Bangkok to Koh Phangan @ train, ferry, bus, flight Mar 5, 2017

37 trips (THB 1,100 — 12,891)

From Khao San Lomprayah to Koh Phangan by bus+ferry joint ticket

Lomprayah
06:00
Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
16:20
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
10h 20m
snack WC aircon steward
฿ 1,350
× 2 = ฿ 2,700
45 seats available
Lomprayah
21:00
Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
10:45
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
13h 45m
snack WC aircon steward
฿ 1,300
× 2 = ฿ 2,600
42 seats available

From Hua Lamphong to Koh Phangan by train+bus+ferry joint ticket

Bangkok - Chumphon - Koh Phangan
#83
Thai Railways
17:05
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
01:20
Chumphon
8h 15m
food WC aircon steward
20 seats available
Change stations. Walk - 3 min, 100 m (Next departure after 3 hours 40 mins)
Lomprayah
05:00
Chumphon Lomprayah (Train Station)
11:00
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
6h
snack WC aircon steward
41 seats available
Total
17h 55m
฿ 2,080
× 2 = ฿ 4,160
#85
Thai Railways
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
food WC aircon steward
 
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
Lomprayah
08:30
Suratthani Trainstation
11:45
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
3h 15m
snack WC aircon steward
45 seats available
Total
16h 15m
฿ 2,189
× 2 = ฿ 4,378
#85
Thai Railways
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
food WC aircon steward
Only 1 seats left!
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
Lomprayah
08:30
Suratthani Trainstation
11:45
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
3h 15m
snack WC aircon steward
45 seats available
Total
16h 15m
฿ 1,658
× 2 = ฿ 3,316
#85
Thai Railways
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
food WC aircon steward
Only 1 seats left!
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
Phantip 1970
08:00
Suratthani train station
12:30
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
4h 30m
aircon
10 seats available
Total
17h
฿ 1,458
× 2 = ฿ 2,916
#85
Thai Railways
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
food WC aircon steward
 
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
Phantip 1970
08:00
Suratthani train station
12:30
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
4h 30m
aircon
10 seats available
Total
17h
฿ 1,989
× 2 = ฿ 3,978

From Hua Lamphong to Koh Phangan by bus+ferry joint ticket

Paradive Travel
19:00
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
11:30
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
16h 30m
aircon
฿ 1,100
× 2 = ฿ 2,200
25 seats available

From Suvarnabhumi Airport to Koh Phangan by flight

#PG103
Bangkok Air
06:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
07:30
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 6,670
× 2 = ฿ 13,340
  available
#TG281
Thai Airways
07:25
Suvarnabhumi Airport
08:30
Koh Samui Airport
1h 5m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,909
× 2 = ฿ 11,818
  available
#PG121
Bangkok Air
07:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
09:00
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 6,670
× 2 = ฿ 13,340
  available
#PG1111
Bangkok Air
07:45
Suvarnabhumi Airport
09:15
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,848
× 2 = ฿ 11,696
  available
#PG123
Bangkok Air
08:10
Suvarnabhumi Airport
09:40
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 6,670
× 2 = ฿ 13,340
  available
#PG119
Bangkok Air
08:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
10:00
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,499
× 2 = ฿ 10,998
  available
#PG119
Bangkok Air
09:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
10:30
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 6,670
× 2 = ฿ 13,340
  available
#PG805
Bangkok Air
09:40
Suvarnabhumi Airport
11:10
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 6,670
× 2 = ฿ 13,340
  available
#PG125
Bangkok Air
10:15
Suvarnabhumi Airport
11:45
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,811
× 2 = ฿ 11,622
  available
#PG1131
Bangkok Air
10:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
12:00
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,848
× 2 = ฿ 11,696
  available
#PG963
Bangkok Air
11:40
Suvarnabhumi Airport
13:10
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,714
× 2 = ฿ 11,428
  available
#PG1151
Bangkok Air
12:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
13:30
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 6,670
× 2 = ฿ 13,340
  available
#PG135
Bangkok Air
12:45
Suvarnabhumi Airport
14:15
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,733
× 2 = ฿ 11,466
  available
#PG145
Bangkok Air
13:45
Suvarnabhumi Airport
15:15
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 12,891
× 2 = ฿ 25,782
  available
#PG961
Bangkok Air
14:35
Suvarnabhumi Airport
16:05
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 6,670
× 2 = ฿ 13,340
  available
#PG961
Bangkok Air
14:45
Suvarnabhumi Airport
16:15
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,848
× 2 = ฿ 11,696
  available
#PG153
Bangkok Air
15:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
16:30
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 6,670
× 2 = ฿ 13,340
  available
#TG287
Thai Airways
15:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
16:35
Koh Samui Airport
1h 5m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,909
× 2 = ฿ 11,818
  available
#PG873
Bangkok Air
15:35
Suvarnabhumi Airport
17:05
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 6,670
× 2 = ฿ 13,340
  available
#PG951
Bangkok Air
16:05
Suvarnabhumi Airport
17:35
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 6,670
× 2 = ฿ 13,340
  available
#PG163
Bangkok Air
16:15
Suvarnabhumi Airport
17:45
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 6,670
× 2 = ฿ 13,340
  available
#PG171
Bangkok Air
17:10
Suvarnabhumi Airport
18:40
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 6,670
× 2 = ฿ 13,340
  available
#PG1177
Bangkok Air
17:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
19:00
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,811
× 2 = ฿ 11,622
  available
#PG181
Bangkok Air
18:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
19:30
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,848
× 2 = ฿ 11,696
  available
#PG183
Bangkok Air
18:35
Suvarnabhumi Airport
20:05
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 6,670
× 2 = ฿ 13,340
  available
#PG185
Bangkok Air
19:20
Suvarnabhumi Airport
20:50
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 6,670
× 2 = ฿ 13,340
  available
#PG187
Bangkok Air
19:35
Suvarnabhumi Airport
21:05
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 6,670
× 2 = ฿ 13,340
  available
#PG189
Bangkok Air
19:45
Suvarnabhumi Airport
21:15
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 6,670
× 2 = ฿ 13,340
  available
#PG199
Bangkok Air
20:55
Suvarnabhumi Airport
22:25
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 6,670
× 2 = ฿ 13,340
  available

