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  • TRENTA

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    Anyone know of a good site where i can find info for ferries from surat thani out to samui etc

    #1 Posted: 18/10/2006 - 14:55

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  • mrsT

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    Trenta, I am considering booking the lomprayah catamaran:

    www.lomprayah.com

    #2 Posted: 19/10/2006 - 05:57

  • berni23

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    There are various opperators from Don Sak(100km from Surat) to Samui and Phangan running every hour from 05.00 until 19.00.
    No matter if you arrive by bus, train or plane there will be mini busses waiting to take you there cheaply.
    When you arrive after that your only option is the very slow night ferry at 23.00.

    If you are heading to Tao or Phangan i would suggest the already mentioned Lomprayah catamaran from Chumphon.

    You can book it as a bus/ferry package from Bangkok or they will pick you up from the train station.

    #3 Posted: 24/10/2006 - 05:34

  • EmjayReet

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    Is it better if you are catching the overnight train to jump off at Chumphon and catch Lomprayah to Ko Phangan or to go to Surat Thani and make your way from there?!

    Has anyone used their online booking? Or know of the difference between VIP and normal ticket (only 50baht difference?!)

    thanks in advance!

    #4 Posted: 27/10/2006 - 06:42

  • shakester

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    hey emjay. If you're doing the train, buying the combo ticket is not a bad option. We bought ours at Hualamphong station. It included the train to Surath thani, bus to Don Sak pier (abt 1.5hours), and the ferry to Pha Ngan. If you dont, there are anyway people waitying to sell you the same bus/ferry tickets from Surat Thani station.
    As far as I know Chumphon is a better option for Ko Tao.
    Our train got delayed and then a ferry got cancelled last minute so we had to wait a bit, but I doubt if thats a common thing...

    Trenta, the ferries out from Don Sak to Samui etc run every 2 hours till before sunset. (am referring to the Rajah Ferry ones)- its 1.5hrs to Samui and 2.5 to PhaNgan.
    cheers

    #5 Posted: 27/10/2006 - 11:42

  • EmjayReet

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    I noticed on Lomprayahs website they only take 3 hours to get to Ko Phangan. It seems worth jumping off there instead of going to all the way to Surat then back up to KPN?! Am I wrong?

    I am nervous about waiting to get there as I dont want to buy a ticket and realise I got ripped off like all the stories I read!!!!

    #6 Posted: 27/10/2006 - 14:04

  • berni23

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    It all comes down to money and time.

    The 4 hour faster Lomprayah service can be up to 400B more expensive then the Surat option.

    This company has been around for at least 3 years and i never heard about a scam concerning their online reservation.

    #7 Posted: 27/10/2006 - 14:11

  • berni23

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    BTW: Lomprayah could be even faster then that, but they stop on the way to Surat 3 times and they arrive 2 hours before the catamaran leaves.

    All in all about 4 hours.

    #8 Posted: 27/10/2006 - 14:14

  • shakester

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    the rip off stories are about the combo tickets bought from agents and touts. We bought our combo tickets from the train station (the number of con artistes out there is another story altogether!), so they are pretty reliable.
    So my info was for those tickets. The catamaran is definitely the faster option as far as I can see, but also the more expensive one. It seems they charge between 750-900 for a ride to PhaNgan from Chumphon. The bus cum ferry from Surat Thani to Pha Ngan is 350. Big gap! Either way the journey is so worth it!
    (have you finally decided where you are staying, emjay?)

    #9 Posted: 27/10/2006 - 15:19

  • berni23

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    When i went there in August it was 850B including AC bus from Khao San.

    The advantage is that they donĀ“t pump up the AC to full power and they show some english movies.

    Could have gotten to Phangan for 450B through Surat, but i wanted to check out that option and it was very comfortable.

    This servive is defnatly the way to go if you are going to Ko Tao.

    #10 Posted: 27/10/2006 - 15:32

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  • EmjayReet

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    So when you buy your tickets at the train station for the train they can organise the bus/ferry from train station? Is that correct?

