Passenger Boats to Koh Kood

Koh Kood is located around 45Km from the mainland and is accessible only by passenger ferry.  There isn’t an airport on the island, although the Soneva Kiri Resort does have a private airstrip for it’s very well-heeled guests use.

There are three passenger boat companies running regular services to Koh Kood from Laem Sok pier on the mainland. These are ‘Koh Kood Princess’ and ‘Koh Kut Express’ and ‘Boonsiri Catamaran’.  These three companies all operate large, modern vessels.  The Koh Kood Princess is the largest and can take up to 300 passengers.  The newest is the high speed Boonsiri catamaran which also offers free wi-fi onboard.  Koh Kut Express rub both a large boat 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 Koh Kut Express Speedboat in 2015.

As yet, there are no vehicle ferries to the island.  Which ensures the island remains far quieter than other large islands in Thailand.

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

Koh Kood Boat Timetables

Laem Sok to Koh Kood  ( High Season 16 October – 15 May )

Boat Company Ticket Price Depart Arrive
Koh Kut Express Speedboat 600 Baht 10:00 11:00
Boonsiri Fantasea Catamaran 500 Baht 10:45 12:00
Koh Kood Princess 350 Baht 12:30 13:30
Koh Kut Express 350 Baht 13:00 14:00
Boonsiri Fantasea Catamaran  ( via Koh Mak ) 500 Baht 14:20 16:00

 

Koh Kood to Laem Sok  ( High Season 16 October – 15 May )

Boat Company Ticket Price Depart Arrive
Boonsiri Fantasea Catamaran 500 Baht 09:00 10:15
Koh Kood Princess 350 Baht 10:00 11:15
Koh Kut Express 350 Baht 10:00 11:15
Boonsiri Fantasea Catamaran  ( via Koh Mak ) 500 Baht 12:00 13:45
Koh Kut Express Speedboat 600 Baht 13:00 14:00

Note that during the Low Season, boats all leave around the same time from the mainland and from Koh Kood.  The speedboat services don’t run and Boonsiri ferry just runs once per day.  In addition, some services may not run if the boats are undergoing annual maintenance.

Laem Sok to Koh Kood  ( Low Season 16 May – 15 October )

Boat Company Ticket Price Depart Arrive
Koh Kood Princess 350 Baht 12:30 13:30
Koh Kut Express 350 Baht 12:30 14:00
Boonsiri Fantasea Catamaran  ( via Koh Mak ) 500 Baht 12:30 13:45

 

Koh Kood to Laem Sok ( Low Season 16 May – 15 October )

Boat Company Ticket Price Depart Arrive
Boonsiri Fantasea Catamaran 500 Baht 10:00 11:15
Koh Kood Princess 350 Baht 10:00 11:00
Koh Kut Express 350 Baht 10:00 11:00

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 and Trat Airport is an hour away.

Flying to Koh Kood? Read this Guide to Trat Airport

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 Boonsiri Catamaran at 14:20.   ( 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 16,500 Baht for a one way trip.  And the last time it is possible to take that is around 16:00.

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, 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.  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.

How to get 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 son, you will have to take PG301 in order to reach the ferry pier in time for the last boat of the day.

There isn’t any shared transport available from Trat Airport to Laem Sok, but a private car or minibus can be booked from around 1,500 Baht through several reputable websites.  For example, iamkohchang.com which has been running private transfer services for almost a decade.

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

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.

Bangkok - Trat ฿248 – ฿600 4h 10m
  •   Bus Economy 46 04:00
  •   Bus Intercity XL 08:00
  •   Bus Premium 40 07:30, 07:45, 09:45, 11:00, 22:00
  •   Bus Economy 46 12:00
  •   Bus Express XL 14:30
  •   Bus Intercity XL 10:30
  •   Bus Premium 40 11:30, 13:30, 14:00, 17:30, 23:30

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 free transport, by shared pick up truck taxi, from hotels in Trat to Laem Sok pier.  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 and restaurant for people waiting for their boat.

 Laem Sok Pier Location Map:

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 Company Ticket Price Depart Arrive
Kai Bae Hut Speedboat 900 Baht 09:00 10:45
Bangbao Boat 900 Baht 09:30 11:15
Bangbao Boat 900 Baht 12:30 14:15

 

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

Boat Company Ticket Price Depart Arrive
Bangbao Boat 900 Baht 09:00 10:45
Kai Bae Hut Speedboat 900 Baht 11:00 12:45
Bangbao Boat 900 Baht 12:00 13:45

There are no boat services between the islands during the Low Season.

5 thoughts on “Koh Kood Ferries

  • September 27, 2016 at 9:24 am
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    Hello!

    We would like to travel from Chivapuri Beach Resort on Koh Chang to Bann Makok on Koh Kood.
    3 days later we would like a transfer from Bann Makok to Trat.

    Can you help us with the booking?

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    • September 27, 2016 at 9:29 am
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      When you are on Koh Chang, buy tickets for Bangbao Boat speedboat. Ticket price is 900 Baht per person. You’ll be dropped off at Baan Makok.

      Then, when you are at Baan Makok buy tickets for one of the passenger boats to Laem Sok pier, Trat. Ticket price from 350 – 500 Baht per person.

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    • January 3, 2017 at 12:20 am
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      Hi. You can buy speedboat tickets from Koh Chang to Koh kood from your hotel on Koh Chang or any tour agent nearby. You’ll be dropped off at Baan Makok.

      Likewise from Baan Makok to Laem Sok pier, Trat. Buy tickets when you are at Baan Makok.

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  • February 4, 2017 at 12:41 am
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    Just stumbled upon the site and found all the information I wanted about getting to Laem Sok and which boat to take. Thanks. Saved me a lot of time searching through Tripadvisor and Lonely planet.

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