How to get to Koh Phangan

What about

Say "Koh Phangan" and here you are in the middle of the partying crowd, old-school hippies and modern flashpackers, party animals and adventurous party goers from all over the world who come to the island to partake in a once in a lifetime celebration experience. Koh Phangan’s epic Full Moon, Black Moon and other ‘Moon’ parties rock the island creating an overwhelming atmosphere of freedom and happiness. If drinking and partying all night through is not your thing, it does not mean that Koh Phangan is a total no-no for you. A stunning island has much more to offer. When the parties are not raging, the island settles into a sleepy hippie town, perfect for the unconventional traveller who is looking for an organic experience. The terrain of the island is quite mountainous and provides a picturesque backdrop for white sand beaches and infinity pools in mushrooming luxury five star hotels and resorts which are consistently gentrifying the island, slowly transforming it from a budget destination to a Babylonian one.

Getting to Koh Phangan

The departure point for Koh Phangan is Donsak Pier in Suratthani. There are ferries linking Koh Phangan with its neighbours – Koh Samui and Koh Tao – and making island hopping as easy as it can be.

From Bangkok via Chumphon/Suratthani bus + ferry

Buses to Chumphon/Suratthani leave from the Southern bus terminal in Bangkok. They take from 6½ hrs to 12 hrs to arrive. Busses depart regularly during the day, the majority reaching Suratthani between 1am and 5am, so be ready to while away some time before boarding your ferry to the island. There is a convenient bus+ferry option offered by Lomprayah company with buses leaving from their office in Khao San Road in Bangkok which is a good option if you are staying somewhere in the area. The bus brings you directly to the pier in Chumphon from where Lomprayah catamaran delivers you to Koh Phangan via Koh Tao proceeding then to Koh Samui. Book a couple of days in advance. Opposite to all other ill-famed Khao San Road buses, there are no theft-related issues with this service.

From Bangkok via Suratthani train + bus + ferry

You have a wide selection of trains heading down to the south from the capital, offering the full range of coaches, from the cheapest fan seats to the comfy AC 1st class sleepers leaving during the day. There is a very convenient #85 train departing from Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok at 7.30pm and arriving to Suratthani around 7am. Even the 2nd class sleeper gives you enough privacy with personal curtains; the 1st class sleeper is a more chic choice but costs nearly double.
Do not, thought, disregard the earlier trains as they give you an opportunity to soak up the scenery. Limestone cliffs, farmlands and epic jungles pop up throughout the journey, each more beautiful than the next.
If your book a joint ticket to Koh Phangan (which may work out cheaper than finding your own way), then you will be picked up at the station in Suratthani about one hour after your train arrives and transported directly to Donsak Pier for your 1½ hr journey to Thong Sala Pier on Koh Phangan.
Tip: The lower berths are the first to sell out. Book them as much in advance as possible. They are also considerably wider than the upper ones. If you are travelling with a baby, opt for the lower berths by all means.

