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Plane or Train?

Posted by Carrelas on 2/6/2010 at 19:54

I am landing in BKK on July 7 and heading out immediately to Koh Tao. Which way would be best to travel?

Taking a Flight to Suret Thani then ferry to koh tao


Train to chumphon and ferry to Koh Tao

Thanks in advance for any advice

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Posted by idreamofdurian on 2/6/2010 at 23:53 TF writer

Depends how tight your schedule/budget are.

I'd prefer to take the train to see some more of the countryside.

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Posted by exacto on 3/6/2010 at 04:02

I'd be tempted to take the train to Chumphon for this trip too. If you get the chance for an overnight in Chumphon, there is a good little night market with lots of fun food choices.

Where are you heading after Ko Tao? Is it back to Bangkok or continuing south? Cheers.

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Posted by SBE on 3/6/2010 at 13:29

You don't say what time your flight arrives. Is there a convenient connecting flight to Surat Thani ? Bear in mind that if you fly to Surat Thani the ferry trip will take longer and be more expensive than it is from Chumphon . Check that there's a ferry connection with the flight too.

Most ferries to Ko Tao from Chumphon leave at 7am. The train you need to catch leaves Hualumphong railway station at 19.30 and generally gets into Chumphon around 5am. Trains south ALWAYS arrive later than the timetable says so ignore the official 03.47 arrival time written on your ticket. Book the train in advance as the sleepers are usually full. More information about trains here.

If you arrive in Chumphon without a ferry ticket, no worries, even at 4am there will be ferry company agents selling boat tickets on the station platform. Ferry tickets include transport from town to the piers and buses start leaving the train station at around 6am.

If you want to get a later ferry then the Lomphraya catamaran also has a 1pm departure. You need to be in Chumphon before midday to catch that one.

There's also a slow night ferry leaving Chumphon about midnight. I've never used it myself but I think it arrives on Ko Tao very early in the morning and passengers can sleep on deck on mattresses.

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Posted by duanea on 11/6/2010 at 20:57

I am flying to Bangkok on 18th June and also want to get the train from Bangkok to Chumphon but am a bit worried now as we did not book tickets in advance and a lot of the forums have said that the trains will be full up when we arrive. Our flight gets into Bangkok at 6.40am on 19th June so we were hoping to get the 14.45 train to Chumphon. Does anyone know is it likely that this will be booked up? And if so what should we do? The bus timetables seem a bit hard to read e.g. different sites say different times!


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