Privately owned and operated by Bangkok Airways, Trat Airport serves the airline’s daily domestic and international flights to/from mainland Trat and is the closest airport to Koh Chang. The airport has a simple layout, comprising a cluster of open-air thatched-roof buildings – for the arrival and departure halls, offices, snack bar – a runway and other airport facilities.
Each flight from Bangkok takes a mere 45 minutes, compared to 4-5 hours if travelled by car. Although Air tickets are not cheap, as Bangkok Airways is not a budget airline, the overall experience is quite pleasant.
Tips and Good to Know
- Always call ahead to check for flight delays or cancellations
- All flights from Bangkok depart from Suvarnabhumi International Airport
- There’s no official baggage claim area. You can pick up your luggage at the arrival hall.
- Snack bar
- Passenger trolleys, for transporting the passengers to the airplane
- Outdoor garden
Getting to Koh Chang
The ferry pier at Ao Thammachat to Koh Chang is about 18 km (20 minutes) from the airport. There’s a mini-van service operated by Bangkok Airways, which will deliver you to the pier and, once on the island, to your hotel. Price is inclusive of the ferry transfer.