From Koh Samui to Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan lies within an easy reach from Koh Samui. Lomprayah and Seatran take sheer 20 minutes to get to the island; there are slower Songserm (30 min.) and Haad Rin Queen (50 min.) ferry boats, too. All the boats – except for Haad Rin Queen – arrive to Thong Sala Pier.

From Koh Tao to Koh Phangan

There are three ferry companies serving this direction with Lomprayah and Seatran offering the fastest service (80 min.). Songserm takes 1hr 50 min. for the route.

How long does my sea journey to Koh Phangan last?

Depending on the company you travel with, your journey to Koh Phangan from the mainland (Donsak Pier in Suratthani) may take from 1½ hr to tiring 6–7hrs.
Lomprayah – 1½ hr (twice a day in either direction)
Raja Ferry – 2½ hrs (four times a day in either direction)
Songserm – 3½ hrs (twice a day in either direction)
Night ferry – from 6 to 7 hrs departing at 10pm daily from Koh Phangan and at 11pm from Suratthani.

Besides Lomprayah (20 min. to Koh Samui, 80 min to Koh Tao, both 4 times a day) and Songserm (30 min. to Koh Samui, 1hr 50 min to Koh Tao, both twice a day), there are two more companies which connect Koh Phangan to Koh Samui and Koh Tao: Seatran (20 min. to Koh Samui, 80 min to Koh Tao, both twice a day) and Haad Rin Queen (50 min. to Koh Samui, 4 times a day).

Getting around

There are a few ways to get around the island which depend on your budget and your desire to explore or immerse yourself in the island experience.

Taxis, or songthaews, are pick-up truck which connect the busiest parts of the island. Depending on your destination they will cost between 100 THB and 200 THB per person. The prices are usually fixed and tend to double after the sunset. They are convenient, but limit your freedom to explore, and cost quite a bit when you add it up. They are however the best and safest option for full moon party goers – you know why.

Motorcycles can be rented from shops all over the island. They are a great way to admire the scenery on the coastal road which boasts awe inspiring views, quaint resorts and pit stops along the way. Fuel is cheap, and normally brought in whiskey bottles from local shops or from brightly coloured coin operated machines. Rental for motorcycles will cost around 150 THB per day and you're generally expected to give up your passport until you return the bike. So take photos and look after it. But above all drive carefully, you will undoubtedly see plenty of tourists walking around with bandages and scrapes, more often than not from motorcycle accidents.

Bicycles can be rented all over the island for about 50 THB a day. As usually, they are a great way to explore the island, but do not underestimate the tropical heat. Follow secret jungle trails or just move about the flatter parts of the island at a leisurely pace. Koh Phangan is very hot though, so keep plenty of drinking water at hand.

Long-tail boats are usually moored at the beaches and are an amazing addition to the island experience. With these you can cruise between the bays taking in rich scenery, including cliff formations which can only be accessed by a boat or by hiking. Besides that, they are probably the quickest way around the island. Prices are negotiated with the boats' owners, and usually works out quite well if you're in a group.

Where to stay

No matter which beach appeals to you most, if you come for the Full Moon Party, do arrive early. It means 4–5 days before the party hits the island; otherwise you risk counting the stars by night – literally. Almost all the guesthouses require the minimum stay of at least three nights, with some places not letting you in for less than a week. There is transportation to Haad Rin, where the Full Moon Parties are held, from all the beaches, so it is not so important where you finally settle down.
Families and those looking for some serenity and peacefulness should try the remote Haad Thong Nai Pan Noi with its elegant resorts which bring an air of Samui to Koh Phangan.
Tip: If you fail to find accommodation on Koh Phangan during the Full Moon period, consider staying on Koh Samui which is the closest option.

