UPDATED FEBRUARY 2017
Getting to Koh Wai is very easy, whether from from Bangkok, Trat or the other islands, Koh Chang, Koh Mak and Koh Kood.
Leaving from Laem Ngop Pier on the mainland, selected speedboats which head to Koh Mak, call in at Koh Wai on their way through. This therefore means many of the Koh Mak travel options for reaching the pier also apply to Koh Wai.
Koh Wai is also first port of call for the island hopping services out of Koh Chang and features heavily in the 3 island and 1/2 day boat trips which run from there.
Koh Wai travel by speedboat is possible with two companies, Leelawadee Speedboats and Seatales, which operate out of Laem Ngop Pier (also known as Krom Luang), about 20km from Trat.
With a final destination of Koh Mak, the speedboats depart daily at either at 10.30am, Leelawadee, 11.30am Seatales or 14.30 Seatales, all at 450bt per person, stopping at Koh Wai at 10.50am, 11.50am or 14.50 respectively. The returns leave from Koh Wai at 08.30am (Leelawadee) or 08.50am Seatales arriving on the mainland at 08.45am or 09.15am respectively.
Slower and less convenient, there is also a wooden ferry and goods boat, which takes some 2 hours or more. This is a thrice weekly (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) trip only, also from Laem Ngop Pier, 300bt per person. On those days, it leaves at 14.00 from the mainland and returns at 09.00am from Koh Wai.
On Koh Wai, the speedboat will head to the piers at Paradise Resort, Pakarang Resort and if anyone requires them, Grandmar Huts and Koh Wai Beach Resort. Those wanting to stay at Good Feeling get out at Paradise Resort.
Please note that if only person travelling, the boat company reserves the right to charge as 2 pax.
Speedboats to/from Laem Ngop Pier – Timetable
From Laem Ngop Pier to Koh Wai
450bt per person
Under 130cm: 300bt
Under 90cm: free
Dep: 11.30am, 14.30
450bt per person
Under 130cm: 300bt
Under 90cm: free
Wooden Ferry Boat
Dep: 14.00, Mon, Wed and Fri only
Duration: 2.5 hours
300bt per person
Tel: 084 107 3050
039 538 084 – these numbers do change
Koh Wai to Laem Ngop Pier – Travel by Boat
Wooden Ferry Boat
Dep: 09.00am Mon, Wed and Fri only
During the rainy season, (mid May to end of October), the speedboat runs a reduced service to Koh Mak and so in theory can stop at Koh Wai, though you should ring ahead and check if the resorts are open.
We can organise private transfers to and from Laem Ngop Pier by car, 2 people, 4,000bt or minibus 4 to 7 people, 4,500bt direct from either a Bangkok hotel or its two Airports at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang.
We can also collect from the Cambodian borders, from Siem Reap, Sihanoukville or Phnom Penh, Trat Airport and from Koh Chang, all details on our service here over in our Koh Chang section.
Getting to Koh Wai – Public Bus and Minibus
The best public bus to take from Bangkok is the 999, price 263bt, leaving from Bangkok’s Ekamai Bus Station on the Sukhumvit Road, which goes to Ao Thammachat Pier or Centrepoint Ferry (for Koh Chang). It also calls at Suvarnabhumi Airport Transportation Centre (Bus Station) as it heads east away from the city.
The time of departure which will work with a Koh Wai connection (14.30 Seatales) is at 07.45am (Airport, 08.20am), arriving at Ao Thammachat at 13.15 to 13.30. On arrival at the piers, you simply need to take a short 15 minute taxi ride from there to Laem Ngop Pier, price 30bt to 40bt per person.
Getting to Koh Wai – Public Minibus
There 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 Wai, only use those up until 07.00am.
After Chantaburi, at the Saen Tung junction, passengers for Koh Chang/Koh Mak/Koh Wai 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/Koh Wai 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.
