First post, sorry to be a pest and everything.
I was just wondering what the best way to get to Chumphon from Sangkhlaburi is? I plan to stay in Chumphon for a few days, so there is no rush to make a ferry or anything like that.
I've read a little bit, and one route I've seen is Sangkhlaburi to Kanchanaburi by bus, and then Kanchanaburi to Ratchaburi by bus, then catch the train to Chumphon from Ratchaburi.
Any suggestions and help would be greatly appreciated.
The route you set-out is the one I'd suggest.
If you're in no hurry and want to bust the trip up a little, Amphawa (from Ratchaburi), Prachuap Khiri Khan, and Ban Saphan Yai would be good spots to hang for a bit.
p.s. What's the temperature like in Sangkhlaburi right now? I heard that it's been cold.
I've spent plenty of time in Sangkhlaburi now but have only done this journey independently the once - as I was ultimately headed to Koh Pha Ngan I went back via Bangkok from Kanchanaburi , so as to catch the Lomprayah bus to Chumphorn and then the catamaran from there. But the route you suggest sounds like a good one, and it'll be nice to cut out the need to bypass Bangkok and to do the last leg by train for a bit of a change too.
Although you've said you're not in a hurry, don't forget the minibus to Kanchanaburi will get you there quicker than the regular bus - I never even really give the bus a thought for that leg of the journey.
As for weather, Tilapia - Sangkhla was very chilly a couple of weeks back when I was there - they'd had the brunt end of a lot of stormy weather, with a few trees down, and there was a particular chill in the air of an evening (Kanchanaburi itself was still baking, mind). Given the on-off cold snaps even taking hold of Bangkok at the moment, I imagine Sangkhla is still pretty nippy.
Just another thought if you're making this trip anytime soon - keep an eye on the weather, as transport in Chumphorn and Surat Thani is difficult at the moment because of the flooding they're experiencing...