I've read the Bangkok to Koh Samui/PN/Tao guide, as I am planning a trip in the other direction (Koh Tao to Bangkok).
My question is regarding buses - the guide says do not take any private buses from Khao San road. However if I am in the opposite direction, how will I know which buses are safe and which are not?
Can anyone recommend any safe options to leave Koh Tao in the afternoon with an overnight bus/train to Bangkok?
#1 Yun has been a member since 18/8/2007. Posts: 25
Yun -- you just have to read it backwards!
Unfortunately the only way to dodge the private buses is to go to Chumphon bus station and pick up a govt bus from there. They leave regularly and unless you're travelling in super-peak season you shouldn't have a problem.
If you opt for train, just book a through thing from Ko Tao -- trains don't have the same problem the private buses suffer from.
Thanks Somtam. I read the guide backwards, but the area on buses (other than the warnings) tells me to where to book from in BKK, not Koh Tao - so I was hoping to avoid a problem going the other way.
For example, Lomprayah seems respectable in terms of ferries, but I suppose their buses are just as unsafe as the other private ones?
Is the best option to do it independently and just to turn up at Chumphon bus/train station and take whatever sleeper is available? (rather than booking a combined ferry/bus or ferry/train ticket online)
#3 Yun has been a member since 18/8/2007. Posts: 25
well, for me i took the bus from Khao San raod. it is ok, cheap, big and clean bus, and comfortable. Only the private bus stop at a restaurant on the way, that i don't like and hate it. Because it's very very dirty.
But if you like to go other way, maybe you can read this website. I hope it will help you.
#4 naomi1971 has been a member since 14/9/2007. Posts: 2
I'm not sure you'll find a seat available if you just show up at the train station! I've booked a combined bus/train/boat ticket from bangkok to koh samui and koh tao a couple of times. And a combined boat/bus/train ticket from koh tao/koh samui to bangkok. I think it's a bit cheaper than buying seperate tickets and you don't have to worry about making the connection in time or getting lost.
I remember travelling with Songserm. No complaints about this company.
#5 MJS has been a member since 27/10/2006. Posts: 19
Lomprayah is fine for a through ticket. By private companies I mean travel agents running their own buses - these are the problematic ones. Songserm likewise, as MJS says, no complaints.