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Train from Chaing Mai to Ko Phangan - worth getting off or by day?

  • travelinchen

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    23rd January, 2011
    Posts: 67

    Hi,

    we are going to travel by train from Chiang Mai to Ko Phangan and we're just wondering how this journey is best made. Are there places inbetween CM and BKK where it's worth getting off? Are parts of the train journey between CM and BKK or BKK and Ko Phangan worth taking by day (beautiful scenery or just interesting for other reasons). Otherwise we would take the overnight train from CM to BKK, spend the day in BKK, then take the overnight train to KP.

    Thanks!
    Travelinchen

    #1 Posted: 4/2/2011 - 02:46

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  • laurenladky

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    27th January, 2011
    Posts: 32

    You may want to check out Sukothai for a good town and very interesting history. Have you been to Bangkok yet? Definitely worth more than a day. Don't stay to close to the train station as it gets a bit seedy at night. Nearby Chinatown is also worth spending some time in to satisfy your hunger!

    Not many places worth checking out in between Bangkok and Chumpon (the gateway to Koh Tao, Samui and Phangan). Hua Hin is a noteable beach destination, however, beaches in Phangan will be much better and cleaner.

    Have a blast!

    #2 Posted: 4/2/2011 - 12:55

  • Captain_Bob

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    Some nice slightly off the beaten path beaches down the Chumphon coast like near Prachuap Khiri Khan (scenic fishing town with good beaches just north and south) or Bang Saphan or Ban Krut.

    #3 Posted: 5/2/2011 - 00:55

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