Trat Airport is the local Airport for Koh Chang, Koh Kood and Koh Mak. Located in the back and beyond of rural Trat, it’s around 20km to the two ferry piers for Koh Chang at Ao Thammachat and Centerpoint, 25km to Laem Ngop for Kok Mak and in the opposite direction perhaps nearer 50km to Laem Sok for Koh Kood.
Trat Airport – Ticketing
Flying out from Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Airways is the only airline which operates this route, with three daily flights. Flights leave from Bangkok at 08.20am, 11.20am and 17.00, taking an hour, with the returns from Trat at 10.00am, 13.10 and 18.30. They do run a winter and summer timetable, so allow for some slight variations during the course of the year. You can easily book your tickets online, but bear in mind that the web promotions charge 800bt for schedule changes, web freedom tickets are free to alter. You can make connections via Bangkok from Chiang Mai, Koh Samui and Phuket.
Trat Airport – Connections
Trat Airport is designated CIQ (Customs Immigration and Quarantine) which means you can check your baggage all the way through and complete your Immigration there. This considerably speeds up through-connections from Bangkok.
Trat Airport – Koh Chang
If traveling to Koh Chang, the evening flight will make the ferry across to the island. Ferries run throughout the year except in extreme weather conditions.
From the airport, you can either use the share minibus or private transfers to your resort door. The share minibus at 500bt per person (all beaches) with ferry ticket can be pre-booked or you can get a seat on arrival. The private transfer costs 1,800bt for a car and 2,300bt for a minibus with ferry tickets. For the return, pick-ups with either service are co-ordinated with your flight times. The share minibus does not cover the east coast.
It’s about 25 minutes from the airport to the piers.
Trat Airport – Koh Kood
If travelling to Koh Kood, the morning flight arrival makes boat connections at 12.00pm and 14.00. You can make that 14.00 (Boonsiri) departure from Laem Sok if arriving on the 11.20am flight. You will need to spend a night in Trat if you come on the evening flight.
On the return, take the morning boat off Koh Kood, easiest with Boonsiri at 09.00am to make the lunchtime flight. From May to October, this boat leaves at 10.00am, so it is cutting it very fine for that flight, with journey time from pier to Trat Airport of an hour.
To travel from Trat Airport to Laem Sok Pier, you will need to use a private transfer as there is no public transport available. Cars are 1,800bt, minibuses are 2,300bt.
Trat Airport – Koh Mak
For Koh Mak, the morning flight will connect to the 10.30am boat, with 11.30am and 12.30pm additional choices. The lunchtime flight connects to the 14.00 boat, with 15.00 and 16.00 also possible. The evening flight means staying a night in Trat or down at one of the guesthouses in Laem Ngop.
For the return, aim for the lunchtime flight, with morning boats off Koh Mak easily making that connection. The evening flight at 18.30 would mean a lot of waiting around as the last daily boat off the island is at 13.00.
To travel to Laem Ngop Pier from Trat Airport, you can pick up a taxi in the airport at 500bt per person or pre-book a private car or minibus, 1,300bt to 1,800bt. It’s about 35 minutes from the Airport to the pier.
Trat Airport – Other
Trat Airport is tiny, with its meeting point next door to the share minibus desk on the left hand side as you emerge from Arrivals. It has a small cafe restaurant too.
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