Passenger Boats to Koh Kood

Koh Kood is located around 45Km from the mainland and is accessible only by passenger ferry and speedboat.  There isn’t an airport on the island, although the Soneva Kiri Resort does have a private airstrip on a nearby island, for its very wealthy guests to use.

There are four passenger boat companies running regular services to Koh Kood from Laem Sok pier on the mainland. These are ‘Koh Kood Princess’ , ‘Koh Kood Express , Seudamgo and  ‘Boonsiri Ferry.   These companies all operate, large, high speed vessels. A fifth company, Superjet Ferry ran service briefly in 2019 – 20 but closed during covid and has not resumed services.

The newest, fastest boat is the Seudamgo caramaran which takes 84 passengers and can do the journey between the mainland and Koh Kood in around 40 minutes (assuming good weather). They also operate the last boat of the day to Koh Kood which is at 16:00.

The most comfortable vessel is probably the catamaran operated by Boonsiri Ferry which also offers free wi-fi onboard.  And the cheapest is the Koh Kood Princess.

The boats all depart from the ferry terminal at Laem Sok pier, Trat.

Koh Kood Express (formerly Ko Kut Express) run both a large passenger boat, a catamaran and also a speedboat service.  They took over the running of the Siriwhite speedboat, which you will see mentioned on some websites, and re-branded it at the Ko Kut Express Speedboat in 2015.  The old speedboat was replaced by a modern, triple-engined, catamaran speedboat in late 2019. From 2022 onwards they will run two large passenger ferries and one speedboat per day during high season.

As yet, there are no vehicle ferries to the island.  Which ensures the island remains far quieter than other large islands in Thailand.  However all boat companies provide secure parking for passengers arriving by car.  The boat company’s ticket offices and parking areas are all marked on the map at the bottom of this page. Parking is 50 Baht / day.

Some of the luxury resorts also run their own speedboat services for guests, so if you are staying at a 5 star hotel then it’s worth inquiring if they include the transfer when booking a room.

New for 2023-24. Bus & Boat between Koh Kood and Siem Reap, Battambang, Koh Rong. Details here.

Koh Kood Ferry Timetables and Ticket Prices 2023-24

High Season Timetable (16 October – 15 May)

Laem Sok to Kood

Boat CompanyTicket PriceDepartArrive
Koh Kood Express Speedboat600 Baht10:0011:00
Boonsiri Ferry600 Baht10:4512:00
Koh Kood Express *500 Baht11:3012:45
Seudamgo600 Baht12:0012:40
Koh Kood Princess350 Baht12:3013:45
Koh Kood Express500 Baht13:3014:40
Boonsiri Ferry **600 Baht14:2015:20
Seudamgo600 Baht16:0017:00

* Service goes via Koh Mak

** IMPORTANT: From 29 October – 31 March the boat will depart at 14:40.  This is to ensure passengers on flight PG305 to Trat won’t miss the boat.

Koh Kood to Laem Sok

Boat CompanyTicket PriceDepartArrive
Boonsiri Ferry500 Baht09:0010:15
Koh Kood Express **500 Baht09:3010:45
Koh Kood Princess350 Baht10:0011:15
Seudamgo600 Baht10:0011:00
Koh Kood Express500 Baht11:3012:40
Boonsiri Ferry500 Baht12:0013:15
Koh Kood Express Speedboat600 Baht13:0014:00
Seudamgo600 Baht13:3014:30

** Service goes via Koh Mak

Low Season Boat Timetable (16 May – 15 October)

During the Low Season the timetables can change depending on the weather and demand. In addition some services may not run if the boats are undergoing annual maintenance.

Laem Sok to Koh Kood

Boat CompanyTicket PriceDepartArrive
Boonsiri Ferry600 Baht10:4511:45
Koh Kood Express500 Baht11:3012:30
Seudamgo600 Baht12:0013:00
Koh Kood Princess350 Baht12:3013:30
Boonsiri Ferry600 Baht14:2015:20
Seudamgo600 Baht16:0017:00

 

Koh Kood to Laem Sok

Boat CompanyTicket PriceDepartArrive
Boonsiri Ferry600 Baht09:0010:15
Koh Kood Princess350 Baht10:0011:00
Seudamgo600 Baht10:0011:00
Koh Kood Express500 Baht11:3012:30
Boonsiri Ferry600 Baht12:0013:00
Seudamgo600 Baht13:3014:30

Going to Koh Mak?  The speedboat timetables are here.

Laem Sok pier.  The port for boats to Koh Kood

Laem Sok is located at the very southernmost tip of a peninsula about 20 minutes drive from Trat town.  The ferry piers for Koh Chang are around 45 minutes drive away and Trat Airport is an hour away.

