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train form Bangkok to Surat Thani ( Kr- how to book?

  • knot01

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    hi, I want to book a night sleeper on this route, any recommendation? Is there any www I can safely book train tickets for above route?

    #1 Posted: 31/1/2009 - 19:25

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  • Jon_Mak_Mak

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    Hi, This question comes up all the time. If your do a search on Travelfish you could find all the info you need.

    The short anwser tho is yes. You can book a night-train ticket online and also from travel agents in Bangkok. You can also get a combined ticket with a ferry too if your going to Samui.

    #2 Posted: 1/2/2009 - 00:33

  • knot01

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    Hi,
    Thanks for your reply, I just did want to know if booking throught these www's is safe, also do I need advanced booking if I want to go form Bangkok to Krabi in March ( 10 -11 March)??? Is it still peak season?
    Or Is it OK to book train tickets just 2 -3 days before departure?

    #3 Posted: 1/2/2009 - 02:45

  • Jon_Mak_Mak

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    Hi.

    March isn't the high season and its getting into low season because the thai summer is coming and its very hot. (apart from the Thai new year 12th, 13th, 14th, 15, of April)

    I think in March you should be fine to book a few days before you go. If you are going to krabi you basically have 4 options:

    1. A private tour bus - this i don't really recommend myself from experience but I have done it a few times and it can be OK. I just don't like to be horded around like sheep! lol :)

    2. The thai government bus - This is the bus option I would take. Its travellling with the Thais and a few travels that know the score.

    3 The Train - Like you mention, a train from Bangkok is an option and is pretty fun too. Thailands trains are the safest but slowest option I think. Get a first class cabin if there is 2 or 4 of you. Otherwise 2nd class sleeper might be better as your all in together.

    4 Fly! - Flying with air asia is a great time saver and is actually really cheap and you can fly straight to krabi airport and get a taxi to your hotel.

    So to sum up, I think dont bother booking online and have fun!

    :)

    #4 Posted: 1/2/2009 - 06:11

  • knot01

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    thanks for all your informations!!! really helpful!
    We are going to book the train when in Bangkok.
    We are thinking not to take any jabs as this is only a waist of money. Do you think? There is so many different opinions, our GP says it is not necessary,but ...
    whats your expert opinion?

    #5 Posted: 4/2/2009 - 01:53

  • Jon_Mak_Mak

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    Hi, Glad to be of assistance! :)

    As for the Jabs - If you mean vaccinations, I would recommend you at least get the Hepatitis shots, in fact, I would get all the vaccinations but I wouldn't bother with marliria myself. (Unless your sleeping naked in the jungle on the boarders of Cambodia or Burma)

    But hey, im no doctor so seek a doctors advise!

    ;)

    Check this link - http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/travel/asia/thailand.shtml

    #6 Posted: 4/2/2009 - 22:40

  • knot01

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    thanks again,
    we will take a risk as it is too late for a vacinnations, we are going
    in 4 weeks time. Is it going to be very hot alredy? I guess it will be.
    How much will charge us if we want to exchange the money? How much do they charge if you take money out of ATM??
    Looks like you are permanent resident in Thailand so you should know.
    thanks in advance for all your help and advise.
    cheers

    #7 Posted: 6/2/2009 - 04:18

  • kahrani

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    I was looking on Seat 61 to find out how to book a train from Bangkok to Nong Khai and discovered that State Thai railways have just launched a new online booking website:

    http://www.thairailwayticket.com/

    I booked my ticket no problem - it comes up with a pdf ticket to print off. I assume I just take this to the train station - unfortunately alot of the website is only in thai so I'm not entirely sure. You have to register on the site and it saves your bookings. Seems like a pretty good way of booking tickets from abroad, whilst avoiding expensive agent fees.

    #8 Posted: 6/2/2009 - 18:15

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    #7 Posted: 6/2/2009 - 04:18

    thanks again,
    we will take a risk as it is too late for a vacinnations, we are going
    in 4 weeks time. Is it going to be very hot alredy? I guess it will be.
    How much will charge us if we want to exchange the money? How much do they charge if you take money out of ATM??
    Looks like you are permanent resident in Thailand so you should know.
    thanks in advance for all your help and advise.
    cheers

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    Hi.

    I would reconsider getting the jabs but thats upto you!

    I would recommend changing your money in Thailand. If your are going to Bangkok there are loads of Banks where you can change mony. How you get the money their is a diffferent story. ATM charges will be by your bank so you need to check with them. (Nationwide don't charge btw,)

    It is always HOT in Thailand if you want my opinion. But it wont be the hottest yet, April could be quite a bit hotter i think.

    Ant. :)

    #9 Posted: 9/2/2009 - 05:20

  • knot01

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    thanks again,!!!
    You are a star!
    Is there a problem to get from Surat Thani to Railay Beach??? We will be going there with the night sleeper, so looking to catch a bus in the morning. Then a boat from Krabi to Railay.
    Did you ever try that way?
    cheers

    #10 Posted: 10/2/2009 - 04:53

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  • Jon_Mak_Mak

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    Hi, I haven't gone from Surat thani to Krabi so Im afraid I can't help you there. :(

    If Surat Thani has a government bus station (which it should have) you should be able to get a bus to krabi town. Then you just have to get to Railay beach.

    #11 Posted: 10/2/2009 - 23:18

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