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Bangkok or Surat Thani

Posted by donadoni on 18/12/2011 at 09:51

This will be my 3rd time in Thailand. Past 2 times i took directly domestic flights to Koh Samui after my arrival Bangkok. But this time i want to do this like backpackers way. (Train+Boat Joint) My target destination is Koh Phangan. I arrive Bangkok 21st Dec. 6.30am in the morning and there are 2 options.

1- I can take train to Surat Thani accordingly to my arrival and that means i'll be in Surat Thani at midnight.

2- I can spend the day in Bangkok and take overnight train then i can take off directly with the boat to Koh Phangan in the morning from Surat Thani.

That'd be nice if those experienced pals feed me with their ultimate suggestions about where to go n what to do or at least which option i should choose. (any backpacker gathering im in!)
I know Bangkok is very much to see or to do but how 'bout Surat Thani? Is it really gonna worth to spend the night in there? Actually i'd like to see the place anyway but especially in the night?
Any comments will be appreciated.
Orcun.

p.s: If your suggestion will be Surat Thani I know there is no so much to do at night besides partyin in anywhere but please consider that im looking for more than a regular reggea bar. [img]smileys/smile.gif[/img]

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Posted by altmtl on 18/12/2011 at 10:30

Take the night train, You can leave your bag at the luggage check at the station. Easy to get there with the trail link - Subway, no need to take taxi & Chinatown is within walking distance.

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Posted by MADMAC on 18/12/2011 at 12:54

There are a couple of important variables you left out here:

1. Where are you flying from? If you are flying in from Europe and arriving in the morning, that means you flew all night, and now have about six hours of jet lag to deal with on top of the no sleep that such a flight usually entails. You'll likely be fatigued and not be up for further travel that day.

2. If you don't sleep well on airplanes, and you don't sleep well on trains, and you've added jet lag to the equation - you are setting yourself up for a pretty rough 36 hours. Most people want to decrease their stress levels when on vacation. Not increase them.

If you are not staying in Bangkok for a couple of days, then I'd just fly. Long flight followed immediately by long train ride is going to suck. Backpackers usually go cheap, but they also tend to go slow... you can have it cheap and good. Or you can have it cheap and fast. Or you can have it fast and good. But you can't have it cheap, fast and good.

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Posted by donadoni on 19/12/2011 at 05:22

Im glad that u warning me about the fatigue madmac but no worries. my flights gonna take not more than 2 hours so i'll be up n active.
I decided to spend the day in bangkok till night train.
I see theres many options to get to the train station from airport but which one is the easiest?
And do you think that i definetely have to buy at least train ticket online if i want to buy 2nd class?

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Posted by altmtl on 19/12/2011 at 05:59

I really don't know how a link to Singapore's CT... made it on my previous post, of course I was referring to BK.

Might be a safe bet to book the train ticket online before just in case. Especially if it's close to the full moon party.

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Posted by MADMAC on 19/12/2011 at 10:44

I've never taken the train here. The one time I tried, it was booked. So I am afraid I am not much help on that one.

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