Photo: One of Chumphon's pretty beaches.

Transport

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Air

Chumphon’s small airport is located 35 kilometres north of Chumphon town and serviced by a couple of daily flights from Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport with Nok Air. Fame Tour on Saladaeng Road runs a minibus service for 150 baht per person, which picks up in town before every departing flight and at the airport after every arrival.

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Train

Located downtown at the west end of Kromluang Road, Chumphon is a main stop on the Southern Line, with trains departing Bangkok’s Hualamphong Station at 08:05 and then 10 times from 14:45 to 22:50. A range of fares is available, including various sleepers starting at 590 baht on some night trains. In Chumphon, trains depart for Bangkokat 07:00 and 12:45 and then 10 times from 19:35 to 02:35. Bangkok-bound trains stop at Prachuap Khiri Khan, Hua Hin, Phetburiand Nakhon Pathom (handy for a transfer to Kanchanaburi), among others.

Southbound trains depart Chumphon for Surat Thani at 14:40 and then 12 times from 21:20 to 06:00. Trains departing at 21:20, 22:45 and 23:25 continue down to the Malaysia border at Sungai Kolok, with the 22:45 train heading across the border to Padang Besar. Trains departing at 01:30 and 03:30 switch to the southwestern track at Surat Thani and terminate at Trang. Trains that terminate at Nakhon Si Thammarat depart at 09:55 and 10:55, with some deep-southbound trains also stopping there.

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Bus

Chumphon’s provincial bus terminal is located 11 kilometres west of town off Route 41, but most travellers catch one of the more convenient departures available in downtown Chumphon. These depart from a few different places.

Across Pracha Uthit Road from the Municipal Market, Choke Anan Tour has first-class buses departing for Bangkok’s Sai Tai Mai (Southern) Terminal at 09:00, 10:00 and 21:30 for 328 baht, and a VIP bus at noon for 580 baht. Buses from here depart for Phuket at 05:00, 07:30, 09:30, 11:30 and 02:30 for 320 baht. There’s also a departure for Hat Yai at 07:30 for 360 baht.

In the far southwest corner of town off Nawaminruamjai Road, Suwannathee Tour has a second-class departure to Bangkok at 07:00 for 260 baht and first-class departures at 10:00, 14:00 and 22:00 for 320 baht.

If wanting to take any of the above buses to Bangkok, you can buy a ticket in person at the offices or ask a travel agent to arrange your tickets and a pick up service for a fee. Fame Tour also runs a minibus to Bangkok’s Khao San Road for 580 baht, departing at 07:00.

Minibuses to Surat Thani’s Talad Kaset 2 Station depart from a car park behind the Night Plaza market off the south side of Kromluang Road, marked by a large yellow gate just west of Kromluang Soi 4. They leave every half-hour from 06:00 to 17:30 for 130 baht. Make a transfer in Surat Thani if you’re heading anywhere in Southern Thailand that can’t be reached direct from Chumphon.

Minibuses to Prachuap Khiri Khan also pick up behind the Night Plaza, departing every 40 minutes from 06:00 to 18:00 for 180 baht. These also service Bang Saphan. Make a transfer in Prachuap if heading to Hua Hin.

Minibuses to Ranong pick up at a stop on Thataphao Road, across from Chumphon Gardens Hotel and just north of Farang Bar. They depart hourly from 06:00 to 17:00 for 150 baht.

Yellow songthaews to Thung Wua Laen pick up frequently in front of the Municipal Market on Pracha Uthit Road from 07:00 to 18:00.

Large songthaews to Pak Nam Chumphon and Haad Sairi pick up frequently at a stop on the north side of Poraminmanka Road from early morning to 16:00.

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Boat

Travellers heading from Chumphon to Ko Tao, Ko Pha Ngan or Ko Samui have a handful of ferry options. Note that while Tao is most quickly reached from Chumphon, those going straight to Pha Ngan or Samui can save time at sea by catching a boat from Surat Thani instead.

Lomprayah High Speed Catamaran is the most popular passenger ferry, using Ao Thung Makham Noi Pier just south of Haad Sairi. While parking is available at the pier, most travellers book an all-in transfer through a travel agent, the Lomprayah office found next to Chumphon Train Station, or online through Lomprayah’s website. Boats depart at 07:00 and 13:00, and the trip cost 600 baht to Ko Tao, 1,000 baht to Ko Pha Ngan and 1,100 baht to Ko Samui. The ride to Tao takes just under two hours, while it’s a roughly five- to six-hour slog to Pha Ngan or Samui.

A Songserm passenger ferry departs at 07:00 from Matapon Pier, located just south of Pak Nam Chumphon, and costs 500 baht to Ko Tao, 800 baht to Ko Pha Ngan and 900 baht to Ko Samui. This boat is smaller, older and a little slower than Lomprayah, but is often half as full. Tickets can be booked through travel agents or Songserm’s website.

Night car ferries to Ko Tao, which also take passengers without cars, are run by a couple of different companies and depart at 23:00 from Monday to Saturday, arriving at 05:00. These use Tha Yang Pier, located seven kilometres east of town on the Tha Thapao River. Purchasable through travel agents, a ticket without a car costs 400 baht, plus 50 baht for a transfer from Chumphon to the pier. We were told that bunk beds are included in the price. A regular ferry (no cars) departs on Sundays at 22:00 for 450 baht and also has sleeping space.

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Getting around

Chumphon is a small city with fairly well marked street signs, making it easy enough to walk around. Otherwise you can catch a ride with one of the motorbike taxi drivers who hang around busy street corners and markets. A few tuk tuks park in front of the train station as well. Expect to pay 50 to 150 baht for a ride in town.

Motorbikes can be rented at Fame Tour and Restaurant for 200 to 300 baht per day. Fame also rents cars, pick-up trucks and vans, with or without driver, starting at 1,200 baht. Motorbikes are also available at Euro Boutique Hotel and Santavee New Rest Home. Euro also rents mountain bikes for 50 baht, while Santavee has a few regular pushbikes for rent.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Chumphon? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.


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