Getting to Koh Mak by Public Bus and Minibus

By 999 Bus to Laem Ngop Pier

getting-to-koh-mak-bus-minibus If using the public bus, the easiest way of getting from Bangkok to Laem Ngop (Krom Luang) Pier, the departure point for Koh Mak, is to take the 999 Express, which heads directly to the Koh Chang ferry piers at Ao Thammachat and Centrepoint. Laem Ngop Pier is 10 minutes further down the road.

The first bus leaves at 07.45am from the eastern bus station, Ekamai, via Suvarnabhumi Airport Bus Station (08.20am) and travels direct to Ao Thammachat Pier, arriving at 13.30. Tell the driver that you want Koh Mak and they may take you onto Centerpoint Pier. Assuming they do only go to Ao Thammachat, from there, you can take a blue songthaew taxi to Laem Ngop Pier. You might just make the 14.00 Leelawadee Speedboat , though the 14.30 Seatales is more likely.

The 999 service runs a second service leaving from Ekamai at 09.45am, calling at Suvarnabhumi Airport Bus Station at 10.20am. This heads direct to Centerpoint Pier arriving at 15.15 to 15.30, from where you take the taxi. It is cutting it very fine but just about possible to make the last connection to Koh Mak, the 16.00 Panan.

The return service leaves from Centerpoint Pier at 14.00, so take either the 10.30am Leelawadee or the Seatales at 12.30pm from Koh Mak and again, hop in a taxi to run you back up to Centerpoint.

The 999 Bus does have an additional service, leaving from the Suvarnabhumi Airport Transportation Centre or Bus Station, which goes to Trat Bus Station instead. This service is once a day at 11.40am, 265bt.

Bangkok (Ekamai) to the ferries

999 Express
02 391 6846 (Bangkok), 089 752 5732 (Trat)

Dep: 07.45 (08.20 at Airport), 09.45 (10.20)
Arr: 13.30 (Ao Thammachat), 15.15 (Centerpoint)
263bt

Centerpoint Ferry (mainland) to Bangkok (Ekamai)

999 Express
Dep: 14.00
Arr: 19.00 to 19.30
263bt


By Bus from Bangkok, Khao San and the Airport to Koh Chang Piers or Trat

The next option is the public bus from Bangkok to Trat and from there, travel by songthaew taxi to the pier at Laem Ngop, just under 20 kilometres away. Realistically, you will only make the boat connections at 14.00, 14.30, 15.00 or 16.00 if you take the very very early departures or the night bus.

Otherwise, travel down slowly, the 12.30pm bus is a nice departure time, spend a night in Trat and leave the next morning with a taxi to the pier (50bt), but check the Koh Mak ferry and speedboat timetables first.

khao-san-road-bus From Khao San Road, there is a VIP bus service which departs at 8.00am and heads for Centerpoint Pier for Koh Chang, arriving at 15.00 to 15.30, price 450bt per person. This would just allow you to make the 16.00 Panan speedboat connection at Laem Ngop Pier down the road. There are blue songthaews on hand at Centerpoint to run you down to the pier.

The return, at 450bt per person, leaves from Centerpoint, at 12.00pm, taking 5+ hours and calling at Rama 9 (Srinakarin) for the Suvarnabhumi Airport link, Hualamphong Railway Station and Khao San Road, arrival 17.30. Check with your resort on Koh Mak about transfer from Laem Ngop Pier to Centerpoint Pier for this service.

Suvarnabhumi Bupara Co (also known as Lonely Beach Express/Bus 392) has a direct connection from Suvarnabhumi Airport Terminal at 07.50am (bus) and 09.30am (minibus) from Gate 8, Level 1, priced at 600bt for delivery to Koh Chang. You could use this and then ditch the last part of the ticket, instead taking a songthaew taxi from the Koh Chang Pier to Laem Ngop in time for the afternoon boats.


We recommend Cherdchai as the better service.

