There are various cheap options of getting to Koh Kood by direct bus, public bus and share minibus from Bangkok and indeed Pattaya.
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- Direct Bus to Laem Sok Pier
- Public Services
- From Pattaya
Direct Bus to Laem Sok Pier for Koh Kood
The Boonsiri catamaran company offers a direct service between Bangkok and Laem Sok Pier, the mainland departure and arrival point for Koh Kood.
Bangkok to Laem Sok Pier (Pre-Covid Timetable)
This service leaves twice daily at 05.00 and 07.30 from Tanit Place at the bottom of Khao San Road/Rambuttri Road, price 1,000bt for the bus and boat ticket combined. You get a small packed lunch and drinks too.
Children aged 4 years under are free, 5 and over adult price.
The 05.00 bus makes the 10.45 boat which goes direct to Koh Kood, duration 60 minutes and then onto Koh Mak. The 07.30 option makes the 14.20 boat, which goes to Koh Kood only, arriving at 15.20.
Once on Koh Kood, the boat company provides a free share shuttle taxi from the arrival pier at Ao Salad to your resort.
Laem Sok Pier to Bangkok (Pre-Covid Timetable)
Returns are the same price with the boat leaving Koh Kood at 09.00 to connect to the bus at 10.30, arriving in the Khao San area around 17.30. The 2nd boat of the day leaves Koh Kood at 12.00, connecting to the bus at 13.30, arriving in the Khao San area at 20.30+.
This return service can drop you at Lad Krabang, the Airport Rail Link Station, from where it is about 20 minutes to Suvarnabhumi Airport, 3 to 4 trains an hour, 40bt per person. It does not go to the Airport direct.
On Koh Kood, the boat company again provides a free share shuttle taxi from your resort to the departure pier.
Rainy Season (Pre-Covid Timetable)
From 1/6/ to 30/9, this service is once daily only at 07.30 linking to the boat at 13.30. The return is with the 09.00 catamaran only linking to the 10.30 bus, 1,000bt per person each way.
You cannot use the Boonsiri bus to connect to the other boat companies.
Pre-Covid Boonsiri Timetable
|Boonsiri Bus/Catamaran||Bangkok to Koh Kood||Koh Kood to Bangkok||Price THB
|Meeting and Drop-off: Near Khao San Road|
Can drop at Lad Krabang Airport Rail Link
|05.00 Bus for 10.45 Boat|
07.30 Bus for 14.20 Boat
1/6/ to 30/9 07.30 only
|09.00 Boat for 10.30 Bus (Bangkok 17.00 to 18.00)|
12.00 Boat for 14.00 Bus (Bangkok 20.30 to 21.00)
1/6/ to 30/9 09.00 only
|1,000bt per person
Child 5 and over full price, 4 and under free
Public Services from Bangkok to Trat
Public transport from Bangkok, whether by public bus or share minibus, does not go directly to Laem Sok Pier. Instead, it heads for Trat, the nearest provinical town, some 25 kilometres away.
Departing daily from Bangkok to Trat, a/c buses leave from either Ekamai, the eastern bus terminal or Morchit, the northern bus terminal.
Buses from Ekamai are almost hourly. You can reach the bus station by getting out at the BTS (skytrain) station of the same name.
Buses from Morchit are just a couple of times daily. Morchit Bus Terminal is not the same as Morchit BTS Station. If you do not go direct to the bus station by taxi, you need to take a 15 to 20 minute taxi ride from Morchit BTS or Chatuchak Station on the MRT (metro). Head down to the highway using Exit 3.
If you take the night bus or very early morning bus at 05.00, you should make the connections to the transport which waits at the Trat Bus Station. Leave much later and you will be likely staying a night.
If you do stay in Trat, the share shuttle taxi (see below) is easily organised the next morning by your guesthouse, just tell them on arrival what you require.
Trat Bus Station is about 3km out of town, with songthaew taxis costing 30bt per person to take you into the centre. It is not walkable from the guesthouse area or city centre.
Taxis from Trat to Laem Sok Pier
From Trat, the different boat companies lay on 40bt per person share shuttle buses to the pier, leaving at 90 minutes to an hour before the actual departures times of the boats.
Those companies and boats are the 12.30 Koh Kood Princess (300bt) and 13.00 Koh Kut Express (350bt), duration 90 to 100 minutes, Boonsiri, the twice daily catamaran, 10.45 and 14.20 at 500bt per person and Koh Kut Express Speedboat, 10.00 and 15.00 at 600bt per person.
Return from Laem Sok Pier to Trat
The same taxi service runs in reverse to Trat for your journey back.
Boats leave Koh Kood at 09.00, Boonsiri docking at Laem Sok at 10.00, 10.00 Koh Kut Express or Koh Kood Princess docking at Laem Sok at 11.30 and 11.45 respectively , 12.00 Boonsiri docking at Laem Sok at 13.00 or finally the 11.00 and 13.00 Koh Kut Express Speedboat docking at Laem Sok at 12.00 and 14.00 respectively.
Bangkok to Trat Timetables – Public Bus
|Public Bus||From Bangkok Ekamai Bus Station to Trat Bus Station||From Trat Bus Station to Bangkok Ekamai Bus Station|
02 391 2237 (Bangkok)
039 511 062 (Trat)
|05.00, 06:00, 07:00, 08.30, 09:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:30, 15:30, 17:30, 19:30, 20:30, 22:00, 23:30|| 07.00, 08.00, 09.00, (09.30am), 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 16.00, (18.00), 19.30, 21.30, (23.00), 23.30
|From Bangkok Morchit Bus Station to Trat Bus Station||From Trat Bus Station to Bangkok Morchit Bus Station|
|Cherdchai Tour (Booth 44)||05.30, 17.30||08.30, 14.30|
|Transport Company (Booth 21)||07.30, 11.00, 22.00||09.30, 14.00, 23.30 - via BKK Suvarnbhumi Airport|
***We do NOT book these services***
The Triple T (TTT) minibus to Trat leaves from Ekamai Bus Station, with the booth located in the middle of the row on the right hand side of the ticket hall.
This runs every 2 hours, starting from 06.00 up until 18.00. It takes 5 hours and costs 270bt. You need the earliest services to make a Koh Kood connection.
An identical Triple T (TTT) service runs from Morchit New Van Terminal (Minibus Station Chatuchak) to Trat Bus Station. This terminal is opposite the main bus station, use the cross-over to get over the bus road. For eastern Thailand, you need Building C, for Trat Line 9908 . Times are again very frequent at 05.00, 06.00, 9.30, 12.00, 12.30, 13.30, 15.30 and 18.00. As above, use the 05.00 or 06.00 to make the connections at Trat Bus Station to the share shuttle taxi to Laem Sok.
Times back from Trat Bus Station are very similar but starting at 04.00 and ending at 18.00.
The telephone numbers for these services are 084 148 1551 (Morchit), 090 818 1855 (Ekamai) and 090 818 1844 (Koh Chang at Ao Sapparot) – all subject to change.
***We do NOT book these services***
Boonsiri also runs a once daily service at 05.00 from Pattaya, with central hotel and resort pick-up. This links to the 10.45 boat, with cost for the bus/boat at 1,000bt per person.
The return is available with the 12.00 boat only, reaching Pattaya at around 20.00 – same price at 1,000bt per person, all-in.
A bus or minibus is used dependent on numbers.
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