Is there a train or bus that will get me from wither Surat Thani or Chumpion to Kanchanaburi? Or will i need to go back into Bangkok just to come back out again?
#1 mrsdaisypoo has been a member since 9/8/2007. Posts: 3
You don't need to go back to Bangkok if you can schedule your trip appropriately. You can take the train to Nakhon Pathom, hop off, and then get the train to K-buri, or take a bus. There are only a handful of trains, but there are lots of buses. It will definitely save you a big chunk of time if you can avoid going back into Bangkok.
Use this website to see what I mean ...
I am travelling to Thailand over Christmas and was wondering whether people would recomend booking the night trains and buses before travelling. I know that its very busy at that time of year so i am not sure whether to pre-book.I will be going on popular routes including bangkok to surat thani and then bangkok to chaing mai and back, I am only going for 3 weeks so am on quite a tight schedule.
Also does anybody know where to book from on the web?
#3 mrsdaisypoo has been a member since 9/8/2007. Posts: 3
I was there during last Christmas and trains were packed going south from Bangkok, as well as north, however not so much going east or to the NE. I'd definitely reserve ahead of time if you know where you're going.
The Man in Seat 61 recommends these sites for online reserving ...
Can't speak for them myself, but this is what he says ...
"You can book Thai train tickets through several reputable Thai travel agencies, including the ones listed above. These agencies will book trains for you and have the tickets waiting for you at your hotel in Bangkok, or they can send them to you by courier. Naturally, they charge a small fee for this. Traveller 2000 charges the normal Thai Railways fare plus a 200 Baht (£3) booking fee, then either 300 Baht (£4) for airport delivery or whatever the actual overseas courier costs to your home country. Three seat61 correspondents have highly recommended Traveller2000.com, and two have recommended Thaifocus.com (though another has said that Thaifocus charges higher fees) Shop around to check what fees each agency charges before booking. Reservations open 30 days (1 month) before departure, so you can't book before then."
I've never had trouble booking something 3 days, or so, in advance. Always got what I wanted. This may not be the case these days, though.