Bangkok (Ekamai) to Trat Bus Station

Cherdchai Tour
02 391 2237 (Bangkok)
039 511 062 (Trad)

Dep: 05.00, 06:00, 07:00, 08.30, 09:30, 10.30, 11:30, 12:30, 13.30, 14:30, 15:30, 17:30, 19:30, 20:30, 22:00, 23:30
6 to 7 hours
around 265bt

Tanakawee
090 818 1855 (Bangkok)

Dep: (to the pier & Trat) 06.00, 08.00, 10:00, 12.00, (Trat only) 14.00, 16.00, 18.00
6 to 7 hours
around 265bt

Trat Bus Station to Bangkok (Ekamai)

Cherdchai Tour
Dep: 07.00, 08.00, 09.00, 09.30, 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 16.00, 18.00, 19.30, 21.30, 23.00, 23.30
6 to 7 hours
around 265bt

Tanakawee
Dep: 08.30, 10.30, 12.00, 14.30, 17.00, 23.00
5 to 6 hours
around 265bt

Bangkok (Morchit) to Trat Bus Station

Cherdchai Tour
Dep: 08.30, 17.30
6 to 7 hours
around 270bt

Tanakawee
Dep: 06.00, 09.30, 12.30, 15.30, 23.00
6 to 7 hours
around 270bt

Trat Bus Station to Bangkok (Morchit)

Cherdchai Tour
Dep: 08.30, 14.30
6 to 7 hours
around 270bt

Tanakawee
Dep: 07.30, 09.30, 12.30, 16.00, 23.30
6 to 7 hours
around 270bt


Public Shared Minibus from Bangkok

public-minibus-victory-monument-koh-makThere is a cheap efficient minibus service to Trat Bus Station leaving from Victory Monument, with the office just under the BTS station. This service is also used for Koh Chang and Koh Mak customers. The minibuses are hourly, starting from 05.00am up until 12.00pm and take 4 to 5 hours, 300bt. For Koh Mak, only use those up until 09.00am.

After Chantaburi, at the Saen Tung junction, passengers for Koh Chang/Koh Mak are swapped to a songthaew taxi (50bt) to take them to Ao Thammachat Pier. Passengers for Trat stay on the minibus. On booking the ticket or changing vehicles at Saen Tung, stress that you are going to Koh Mak and the taxi may continue on from Ao Thammachat Pier to Laem Ngop Pier or if not, hop in another taxi once you are dropped at Ao Thammachat.

The return leg is the same price and just as frequent, easily booked on Koh Mak (though double check the collection from the pier) or at Thida Tours the bottom of the pier on arrival on the mainland. The last minibus back to Bangkok leaves at 15.30.

Another minibus service runs from Ekamai Bus Station to Ao Thammachat Pier, again very frequent, with times of 6.00am, 08.00am, 10.00am, price 265bt. This arrives at Ao Thammachat Pier at 10.30am, 12.30pm, and 14.30 respectively, plenty of time to take a taxi down the road to Laem Ngop Pier. There are other times available if you just wanted to go to Trat, 12.00pm, 14.00, 16.00 and 18.00.

Morchit Bus Station too operates its own minibus service to Trat, with times of 05.00am, 09.30am, 12.30pm, 13.30, 15.30 and 18.30, 265bt per seat.

Public Minibus from Pattaya, Koh Samet and Rayong to Koh Mak Ferry Pier

There are plenty of minibuses from Pattaya which costs around 500bt direct to the ferries for Koh Chang, which you can use to get to Laem Ngop Pier. From Ban Phe (pier for Koh Samet), the minibus is 350bt to Ao Thammachat, where, again, you can ask them to continue on to your pier for Koh Mak. There is a minibus service that leaves three times a day from Ao Thammachat Pier, going to Ban Phe (Koh Samet), Rayong and Pattaya with times of 11.00am, 13.00 and 15.00, for 350bt. Public buses do operate along this route, but are slow and probably best avoided unless Trat is your destination.

The number of buses and their times are subject to change depending on demand and the different tourist seasons, with telephone numbers also not always picked up or discontinued.
***We do NOT book these public services***


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