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Almost arrived on Koh Kradan in the south of Thailand
Almost arrived on Koh Kradan in the south of Thailand

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HOW TO TRAVEL TO KOH KRADAN?

The tiny island of Koh Kradan is located in the south of Thailand between Koh Lanta and Koh Libong. About the same distance from the island are two small islands, Koh Ngai and Koh Mook. They all belong to the Trang islands. The nearest big city on the mainland is Trang, from the pier it is about an hour’s drive.

On Koh Kradan it’s never too crowded, in the high season a group of daytrippers occasionally comes along but after that it’s nice and quiet again. In low season we regularly had the beach all to ourselves. Want to know more? Below we explain how to travel to Koh Kradan in high and low season.

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the small island of Koh Kradan in the Andaman Sea of Thailand

To Koh Kradan in high season (mid October to April)

If you want to visit Koh Kradan in high season there are many possibilities and departure locations. We will list the most likely routes for you. Krabi and Trang are the two major cities where it is easiest to fly to first if you want to travel to Koh Kradan.

PLEASE NOTE!
We advise you to book a resort in advance in high season (especially in December and January). In those months most resorts on Koh Kradan are sold out. In low season many resorts are closed again, we slept in The Seven Seas Resort on Koh Kradan, this resort is open all year round. Book an accommodation preferably via our link for Booking.com and this one for Agoda, this way you support us as well.

Longtail boat off the coast of Koh Kradan

Travel from Krabi to Koh Kradan?

The easiest way to travel from Krabi to Koh Kradan is via the (ferry/speed) boat that departs from the Klong Jilad Pier. So whether you are departing from Krabi Airport or Krabi Town you first have to go to the pier to catch the boat to Koh Lanta. From Koh Lanta you take the ferry to Koh Kradan. In total you’ll be on the ferry for a maximum of three hours and the cost per person from 1,400 baht depends on the departure times and the airline you’re sailing with.

First to the Klong Jilad Pier

The Klong Jilad Pier is half an hour’s drive from Krabi Airport (KBV) and costs around 850 baht for a taxi or minivan. So try to share the ride with as many people as possible. A ride from Krabi Town to the pier takes a maximum of fifteen minutes and should not cost you more than 250 baht.

Then take the ferry from Klong Jilad Pier to Koh Lanta where you will arrive at Saladan Pier. The ferry from Krabi leaves twice a day at 9 and 11 AM. The trip takes about an hour. If you prefer not to take the ferry, you can also choose to travel by taxi or minivan to Koh Lanta. More information such as prices, type of transport and times can be found via this link. You can also choose to book the journey from Krabi to Koh Kradan in 1x. Then use the widget below.

Saladan Pier at Koh Lanta

Travel from Koh Lanta to Koh Kradan?

As described earlier in the section from Krabi to Koh Kradan, a number of (ferry/speed) boats go directly or with a stopover from Koh Lanta to Koh Kradan. With a bit of luck you will be on Koh Kradan within an hour and you can start your relaxing stay on this relaxed island. The boats leave at 10:30 AM and 1 PM and a ticket is costs from 530 baht per person.

The Andaman Sea overlooking the island of Koh Lanta

Travel from Koh Phi Phi to Koh Kradan?

To travel from Koh Phi Phi to Koh Kradan you first have to travel to Koh Lanta. From Koh Lanta there are two ferrys/speedboats going to Koh Kradan. The whole trip takes two to maximum three hours and the price is from 1.204 baht per person. The departure times from the Ton Sai Pier on Koh Phi Phi are 9:30 and 11:45 AM.

Travel from Phuket to Koh Kradan?

Also from Phuket you sail from the Rassada Pier first to the island of Koh Lanta where you then pass through or transfer to Koh Kradan. The trip takes three to four hours and costs at least 1.400 baht per person. Every day in high season there are several ferry and speedboats that you can take to get to Koh Kradan. The one from 8:30 AM is the smartest one to take because then you still have the whole day on Koh Kradan.

DO YOU KNOW?
There is a boat going all the way from Phuket to the Malaysian Langkawi. This one has the following stops: Koh Lanta, Koh Ngai, Koh Kradan and Koh Lipe.

Travel from Koh Ngai to Koh Kradan?

We have combined the islands Koh Ngai, Koh Kradan and Koh Mook (Muk) because they are not far from each other. By boat it’s fifteen minutes sailing from Koh Ngai to Koh Kradan. In terms of costs you will pay 250 baht per person, depending on your departure day, departure time and with which airline you are sailing. The boats depart at 11:10 AM, 11:15 AM and 1:45 PM.

You can also choose to rent a longtail boat, this can be cheaper if you are with a larger group. We paid 1.500 baht for an own longtail boat.

Koh Ngai paradise on earth!

Travel from Koh Mook to Koh Kradan?

