Directions to Boutique House on Koh Kood
TIP! Even though we think of our modern guesthouse as on of the most unwinding places on earth, we would recommend that you not attempt to make the long journey from your own front door all the way to the for Rest house non-stop. Ko Kood is located in the South East part of Thailand, near the maritime border with Cambodia, which is not exactly a stone throw from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi international airport. We see many visitors to Ko Kood arrive completely exhausted and nearly ready to burst out in anger due to sleep deprivation. This can often completely ruin their first day in paradise and their first impression of our beautiful guesthouse and her natural surroundings.
FROM THE MAINLAND: the Koh Kood Boutique House has joined forces with the Koh Kood Resort and CP Laem Sok Group speedboats, which sail from the Laem Sok pier on the mainland, to ensure our guests a safe journey all the way from the mainland to the Ban Ao Prao on Ao Prao Beach. Laem Sok Group Speedboat currently offer daily speed boat transfers to Koh Kood island. The boat departs from Laem Sok pier at 09:00 to take you to the private pier of the Koh Kood Resort in Bang Bao Bay. A free pick up service by the speedboat company from the S.A hotel in Trat, the bus station or any of the hotels in downtown Trat is available one hour prior to departure, but it will have to be requested at least 24 hours in advance.
KO KUT EXPRESS: a cheaper, yet slighly more comfortable, alternative to the speedboat transfers and if we only consider time on the water, it would even be the fastest way to get from Laem Sok to Koh Kood island and back. However, on the Koh Kood side it makes only one stop at the main pier roughly halfway down the island, from where passengers are carried to their final destination, or the nearest drop off point, in the back of the to "taxi" converted pick up trucks, know as Song Teaw. This large boat has 140 airplane style seats in a fully air-conditioned cabin. Due to it's lenght and powerful engines, it's capable to run back and forth to Ko Kut year round, so also during the low season when the speedboats can't due to higher waves and possible rain showers in open seas. Buy tickets to Koh Kood or find more information on the transfer on the Ko Kut express website. The Ko Kut Express service also provides a free shuttle service to the For Rest Boutique House in Ao Prao.
Coming soon (1 nov 2013): Fantasea fast catamaran service to Koh Mak and Koh Kood To make the transfers from and to Ko Kood island even more safe, Boonsiri company will launch a twice daily round trip service to Koh Kood with certain stops on Koh Mak as well. Despite the extra comfort and extra stability, the rates will not be higher than those of the speedboat transfers. This service can even be booked as a Bangkok to Koh Mak or Koh Kood all-in package, where a coach will carry passengers from the Bang Na area in Bangkok to the offices in Laem Sok. More details and pictures on the website by late october.
BUS FROM BANGKOK TO TRAT Only by riding the first bus out of Bangkok (at approximately 06:00 - 06:15) from either Ekkemai Station or Mor Chit station, you will you be able to make the Siriwhite pick up in Trat City at Noon. Catch the last bus (approximately 23:15) from the Ekkemai or Mor Chit bus terminals in Bangkok to meet our shuttle at the bus station in Trat at approximate 04:30. The Laem Sok free shuttle will be waiting at "gate" number 25 at the bus station. During the low season these times will differ, so may sure to indicate that you will be traveling to Trat by bus.
TRAT AIRPORT PICK UP'S are available through the Trat Airport transfers page. If you arrival time is after 12:15, or if you have enough time, you can also take an Trat airport limousine taxi to Trat City and spend a night in the very affordable, yet comfortable and conveniently located S. A. hotel and enjoy some of the local sights and very affordable restaurants.
BANGKOK AIRPORTS or DOWNTOWN BANGKOK PICK UP'S are available, but note that if your flight lands after 07:30 you will have to spend a night in a hotel in Trat, as the minibus won't be able to get you to the pier before 13:00 (last departure from the mainland to Koh Kood island). For more comfortable Limousine transfers from Bangkok, contact the Siam Resorts Bangkok Limousines, or the Koh Chang Minibus to Laem Sok service if there are 3 or more people in your party.
FROM KOH CHANG ISLAND there is a twice daily speedboat from Koh Chang to Koh Mak and Koh Kood that brings our guests directly to the Koh Kood Resort pier in Bang Bao Bay on Ko Kood island. Departures from Koh Chang are at 09:00 and usually again at 11:00 from Kai Bae Beach on Koh Chang. A free pick up service by car is provided by the Koh Chang Speed boat company and is available from any of the resorts on the west coast of Koh Chang. These pick ups start around hour prior to the departure of this speed boat bus service to Koh Mak and Koh Kood. Please check the speedboat website's for current rates. This speedboat service from Koh Chang to Ko Kut is currently not available during the low / "green" season. For this service goes the same as when arriving from Laem Sok on the mainland: you will be dropped off at the Koh Kood Resort pier and from there you will continue your journey to the For Rest Boutique house by car or private speedboat without additional charge.