Where to Go
Trat and its island destinations can be reached via private car, public bus, or airplane from Bangkok. Once there, it may be easier to get around with your own car, but there are standard forms of local transport available for visitors: i.e. songtaews, motorbike taxis, tuk tuks, and public busses, and rental cars and motorbikes are easy to procure both on the mainland and on Koh Chang. Numerous ferry services and private boat charters service Koh Chang and some of the larger islands surrounding it.
From Bangkok, take Highway No. 34 (Bang Na-Trat) or the Motorway to Chonburi, then use Highway No. 344 (Ban Bung-Klaeng) to Klaeng, where you must turn onto Highway No. 3 which leads to Trat. The total distance from Bangkok to Trat is 318 kilometers.
Both air-conditioned and non air-conditioned busses depart from Bangkok's Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai) to Trat every hour from 6 a.m. to midnight. From Bangkok the busses to Trat cost 197 baht for 24-seat VIP air-conditioned service, 169 baht for 1st class air-conditioned service (132 baht for 2nd class), or 113 baht for regular bus service. The trip takes five to six hours by air-conditioned bus and about eight hours by regular bus.
From Bangkok there are also direct bus and minibus services to the boat pier for Koh Chang that depart regularly from Ekkamai bus station (BTS Ekkamai) and Khao San Road. Simply make it clear you with to travel to Koh Chang rather than Trat.
For more information contact the Transport Co. Ltd at Tel: 0-2391-4164, Choet Chai Tour Tel: 0-2391-2237, Chok Anukun Tour Tel: 0-2392-7680 and Suppharat Tour Tel: 0-2391-2331.
To travel from Chanthaburi to Trat, the regular bus takes about 30 minutes. If one goes by taxi from Chanthaburi to Trat, it takes around 45 minutes.
Bangkok Airways has daily air services between Bangkok and Trat. From the Trat airport (not far from the ferry pier in Laem Ngop) there are numerous transportation options for transferring to Koh Chang, including minibus and rental car. Visit www.bangkokair.com for more information.
Car rent in Muang Trat:
Suppharat, opposite Choet Chai Tour: Sukhumvit Road, Tel: 0-3931-2011, 0-3951-2236
Getting around the city:
Samlors/tuk tuks around town should cost about 10 baht per person. Small songtaews cost about 5 baht per person on a share basis or 20 baht to 40 baht for the whole vehicle.
Getting to Islands:
Ferries depart either from Ao Thammachat Pier or Koh Chang Centre Point Landings between 07.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m., with travel times of approximately 30 minutes depending on weather and boat capacity. Private vehicles can be loaded onto the ferry. Please note that vehicles used on the island should be 4 wheel drive vehicles as road conditions are bumpy and there are steep slopes to be negotiated. From the landing on Koh Chang there are songtaew services to various points. Fares should be settled beforehand.