Getting there & away
Sǎwngthǎew for Laem Ngop and Centrepoint Pier (40B to 60B) leave Trat from a stand on Th Sukhumvit next to the municipal shopping centre market, and also from the bus station. They depart regularly throughout the day, but after dark you will have to charter one (around 250B). From Bangkok there are two buses per day at 7.30am and 9.30am from Bangkok’s Eastern bus terminal direct to the Centrepoint Pier (250B, six hours). Many travel agencies in Bangkok also advertise VIP buses (480B, 5½ hours) direct to the pier which have the (expensive) advantage of more legroom and a pick-up from your accommodation in the capital. Travel agents at Tha Laem Ngop arrange a daily 11am minibus to Th Khao San in Bangkok (250B to 300B, 5½ hours), a 1pm minibus to Pattaya (350B, four hours) and 11am and 1pm minibuses to Ban Phe for Ko Samet (300B, 2½ hours).