Activities

With the diving mecca of Koh Tao within an easy reach, there is no much sense in visiting much more modest diving sites of Koh Phangan. Still there are nice spots for snorkelling in the vicinity, including Koh Ma, and you may also sign up for a hiking and snorkelling adventure in the Ang Thong Marine National Park. Waterfalls and worthy trekking trails await those to venture to the island’s hinterland. Climb the highest island’s pick, a 630m Khao Ra, or hire a kayak and reach some hidden beaches and visit Saturday Walking Street market in Thong Sala (the best time to do so is between 6pm and 8pm) for local souvenirs and cheap tasty food.

Legal issues

If you are going to the Full Moon Party not just to party and drink, but to take drugs as well, remember that drugs are completely illegal in Thailand and punishment is severe. To get inspired, watch Bangkok-Hilton and think twice.

Passenger reviews out of total 35,686 passengers traveled with us on this route

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Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
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★★★★★ Feb 28, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
We had a lower and upper berth. Train left a few minutes late but we got there at the stated arrival time. The guy working there made up our beds, they were clean and comfortable. Toilets were decent as train toilets go! They also woke us up a few minutes before our stop so we didn't miss it.
★★★★★ Feb 28, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Feb 27, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Kind of a long trip ,do not expect the beds and facilities you find in Europe, but ok for Thailand
★★★★☆ Feb 26, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Feb 25, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The overnight train was a really fun experience and would highly recommend. The bed was comfy but the train wasn't marked well so you had to ask to make sure you were in the right place/car on the train because they do not check your tickets until after it takes off so that was weird because you could've easily been on the wrong train and wouldn't have known it until later.
★★★★★ Feb 25, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Everything worked first class
★★★☆☆ Feb 25, 2017 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel) :
It was okay, but in comparison with other bus trips in Thailand this time no food nor snack nor water included, stopped at VERY dirty and expensive food place, wi-fi not working half the time, no stop for food since 1AM to 12AM
★★★★★ Feb 25, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
We could pick up our payed for ticket in the early morning outside the DOB building. That was very practical ! The 6,5 hour train ride to Chumphon was really nice and rather relaxing...
★★★★☆ Feb 24, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
All fine. We had a nice journey. Thank you for the great support!
★★★★★ Feb 24, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Feb 24, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
The service around booking and picking up the tickets was absolutely great. The Pick up office in Bangkok had a super friendly and helpfullstaff and without a doubt I would use their service again. The train however is a different story; it is an experience we chose to have rather than a saving money thing. And an experience it was.. toilets smelled and looked worse than on a 3 day festival. Our first class cabin was ok, it looked a bit dirty but no animals/bugs and the airco worked. So if you look for an experience without too much sleep, book 1st class because the 2nd class is a whole other story!
★★★★☆ Feb 23, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Good trip, bed was a little tight for me (1.87). Service good. Overall experience good. Would recommend it!
★★★★★ Feb 21, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The staff at the 12go office was friendly, the train departed and arrived on time. It was clean and looked safe.
★★★★☆ Feb 21, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 21, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Everything arranged as promished. Even a berth with electicity as requested!
★★★★★ Feb 21, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Feb 20, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
easiest train ride i ever had in asia booked and payed online via credit card, the ticket got confirmed first thing in the morning. office was easy to find thanks to directions on the voucher. friendly staff. The train ride it self was okay, 2nd class sleeper is a little small for a 2 meter german guy and unfortunately there was a few cockroaches in my bed. lucky i just discovered them just 1 hour before we arrived. the ride itself was smooth and fast. mobile reception most of the way, power outlets are provided. as well as food, but i recommend you to get take away from the food court. would book again
★★★★★ Feb 19, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Better than by plane!
★★★★☆ Feb 19, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 19, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
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★★★★☆ Feb 18, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Everything was totally fine - though the itinerary made it appear as though we'd be taking an earlier ferry, and not have to wait 1.5hrs at the train station before being transported to the pier.
★★★★☆ Feb 18, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Comfortable sleeper on the train, not much room for luggage though
★★★★★ Feb 17, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 17, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Good expérience ! WE slept a lot. It'ts very old...but very confortable and very clean .
★★★☆☆ Feb 17, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 15, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 15, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Everything ok. Friendly managment. Nice trip
