Is there any easy way to get from Bangkok airport to a train station to catch the southbound train to Surat Thani, without having to go into central Bangkok? We are landing in Bangkok 21st of June, and while people are saying that everything is back to normal, I don't feel convinced that the conflict couldn't spark up again at any time, and want to have a back-up plan. Appreciate any advice you have!
#1 maribsa has been a member since 23/2/2010. Posts: 7
Maribsa, I think it is safe to go from airport to Hualampong train station (main station, located in the center of Banggkok). You can do this by cab or by bus.
By the way, you can fly directly to SuratTani by AirAsia. It's more expensive than train, but you will avoid Bangkok at all (and save time).
Thanks for your advice Vlad. I know it is safe now; as I said I'm just trying to have a back-up plan in case the situation changes. I also know that there are flights, but I prefer overland travel, and if the conflict should get violent again like right before we arrive the flights might be sold out or very expensive. So does anybody have advice on alternative stations to catch the train, or a bus?
#3 maribsa has been a member since 23/2/2010. Posts: 7
Don't worry, I've read the warnings about private buses from KSR. So you mean it's ok to get from the airport to the Southern bus terminal without going through central bangkok? From the map it looks like those places are on the opposite extremes of the city, so it would probably take a while to go there without going throgh the centre. And these government buses, does anybody know how often they leave and how long it takes to get to Chumpon or Surhat Thani?
#4 maribsa has been a member since 23/2/2010. Posts: 7
Getting a taxi from the Airport to the Bus station is cheap if in the worst case scenario things get bad again, the taxi driver can take you around any problem spot.
To be honest though since the red shirts surrendered I am confident you will be fine travelling through Bangkok and really have nothing to worry about.
#5 ThailandTravelPlan has been a member since 3/6/2010. Posts: 3