Your Guide to Trat Airport – TDX
Trat Airport, ( IATA code TDX ) is the airport used by visitors who prefer to fly to Koh Chang, Koh Kood or Koh Mak rather than travel by road from Bangkok.
It is located in Trat province and is approximately 17Km from Ao Thammachat (for ferries to Koh Chang ); 22Km from Centerpoint pier (for ferries to Koh Chang); 25km from Krom Luang pier (for speedboats to Koh Mak) and 60Km from Laem Sok – where the passenger boats to Koh Kood depart.
The town of Trat itself is around 30 minutes drive away, although very few people stay in the town. Most passengers are on their way to one of the outlying islands.
The airport itself is one of the smallest in Thailand and, in keeping with Bangkok Airways’ two other private airports at Samui and Sukhothai, it features a tropical, open plan design and a very laid back, informal atmosphere. With just four arrivals and departures per day, it’s also possibly the quietest airport in Thailand.
There are a few basic facilities at the airport – a car park, small cafe, ATM, transfer desk and toilets. Free snacks and drinks are provided for passengers waiting for their flight to Bangkok. Free wifi is also available in the departure area.
Trat Airport is privately owned by Bangkok Airways. This airline is a regular winner of awards for being one of the best small airlines in South East Asia. They fly to many domestic and international locations from their base at Suvaranbhumi Airport.
They operate four flights per day to Trat by 70 seater, turbo-prob ATR 72 planes. These twin engine Franco-Italian planes are used in over 60 countries and are ideal for short haul flights. Flying time between Bangkok and Trat is timetabled as being an hour, but in reality it is closer to a 40 minute ‘sky hop’.
( Please note that budget airlines do not use this airport. The nearest AirAsia or Nok Air fly to is Utapao Airport near Pattaya. There are bus services from Utapao to Koh Chang but it isn’t as convenient or quick as flying into Trat. )
Note that during the low season ( June to October ) one of the daily flights in each direction may we;ll be cancelled. Usually this is PG301/PG302. You can check the status of recent flights here: Trat Airport Flight Status It shows flight departure and arrival times for the past few days as well as real time information for today’s flights.
* Two new flights, PG309 and PG310 have been added from 1 November 2018 onwards. These will probably be subject to demand, so passengers may well be bumped to a later flight if occupancy is very low.
Bangkok to Trat
|Flight PG309 *||14:45||15:45|
Trat to Bangkok
|Flight PG310 *||16:45||17:45|
During the Low Season there are often some good deals to be had on flights, with one way prices as low as 1,200 Baht inclusive of tax. However, during High Season, it’s hard to find tickets for under 2,800 Baht one way. And during Peak Season prices rise to over 3,500 Baht. Look for the ‘Web Promotion’ prices. These are the cheapest tickets but are non-refundable.
All flights to or from Trat go to Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, this makes it easy to connect to either international flights or domestic flights on Thai Airways or Bangkok Airways. Note that budget carriers now all use Don Meaung Airport and not Suvarnabhumi.
Since 2015 it has been possible to clear Customs and Immigration at Trat Airport. The main benefit of this is that is allows passengers on either Bangkok Airways or their partner airlines to check in baggage through to their final destination and also clear Immigration when arriving or departing Trat.
More details of the through check-in process, including luggage, boarding pass restrictions and partner airlines can be found here.
Trat is a very small airport and so has limited transport options. However there is a shared minibus service from the airport to hotels on Koh Chang and also to Krom Luang pier (for boats to Koh Mak) and Laem Sok pier for boats to Koh Kood. These are run by Krungthep Limousine. There are no public taxis or buses pick up passengers at the airport. But private transfers can be easily arranged on this site.
Trat Airport to Koh Chang
The vehicle ferries from the mainland to Koh Chang run from early morning until 19:00. Ferries run daily throughout the year and it is extremely rare for a sailing to be cancelled.
There are both shared minibus services and private transfers from Trat Airport to hotels on Koh Chang. There aren’t any local taxis or bus services.
Passengers can either arrange transport when they land in Trat; arrange it in advance online or through a local agent or ask their hotel to send a driver to meet them.
The shared minibus is the most economical option. This drops passengers off at all hotels and resorts on the west coast of the island. However, it doesn’t go along the sparsely populated east coast. If you are staying on the east of the island anywhere to the south of Amber Sands or Serenity Resort then you will have to arrange for your hotel to pick you up from the ferry pier. Or, take a private transfer.
Driving time from the airport to the mainland pier is around 20 minutes. Then you have a 30 minute ferry crossing. Ferries depart every 45 minute or more frequently if it is busy. Once on Koh Chang it’s anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour drive, depending on which beach you are staying on.
Ticket prices are 550 Baht one way. You can reserve them in advance or can buy at the airport when you land in Trat. You will save money by booking a return trip in advance.
Private transfers can also be arranged at the airport, although it will save a significant amount of money by booking in advance. Figure on 1,900 – 2,100 Baht for a car and driver for two passengers to a resort on Koh Chang. Or from 2,400 – 3,100 Baht for a minivan for up to 7 passengers.
If you are staying on the east coast then you’ll either have to book a private transfer, or take the shared minibus and get dropped off at the pier on Koh Chang. Then arrange with your hotel for them to send a driver to pick you up.
Trat Airport to Laem Ngop and Koh Mak
There are speedboats at regular intervals from Krom Luang pier, near the village of Laem Ngop to Koh Mak. The first speedboat of the day is at 10:30, so there’s no problem for passengers on PG301 to connect with this boat or one at 11:30 or 12:30.
Passengers on the lunchtime flight, PG305, can take a speedboat to Koh Mak at 14:00, 15:00 or 16:00.
However, anyone taking the evening flight will have to wait until the following morning to get to Koh Mak.
The shared minibus service will drop passengers off at the pier. Ticket price is 500 Baht.
A private transfer by car can easily be pre-booked for 1,500 Baht. Or from 2,300 – 2,600 Baht for a minibus which can seat a maximum of 8 passengers.
Trat immigration office is also located in Laem Ngop within easy reach of the pier. Anyone needing to extend their Tourist Visa can do so here.
Trat Airport to Laem Sok pier and Koh Kood
If you plan on getting to Koh Kood the same day then you’ll need to be on flight PG301. From the airport you’ll need to arrange a private transfer to Laem Sok pier. If your flight is on time, which they usually are, then you’ll be able to catch the 10:45 Boonsiri Ferry to Koh Kood. Or failing that, the Koh Kood Express or Koh Kood Princess at 12:00 – 12:30.
Unless you are travelling over New Year or Thai New Year, there is no need to buy tickets in advance. However, these can be booked online via the boat company websites.
Tickets for the shared minibus are 700 Baht per person from the airport to the pier.
A private transfer by car from Trat Airport to Laem Sok pier, for two passengers, is 1,500 Baht. Or from 2,300 – 2,600 Baht for a Toyota Commuter minibus which can seat a maximum of 8 passengers.
A car hire service is available at the airport, which is ideal for independent travelers visiting Koh Chang. It is an easy drive to the mainland ferry pier and then, once on Koh Chang, the roads are in good condition. Care is needed on some hills and also when driving at night, as there are very few streetlights. Daily (24 Hour) rental rates are from 1,400 Baht for a small automatic car.