How to get to the Krom Luang pier in Laem Ngop near Trad
By private Car:
From Bangkok find your way to Suvarnabhumi airport, but continue to follow the Highway No. 7 (Tollway) all the way until you find the off ramp to Highway number 344 in the direction of Ban Bung and Kleang. This exit is located rougly 2 kilometers after the second Toll booth (30 baht per car per toll booth). Follow this road in the direction of Kleang where it rejoins Highway # 3. Turn left in the direction of Chantaburi and Trat. Continue until you pass the combined army and police checkpoint approximately 25 km's before Trad city. After this you turn right at traffic lights next to the gasoline station, about 1 Km further. There is a huge sign directing you towards Koh Chang on the opposite side of the road. Follow this road, passing both the Ao Thammachat (Koh Chang ferry) and Centerpoint ferry piers. Approximately 5 km's later there is a large gate (shown on the right) on the right side where you can turn to the Krom Luang pier from where the Leelawadee Speedboats and a slow boat depart. If you come to a junction with traffic lights, you missed the turn. Alternatively, you can follow the highway number 3 all the way through Trad city continuing on the same road for another 20 km's. When you find the traffic lights with a small police post right next to it, turn right and be on the lookout for the above mention gate and signs for a naval monument. Pass under this large gate, then follow the road until the junction to turn left. You will pass the Naval monument and find the large concrete Krom Luang pier on your right. Drive up the pier to unload luggage and ask our ticket booth staff for the secure parking lot where Parking is 50 baht per day. A motorcycle taxi will guide you there and drive you back to the boat. Total distance is about 350 kilometers.
By Minibus or Taxi service:
Chauffeur driven minibuses or taxies are available year round for pick ups from anywhere within the Thai borders.
Current rates for the most popular pick up points
|Location||Car (Toyota Camry)||9 person Minibus|
|Suvarnabhumi Airport||4300 baht||5000 baht|
|Downtown Bangkok||4500 baht||5100 baht|
|Pattaya||3500 baht||4000 baht|
|Koh Samet||3000 baht||3500 baht|
Please note that these rates are subject to change without prior notice. Payments to be made to the driver in cash, but deposits are required depending on pick up location. More information on the Koh Chang Private Minibus website.
By Bus / Coach / Shared minibus:
Bus 9908 (or 999) Government operated air conditioned coaches from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Laem Ngop or Trat city. Bus directly to Laem Ngop arrives at the airport's bus terminal at 08:15 and 10:15. Departures to Trat city from the airport at 6:40, 10:10, 11:40, 13:10, 16:10, 18:10, 8:25 and 10:25. In the opposite direction departures are from Laem Ngop at 14:00 and 16:00 and from Trat at 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 11:30, 12:30 and 16:00. Current rate is 270 baht per person one-way.
Shared minibuses can be booked from most travel agents in Bangkok. Departure is usually from the Police station on Kao Sarn Road. In busy times there will be coaches and rates may vary. Minibuses also shuttle between Bangkok's Victory monument and the 3 main piers in Laem Ngop, but Thai signs and very little to no English skills with the drivers may make that trip more challenging.
Only Bangkok Airways is currently allowed to fly to Trad airport, as they own it. There are two flights per day in the low season, while in the high and peak season this number will increase to 3 or sometimes even 4 flights per day. Visit www.bangkokair.com for fares, routes, flights and availability. Trat Airport also provide a "limousine" service, to take you to the pier. As of late 2010 direct flights to and from Koh Samui and Phuket are also on their schedule.