There’s very little else on this peninsula apart from some local hamlets; fishing and farming communities; a large area of protected mangroves and a couple of resorts.  The aging Ban Pu Resort and the far nicer, newer Analay Check In and Chill Out.  This is a new resort located a stone’s throw from the ferry pier and ideal for anyone arriving late afternoon and wanting a good value place to stay before catching the boat the next morning.

It is important to note that the boats to Koh Kood stop running mid-afternoon, even in High Season.

From November to May the last scheduled departure is the Seudamgo catamaran at 16:00.   ( In Low Season the last sailing is at 13:00 ).  If you are arriving after this time and want to get to Koh Kood the same day, the only option is a private speedboat.  However, that isn’t cheap, expect to pay around 15 – 20,000 Baht for a one way trip.

So getting to the pier the same day you want to get to Koh Kood requires either a very early start from Bangkok or having a night in Trat.  If you are coming from Koh Chang, then all you need to do , during High Season, is buy a ticket for either the Bangbao Boat or Kai Bae Hut speedboat service.  They both run daily services from 1 November until 30 April.

However, it is important to bear in mind that from May to October, there are no inter-island boat services.  So getting from Koh Chang to Koh Kood during the Low Season entails having to head back to the mainland and then to a different pier.  Which is a hassle.

Make sure you are aware of this when booking an off -season, two island holiday.

As there are only passenger boats to Koh Kood, arranging transport direct to your hotel isn’t possible.  Fortunately, when you arrive on Koh Kood, all boat services provide transport to your resort.   There is no additional charge for this as it is included in the price of your boat ticket.

Likewise, when you return from Koh Kood to the mainland, the transport from your hotel to the pier is included in the price.  The exception is with the Koh Kut Express Speedboat – which picks up from resort piers on the west coast of the island from locations including, and north of, Bangbao Bay.  This just leaves you to plan how you will get to the mainland pier.

Search and book tickets online . . .

How to Get from Bangkok or Trat Airport to Laem Sok pier

By Plane:

If you are flying into Trat on Bangkok Airways flight PG301 or PG305 then you will be able to get to Laem Sok and onwards to Koh Kood the same day.

Bangkok Airways operates a shared minibus service to Laem Sok pier, 700 Baht per person, but tickets when you land in Trat.  Alternatively, private transport by car or minibus can be booked e car or minibus can be booked from 1,500 Baht here

For more information on flying to Trat and then getting to Laem Sok, read this guide to Trat Airport

By Car:

Driving to the pier from Suvarnabhumi Airport or a hotel in Bangkok is very straightforward.  There are good roads all the way and there is rarely any delays due to traffic jams or roadworks.  Figure on around 5 to 5 and a half hours driving time, allowing for one quick stop on the way.  All boat companies provide secure, covered parking at the pier.  This is charged at 50 Baht per day (24 hours)

By Bus:

There are regular bus services from Bangkok to Trat and it is also possible to take a public minibus from Ekkamai or Morchit bus station.

Bus Bangkok - Trat ฿ 316–650 4h 31m – 5h 30m
  •   Express 07:30
  •   Intercity 05:00, 06:15, 06:30, 07:15, 08:00, 08:30, 09:00, 09:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:30, 13:00, 14:00, 14:30, 15:30, 17:00, 18:30
  •   Minibus 07:00

But if you want to go direct from Bangkok to Laem Sok pier then you will have to use the private bus service run by Boonsiri Ferry.  This connects with their boat.  This departs at 05:30 and 08:00 from the Khao San Road area in Bangkok during High Season.  A combined bus and boat ticket costs 850 Baht, which is good value.  However, note that there are regular negative comments made by passengers on the driving skills of the bus drivers.  More details

For anyone staying in Trat, all the ferry companies provide transport, by ‘songtaew’ shared pick up truck taxi, from hotels in Trat to Laem Sok pier.  The price is 38 Baht per person, payable to the driver.

You’ll be able to buy your boat tickets a from your hotel in Trat when you arrive.  Or they can be booked direct with boat companies online. However, outside the peak New Year and Thai New Year (Songkran) holidays, advance booking isn’t usually required.

Private Transfer by car or minibus

As already mentioned, private transfers by car or minibus are available from Trat Airport.  But they can also be arranged for people heading to Koh Kood from Don Meuang Airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport and hotels in Bangkok or  Pattaya Airport. Prices are from 4,400 Baht for a private car from a hotel in Bangkok to the pier.  More prices and online booking. If you are flying into Don Meuang then you’ll need to be on a flight that lands before 05:00 to be sure of getting to the island the same day, and from Suvarnabhumi Airport, a flight that lands before 06:00.

