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 for its 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 ‘Ko Kut Expressand  ‘Boonsiri Ferry.  These three companies all operate large, modern vessels.

The Koh Kood Princess is the largest, this can both seat around 300 passengers.

The newest vessel is the Boonsiri catamaran which also offers free wi-fi onboard.  And the most recent service to be introduced is from Star HiSpeed which was scheduled to run services from October 2018 onwards. *Note that as of early 2019 this hasn’t happened *

Ko Kut Express run both a large passenger 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 Ko 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.  However all boat companies provide secure parking for passengers arriving by car

Some of the luxury resorts also run their own boat 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.

Going to Koh Mak?  The speedboat timetables are here.

Koh Kood Ferry Timetables

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

Boat CompanyTicket PriceDepartArrive
Ko Kut Express Speedboat600 Baht10:3011:30
Boonsiri Fantasea Catamaran (via Koh Mak)500 Baht10:4512:00
Koh Kood Princess350 Baht12:3013:30
Ko Kut Express500 Baht13:0014:00
Boonsiri Fantasea Catamaran  (via Koh Mak)500 Baht14:2016:00
Ko Kut Express Speedboat600 Baht15:0016:00

 

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

Boat CompanyTicket PriceDepartArrive
Boonsiri Ferry500 Baht09:0010:15
Koh Kood Princess350 Baht10:0011:15
Ko Kut Express500 Baht10:0011:15
Ko Kut Express Speedboat600 Baht11:0012:00
Boonsiri Ferry500 Baht12:0013:15
Ko Kut Express Speedboat600 Baht13:0014:00

During the Low Season, the large passenger boats all leave around the same time from the mainland and from Koh Kood.  The 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 CompanyTicket PriceDepartArrive
Koh Kood Princess350 Baht12:3013:30
Ko Kut Express500 Baht13:0014:00
Boonsiri Ferry  **500 Baht13:3014:30
Star HiSpeed Ferry500 Baht13:4014:40

Note the Koh Kood Express speedboat is no longer running during low season.

** The Boonsiri Ferry does not stop at Koh Mak during the Low Season

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

Boat CompanyTicket PriceDepartArrive
Boonsiri Ferry500 Baht09:0010:15
Koh Kood Princess350 Baht10:0011:00
Ko Kut Express500 Baht10:0011:00
Star HiSpeed Ferry500 Baht10:3011:30

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.

How to book boat tickets to Koh Kood?

(Online bookings through 12Go Asia )

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 16,000 Baht for a one way trip.  And the last time it is possible to take the speedboat 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, 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.

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.

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 ฿ 350–390 5h 30m
  •   Express 05:00, 06:00, 08:00, 10:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00
  •   Express 06:00, 07:00, 07:30, 08:00, 08:30, 09:00, 09:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00

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.

 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.

Oct 2018 update: Boonsiri Ferry have recently announced they will be running a Koh Chang – Koh Mak – Koh Kood service starting in late 2018.  The ticket price from Koh Chang to Koh Mak is 500 Baht and from Koh Chang to Koh Kood it is 750 Baht.  This high speed catamaran can seat 200 passengers in air-conditioned cabin, plus has free wifi on board.

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

Boat CompanyTicket PriceDepartArrive
Kai Bae Hut Speedboat900 Baht09:0010:45
Bangbao Boat900 Baht09:3011:15
Boonsiri Ferry750 Baht10:0011:45
Bangbao Boat900 Baht12:3014:15

 

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

Boat CompanyTicket PriceDepartArrive
Bangbao Boat900 Baht09:0010:45
Kai Bae Hut Speedboat900 Baht11:0012:45
Bangbao Boat900 Baht12:0013:45
Boonsiri Ferry750 Baht12:1515:00

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

78 thoughts on “Koh Kood Ferries

  • February 13, 2019 at 8:56 am
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    We want to go:

    To Koh Kood (Bann Makok) from Koh Chang on March 19th in the morning

    And

    From Koh Kood (Bann Makok) on March 20 in the afternoon to go to a hotel near the airport TDX Trat.

    Which is the best way to do this?

    Thanks!

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    • February 13, 2019 at 9:47 am
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      When you are on Koh Chang, buy tickets for either the Kai Bae Hut Speedboat or Bangbao Boat Speedboat. They will drop you off at Baan Makok.

      The last boat off Koh Kood is at 13:00. Take that and then, either a private transfer or pick up truck taxi to your hotel in Trat.

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  • February 2, 2019 at 5:19 am
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    Our flight from Chiang Rai to Trat arrives at 15.45. Is there any other way of getting to Koh Kood after 17.00
    Regards Carolyn

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    • February 2, 2019 at 5:23 am
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      No. Unless your hotel can send a private speedboat. But that will be very expensive, around 18 – 20,000 Baht. Stay the night in Trat or Koh Chang, and then next morning go to Koh Kood.

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  • January 9, 2019 at 10:08 am
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    We will arrive on Friday March 8th at 12.40 at Trat. Is the speedboat at 15.00 running at that date to Ko Kood or do we have to take the boat at 14.20 ?

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    • January 11, 2019 at 2:58 am
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      The speedboat runs every day at 15:00 during High Season, so no problem to take it on 8 March.

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  • January 9, 2019 at 3:32 am
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    Hello,
    We’d plan to go Koh Kood on March.
    Do we need to buy the boat tickets (earlier) online?
    We want to catch a PG306 (13:10) flight from Trat Airport to Bangkok.
    Is it possible that we take the boat/ferry leaving from Koh Kood pier at 10:00? (10:00-11:15)
    Or we need to take the boat/ferry earlier(09:00)? **We’ll take a private car to the airport**
    Thanks
    May

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    • January 11, 2019 at 2:58 am
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      You can buy boat tickets from your hotel when you are on Koh Kood. No need to book online.

      If you arrange a private transfer at 11:15 from the pier to Trat Airport you won’t have any problem getting to the airport in time for flight PG306.

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