The Trat province has so much to offer. There is the islands paradise of the Koh Chang archipelago with lots of quiet and unspoiled islands like Koh Mak & Koh Kood and even the fairly small province capital has its own charm that makes travelers stay longer than they’re planning to. Find the post about the best things to do in Trat town here.
Below are the different traveling options from Bangkok to Trat and the islands.
Bangkok to Trat by Bus
Buses for Trat leave from both Mo Chit northern bus terminal as well as Ekamai Bus Terminal. Unless you live somewhere very close to Mo Chit, your better option is traveling from Ekamai Bus Terminal which is located right in front of the Ekamai BTS skytrain station. There are regular air-con services from 4am to midnight roughly every 90 minutes, the one way fare is 225 THB. Highly depending on the traffic in Bangkok, the trip takes between five and six hours.
Once you reached the bus terminal in Trat (see picture below), you can take a songthaew pick-up taxi to Thanon Thana Charoen (the guesthouse area in downtown, about 3km from the bus terminal). The one way fare for a private ride is 60 THB (negotiable).
Bangkok to Trat by Minivan
Minivans from Victory Monument in Bangkok run every hour from 5am to 6pm. The one way fare is 300 THB and the trip takes about five hours, again depending on the traffic going out of Bangkok. Keep in mind that there isn’t much place for your luggage so if you bring a suitcase or a big bag, you are better off taking the bus from Ekamai Bus Terminal.
Bangkok to Trat / Koh Chang by Flight
BangkokAir operates three daily flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok to Trat Airport. The one way fare starts from 2,500 THB and the trip takes 60 minutes.
There is no airport on Koh Chang and any of its neighbour islands, so you need to take a ferry to the islands (see below).
Bangkok to Koh Chang
There are minivans running all the way from Victory Monument in Bangkok to Koh Chang. The one way fare is around 350 THB including the ferry ticket. Services are hourly from 5am to 3pm and the whole trip takes about 7 hours.
Trat to Koh Chang
You can conveniently book your transport from Trat to Koh Chang in your guesthouse. The common price for a one way ticket is 110 THB and it includes 50 THB for the songthaew ride to the ferry terminal as well as the ferry ticket for 60 THB. The ferry ticket is actually 60 THB at the pier as well (motorcycles 30 THB extra, cars 60 THB extra) so you don’t even save money by arranging your own transport to the pier from downtown Trat.
The “Centerpoint Ferry” trip from Laem Ngop on Trat mainland to Centerpoint pier on the northern tip of Koh Chang takes about 40 minutes and there are hourly services to and from Koh Chang between 6am and 7:30pm.
Getting around Koh Chang
Once you reached Koh Chang, there are songthaew taxis already anticipating your arrival. You will not get overcharged by being a Farang, you just tell them the beach you want to go on the west coast and depending on the distance the fare is between 40 and 100 THB.
Koh Chang to Koh Mak / Koh Kood
Boat tickets from Koh Chang to its various neighbour islands can be booked at the many travel agents on the busy west coast. Prices usually include hotel pick up so you don’t have to worry about how to get to the ferry terminal at Bang Bao at the southwestern tip of the island (see picture below).
There are usually two types of boat services: big public boat and speed boat. For example, a speed boat to Koh Mak costs about 550 THB and to Koh Kood about 900 THB. The big public boats are significantly cheaper but the trip takes more than twice as long. Prices are negotiable so don’t take the first offer the guy gives you at the travel agent’s booth. I paid 600 THB for a public boat / speed boat combination from Koh Chang to Koh Kood via Koh Mak.
Trat to Koh Kood
There is an efficient public boat service from Ao Yai on mainland Trat to Koh Kood with the “Ko Kut Express”. There are two departures daily, one in the morning and one in the afternoon (10am and 2pm). The one way fare is 350 THB and the trip takes about 90 minutes.
Tickets can be booked at most guesthouses for around 400 THB and this price includes the transport from the hotel to the pier.