★★★★★ Feb 14, 2017 (train #167 Class II Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 14, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
All went just fine. I picked up my ticket in Bangkok the day before the trip. The office was easy to find and ig staying along Sukhumvit str. there is no need for a taxi to drive you to the train station, just take the underground mrt. I wil use 12go.asia again
★★★★☆ Feb 14, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
good train and clean, slept all the way. they should have more people making the beds so it doesn't take that much time.
★★★★☆ Feb 14, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Everything was Nice :) The Train was on time and The sleeping beds where really nice. Bring warm clothes!!!! It gets cold as f*** at night :)
★★★★☆ Feb 13, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Good service in general. Train shoul improve toilet cleaning. Lights remain on during the night.
★★★★☆ Feb 13, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 12, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Everything was perfect on our trip!!! We're very tired because it was too long trip but worth it. Thank you Lompraya!!!! Mr & Mrs Mayer from Hungary!
★★★☆☆ Feb 11, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
A fun local experience! A little noisy, but the staff were great and really helpful. Second class sleeper train was basic but adequate, and the toilets were remarkably clean (well done to the staff!). Good service, the train left on time but arrived over an hour Kate but it didn't affected the connections to the ferry. I get the impression it's a normal event and everything ran very smoothly.
★★★★★ Feb 11, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
FANTASTIC TRIP!! Amazing bus and boat journey!!!
★★★★★ Feb 11, 2017 (train #31 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Feb 11, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★☆☆ Feb 10, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
We had to be at the meeting point 1,5 hour before departure, which was pretty insane. Hundreds of people waiting for at leest 9 bussen to arrive at the victory monument. The road is pretty bumpy and the bus pretty old/loud, so don't expect to sleep a lot. The boattrip from Chumphon to Koh Phangan took forever. There was this boat-change at Koh Tao which didn't make any sense and took 1,5 hour. No need to say we arrived at Thongsala too late. Make sure you are never in a hurry when travelling in SEA. ;)
★★★☆☆ Feb 9, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Food was expensive and not great. Cabin was filthy and had cockroaches. "Express train" stopped constantly making it impossible to sleep. Most of the trek was in the dark so not even good scenery. For the same price you could fly in 1/10th the time.
★★★★★ Feb 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Feb 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Travelled in 2nd class sleeping wagon with ac, but for some reason where I was sleeping there was no ac which made the experience a bit unpleasant.
★★★★★ Feb 8, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
An easy and cheap way to get to Chumphon. The train was clean and it was easy to sleep with the AC. The operator came to get us when we arrived at our stop (it was not the end of the line).
★★★★★ Feb 7, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The trip by 12go Asia was perfectly organised!
★★★★☆ Feb 7, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Great service in booking our tickets online. Pick up office in Bangkok had super friendly and knowledgeable staff. Will definitely use again!
★★★★★ Feb 6, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Excellent service. 12goAsia service is amazing.
★★★★★ Feb 6, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Excellent service and easy travel
★★★★★ Feb 6, 2017 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Really easy to find office to pick up on tickets. Staff was super helpful.
★★★☆☆ Feb 5, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The train was 2 hours delayed on start from Bangkok. Standard inside for me OK - appropriate to the price comparing with flight on the islands surrounding. Fresh beddings, owfful toilet and the train riding very turubulently.
★★★☆☆ Feb 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Everything went according to the schedule and was mostly as promised. The only thing that was bad is the fact that Lomprayah agency (possibly a parter on 12 go Asia) at Suratthani train station offered me a transfer service at Koh Samui to my accomodation and that this would be our last chance to get it for 200 bat. Of course being tired from the trip and not willing to haggle with local taxis i accepted. Once i got on the catamaran the same service from the same agency cost 150 bat. That is very unprofessional so either employees where adding on the price or this is an agency scam. Either way 50 bat is not much but its a matter of principle. It is really a small amount to risk reputation and i believe the agency already added enough surcharge on real value of train tickets and combined bus ferry ticket. It wouldnt hurt to be nicer to your clients. Nevertheless would reccommend it with precaution what you purchase on top of the deal.
★★★★☆ Feb 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Pleasant staff. Comfortable ride
★★★★★ Feb 2, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
everything perfect!!
★★★★☆ Feb 2, 2017 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel) :
Bus waited for us even though we were late half an hour
★★★★☆ Feb 2, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
It's not fast! But it's comfortable and a good experience. The trains are always late, but just relax, you'll get to your destination eventually.
★★★★☆ Feb 2, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
