I'm a pretty inexperienced traveller and haven't really done a lot that hasn't been with tours, etc. I am planning a trip to Thailand starting November 30th this year. I will be there for a month, and I've been having some initial confusion over routes to take. I am flying in to Bangkok and plan to spend a couple of days there first. The north doesn't really interest me hugely (at this stage anyway) and was wanting to do more of an island hopping thing. I'm pretty flexible as to where I stop along the way, but between Bangkok and Surat Thani, I don't know much about interesting places or attractions. Could someone help me by pointing out some things along the way that might interest me (I am pretty much an open book as far as what you recommend), or tell me whether it would be better to head straight down south and start exploring Surat Thani, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan etc...
Also, how long approximately would it take me to travel by rail back to Bangkok from Surat Thani? Can you recommend where I should go to book these tickets, and about how much they should cost?
Any information would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks so much :)
Welcome to Travelfish!
Have you taken a look at the trip planning section? This one has a fair amount of island time worked into it.
Between Bangkok and Surat, Bang Saphan Yai is well worth a look.
Train from Bangkok to Surat Thani takes around 10-12 hours depending on the train you take.
Price depends on class and the train you take -- see the State Railway of Thailand website for detailed info on prices.
Hope that helps!
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If you aren't desperate to get to the beach and would like to see some of the country, you could make your way down to Surat over the course of a week and see some pretty nice spots between there and Bangkok, including Bang Saphan Yai (where you can have a "beach break" on your way to the islands). You miss a lot and use a good chunk of your time when you take those big trips.
Instead of heading straight south, you could take the bus or train over to Kanchanaburi. It's worth a few days. Aside from the bridge, the area has gorgeous scenery, great waterfalls and some nice villages in the countryside. It's a very good spot to introduce yourself to the country after the initial shock of Bangkok.
You could then head south by bus to Hua Hin and check out Khao Sam Roi Yot (about 45 km south of Hua Hin). KSRY has spectacular karst topography, an excellent beach, and a gigantic cave that looks like something you'd see in King Kong. It's a national park and not many people go there. It's at least worth a day trip from Hua Hin. Hua Hin is okay, has a great night market and really good seafood, but I wouldn't spend too much time there.
From Hua Hin you could continue with buses, or hop on the train. You'll have a choice.
Khao Sok is also woth checking out. You'd have to wander a bit west to see it. Or you could go there easily from Surat Thani and then keep going to the west coast after you're finished with the islands on the Gulf side.
Hi Stephwigz. I've just signed up with Travelfish, just checking it out i find i am planing a simular trip as yourself, after a stop off on Ko Samui I intend to take a train from Surat Thani back up to Bangkok over a few days.I look forward to seeing your replies. I go in mid September for two weeks, so i should be able to come up with some suggestions. Cheers jimbeam1.
#4 jimbeam1 has been a member since 16/8/2006. Posts: 3