    Shakester, yep finally rebooked. Disappointed not going to Baan Panburi but I only have 4 nights there with my son (his only beach time before he heads back to Oz) and I didnt want to risk being in a construction zone :-( We are now staying on the opposite side of the Island at Milky Bay Resort. He is pretty excited as they have a open air gym and thai boxing lessons (being 13 and a keen cricketer he is all into the weights at the moment! Calls himself a tank! Haha!) Problem is he is finally strong enough to pin me down and tickle me! He always warned me he would pay me back one day! :-)

    #11 Posted: 27/10/2006 - 15:37

  • shakester

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    Yeah, when you go to Hualamphong station (and I have to say this, though you prob read it a few times already- go *straight* to the ticket counter on the ground floor of the station, there are 'information booths' set up everywhere that are actually travel agents. Heck, we even had guys in tshirts with the railway crest coming up to us! I was almost taken in.)

    So. Once at the counter, you just need to tell him you want the combination ticket, he will give you three tickets per person- one for the train, one for the bus to the pier and one for the ferry. Total for 2nd class came to about...about 1600 for 2 people, not much more.

    budding cricketer, eh? and you're making him miss The Ashes?:)

    #12 Posted: 27/10/2006 - 15:46

  • EmjayReet

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    I know! Its funny you mention that ... we were only discussing it yesterday!!! He is devastated. I have promised him we will try to find places over there that will be showing it! He said he will get his father to tape them for him! Ha yeah right hours of cricket... how many tapes will he need!!!

    Hmmmm I can just see myself sitting inside watching bloody cricket all day while in Thailand! Yeah right!!!!! I think we are actually in Ko Phangan for one of the series..

    Thanks for the info on the ferry etc... appreciate it!

    #13 Posted: 27/10/2006 - 15:58

  • EmjayReet

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    I know! Its funny you mention that ... we were only discussing it yesterday!!! He is devastated. I have promised him we will try to find places over there that will be showing it! He said he will get his father to tape them for him! Ha yeah right hours of cricket... how many tapes will he need!!!

    Hmmmm I can just see myself sitting inside watching bloody cricket all day while in Thailand! Yeah right!!!!! I think we are actually in Ko Phangan for one of the series..

    Thanks for the info on the ferry etc... appreciate it!

    #14 Posted: 27/10/2006 - 16:05

  • neeners

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    I've done both the train+bus+ferry route (Bangkok to Suratthani) and the Lomprayah Catamaran route (Ko Pha Ngan to Bangkok). The train route is longer, but certainly cheaper than going with Lomprayah. I took the 10pm train out of Hualampong to Suratthani. It arrived around 8:30am in Suratthani. There is a bus waiting there to take you to the ferry port (just ask around which bus it is). The bus left around 9am, and it stopped in this terminal, where we waited until around 10:30am because it's waiting for more passengers and cargo. We arrived at the Donsak pier around 11:30, and boarded the ferry around 12noon. The ferry ride was about 1 hour. When we disembarked from the ferry, most of the tourists were pretty much looking like lost lambs. To prevent this, look for your fellow passengers (preferably locals), and if they ride the bus again, hop on. This was the mistake of most of the travelers in the bus. Frankly, I was too cranky that I just hailed a cab. From what people have told me, if I got on the bus again, it will go to Nathon pier (am I thinking of the right pier?) where there are songtheows.

    Lomprayah, I think, starts in Samui, goes to Pha Ngan to drop off and pick up passengers, heads on to Tao then on to Nangyuan (if there's a tour group onboard), and finally to Chumporn. Trip from Ko Pha Ngan to Chumporn was about 3 hours, with a one-hour stopover in Ko Tao. In Chumporn, you wait for about 30 minutes for the bus. There are toilets there, a snack bar and a convenience store. The catamaran was comfortable, so was the bus.

    I booked tickets for both online (via Charlie Connexion for the train+bus+ferry and via the Lomprayah website). There wasn't any problem with either bookings. Lomprayah even remembered to pick me up at my resort for the snorkelling trip, even if I didn't call to confirm. Bring a print out of your booking confirmation just in case.

    #15 Posted: 27/10/2006 - 17:03

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