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Bangkok to Chumporn train, arriving early hours?

  • Ellen

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    I'm planning on getting the night train from Bangkok to Chumporn,

    I was going to get the sensible 22:50 departure which arrives at an equally sensible 05:52 (just enough time to grab some breakfast and catch the early boat to Ko Tao)

    but my gf wants to travel first class and only 2nd class is available on this train

    1st class is available on the 19:15 departure, but it means arriving into Chumporn at 4am,

    Is there anything to do at this time? Is Chumporn big? will there be any night markets or somewhere to hang out?

    also will it be safe for 2 females, strolling the city with backpacks?

    all help appreciated

    #1 Posted: 1/6/2006 - 05:27

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    Chumphon is a small place, and there's a great night market withi walking distance of the train station, though i'm not sure how busy it will be at 4am! I'd just hang out at the train station for a couple of hours -- the train will probably be running a little late anyway and there's transport from there to the pier -- just pack a book!

    #2 Posted: 1/6/2006 - 06:37

  • Umpijuntti

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    Hi, Ellen.
    Just spent a little time in Chumphorn two weeks ago..
    There is litterally nothing to do in the city even during the day time, really nothing to see and the pier is about 20km outside of town.. If you're arriving at 4am I suggest you bring some good books 'couse the town is dead at that hour.. The night markets in Thailand (outside the main tourist places) closes round 10PM.
    I suggest also that you take the express catamaran (2hours,450baht) 'cause the sea is pretty ruff at this time of year with at lot of stomach turning waves.. Slow boat (250baht/6hours) is a rocking nightmare..

    #3 Posted: 3/6/2006 - 19:00

  • Ellen

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    Thanks for the advice,

    since the train will most likely be running late, we will just hang out until our bus to the pier arrives.

    Will also take the catamaran, thanks for the tips

    3 weeks today until I get to Thailand, its been so long since I was there, I can't wait!

    #4 Posted: 3/6/2006 - 23:27

  • cglaus

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    Hi Ellen,

    How did you book your train tickets? I have tried using the www.railway.co.th site but it is either down or doesn't offer online booking. Where did you get yours? thanks!

    #5 Posted: 5/6/2006 - 10:09

  • Ellen

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    Hi there,

    I have not booked my train tickets yet, I am going to buy them at the station when I arrive in Bangkok.

    You are right that railway.co.th does not offer online booking.

    You can book by email, but it costs a 200 BHT booking fee, and I've heard that they are slow to reply.

    If you are going to be in Bangkok for a day or more before you want to catch the train, it will probably be easier and cheaper, to go over to the station the day before you plan to travel and buy the tickets there (no booking fee)

    This is what I plan to do,

    Hope this helps

    Ellen

    #6 Posted: 6/6/2006 - 17:22

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