I am planning to travel from Bangkok to Koh Phangan on the 29th if December. As I imagine this gets very busy (!!!) we would like to book out seats in advance. The only way to do this seems to be through Lomprayah. I know they are more expensive than getting regular buses, but can anyone tell me if they are actually any more luxurious (?) than the government buses that run the same routes? Also, there is a post about theft on VIP buses, has anyone had problems with theft on the pricier Lomprayah routes? I would be really grateful for any advice from anyone who has used Lomprayah! Thanks!
#1 hannahballoo has been a member since 18/10/2010. Posts: 2
They are a bit more comfortable - marginally so. Arriving on Ko Pha Ngan on the 29th I'd be more concerned about getting a room than a bus ticket!
Have not heard much about theft on Lomprayah buses -- but always keep an eye on your gear.
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,644
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I have travelled on Lomprayah boats quite a few times - big fast boat, gets a bit bumpy in choppy seas but I have never felt unsafe. Can get crowded - so yes, book way ahead.
I have only travelled their linked bus from the coastal pier the 30km into Chumpon, but it was a nice comfortable bus.
There have been lots of posts praising the service from Bangkok on various forums - this is one outfit not known for luggage theft etc. If I was travellling Bangkok to the southern Gulf islands I'd pick them without hesitation.
If you're worried why not take the train? No worries of theft there.
#4 yogakhaolak has been a member since 1/4/2010. Posts: 45