At Laem Sok Pier

Laem Sok pier, Trat

Laem Sok pier is a very ‘no frills’ pier, just a long concrete pier stretching out into the ocean.  Fortunately, the boat companies provide comfortable waiting areas complete with toilets, coffee-shop, simple restaurants and car parks for people waiting for their boat.

This main pier is where the large passenger boats depart and arrive.  There is a separate pier, known locally as ‘Coral pier’, about 5 minutes drive away, which is often – but not always – used by speedboats from resorts and the Koh Kut Express speedboat.

 Laem Sok Pier Location Map:

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Boats From Koh Chang to Koh Kood

Hopping from Koh Chang to Koh Mak and Koh Kood during the High Season is very easy.  You can use the two daily speedboat services to get from Koh Chang to the outlying islands.

The two services are run by Kai Bae Hut Speedboat and Bangbao Boat.  Ticket price is 600 Baht to Koh Mak and 900 Baht to Koh Kood.  This also includes pick up by taxi from your hotel on Koh Chang to take you to the departure point.  The boat will drop you off at your resort’s pier – or the nearest point on Koh Kood.  The furthest south they stop on Koh Kood is at the resorts in Bangbao Bay.

It takes around an hour and  a half to two hours to get from Koh Chang to Koh Kood.  This includes a brief stop on Koh Mak when some passengers will get on and off.  If you are staying at the north end of Koh Kood, for example at Baan Makok, then you’re journey will be about 20 minutes shorter than someone staying much further south on Koh Kood e.g. at Siam Beach Resort in Bangbao Bay.

Koh Chang  to Koh Kood  ( High Season 1 November – 30 April )

Boat CompanyTicket PriceDepartArrive
Kai Bae Hut Speedboat1,200 Baht09:0010:45
Bangbao Boat wooden boat700 Baht09:3012:00
Boonsiri Ferry750 Baht10:0011:45
Bangbao Boat1,200 Baht12:3014:15

 

Koh Kood  to Koh Chang  ( High Season 1 November – 30 April )

Boat CompanyTicket PriceDepartArrive
Bangbao Boat1,200 Baht09:0010:45
Kai Bae Hut Speedboat1,200 Baht11:0012:45
Bangbao Boat wooden boat700 Baht13:0016:00
Boonsiri Ferry750 Baht12:1515:00

IMPORTANT

Please note that there are no boat services between the islands during the Low Season. You have to go back to the mainland and then to a different pier to get between islands, which is a hassle.

181 thoughts on “Koh Kood Ferry Guide

  • October 8, 2023 at 1:42 am
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    Hello,

    Is there a price for kids? For a 5 and 7 year old?

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    • October 8, 2023 at 1:49 am
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      There aren’t any children’s fares. Children over 4 years old pay the adult price. Children under 4 years old are free.

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  • July 17, 2023 at 7:02 pm
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    Hello,
    Flying with flight PG305 from BKK to Trat (arrival time at 12:40) the 21st of August 2023, is it possible to catch the ferry Boonsiri which leaves the pier at 14:20, enough time between flight arrival and departure of the ferry in term of connection ?

    Thank you
    Simon

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    • July 17, 2023 at 11:56 pm
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      Hi Simon.

      You won’t have any problem. There are three options:
      – A private transfer to Laem Sok pier (quickest & most expensive)
      – Buy tickets for the shared minibus to Laem Sok when you land at the airport
      – Buy a combined minibus & boat ticket for Boonsiri Ferry online in advance at https://boonsiriferry.com (cheapest and easiest)

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      • July 18, 2023 at 8:02 pm
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        Hi there,

        Thank you for your kind reply.

        And regarding the return with PG306 to Bangkok, departure time 13:10 from Trad Airport, I understand that is better to take a private transfer when arriving at Laem Sok Pier at 10:00 (leaving Ko Kut at 09:00) in order to be on time ? or the combined ticket offered by Boonsiri is enough (leaving Ko Kut at 09:00, arriving at the airport 11:45) ?

        Thanks a lot
        Simon

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        • July 19, 2023 at 12:56 am
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          The Boonsiri combined ticket is fine. A lot of people use that. You will get to the airport in plenty of time for the flight.

  • May 30, 2023 at 3:16 pm
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    I’m trying to book a boat from laem sok to kao chang on 30th September 2023 but there’s no option?

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    • May 30, 2023 at 3:37 pm
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      That’s because there aren’t any boats from Laem Sok to Koh Chang. Laem Sok is the pier for boats to Koh Kood.

      To go to Koh Chang you take a boat from Ao Thammachat pier in Laem Ngop. ( Tickets for the ferries to Koh Chang can’t be booked in advance. Buy a ticket at the pier.)

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