The Boonsiri Fantasea catamaran boat service between Laem Sok and Koh Kood

After a bit of searching online you’ll soon learn that this passenger boat service to Koh Kood has three names.  This arises from the fact that the Boonsiri Ferry company run a catamaran and the vessel’s name is the ‘Koh Kood Fantasea’.

There are two services a day during High Season between the mainland pier in Laem Sok and Namluek Pier, on Ao Tapao beach, Koh Kood.  In the Low Season there is one ferry running in each direction.

During the High Season, the second sailing of the day in each direction makes a stop on Koh Mak.  This allows anyone who wants to island hop between Koh Kood and Koh Mak to do so  for 300 Baht.

Boonsiri Ferry Timetables and Ticket Prices

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

Ticket PriceDepartArriveNote: 
500 Baht10:4512:00
500 Baht14:2016:00Via Koh Mak

 

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

Ticket PriceDepartArrive Note: 
500 Baht09:0010:15
500 Baht12:0013:45Via Koh Mak

 

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

Ticket PriceDepartArriveNote: 
500 Baht12:3013:45

 

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

Ticket PriceDepartArriveNote: 
500 Baht09:0010:15

Children’s tickets :

– Children under 3 years old travel free of charge.
– Children from 4 to 9 years old pay 50% of the Adult fare.  Over 10 years old pay full price.

Pets are allowed :

– Small dogs and cats are allowed
– For pets under 15Kg there is  fee of 300 Baht .  Over 15kg are not permitted on-board

Luggage :

– Up to 30Kg of luggage per person is free of charge.
– Luggage in excess of 30Kg, is charged at 20 Baht per Kilo, up to  a maximum of 50Kg total.

The service runs year round, although towards the end of Low Season, usually in late September, the boat will be out of the water for a couple of weeks for its annual maintenance.

About the ‘Koh Kood Fantasea’ catamaran

The Boonsiri Fantasea entered service in November 2013 and quickly proved to be the fastest and most comfortable way to get to Koh Kood.  This is due to to it’s is state of the art computerized stabilizer aluminium, catamaran hull, it’s relatively light yet very stable in choppy seas.  In good weather, the catamaran can cruise at 25 Knots and the  journey takes around an hour and 15 minutes.   Which is pretty quick for a vessel that can accommodate 200 passengers plus luggage.

The ship has two decks, the lower deck can seat 150 passengers, whilst the upper deck, which also has some outdoor seating, provide seating for 50 more.   The interior spaces are nice and cool with tinted windows and reclining seats.  Passengers will also find a small shop selling snacks and drinks plus big screen TVs and free wi-fi onboard.

From Trat to Laem Sok pier

For passengers staying in Trat, a free shuttle service is provided.  If you buy tickets from your hotel, they’ll advise you of the time.  Or if you’re booking online, make sure you let the agent or boat company know the name of your hotel and they’ll confirm the details.

If you are flying into Trat Airport on flight PG301, then you’ll be able to take the morning service to Koh Kood at 10:45.  And if you are on PG305, arriving at 12:40, then you’ll be able to get to the pier in time for the 14:20 boat – which is the last boat of the day to Koh Kood.  However, there aren’t any shared minibuses from Trat Airport to the pier.  You’ll need to arrange a private transfer in advance.  See: TratAirportguide.com for more details.  Prices are from 1,500 Baht for the 45 minute drive

Transport from Bangkok to Laem Sok pier

Many people opt to take a public bus from Bangkok to Trat, stay the night and see a little of Trat town, and then head to Koh kood the next morning.  But if you want to do the trip the same day then it’s a bit of a hassle by public transport.

There are a couple of solutions.

Firstly, it is easy to arrange a private transfer by car or minivan from Suvarnabhumi Airport or a hotel in Bangkok to the mainland pier.  This can be done on through well known sites such as iamkohchang.com or kochangisland.com.  Note that if you are staying in a hotel in Bangkok, you’ll need to leave before 08:00 to be sure of catching the last boat of the day at 14:20.

Alternatively, if you want to keep costs down, Boonsiri run their own bus service between Khao San Rd, Bangkok and Laem Sok pier.  As this is run specifically for their passengers, you’re guaranteed not to miss the boat.  The Boonsiri bus is either a double decker bus or a minibus, depending on the season and the demand.

The price for a combined bus and boat ticket is a very reasonable 850 Baht per person.  ( Or 750 Baht if travelling to Koh Mak ) This can be booked through the Boonsiri Ferry website.  In Bangkok, the bus picks passengers up from outside the The Street Hostel, Tani Rd ( which is 5 minutes walk from Khao San Rd )

The service also runs in reverse, from Laem Sok to Bangkok,  and for passengers heading to Suvarnabhumi Airport, the bus will drop off at Latkrabang airport link train station.  Passengers can take the overhead train for the 10 minute journey to the airport.

Finally, for anyone bringing their own car, there’s secure, covered parking available at the Boonsiri office in Laem Sok.  This is 50 Baht per night.
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