Getting to Koh Kood has become much easier over the last year but it does still require some forward planning.
Boats run by 3 separate companies leave from the mainland Laem Sok Pier, which is 4.5 to 5 hours journey time from Bangkok and about 30km out from Trat, the nearest provincial town. The last daily boats leave at 14.20 and 15.00.
Laem Sok Pier is not served by public transport. To reach the pier directly, you can use private transfers from your hotel or Suvarnabhumi Airport, but these will require early starts to make the boat connections. Private cars and minibuses can also meet the morning and lunchtime flights from Trat Airport.
Alternatively, a bus and boat combination, with its twice daily departure at 05.00 and 07.30 operates from the the Khao San Road area.
You can use public transport from Ekamai Bus Station to Trat City itself. After staying a night in one of the many guesthouses, you can continue onto Laem Sok Pier the next morning via the free shuttle taxis laid on by all of the boats.
You can island hop from Koh Chang, Koh Mak and Koh Wai using speedboats and a catamaran, 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 Kood. These transfers, just you, no sharing, travel direct to Laem Sok 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, Battambang and Phnom Penh, Ban Phe and Pattaya.
There is no direct public transport to Laem Sok. Buses and public minibuses instead instead head for Trat, with daily departures from the eastern bus station at Ekamai and its northern counterpart at Morchit.
Unless you take very early morning 05.00 transport or the night bus, you will arrive in Trat too late to make any boat connections from Laem Sok, so must stay a night in Trat.
The boat companies lay on a 40bt per person shuttle taxi, 1 hour, from the city down to the pier in order to make their respective connections, with the same service available in reverse.
Boonsiri Catamaran has its own connecting bus service to its own boats, with departure times from Bangkok at 05.00 (10.45 boat) or 07.30 (14.20 boat) from the Khao San area, 900bt per person all-in, kids 4 and under free, 5 and over adult price.
Returns leave at 09.00 boat (11.00 bus) and 12.00 (14.00 bus) via Lad Krabang Airport Link, reaching Khao San around 18.00 or 20.30 respectively.
From 1/6/19 to 30/9/19, this Boonsiri bus/boat combination service is at 07.30 down and 09.00 back only.
All boats leave from Laem Sok Pier, about 30km out from Trat, an hour from Trat Airport and 45 minutes from the Koh Chang Piers and Laem Ngop Pier (Koh Mak).
The express boats, Koh Kood Princess with departure at 12.30, duration 100 minutes is 350bt per person and Koh Kut Express at 13.00, duration 90 minutes is 500bt. The high speed catamaran, Boonsiri, 10.45 and 14.20, duration 70 minutes, is 500bt per person. There is also a speedboat, Koh Kut Express Speedboats, 10.00 and 15.00, duration 60 minutes at 600bt per person. Private speedboats are also available but expensive.
Companies provide a 40bt taxi shuttle service from Trat. On arrival in Koh Kood, each boat company supplies free transport to and from your resort. The speedboat Koh Kut Express Speedboats can deliver you direct to some resorts.
Returns are at 09.00 and 12.00 Boonsiri, 10.00, the express boats, Koh Kood Princess and Koh Kut Express and 11.00 or 13.00, Koh Kut Express Speedboats.
In the high season, Bang Bao Boats and Kai Bae Huts Nor Nou Speedboats run daily speedboats between the Koh Chang Islands. From 1/11/19 to 31/3/20, Boonsiri also runs an inter-island catamaran.
Bangkok Airways flies 4 times daily from Suvarnabhumi to Trat Airport and if using the morning 08.20 PG301 or lunchtime 11.40 PG305 flights, landing at 09.20 and 12.40 respectively, you can connect to selected Koh Kood boats. You will need to use a private transfer by car or minibus to reach the pier.
On your return, the first boat, the 09.00 Boonsiri Catamaran from Koh Kood will make the lunchtime 13.10 PG306 flight back to Bangkok, but once again you should reserve the private transfer from the pier to the airport. Using either the 13.00 Koh Kut Express Speedboat or the 12.00 Boonsiri, you can connect to the PG310.
Bangkok Airways’ telephone number is 02 270 6699 or 039 551 654-5, www.bangkokair.com
Once you are on Koh Kood, there is a very limited island taxi (songthaews) service, which dovetails with the free shuttle transport provided by the boat companies. Motorbike rental goes at 300bt a day, though this will come down if you rent for a few days. You can also hire cars and guides to explore Koh Kood at 1,500bt a day.