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If you're seeking greater flexibility and would prefer to get to Koh Kood on your own time, consider booking simply the ferry service. The ferry comes equipped with air conditioning on the lower deck, and there are bathrooms on board. Free hotel pick up is available only in Trat.
Part of the Koh Chang Archipelago, laid back Koh Kood is known for sunsets, idyllic beaches, coral reefs and waterfalls. Relatively undeveloped, the island has a mixture of budget accomodation and high-end resorts. It’s a peaceful, rather than a party island, and there’s little else to do except relax, swim, snorkel, pamper yourself in a spa and whizz around on a scooter, not that anyone’s complaining.
You can’t fly to the Koh Chang Archipelago so you’ll need to take a boat. Several ferry services and a faster speedboat service leave every day. Bookaway suggests taking the ferry, because hotel pick up and drop off is included, making the journey smoother. If your ticket doesn't include this, you’ll need to make your own way to the pier from Trat, and to your hotel once on the Koh Kood.
This is a short and scenic boat ride, so relax and enjoy being on the open water and passing the other islands in the archipelago.
The fastest way to travel to Koh Kood is by speedboat. The Ko Kut Express Speedboat takes 45 minutes. There’s no hotel pick up or drop off so you’ll need to get a songthaew or taxi to the pier from Trat and to your accommodation once you arrive on the island.
The cheapest way is to take the Koh Kood Princess or Koh Ku Express Standard Ferry. Tickets start at around $10 per person one way.
The most popular way of getting to Koh Kood with Bookaway customers is the Boonsiri High Speed Ferry which is a fast modern boat with free Wi-Fi on board. The ticket price includes transport to the pier from your hotel and drop off at your hotel on Koh Kood which means you don’t need to pay for a taxi or songthaew.
There are three types of boat on this route, the High Speed Ferry, Standard Ferry and Speedboat. The High Speed Ferry and the Standard Ferries are modern boats. Seating is in a cabin with A/C or on the outdoor deck if you want to enjoy the view. The High Speed Ferry also has free Wi-Fi. Hotel pick up and drop off is included.
The Speedboat knocks 15 minutes off the journey, but is more expensive and tickets don’t include onward transport to your hotel or guests house.
All ferries leave from the pier at Laem Sok, around 20 minutes’ drive from Trat Town. There are some places to eat at the pier, toilets and a car park but not much else. Once you arrive on Koh Kood the boats dock at a tiny pier in Ao Salat, a small fishing village in the north of the island. From here, it takes around 15 minutes to drive to the west coast, where most hotels and resorts are located.
If seas are rough, ferries might be cancelled, in which case you might have to wait for the next boat or request a refund. Bring cash with you, because there are hardly any ATMs on the island.
6 ferries leave Trat for Koh Kood each day, starting at 9.00 with the last departure at 13.00.