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Any boats between Koh Samui/ Koh Pha Ngan area and Koh Chang to avoid Bangkok?

  • mvdffy

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    I was just wondering does anybody know of any way, apart from flying unless it's cheap, to get to Koh Chang so we don't have to go through Bangkok? We won't be there till the end of June but just in case the situation hasn't gotten any better.


    #1 Posted: 14/5/2010 - 23:59

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    There is no boat service between those areas.

    You can blow through Bangkok, though, and avoid the trouble spots.

    #2 Posted: 15/5/2010 - 02:05

  • Risha

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    It's absolutely safe to go via Bangkok, none of the bus terminals, train stations etc... have been targetted by any protestors.

    #3 Posted: 16/5/2010 - 19:13

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    "none of the bus terminals, train stations etc... have been targetted by any protestors."

    Not quite NONE. Victory monument bus station doesn't sound very safe right now...major gunfight going on according to the twitter feed on here.

    #4 Posted: 17/5/2010 - 00:12

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    No boats between Ko Chang and the southern islands.

    Bangkok's OK if you keep up to date on the trouble areas and avoid them. To get to Ko Chang you get a bus from the Eastern Bus Station (Ekamai)and there hasn't been any trouble there (yet)...

    If you really want to avoid Bangkok, Bankok Airways has flights between the Pattaya Airport (a couple hours from Ko Chang) and Ko Samui / Phuket. Bangkok Airways is not a budget airline though.

    #5 Posted: 17/5/2010 - 01:06

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    i'm not convinced that it is absolutely safe to go to bangkok, as has been suggested above. as it stands right now, you can make it through town and avoid the mayhem, but that may change. the truth is that nobody knows. i liked this quote from one of the tweeters ....

    "you should b aware that acts of violence or sabotage might b staged outside red shirt protest area" -UK embassy tells British citizens

    hopefully it won't happen, but if it does, the sabotage could very well include the airport and bus stations, etc. the embassies are traditionally very cautious with their warnings, to be sure, but part of the reason is because they fully understand that if things really do hit the fan, there won't be resources available to help you if you get in harm's way.

    if you know bangkok well and can speak some of the language, then that will certainly increase your margin of error if things get even more pear shaped than they are now. but if you don't, definitely err on the side of caution.

    #6 Posted: 17/5/2010 - 07:50

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