Getting to Koh Wai – Transfers, Speedboats, Bus, Flying to Trat Airport

UPDATED for 2019-20

getting-to-koh-waiGetting to Koh Wai is very easy, whether from from Bangkok, Trat or the surrounding islands of Koh Chang, Koh Mak and Koh Kood.

Leaving from Laem Ngop Pier on the mainland, selected speedboats heading to Koh Mak, call in at Koh Wai on their way through. This in turn means several of the Koh Mak travel options from Bangkok will, therefore, also work for travel 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.

Getting to Koh Wai by Speedboat

getting-to-koh-wai-speedboat-seatalesKoh 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 10.30 Leelawadee, 11.30 Seatales or 14.30 Seatales, all at 450bt per person, stopping at Koh Wai at 10.50, 11.50 or 14.50 respectively.

The returns leave from Koh Wai at 08.30 Leelawadee (Koh Mak (08.00) or 08.50 Seatales (Koh Mak 08.30) arriving on the mainland at 08.45 or 09.15 respectively.

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

To OR from
Laem Ngop Pier
Times to Koh WaiTimes from Koh WaiPrice THB
Leelawadee
10.30

(Check in advance for May to October)
08.30

(Check in advance for May to October)
450bt per person

Child under 130cm 300bt, under 90cm free
Seatales11.30, 14.30

(11.30 only May to October but check in advance)
08.50

(Check in advance for May to October)
450bt per person

Child under 130cm 300bt, under 90cm free

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.

Please Contact Us to reserve boats tickets for either Seatales or Leelawadee, pay in advance via PayPal.

Island Hopping between Koh Chang, Koh Wai, Koh Mak and Koh Kood

travel-to-koh-wai-island-hoppingIt 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 09.30 and 12.00, with their slower wooden boat departing at 09.00, 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 10.30 or 13.30, whilst the wooden boat stops by at 15.00.

Kaibae Huts Speedboat service, which plys the same route, leaves at 09.00 from Koh Chang, arriving at 09.30. Its return service leaves Koh Wai at 12.30 arriving back at Koh Chang at 13.00. Prices are the same as Bang Bao Boats.

On Koh Chang, there is a free share shuttle taxi both from your resort to the pier and the same in reverse for departure.

These boats do not run during the rainy season.

Bang Bao Boats Island Hopping – Timetable and Prices

Bang Bao BoatsKoh Chang (Bang Bao) to Koh Wai, Koh Mak and Koh KoodKoh Kood, Koh Mak and Koh Wai to Koh Chang (Bang Bao)
Speedboat
400bt (Koh Wai)
600bt (Koh Mak)
900bt (Koh Kood)
400bt (Koh Wai to Koh Mak)
700bt (Koh Wai to Koh Kood)
400bt (Koh Mak to Koh Kood)
Dep: 09:30/12.00 from Koh Chang
Arr: 10.00/12.30 (Koh Wai at your resort)
Arr: 10.30/13.00 (Koh Mak at Koh Mak Resort)
Arr: 11.30/14.00 (Koh Kood at your resort or nearest pier, free shuttle taxi)
Dep: 09:00/12.00 (from Koh Kood at your resort or nearest pier, free shuttle taxi)
Arr: 10.00/13.00 (Koh Mak at Koh Mak Resort)
Arr: 10.30/13.30 (Koh Wai at your resort)
Arr: 11.00/14.00 (Koh Chang)
Wooden Boat
300bt (Koh Wai)
400bt (Koh Mak)
700bt (Koh Kood)
200bt (Koh Wai to Koh Mak)
700bt (Koh Wai to Koh Kood)
400bt (Koh Mak to Koh Kood)
Dep: 09:00 (from Koh Chang)
Arr: 10.00 (at Koh Wai)
Arr: 11.00 (at Koh Mak)
Arr: 12.00 (at Koh Kood)
Dep: 13:00 (from Koh Kood)
Arr: 14.00 (at Koh Mak Resort)
Arr: 15.00 (Koh Wai at your resort)
Arr: 16.00 (Koh Chang)
Please Contact Us to reserve boats tickets for either Bang Bao Boats or Kai Bae Huts Nor Nou. It’s pay in advance via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to pay this, it can be done with any credit card.

Koh Wai Boat Trips

koh-wai-boat-trip

The Koh Chang snorkeling scene offers plenty of boat trips which call in at Koh Wai.

Bang Bao Boats run a half day excursion with its wooden boat at 600bt per person, leaving Koh Chang at 09.00. You arrive at 10.00 and are collected again at 15.00. On Koh Chang, there is a free share shuttle taxi both from your resort to the pier and the same in reverse for departure.

Anoth option is Mr Khai’s 3 island trip at 750bt per person, which combines Koh Wai with Koh Klum and the larger uninhabited Koh Laoya.

Of course, you can also pop in as part of a private tour down to Koh Rang.

We can book any if these boat trips for you, so please do contact us for more information.

More details on the Koh Chang snorkeling choices can be found here.

Getting to Koh Wai by Private Transfers – Car or Minibus

getting-to-koh-wai-private-transfers-car-minibusWe can organise private transfers to and from Laem Ngop Pier by car, 2 people, 4,000bt or minibus 4 to 8 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.

Please do contact us for more information and a quotation.

Getting to Koh Wai – Public Bus and Minibus

getting-to-koh-wai-public-busThe best public bus to take from Bangkok is the 999, price 236bt, leaving from Bangkok’s Ekamai Bus Station on the Sukhumvit Road and terminating at 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 07.45 (Airport, 08.20), arriving at Centerpoint at 13.15 to 13.30. On arrival at the pier, you simply need to take a short 15 minute taxi ride from there to Laem Ngop Pier, price 30bt to 40bt per person. Ask at Relax Tours at Centerpoint and they will sort it all for you.

Getting to Koh Wai – Public Minibus

From Ekamai Bus Station, there is a share minibus to Ao Thammachat Pier, with times suitable for Koh Wai of 6.00 and 08.00 only, price 240bt.

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 (300bt charter).

If going to Trat only, other times available are 10.00, 12.00, 14.00, 16.00 and 18.00.

The New Van Terminal opposite Morchit Bus Station operates its own minibus service to Trat, with times and price same as above. You need Terminal C, Line 9908 for Trat.

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 08.50 daily Seatales Speedboat will connect to the 10.30 service. 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. You can also link to services to BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport and Khao San Road.

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, 240bt with Cherdchai Tours the best of the services on offer.

Getting to Koh Wai – Flying to Trat Airport

getting-to-koh-wai-trat-airport-flights

If you arrive on either of the morning Bangkok Airways flights, PG301 departing Suvarnabhumi Airport at 08.20, arriving at 09.20 or PG305 departing Suvarnabhumi Airport at 11.40, arriving at 12.40, you will make the boat connections.

You can pre-book a private transfer to get you to the pier, price at 900bt for a car for 2 pax.

On the return, taking the 08.50 daily Seatales Speedboat will connect to the PG306 departing Trat at 13.10, arriving Suvarnabhumi Airport at 14.10.

Again, you can use a private car for the trip back to the Airport.

We can book this car service for you, so please do contact us for more information and a quotation.

Getting to Laem Ngop Pier from Trat

travel-to-koh-wai-trat-taxi-laem-ngop-pierTo 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 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 from Centerpoint, more from Thammachat.


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