We found the process of booking online with 12goasia very easy and without any problems. Quick responses to emails and confirmation of tickets. Email told us easy instructions for how to collect tickets. Staff very friendly. The train although we booked first class was not the best (communal toilets not clean) but we have been on worse trains in UK. The staff made the beds for us and the cabin itself was clean. Very difficult to sleep but expected on this style of train.
★★★★★ Feb 1, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Impeccable service with commentary provided to the booking well followed. Would use them again for long distance bookings in Thailand.
★★★☆☆ Feb 1, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Was surprised when we picked up our train tickets that we were charged 250bht. per ticket extra as agent fees. Tickets were 510bht each, so we paid 500bht. service charge. Understand that a company has to make a profit, but that much is too much. Will give ourselves more time for n the future and buy them ourselves. Train ride was great value for what the trains charged, but try to avoid the washrooms.
★★★★★ Jan 31, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Всё отлично! Отправление и прибытие вовремя. Комфортно, широкая полка, бельё застилает проводник. В туалете при желании и наличии сноровки можно ополоснуться. Предлагают относительно недорогое питание.
★★★★★ Jan 31, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Travelled in both air con (18 Dec) and fan (30 Jan) coaches. Air-con coach is not as cold as some reviews had put it. With the provided blanket, you can have good comfortable sleep. Fan coach can be very warm and stuffy before it move off. With open windows along the way, it can be noisy and breezy - too much for a good sleep if you are a light sleeper. Bed is clean and they set up early so you can rest (within an hour for air-con coach and 2 hours for fan coach). On arrival of your station, the coach master will wake you up - no worry of missing your station. Toilet on board is clean and well equipped - you can even take a shower inside. There are also basic outside for wash up - reliefing congestion during peak morning hours. If you are connecting to a ferry, the bus operator that brings you to the ferry terminal will be waiting at the station exit and direct you to the appropriate counter - very convenient.
★★★★★ Jan 31, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Everything went very smoothly. Train clean and on time. AC was quite cold so warm clothes were needed. Personnel friendly.
★★★☆☆ Jan 29, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
the train was good but it kept stopping for no reason, which made us 1 hour and a half late and miss the bus. We didn't have to pay any extra for the second bus that the company provided but it isn't really nice for a trip that should last 14h in total to last more than 20 (bangkok-phuket) - i am still at the bus while writing this.
★★★☆☆ Jan 29, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train was late so missed bus connection... new bus provided makes frequent stops and is putting us in Phuket 6 hr later than scheduled.
★★★☆☆ Jan 29, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
The bus was a bit uncomfortable even though I probably had the best seat on the bus, seat #4, on the top level with no one in front of me and a place to put my feet up and store my smaller bag. The bus is air conditioned but it is rather cold at night, they do provide blankets for everyone. Many people got seasick on the boat. I recommend taking any motion sickness pills you desire before it takes off. Everything did go smoothly though and part of travel is always a little discomfort. Don't be the person that is hungover on the boat. It will be bad. If you want a more comfortable way to get to Koh Tao, Koh Pha Ngan, or Koh Samui, take the ferry from Surat Thani instead or hop on the car ferry as it is more stable in the ocean.
★★★★☆ Jan 28, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 28, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Everything was good about train except cleanliness.food,punctuality was perfect.the sleeping bunk was prepared by staff which was a nice gesture.the basin of our cabin was dirty which was not expected from 1 st class train.neway going to reccomend the train to my friends nd relatives.njoyed my journey.
★★★★☆ Jan 28, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Jan 28, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
12Go does their marketing to make it look like certain routes are going to fill up / sell out so you buy your ticket through them. So I bought mine ahead of time. In reality, we got there and there were a ton of seats on the train left. Paid their stupid $14 online booking fee for nothing. Would not use again. **Train ride was fine, but it left an hour late.
★★★★☆ Jan 26, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
The sleeper was comfortable and the staff all very nice, friendly and professional. I enjoyed the journey very much and it was lovely to have sheets and a cover on the bed as well as dinner service. The only issue I had was some cockroaches in the carriage which made me think it could have been cleaner but it didn't spoil the trip. We arrived on time, which was great. 12goasia provided a fantastic service in acquiring the tickets for me.
★★★★★ Jan 26, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Comfy bed and great way to get to the next destination. Train left late with no explanation. I wasn't totally sure I was on the right train until after we'd left and the ticket was checked. Tickets were easy to purchase and pick up and staff were super helpful.
★★★★☆ Jan 26, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 25, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Superb service by 12go! Booked everything online and worked like clockwork. Even with a 3 years old twin. Sleeper 1st Class meant 1 room with 4 beds on board. Super cool
★★★☆☆ Jan 24, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
the window in car10 seat numer 8 is broken, cant close or ooen it, so was making noise all night and I couldnt sleep at all :(
★★★☆☆ Jan 22, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
