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To/from the mainland
A ferry departs Pakmeng Pier every day in high season (November 1 to May 1) at 12:00, costs 350 baht per person and takes an hour, returning from Ko Ngai at 10:00. Longtail boats go out to meet the ferry and drop you at your resort of choice—prepare to wade through some water.
Hourly public minibuses from Trang bus station run direct to Pakmeng, but most travellers book a combined minibus/ferry ticket from travel agents near the train station in Trang. These cost 500 baht all up and pick up at the travel offices at 10:00. (See the Trang transport section for info on getting there.)
Expect to pay 1,900 baht for a private transfer to Ko Ngai from Trang, or around 1,500 for a private longtail direct from Pakmeng. The higher-end resorts on Ngai offer their own transfer services from Trang/Pakmeng.
From November 1 to March 31 (perhaps into April for Tigerline and Petpailin), several boat companies connect Ko Ngai directly to a number of other islands. Tickets can be booked through any resort on Ko Ngai; whoever sells you the ticket will need to call the boat ahead of time, so give some prior notice.
Heading north, the Bundhaya and Satun Pakbara speedboats pick up at different points on Ngai’s main beach at 11:30 and reach Ko Lanta at 12:00 for 650 baht. The Satun Pakbara boat continues on to Ko Phi Phi for 1,350 baht and Phuket for 2,150, arriving there at 14:30.
The cheaper/slower Petpailin ferry also runs to Lanta, picking up at the Koh Ngai Resort pier at 10:00 and swinging by Kradan and Muk on the way back north.
Heading south, speedboats pick up on Ngai at 11:00 and reach Ko Muk at 11:30 for 350 baht; Ko Kradan at 11:45 for 400 baht (Satun Pakbara only); Ko Bulon Lae at 12:30 for 1,050 baht; and Ko Lipe at 13:30 for 1,600 baht.
Speedboats to Ko Ngai depart Ko Lipe at 09:00; Ko Bulon Lae at 10:00; Ko Lanta at 10:30; Ko Kradan at 10:45; and Ko Muk at 11:00.
The Tigerline high-speed ferry also connects Ko Ngai directly to Ko Phi Phi, Phuket, Hat Yao pier in Trang, and Langkawi Island in Malaysia, plus all of the other islands listed above except Ko Bulon Lae. The southbound boat departs Phuket at 08:00 and picks up on Ko Ngai at 11:30, while the northbound boat departs Langkawi at 09:30 and picks up on Ngai at 14:30.
You can also take a private longtail boat to/from Ko Muk for around 1,200 baht; Ko Kradan for around 1,500 baht; and Ko Lanta for around 2,000 baht.
Bundhaya T: (074) 783 111 ; (080) 549 4545 www.bundhayaspeedboat.com
Petpailin T: (075) 667 033 ; (081) 979 9001
Satun Pakbara T: (081) 959 2094 www.spcthailand.com