Speedboat and wooden boat services between Koh Chang and outlying islands
An island hopping holiday has become an increasingly popular option for people who prefer to experience more than one island during their holiday. It is also easy to do. And The Guardian newspaper featured it in their Travel section in January 2018.
From 1 November to 31 April, it is possible to take a speedboat from Koh Chang to Koh Wai, Koh Mak or Koh Kood. In addition a daily slow boat ( wooden boat ) runs from Koh Chang to Koh Wai and Koh Mak. Boat services officially stop at the end of April. Although Bangbao Boat may run a boat into the first week or two of May to Koh Wai and Koh Mak, if there is a demand and the weather is good. But this isn’t guaranteed.
During the Low Season, you can only get to these islands via the mainland piers at Laem Ngop ( for speedboats to Koh Mak ) and Laem Sok ( for passenger boats to Koh Kood )
These island hopping services are run by two companies – Bangbao Boat and Kai Bae Hut Speedboat. As the names suggest, these operate out of Bangbao – in the south of Koh Chang; and Kai Bae – on the west coast of the island.
Prices are the same for both services. Children under 9 years old are half price and babies and toddlers ( who will sit on their parent’s lap ) are free.
Boats to Koh Kood – Timetable and Ticket Prices
Koh Chang to Koh Kood
|Kai Bae||Speedboat||09:00||11:00||900 Baht|
Koh Kood to Koh Chang
|Kai Bae||Speedboat||11:00||13:00||900 Baht|
Boats to Koh Mak – Timetable and Ticket Prices
Koh Chang to Koh Mak
|Bangbao||Wooden Boat||09:00||11:00||400 Baht|
|Kai Bae||Speedboat||09:00||10:00||600 Baht|
Koh Mak to Koh Chang
|Kai Bae||Speedboat||11:45||13:00||600 Baht|
|Bangbao||Wooden Boat||12:00||14:00||400 Baht|
Boats to Koh Wai – Timetable and Ticket Prices
Koh Chang to Koh Wai
|Bangbao||Wooden Boat||09:00||10:00||300 Baht|
|Kai Bae||Speedboat||09:00||09:30||400 Baht|
Koh Wai to Koh Chang
|Kai Bae||Speedboat||12:15||13:00||400 Baht|
|Bangbao||Wooden Boat||13:00||14:00||300 Baht|
How to Buy tickets?
You can buy tickets from any tour agent on the islands. Outside peak season 1-2 days advance notice is fine. There is no need to buy them a long time in advance.
How to get to the pier?
If you are staying on Koh Chang, the ticket prices for the boats include transport from your hotel to the pier in Bangbao or Kai Bae. You do not have to make your own way to the pier. But if you are coming from an outlying island to Koh Chang, then only Kai Bae Hut Speedboat has a free taxi service form their pier to your hotel. Bangbao Boat will charge 50 Baht per person for the service.
On Koh Wai, the speedboats will drop you off and pick you up at a pier at your resort. The wooden boat will drop you off at Pakarang Resort pier.
On Koh Mak, Kai Bae Hut Speedboat uses the pier at Makathanee Resort on the southwest coast of the island. This is the busiest beach so if you are staying here then your resort will be no more than 5 minutes walk along the beach form the pier. Bangbao Boat uses Koh Mak Resort pier on the opposite side of the island. Resorts will provide pick up services or a local taxi is 50 Baht to any resort on the island.
The speedboats to Koh Kood drop off at resort piers along the west coast, starting at Captain Hook & Baan Makok in the northwest of the island and finishing at the resorts in Bangbao Bay in the south west. This is the most southerly drop off and pick up location. You’ll have to make arrangements with your hotel to pick you up if you are staying outside this area. And for anyone staying in the Klong Chao area, the speedboats will stop at the road bridge near Mark House bungalows. This is within easy walking distance of the riverside resorts.
Are there any other island hopping routes?
You can of course use these boats to go from Koh Wai to Koh Mak or Koh Mak to Koh Kood for example. I haven;t listed prices here as the number of permutations would result in too many tables. But it is possible. You could also, for example, buy a ticket to take the slowboat from Bangbao to Koh Mak, have a couple of hours there to take a few selfies, and then take the speedboat to Koh Kood at lunchtime.
Do the boats stop at any other islands?
Yes. If you use the KaiBae Hut Speedboat, you can get picked up or dropped off at Koh Rayang. This is a small island with one resort about 1 kilometre off the southwest coast of Koh Mak. And the Bangbao Boat service can also drop you off on Koh Kham – just off the north coast of Koh Mak.
Rainy Season Island Hopping
During the low season, the Koh Chang island hopping boats don’t operate. So getting it is only possible to get to the outlying islands from the mainland.
If you are going to Koh Mak, then take one of the ferries from Koh Chang to the mainland. Once at a mainland pier, take a shared pick up truck taxi that is heading to Trat. They will do a short detour to drop you off at Krom Luang pier, Laem Ngop. Expect to pay 40 – 50 Baht per person. Centrepoint pier is much closer to this pier than Ao Thammachat pier – used by Ferry Koh Chang. Buy your speedboat tickets to Koh Mak when you are at the pier. Boat timetables are here. )
Getting to Koh Kood is harder, as Laem Sok pier is 40 – 50 Km drive from the mainland piers for boats to Koh Chang. So, you will need to arrange a private transfer in order to get there. This can either be booked in advance, from your hotel on Koh Chang to Laem Sok pier or you should be able to haggle a price with a pick up truck taxi driver when you are at the mainland pier. Bear in mind the last boat to Koh Kood during rainy season is at 13:00. Timetables here.