I am still trawling the web trying to book a somewhat inexpensive journey to Koh Phangnan.
I heard not to take the second class sleeper trains, rather go for first class. Does anyone agree? First class is double the price, so at that point I might as well fly via nokair. but then I would have to spend the night in bangkok - all of this adds up!
Would anyone recommend trying a train for Bangkok to Surat Thani at 13:00 that arrives at 12am? Prebooking a hotel in Surat Thani and then catching the first available bus from Surat Thani to Donsak? Reason being that I wouldn't then have to sleep in second class - which I heard has thieves and... roaches, is noisy... That bus is only about 600 Baht, instead of the over night at 1440 in first class.
how close is the train station to don sak/buses?