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Bangkok - Chumphon Koh Tao

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Bangkok - Chumphon Koh Tao

Hi

I will be travelling solo from Bangkok - Chumphon -Koh Tao. It is my first time in Asia. I would like to know which is a safer option to get from Bangkok to Chumphon: Bus or Train.

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1. Re: Bangkok - Chumphon Koh Tao

Hello,

The bus and train are both save buth if you want a good sleep i will advice you to take the train.

If you want privacy you good book the 1st class in the train. You will share a cabin with somebody else and you can lock the cabin.

Moira

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2. Re: Bangkok - Chumphon Koh Tao

You can also take a daytime express a/con bus and fast ferry that leaves Bangkok about 6 am and arrives on Koh Tao about 1445 ( 2.45 pm ).

That is operated by Lomprayah ( they also have an overnight but that involves quite a wait in Chumphon )

If you take the train I 'think' it's about 0340 arrival in Chumphon for a 7 am ferry departure, so you have to be up in the middle of the night. The alternative is to take a train that gets into Chumphon late night and then spend the night in Chumphon.

In all the daytime Lomprayah not bad if yoiu can get up early enough for that 6 am departure from Bangkok

http://www.lomprayah.com

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3. Re: Bangkok - Chumphon Koh Tao

The Lomprayah route and schedule, the fare is THB 950 ( about US$ 28 )

If you train to Chumphon the ferry fare from Chumphon is THB 550 ( about US$ 16 )

http://www.lomprayah.com/E/route.htm

Train times:

www.railway.co.th/English/Time_HTML.asp

Click on 'Southern Line'

Sleeper departs Bangkok 1930 arr Chumphon 0347, don't take the railcar that gets in at 0547, if it runs late you will miss the boat and also it is not a sleeper service

http://www.seat61.com/Thailand.htm good source about train travel in Thailand, you can see the 2nd Class sleeper service vs the Railcar

If I was you I'd get up early and take the express bus and ferry combo ticket deal with Lomprayah.

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4. Re: Bangkok - Chumphon Koh Tao

Hi

Thank you so much for the information, its helped me decide.. i think i'll do the bus-ferry one way and train-ferry the other.

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5. Re: Bangkok - Chumphon Koh Tao

We did this trip last year by train. We went 2nd class sleeper down - it was really good actually - nice and quiet. But not a good night sleep because we were worrying about being ready to hop off the train (it doesnt stop for long) or keep going south!

Came back in 1st class and you get your own little lockable cabin with basin and running water. Got into BKK around 7am and had a good day of shopping!

Take something to eat - food is available to buy but its pretty ordinary.

One the way back, we had a nice meal in a restaurant/club place across the road Chumphon station.

cheers Sharyn

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6. Re: Bangkok - Chumphon Koh Tao

Hi

I've booked a 2nd class sleeper as well...how long does the train stop at Chumphon? I thought that would be the last stop, if its not then how did you manage to figure out if the station was the right one to get off? I mean are there signs/station name written in English?

Thank you for the help...

Cheers

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7. Re: Bangkok - Chumphon Koh Tao

The train does not stop in Chomporn for long, but don't worry, you will know which stop Chomporn is because about 90% of off the tourists on the train will get off here and so there is a fair amount of noise.

If you are a heavy sleeper, just speak to a couple of the other passengers and ask them to wake you up in time and make sure you have your stuff ready.

Enjoy Tao.

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8. Re: Bangkok - Chumphon Koh Tao

Thanks..I think i'll probably end up staying awake most part for fear of missing the station :-)

Please could someone advise the best way of getting around Koh Tao? I will be staying around Chalok Baan Kao but would like to go to the Sairee beach especially in the evenings...

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