i'm planning to take the overnight train from bangkok to chiang mai in aug - how far in advance do i have to book this? can i do it the same day, or literally, 30 minutes before the train leaves, or the day before? i'm assuming since it'll the low season, i should be okay to book the same day? and what's the best way to book my train or bus: going to the train station or bus station, or going through a booking agent there? and where do i find a booking agent if i'm not staying at a hostel but a guesthouse or hotel?
#1 calitraveler has been a member since 24/7/2006. Posts: 25
Go to the train station a day or two before hand and reserve a ticket -- just to be safe -- if you're flexible on your day of departure, try for it same day and you may be lucky. Any guesthouse worth their mettle should be able to do it for you if you wish, but it's not a big deal to do it yourself-- just watch out for dodgy shysters at the station...
thank you -- and yes, i have a lot of questions! :)
is this the same for the buses? buy a 1-2 days ahead, or just book it when i'm there?
#3 calitraveler has been a member since 24/7/2006. Posts: 25
BUses you can generally buy when you show up -- unless you're travelling at some mega-peak period in which case you're better off buying in advance if possible.
i've noticed on this trip that the trains are booking out a bit earlier than in the past. it is still possible to get overnight sleeper train tickets on only a few days notice, but if you really need to travel on a certain day or know already which day you'll be travelling, then it is a good idea to book your train tickets as soon as possible. as somtam say, you can easily do this yourself by popping down to hualamphong train station yourself, or have your guesthouse or travel agent do this for you for a small fee. we booked our overnight sleeper train from bangers to chiang mai while we were still in the states using one of the travel agents that advertises on travelfish, and were pleased with the service. cheers.
how about booking from other destinations? should i just go through my guesthouse or hotel? i'll be traveling to chiang mai, pai, and koh tao.
#6 calitraveler has been a member since 24/7/2006. Posts: 25
which travel agent did you go through on travelfish? i've looked at the train's website, and you have to email them to reserve your tickets but confirmation could take up to 2 weeks - time which i don't have since i'm leaving next week and want to get on the overnight train the same day i arrive ! :) should have booked earlier.. anyhow, any help would be appreciated!
#7 calitraveler has been a member since 24/7/2006. Posts: 25
I used Charlie Connection, as it was recommended by a fellow Travelfisher. We contacted them by email, and they sorted out our train tickets for us. We just charged everything to a credit card, and picked up the tickets at their office near Khao San Road once we arrived in Bangkok.
I'm not sure I understand your question in #6 above however on booking to other destinations. To get to Pai from Chiang Mai, you should easily be able to arrange your transport once you arrive in Chiang Mai. As for Koh Tao, you might want to sort our your train tickets a bit ahead of time, but if you are heading north first, you should have adequate time once you arrive in country. I hope that helps. Have a great trip.
I'm arriving at Phuket airport at 1pm on the 31st of October and want to make my way straight to Ko Lanta. Does anybody know of another way other than the ferry via Phi Phi, as this only leaves in the morning.
Otherwise I'll stay for one night in Phuket town and make the trip the next day. I'd like to stay at either Thanang Guesthouse or Tui Mansion in Phuket Town. Given that this is the start of the high season, do I need to book these guesthouses in advance? Or are they pretty easy to get a room in?
#11 dantout has been a member since 9/6/2006. Posts: 3
Your other option is to take a bus, songthaew or taxi to Krabi, and take the Lanta ferry from the dock in town. But the last ferry leaves around the time when you're landing (at around 1:00 or 1:30, I believe), so you won't make it on the same day. You'd probably be better off sticking around Phuket for the night and then hopping on the ferry in the morning. It's a beautiful trip and you won't have to concern yourself with getting to Krabi.
If you're feeling adventurous, you could take a taxi to Krabi and then to Laem Kruat, and try hiring a boat to take you out from either there, Koh Si Boya or Koh Jum.