Getting to Koh Chang, Koh Kood and Koh Mak during the May to October rainy season is actually not that different from travel during the high season dry months, but there are a few timetable changes to look out for.
We’ve rounded things up for you, so you know what to look out for and can plan accordingly.
Rainy Season – Private Transfers, Buses and Minibuses
Private transfers run as normal, though we do sometimes suggest earlier pick-ups to allow for traffic and rain on the roads, especially if heading to Laem Sok for the Koh Kood boats or if returning from Koh Chang back to Suvarnabhumi (BKK) or Don Mueang (DMK).
The Khao San Road 05.00 Bus to Centerpoint Pier with ferry ticket and 999 Bus, from Ekamai via Suvarnabhumi Airport Bus Station to Ao Thammachat and Centerpoint Pier, continue as per their normal timetables, no changes. You can use that 999 Bus for Koh Mak, by taking a taxi to Laem Ngop Pier from its final stop at Centerpoint Pier. It takes about 10 minutes, 40bt per person. (Please note the 999 Bus is currently suspended due to Covid 19)
Hotel to hotel share minibuses which run between Bangkok and Koh Chang are as scheduled during the rainy season, with morning pick-ups from central Bangkok hotels and morning and afternoon minibuses going back the other way. However, that afternoon service off the island is sometimes dropped due to low numbers, so best to always plan for a morning departure.
The Suvarnabhumi Bupara Co bus/minibuses direct from Door 8 Level 1 Suvarnabhumi Airport to Koh Chang are similarly as scheduled, though the 09.30am from the Airport and the 19.00 back the other way, do not run May to October.
All these services promise to use buses as advertised in the rainy season, not switching to a minibus when numbers are down.
For public buses and public share minibuses, check arrival and departures times at Ekamai and Morchit Bus Stations or at Victory Monument, normally no change throughout the year.
All timetables and details are here.
Rainy Season – Flying into Trat Airport
Throughout the year, Bangkok Airway operates 4 daily arrivals and 4 daily departures between Trat Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport. When booking using their website, do look out for any rainy season variations in timings from our published times here.
You should also check timetables carefully for your connections if travelling onto Koh Kood and Koh Mak, as the number of boats running to and from each island is reduced during May to October.
Morning arrivals and lunchtime arrivals, PG301 and PG305, will make boats to Koh Kood and Koh Mak.
Coming back the other way, the 08.00 and 08.30 morning boats off Koh Mak will make the morning flight, PG302. The 09.00 Boonsiri off Koh Kood will make the PG306 flight easily, see below for more explanation.
The evening flight, PG307, only useful for Koh Chang, will always make the last ferry.
Boats in the Rainy Season
Koh Chang Ferries
Koh Chang ferries run as scheduled in the rainy season, every 45 minutes to an hour each way. Centerpoint Ferry does often move its last ferry to 19.00 from 19.30 for a couple of months from June onwards.
High waves or a particularly bad storm may lead to an occasional cancellation, but this is very rare indeed. Full ferry timetables can be found here.
The rainy season timetable for Koh Kood boats from Laem Sok Pier does change.
Boonsiri Catamaran runs at 10.45 and 14.20m back at 09.00 and 12.00. Koh Kood Princess, the express boat departs at 12.30, the Koh Kut Express at 13.00. Their returns are both at 10.00.
The Koh Kut Express speedboat, runs at 10.00 and 13.30 but you will need to check this before booking. The speedboat may also not run if weather conditions deteriorate.
For the lunchtime flight back to Bangkok, PG306, use the 09.00 Boonsiri. We can provide a private car or minibus from Laem Sok Pier to Trat Airport.
The Boonsiri boat/bus combo is a cheaper option of getting between Bangkok and the pier. During the rainy season, it leaves daily at 05.00 from the Khao San Road area, with the return setting off from their office at Laem Sok at 14.00, (12.00 boat off Koh Kood).
If coming out from Cambodia to Koh Kood, you would opt for the 14.20 with a very early start, say 05.00 from Siem Reap. Over-nighting in Trat is another option. If you do stay there, the boat companies run their a 40bt daily shuttle taxi from Trat to Laem Sok Pier – organise this through your guesthouse.
Full boat details here.
Koh Mak Boats
For Koh Mak, adjusted timetables are here but bear in mind, adverse conditions, big waves basically, may cause the the suspension of the service. The Boonsiri does not operate its Koh Mak shuttle from mid May to mid October.
If coming out from Cambodia to Koh Mak, you should make an early start, say 06.00 to 07.00, but you will make the afternoon boats.
Between The Koh Chang Islands
The inter-island boats, Bang Bao Boats, Kai Bae Huts Speedboat and Boonsiri stop from mid May to late October, so bear this in mind if thinking about visiting more than one spot. You have to return to the mainland, travel to the respective pier and then take the boat out from there. Our advice here would be stick to Koh Chang and one other of Koh Kood or Koh Mak, not both.
For Koh Chang to Koh Kood, the best and most convenient option is a private transfer.
For Koh Chang to Koh Mak, take a taxi to either ferry pier and then the ferry. Once crossed onto the mainland, then jump in a Trat bound songthaew taxi from the ferry pier, asking the driver to drop you off at Laem Ngop Pier for Koh Mak.
For Koh Kood to Koh Mak, you’ll need to use private transfers between the piers.
Boats to Koh Wai
Koh Wai is very quiet indeed during the rainy season, so you must ring ahead to check if your bungalow choice is open. Speedboats from Laem Ngop Pier to Koh Mak will call in at Koh Wai if there are at least 2 people, If it’s just you, you pay double.
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