaching Koh Mak 50 minutes later. The return back to the mailand leaves from Ao Nid Pier on Koh Mak at 12.50pm.
Bang Bao Boats and Kai Bae Huts Nor Nou Speedboats run daily speedboats between the Koh Chang Islands.
If flying to Trat airport with Bangkok Airways, both morning flights, PG301 and PG305, will make the boats. 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, the morning boats from Koh Mak will make the lunchtime flight, PG306, back to Bangkok, but you should reserve the transfer from the pier to the airport.
To travel between Trat Airport and Laem Ngop Pier, you will require a private transfer as there are no cheap share taxis 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.