TRAT TO KOH KOOD…………….

On Sunday I took the ferry from Laem Sok Pier, near Trat to the island of Koh Kood, sometimes referred to as Koh Kut; I used a company called KohKut Express, and they provide a pick-up service from your hotel in Trat, which takes about 30 minutes, to the pier for the 12.30 sailing, which takes 90 minutes…………….. the pick-up is by a Songthaew, which is a pick-up truck with 2 bench seats in the back, and is a very common form of “taxi’ in Thailand…………the company provides a shuttle from the landing stage in Koh Kood to your hotel on the island and both of these services are included in the price of your ferry ticket, which at 350 Baht (£6.80) is very good value for an excellent service……………

This caveat is mainly for the benefit of Malcolm and Linda, who will be using this company to go to Koh Kood in January; when you book with KohKut Express, the ticket informs you that if you require a pick up from an hotel in Trat, you must call them on a provided number between 10.45 and 11.15, to confirm the location of your pick-up, which will be circa 11.30……..fine, I bought a Thai SIM for my iPhone on arrival at BKK airport, which is 0066(0)813532796………in case anyone needs it, so to play it safe, I called the number at 10.10 and got through to a voice mail, fine, I thought, I will try again at 10.45 as instructed; ten minutes later at 10.20, I opened my hotel room door in response to a knock, to find the pick-up driver there………fortunately I had taken both breakfast and a shower and was more or less ready; I indicated a couple of minutes to him and his body language replied “no problem”………but you would not want to find yourself in this situation still needing half an hour to get ready……………

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In the Songthaew on the way to Laem Sok pier……………..

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Above………..the pier at Laem Sok; many places in Thailand have very shallow water, with a gentle slope into the sea for hundreds of metres …………..Laem Sok is no exception, which has necessitated the pier to be built at more than 500 metres in length, to accommodate the draught (depth between waterline and bottom of hull) of any reasonably sized vessel, but, don’t worry they shuttle you to the end of the pier by Songthaew…… …………..it is the reason that you see “long-tail” boats everywhere in Thailand, allowing them to operate in very shallow water………….

 

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Above………ferry ticket that you receive at Laem Sok in exchange for your online booking (below)

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Above ………….the modern ferry from Laem Sok to Koh Kut, and below the 126 seat cabin complete with fans, life-jackets and a toilet at the rear…………..

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