Another minibus service runs from Ekamai Bus Station to Ao Thammachat Pier, again very frequent, with times of 6.00am, 08.00am, price 265bt. This arrives at Ao Thammachat Pier at 10.30am, 12.30pm, and respectively, 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, 10.00am, 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.
Getting from Koh Wai back to Bangkok
For the return, your best bet is to take a minibus if you want to go direct from the pier, easy enough to book when on Koh Wai itself or on arrival at the pier from Thida Tours. Taking the 08.50am daily Seatales Speedboat will connect to the 10.30am service or the wooden boat (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) will connect to either the 11.30am or more likely the 12.30pm. The minibuses go to Victory Monument in the centre of Bangkok, calling at the Airport Rail Link (Lad Krabang) along the way, 350bt per person.
Alternatively, you can travel up to Trat Bus Station by taxi and take a public bus from there. Departures to Ekamai Bus Station are hourly, 265bt with Cherdchai Tours the best of the services on offer.
Getting to Koh Wai – Flying to Trat Airport
If you arrive on either of the morning Bangkok Airways flights, PG301 departing Suvarnabhumi Airport at 08.20am, arriving at 09.20am or PG305 departing Suvarnabhumi Airport at 11.40am, arriving at 12.40pm, you will make the boat connections. As there is no public transport available, you will, however, need to pre-book a private transfer to get you to the pier, price around 1,000bt for a car for 2 pax.
On the return, taking the 08.50am daily Seatales Speedboat will connect to the PG306 departing Trat at 13.10, arriving Suvarnabhumi Airport at 14.10.
If you use the wooden boat and remember this only runs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, you can only combine with the PG306 departing Trat at 13.10, arriving Suvarnabhumi Airport at 14.10.
Getting to Laem Ngop Pier from Trat
To Laem Ngop Pier (Krom Luang), songthaew taxis run back and forth from Trat Bus Station, a km or so out from the city itself, at a cost of 50bt to 60bt per person, leaving when full or you can charter the whole vehicle for 250bt to 300bt. If staying the night in Trat, your guesthouse will usually organise the transport or you can walk to the covered market and negotiate yourself. Expect to pay 200bt to 250bt to go immediately.
There is a another public taxi on the corner by the chemists, opposite the entrance to the temple. For 50bt to 60bt per person, taxis leave from here to the Koh Chang ferry piers up the road from Laem Ngop Pier, again when full only. Simply ask them to drop you off at Laem Ngop Pier for Koh Wai/Koh Mak. Taxis coming back from the piers follow the same pricing system if full. With only a few passengers, the cost per person will increase.
Laem Ngop Pier is a few kilometres down the coast from the ferry piers of Centrepoint and Ao Thammachat which serve Koh Chang. If you find yourself at those piers, there are little blue taxis that will run you to Laem Ngop for 30bt to 40bt per person.
Koh Wai Boat Trips
The Koh Chang snorkeling scene offers plenty of boat trips. You could try Mr Khai’s 3 island trip at 750bt per person, which combines this Koh Wai with Koh Laoya. Bang Bao Boats run a half day excursion with its wooden boat at 550bt per person or you can pop on a as part of a private tour down to Koh Rang . All details are here and we can organise these trips for you.
It is very easy to move between the Koh Chang Islands, using speedboats or a slower wooden boat.
For Koh Wai, Bang Bao Boats speedboat, 400bt per person, leaves from Bang Bao in Koh Chang at 09.30am and 12.00pm, with their slower wooden boat departing at 09.00am, 300bt per person. These are the services out to Koh Mak and Koh Kood. The speedboats also call in at Koh Wai on their return trips at 10.30am or 13.30, whilst the wooden boat stops by at 13.00.
For island hopping timetables, please see all the timetables and prices in the Koh Chang ferry and speedboat section, which also has the times for the Kaibae Huts Speedboat service, which plys the same route.
These boats do not run during the rainy season, so you will have to return to the mainland to pick up the relevant boats from there, see Koh Kood ferry and speedboat or Koh Mak ferry and speedboat for details.