Buses From Bangkok
Minibus and full sized bus services pick up from guesthouses around
Khao San Road and other Bangkok locations on request and travel
directly to ferry departure points at Laem Ngop. Bookings can be
made from any of the scores of travel agents in this area. The buses
leave at 7-8am taking 5-6 hours and cost around 180-250B for a single
trip including ferry crossing. Minibuses return to Bangkok at 11am
every day from Laem Ngop and a Bus leaves Centrepoint at 12pm. Frequent
buses (departures between 06.00 am. – 12.00 pm.) also
leave for Trat from the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai) and the Northern
Bus Terminal (Mor Chit). Ekamai is located on the route of the Bangkok
Skytrain whilst Morchit 2 is slightly closer to Khao San road. The
journey takes 4-6 hours & costs 190-220 Baht. Return
buses leave from the bus companies located on both sides
of Sukhumvit Road in Trat.
Buses From Pattaya/Koh Samet
Daily minibus services operate directly from Pattaya via Ban Pae
(ferry port for Koh Samet) directly to the ferry departure point
at Laem Ngop. The cost is around 400B from Pattaya or 300B from
Ban Pae and the journey takes 4 or 2.5 hours respectively. Going
to Laem Ngop the service leaves Pattaya at 8am. It picks up in Ban
Pae at 11am. A return service leaves Laem Ngop at 1pm daily. Public
buses leave for Pattaya from Sukhumvit road in Trat at 05.00, 09.30,
12.00 and 15.00 daily. The trip costs 160B and takes 5 hours.
Reaching the Region - By Car
Eastern Thailand and its islands can be easily reached by road and
three regular car ferries operate to Koh Chang. There are two main
driving routes from Bangkok, both around 310km long. The first route
is to take Highway 3, the Bangna - Trat road. There is a quicker
elevated tollway running above Highway 3 that costs 55 Baht for
cars. Continue until the Chonburi Bypass and here turn off onto
Highway 344. Follow this road past Ban Bung and when you reach the
Klaeng Crossroads turn back onto highway 3 and continue on towards
Trat. Alternatively you can leave Bangkok on the Motorway that is
a continuation of the Rama IX, Srinikarin road. This road goes onwards
and meets highway 344 where you can continue to Trat as detailed
above. To avoid Trat and go directly to the ferry departure points
turn right onto the well-signposted Laem Ngop road about 20km outside
Trat. Driving from Pattaya take Highway 36 which joins Highway 3
heading towards Trat shortly after Rayong.
From Trat Town to the piers.
From Trat town, visitors can continue by share taxi transports to Leam Ngob pier or the ferry landings at Ao
Thammachart piers and Koh Chang Centre point pier where services are operated all day. Distance from town
to Leam Ngob pier is 17 kilometres.
Note: visitors can easily find share taxi in
many major place in Trat province like Trat Market (opposite of
7-eleven minimart), Trat Department Store, or Bus Office.
From Trat piers to Koh Chang Piers
- Option 1: Laem Ngob pier - Dan Kao pier ;
Passenger boats usually leave from Leam Ngob pier to Dan Kao pier
(near Koh Chang Ferri Pier) on Koh Chang every hour from 8.00
am. – 5.00 pm. The trip takes 45 minutes and the fare is 50 THB
- Option 2: Ao Thammachart piers ; There are
2 piers; Koh Chang Ferry Pier and Ferry
Koh Chang Pier .
- Koh Chang Ferry Pier : Ferry boats usually leave from pier
to Koh Chang Ferri Pier (near Dan Kao Pier) on Koh Chang every
hour from 6.30 am. – 6.30 pm. The fare is 60 THB per person
and 150 THB per car.
- Ferry Koh Chang Pier : Ferry boats usually leave from pier
to Sapparot Pier on Koh Chang every hour from 7.00 am. – 7.00
pm. The fare is 60 THB per person and 150 THB per car. The
trip takes 20 minutes.
- Option 3: Koh Chang Centre point pier - Dan Kao pier ; Ferry boats usually leave from pier to Dan Kao pier
(near Koh Chang Ferri Pier) on Koh Chang every hour from 6.00
am. – 6.00 pm. The trip takes 60 minutes and the fare is 30 THB
per person and free of charge for car.
From Piers to Koh Chang Beaches
Visitors can continue to Had Sai Khao (White
Sand beach), Had Klong Phrao (Klong
Prao beach) and Had Kai Bae (Kai
Bae beach) by local bus which charges around 30 THB
per person (may be changed) . The schedules and fares are subject
to change without notice due to climate condition.
Reaching the Region - By Air
Trat Airport was recently opened by Bangkok Airways on the mainland
near to Laem Ngop. At the moment flights operate to and from Bangkok.
The flights depart twice a day four times a week on Monday, Wednesday,
Friday and Saturday. Flights to Trat from Bangkok leave at 08.10
and 15.40. Flights back to Bangkok from Trat leave at 09.30 and
17.00. The Trat office of Bangkok Airways can be reached on 039
525 299-30 and the number of the airport is 039 525 776.