Ko Kut is set around 40 km south of Laem Sok on the mainland, where speedboats and ferries depart for Ao Salad pier on the island, and songthaews depart for Trat town on the mainland. In high season, Ko Kut is also linked to Ko Mak, Ko Wai and Ko Chang via speedboats.
The nearest public airport is on the mainland in Trat province, some 50 kilometres west of the Ko Kut ferry piers in Laem Sok. It’s serviced a couple of times per day by Bangkok Air and the fares are usually quite pricey. Soneva Kiri has a private airstrip on Ko Mai Si that’s used for guests only—we have no idea what it costs.
If going to Bangkok right after Ko Kut, the Boonsiri ferry company offers an all-in ticket including a minibus to a skytrain station (Lat Krabang) near Suvarnabhumi Airport or Khao San Road for 350 baht.
Otherwise, make your way to Trat bus station for frequent departures to Bangkok, Chanthaburi, the Cambodia border crossing at Had Lek and other mainland points. If heading to Trat from Ko Kut, songthaews await passengers upon arrival on the mainland for the 30-kilometre ride to Trat town.
For online ticketing, consider the following:
Bangkok to Ko Kut direct (includes van from Bangkok and then a joint ferry ticket to the island).
To/from the mainland
Ferries to Ko Kut depart from a pier in Laem Sok district but most travellers coming from the mainland arrange their transfers at travel offices in Trat town. On Ko Kut these boats arrive at Ao Salad in the far north. If wanting to take a motorbike to the island you’ll have to catch the Ko Kood Princess boat. The mainland ferries run less frequently in low season.
Ko Kood Princess departs for Ko Kut at 12:30 and returns to Laem Sok at 10:00 for 350 baht and takes 1.5 hours.
Ko Kut Express runs boats of two different sizes, with the larger and comfier one departing for Kut at 13:00 and a cramped speedboat departing at 10:00, with return departures in the same time frame. The large boat costs 350 baht while the speedboat fetches 600 baht but is only 15 minutes faster.
Boonsiri High Speed Catamaran departs for Kut at 10:45 and 14:20, returning at 09:00 and 12:00, for 350 baht. The later boats make a stop at Ko Mak and Boonsiri offers a single ticket combining the ferry and a minibus to Bangkok (see above). This ticket can also be purchased online in advance.
To/from other islands
In high season only (November to May), at least one slow boat and a few speedboats connect Ko Kut to Ko Mak, Ko Wai and Ko Chang. On Ko Kut, these boats arrive and depart at a small pier next to Mark House in Khlong Chao, a short walk from the largest cluster of budget accommodation.
From Bang Bao Pier on Ko Chang, a slow boat departs at 09:45, costs 600 baht to Ko Kut and takes three hours with stops to pick up passengers on Ko Wai at 10:00 and Ko Mak at 11:00. This boat departs from Ko Kut at 14:00 and makes the same stops on its way back down to Chang.
Speedboats depart the same pier on Ko Chang at 09:30 and 12:00 and cost 900 baht to Ko Kut. The ride takes two hours and these boats return from Ko Kut at 09:00 and 12:00, also stopping at Ko Wai and Ko Mak.
There’s also one speedboat departing from Kai Bae on Ko Chang at 09:00 and returning from Ko Kut at 11:00. It costs the same and makes the same stops as the speedboats to and from Bang Bao.
Ko Kut’s white songthaews await arriving passengers and in most cases a taxi ride to your resort is included in the cost of the ferry tickets.
Otherwise you’ll find drivers hanging around the bridge in Khlong Chao and perhaps the roads behind Bang Bao and Ao Tapao in daylight hours, but don’t expect them to pull up whenever you need throughout Ko Kut. In most cases, travellers ask resort staff to arrange private songthaew rides that cost around 300 baht for short trips and up to 1,500 baht for long ones.
Most resorts offer motorbike rental and we saw a few available at BB Divers and Flying Fish Coffee on the main road in Khlong Chao, among other places. Expect to pay around 300 baht per day. If you bring a motorbike over from the mainland, where rental is cheaper, you’ll need to pay a 200 baht surcharge each way on the ferry.
The roads on Ko Kut get extremely hilly in places and with limited road shoulders and a light sprinkling of sand it can be treacherous at speed—be careful and always wear a helmet.
Please take the time to learn about the insurance implications of riding a scooter in Thailand without a valid license.
Mountain bike rental is available at several resorts, including Koh Kood Resort in Bang Bao for 150 baht per day.