There was a little animal on my side, and it's went between the window... The toilets are smelling so unbelievable bad.
★★★★☆ Jan 22, 2017 (train #173 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
nice and efficient service at the office. we were used to second class sleeper since several years and are satisfied. to bad restaurant has no more beer to offer, and the food is not very tastefull. however we are satisfied allover, for our trip from bangkok to suratthani.
★★★★★ Jan 22, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 22, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 21, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
The air cpnditionned is very Toi cold Very Nice trip Thank you
★★★★★ Jan 21, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
A+ enquiry immediately responded to due to a late train booking on my part in peak season....an alternative offered which worked fine. Ticket office really easy to find, can't fault it....thanks again
★★★★★ Jan 20, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Booking online was easy and ticket pick up was easy. I thought the train (85) was to leave at 20:30, but the ticket said 19:30. The train actually left at 20:40. Anyway, the cleanliness, comfort and staff were very good. I would recommend this trip.
★★★★☆ Jan 19, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Excellent service by 12go. Old train with a cockroach crawling out of the seat
★★★☆☆ Jan 19, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Comfortable seats and helpful staff onboard. However, the food was not very god and it was à bit cold.
★★★★★ Jan 19, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 16, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Jan 15, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
2nd class with fans was pretty noisey and bumpy. 2nd class AC carriage was more modern and I wonder if it was quieter and smoother. Bear in mind cheaper carriages might contain younger, more exhuberant travellers. Mind did. He was tiresome.
★★★★★ Jan 14, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Excellent as usual.
★★☆☆☆ Jan 14, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
There is no communication between 12go and Lomprayah at all. Warning message from 12go forced us to change out plans and had a cost impact while actual situation was much less dramatic. At the same time Lomprayah does not respect the schedule at all! I am sure that agencies will not read review anyway.
★★★☆☆ Jan 14, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train environment itself was cool and comfortable, however there were cockroaches crawling around and I could not sleep because of it. I narrowly missed the flooding, thankfully. Staff were kind and helpful.
★★★★☆ Jan 13, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Everything went very smoothly from picking up the tickets to the actual trip - train, ferry and bus were mostly on time and all very comfortable - my only criticism would be the toilets on the train - they could be cleaner. Great system which I will definately use again!!
★★★☆☆ Jan 10, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Pleasant staff. Comfortable.
★★★☆☆ Jan 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Pleasant surprise for a night train, water, juice, little snack and a blanket included...only if they reduced light
★★★★★ Jan 6, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
everything went completely fine, beds are comfortable and the stuff at the office and on the train is very friendly and helpful.
★★★★★ Jan 6, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Jan 5, 2017 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Great app and smooth service from 12go. Picked up tickets opposite station with zero fuss or waiting. Train was not so great - cabin was dated, with cold air vents the could not be closed, even by the train staff. We resorted to stuffing with toilet paper to reduce the draught. Train was very noisy and the light in the corridor was left on all night, which made for an uncomfortable night's rest and hardly any sleep. OK for some privacy - although the door to the adjoining cabin doesn't close tightly and you can hear everything - but that's about it. No option of meal either, and which was advertised. Not worth paying double. Would be lower than three stars if it weren't for the great 12go service and the friendly attendant who made up the beds and gave us a wake up call 10 mins before our stop.
★★★★★ Jan 5, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Jan 5, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 5, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Very easy and efficient booking with this service - easy to find to pick up tickets and transfers to buses with provided vouchers worked well even when train was a little late and we missed connections. Sleeper train very comfy.
★★★★★ Jan 4, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great service...offices opposite main entrance of train station...when coming from the metro you need to through the station and go out of the door beside the left luggage. You will see rhe building in front of you .

News @ Koh Phangan

23 January 2017

Late last week, Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach was thronged with holidaymakers basking in the warm rays of the sun. The scene was a reminder that the inclement weather which had battered South Thailand since the New Year was passing over.

13 January 2017

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has released its latest updates for travel to the flood-hit southern region of the country. The bulletin noted that damaged train tracks in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province have been fixed and mainline train services are now operating again.

11 January 2017

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has released an update saying most flights and ferries to the flooded south of the country are operating to timetables. The normal schedules are in place despite the fact large swathes of the far south have been inundated by torrential rain.