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  • Yun

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    I've read the Bangkok to Koh Samui/PN/Tao guide, as I am planning a trip in the other direction (Koh Tao to Bangkok).

    My question is regarding buses - the guide says do not take any private buses from Khao San road. However if I am in the opposite direction, how will I know which buses are safe and which are not?

    Can anyone recommend any safe options to leave Koh Tao in the afternoon with an overnight bus/train to Bangkok?

    #1 Posted: 14/9/2007 - 14:56

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  • somtam2000

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    Yun -- you just have to read it backwards!

    Unfortunately the only way to dodge the private buses is to go to Chumphon bus station and pick up a govt bus from there. They leave regularly and unless you're travelling in super-peak season you shouldn't have a problem.

    If you opt for train, just book a through thing from Ko Tao -- trains don't have the same problem the private buses suffer from.

    #2 Posted: 14/9/2007 - 15:00

  • Yun

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    Thanks Somtam. I read the guide backwards, but the area on buses (other than the warnings) tells me to where to book from in BKK, not Koh Tao - so I was hoping to avoid a problem going the other way.

    For example, Lomprayah seems respectable in terms of ferries, but I suppose their buses are just as unsafe as the other private ones?

    Is the best option to do it independently and just to turn up at Chumphon bus/train station and take whatever sleeper is available? (rather than booking a combined ferry/bus or ferry/train ticket online)

    #3 Posted: 14/9/2007 - 15:20

  • naomi1971

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    well, for me i took the bus from Khao San raod. it is ok, cheap, big and clean bus, and comfortable. Only the private bus stop at a restaurant on the way, that i don't like and hate it. Because it's very very dirty.

    But if you like to go other way, maybe you can read this website. I hope it will help you.

    http://www.thai-tour.com/eng/suratthani/kohtao_travel.html

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

    Enjoy...

    #4 Posted: 14/9/2007 - 20:15

  • MJS

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    I'm not sure you'll find a seat available if you just show up at the train station! I've booked a combined bus/train/boat ticket from bangkok to koh samui and koh tao a couple of times. And a combined boat/bus/train ticket from koh tao/koh samui to bangkok. I think it's a bit cheaper than buying seperate tickets and you don't have to worry about making the connection in time or getting lost.
    I remember travelling with Songserm. No complaints about this company.

    #5 Posted: 15/9/2007 - 19:43

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    Lomprayah is fine for a through ticket. By private companies I mean travel agents running their own buses - these are the problematic ones. Songserm likewise, as MJS says, no complaints.

    #6 Posted: 16/9/2007 - 09:14

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