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The closest airport is in Trat province, from where it's a 30-minute ride to the pier for Ko Maak. From Bangkok, Trat is serviced daily by Bangkok Airways.
First-class buses depart from Bangkok's Ekkamai (eastern) station for Laem Ngop at 7:30 and 9:45, costing 270 baht and taking around five hours. They make the return trip at 12:30 and 14:00.
First-class buses also run from Ekkamai station to Trat town every hour from 5:00 to 23:30, costing 265 baht. They run in the opposite direction every hour from 7:00 to 23:00.
Minibuses run from Bangkok's Victory Monument (in front of Ratchawithi Hospital) to Trat town every hour from 5:00 to 19:00, costing 270 baht. They return in the same timeframe from Trat.
Trat can also be reached directly by bus from Pattaya, Rayong, Ban Phe (Ko Samet), Chanthaburi and Nakhon Ratchasima. (See the Trat transport section for more info.)
From Trat bus station, songthaews can take you straight to Laem Ngop pier for 60 baht per person.
Joint ferry and bus/minibus tickets for various destinations can be purchased on Ko Maak. These include:
Bangkok (Victory Monument): Available any time the boats run, costs 800 baht.
Bangkok (Khao San Road): Departs 11:30, costs 800 baht.
Ban Phe (Ko Samet): Departs 10:30, costs 850 baht.
Pattaya: Departs 10:30, costs 850 baht.
Had Lek (Cambodia border): Departs 9:30, costs 800 baht.
Siem Reap: Departs 9:30, costs 1,000 baht and includes wait time at the border.
To/from the mainland
During high season from November to April, several speedboats run to Ko Maak from Laem Ngop pier on the mainland. There is also a slowboat that departs from Laem Ngop at 11:00 on Tuesdays and Saturdays only, costing 300 baht and taking nearly three hours. It returns at 8:00 on Mondays and Fridays only.
Leelawadee speedboats depart daily for Ao Kao at 10:30, 14:00 and 15:00, costing 450 baht and taking around one hour. They return to Laem Ngop at 8:00 and 10:30.
Pana speedboats depart for Ao Suan Yai at 12:30 and 16:00, also costing 450 baht, and returning at 9:00 and 13:30.
High-speed catamarans depart at 14:30 for Ao Nid from Laem Sok pier on the mainland on Fridays and Saturdays only, costing 350 baht, and returning to Laem Sok at 12:00. This boat may run on other days during peak season.
During low season, speedboats depart daily from Laem Ngop pier at 14:00 and 16:00, returning at 8:00 and 9:00.
To/from Ko Chang
During high season, a slowboat departs at 9:00 daily from Bang Bao pier on Ko Chang for Ao Kao on Ko Maak, costing 400 baht and taking around 1.5 hours. It returns to Bang Bao at 12:00 and also services Ko Wai for 200 baht.
Speedboats depart from Bang Bao pier at 9:00, 9:30 and 12:00, costing 600 baht and taking 40 minutes. These return to Bang Bao from Ao Kao at 12:00, and from Ao Suan Yai at 10:00 and 13:00, also servicing Ko Wai for 300 baht.
One speedboat also departs from Kai Bae Hut pier at 9:00, also for 450 baht, reaching Ao Kao at 10:00 and heading onwards to Ko Kut. It returns at 12:00, also servicing Ko Wai in either direction.
No public boats run to Ko Maak from Ko Chang during low season.
To/from Ko Kut
During high season, speedboats run to Ko Kut from Ao Kao at 10:00 and 11:00, and from Ao Suan Yai at 10:30 and 13:00, both for 400 baht. Speedboats return to Ko Maak from Ko Kut at 9:00, 10:30, 11:00 and 12:00.
Unless you're up for some nice long walks, Ko Maak is just big enough to make some wheels necessary when heading from one bay to another. Motorbikes can be rented at practically every resort and restaurant for 200 to 300 baht per day. Bicycles go for around 50 baht, while kayaks cost around 400. Many resorts offer kayaks to guests for free.
Otherwise, non-roofed pick-up truck taxis can take you around the island. Expect to pay 50 baht per person from Ao Suan Yai to Ao Kao, or a negotiable 500 baht for a longer excursion around the island. The more remote resorts usually offer a free shuttle service to Ao Kao and Ao Suan Yai several times per day.