Even closer to Koh Kradan than Koh Ngai is the island of Koh Mook. In less than ten minutes you are on Koh Kradan! The price is from 200 baht per person. The ferry leaves at 11:30 AM.

Also from Koh Kradan to Koh Mook it is sometimes better to rent a longtail boat. We shared the boat with 2 other travelers and paid 350 baht per person.

Koh Mook Pier

Travel from Trang to Koh Kradan?

The city of Trang is the perfect place to fly to if you want to visit the islands Koh Kradan, Koh Mook and Koh Ngai. From the Don Muang (DMK) in Bangkok there are direct flights from 1.000 baht per person. Within an hour and a half you will arrive at the airport of Trang (TST). After you have landed or slept in Trang you can choose from a number of options:

Departure from the Khuang Tung Ku Pier to Koh Kradan (best option in low season).

From Trang (Airport) it is, depending on the hustle and bustle of the road, an hour’s drive to the Khuang Tung Ku Pier (Khuan Tung Ku Pier). From here you can take a longtail boat in low and high season to Koh Kradan. A taxi to this pier costs a maximum of 700 baht including a tip. The price with the longtail has to be negotiated at the pier, assume a maximum of 1.800 baht for your own longtail boat. The trip takes about half an hour.

From the Hat Yao Pier to Koh Kradan

From Trang (Airport) it is a small hour drive to the Hat Yao Pier. The daily ferry to Koh Kradan leaves at 10:30 AM and with a stopover at Koh Mook it takes half an hour. The costs per person are from 650 baht. You can also see if you can charter a longtail boat, but this is only cheaper if you are with a minimum of six people.

The Hat Yao Pier of Trang

Travel from Koh Libong to Koh Kradan?

Also from the island of Koh Libong you can take the ferry to Koh Kradan. It goes once a day at 10:20 and is half an hour on the way including two stops (Hat Yao Pier and Koh Mook). The price is between 700 and 1.000 baht per person.

Travel from Koh Lipe to Koh Kradan?

From Koh Lipe to Koh Kradan is also possible! First you sail a whole stretch over the Andaman Sea and then make a stop on Koh Libong. Then the Hat Yao Pier and a short stop at Koh Mook. After a maximum of three hours of sailing you will finally arrive at the beautiful Koh Kradan! Enjoy it! A ticket for this trip is available from 1.250 baht per person.

Sunset over the Andaman Sea at Koh Lipe

Travel to Koh Kradan in the low season (May until mid October)

In high season you have the best chance of nice weather and a calm sea. But also in low season, including July and August, you still can travel to Koh Kradan. Unfortunately there is no ferry in low season. Because we could hardly find any information about this ourselves, we also explain how to get to Koh Kradan the easiest way in low season.

PLEASE NOTE!
In the low season it can get pretty rough at sea so boats don’t sail. Don’t take any unnecessary risks and plan a bit more spaciously so you don’t have to travel on a certain day.

Rain season on Koh Kradan in Thailand

Travel from Trang to Koh Kradan in low season (May until mid October)

The first option is to travel from Trang and surroundings. This means that you have to get to the Hat Yao Pier on the mainland and then catch a longtail boat to Koh Kradan. You can assume that chartering a longtail boat costs a maximum of 3,500 baht and that the trip to Koh Kradan takes an hour.

Travel from Koh Lanta to Koh Kradan in low season (May till mid October)

The second option is to travel first to Koh Lanta and then take a longtail boat to Koh Kradan. We have chosen to make a stopover on Koh Ngai first (recommended!). We therefore don’t know exactly how much it costs to travel directly from Lanta with a longtail boat. Take a look at the tip below to see how we did it.

TIP!
There is another option from Koh Lanta in low season. We booked a snorkel tour (island tour) and indicated that we would only go part of the way. We got off at Koh Ngai, then the boat sailed on to Koh Kradan, so we could have gotten off there as well. With a bit of bargaining and some luck you can sail for a nice price! We payed 1,000 baht for two people.

With an island tour from Koh Lanta to Koh Kradan where you can snorkel.

What else is there to do on Koh Kradan?

Honestly? Not much! And that makes Koh Kradan a fantastic island! Here you can enjoy a good book in the sand. Swim in the beautiful Andaman Sea and enjoy the nature around you! Still, we have collected a few tips for you that you can find in the InfoBox below! Enjoy the island!

Sleeping onKon Kradan

The Sevenseas Resort TIP
– Kalume s Eco Boutique Resort
– Paradise Lost Resort
Ao Niang Beach Resort
– Coral Garden Resort

Read also our review of The Sevenseas Resort on Koh Kradan

Good eats and drinks on Koh Kradan

Going out op Koh Kradan

Listen to the rhythm of the sea as you enjoy the sparkling light show of the stars in the sky. In other words, there is nothing to go out on Koh Kradan.

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Take a look at our selection of pictures of beautiful Koh Mook.
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