Bangkok to Koh Phangan @ train, ferry, bus, flight Jan 26, 2017

37 trips (THB 1,000 — 14,351)

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
50 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
46 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
43 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
48 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
13 seats available
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
48 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
13 seats available
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 Khao San Jolly Travel to Koh Phangan by bus+ferry joint ticket

Jolly Travel
18:00
Khao San Jolly Travel, Bangkok
11:30
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
17h 30m
snack food WC aircon TV steward
฿ 1,000
× 2 = ฿ 2,000
 

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
฿ 7,536
× 2 = ฿ 15,072
  available
#TG281
Thai Airways
07:25
Suvarnabhumi Airport
08:30
Koh Samui Airport
1h 5m
WC aircon steward
฿ 8,215
× 2 = ฿ 16,430
  available
#PG121
Bangkok Air
07:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
09:00
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 11,093
× 2 = ฿ 22,186
  available
#PG1111
Bangkok Air
07:45
Suvarnabhumi Airport
09:15
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  available
#PG123
Bangkok Air
08:10
Suvarnabhumi Airport
09:40
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  available
#PG119
Bangkok Air
08:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
10:00
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,597
× 2 = ฿ 11,194
  available
#PG119
Bangkok Air
09:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
10:30
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  available
#PG805
Bangkok Air
09:40
Suvarnabhumi Airport
11:10
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 7,536
× 2 = ฿ 15,072
  available
#PG1131
Bangkok Air
10:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
12:00
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  available
#PG133
Bangkok Air
11:15
Suvarnabhumi Airport
12:45
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 11,393
× 2 = ฿ 22,786
  available
#PG963
Bangkok Air
11:40
Suvarnabhumi Airport
13:10
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 14,351
× 2 = ฿ 28,702
  available
#PG1151
Bangkok Air
12:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
13:30
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  available
#PG135
Bangkok Air
12:45
Suvarnabhumi Airport
14:15
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,597
× 2 = ฿ 11,194
  available
#PG145
Bangkok Air
13:45
Suvarnabhumi Airport
15:15
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 11,093
× 2 = ฿ 22,186
  available
#PG961
Bangkok Air
14:35
Suvarnabhumi Airport
16:05
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 12,672
× 2 = ฿ 25,344
  available
#PG153
Bangkok Air
15:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
16:30
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,597
× 2 = ฿ 11,194
  available
#TG287
Thai Airways
15:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
16:35
Koh Samui Airport
1h 5m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,417
× 2 = ฿ 10,834
  available
#PG873
Bangkok Air
15:35
Suvarnabhumi Airport
17:05
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 7,555
× 2 = ฿ 15,110
  available
#PG951
Bangkok Air
16:05
Suvarnabhumi Airport
17:35
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  available
#PG163
Bangkok Air
16:15
Suvarnabhumi Airport
17:45
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  available
#PG171
Bangkok Air
17:10
Suvarnabhumi Airport
18:40
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  available
#PG1177
Bangkok Air
17:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
19:00
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  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
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  available
#PG185
Bangkok Air
19:20
Suvarnabhumi Airport
20:50
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  available
#PG187
Bangkok Air
19:35
Suvarnabhumi Airport
21:05
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  available
#PG189
Bangkok Air
19:45
Suvarnabhumi Airport
21:15
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  available
#PG199
Bangkok Air
20:55
Suvarnabhumi Airport
22:25
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,597
× 2 = ฿ 11,194
  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 32,170 passengers traveled with us on this route

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that though we are closely monitoring services, we are still an agency marketplace - meaning we focus on ticketing service and route availability / coverage rather than on factual seat recline angle you got today ^_^

★★★★★ 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 12, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very disappointed with the service of 12GO eventually, we have been in the jungle and cut from any wifi/news for a few days. Once back at an airport, I tried calling 12GO to modify part of my booking. Should I have not called them, I would have never known that trains to south of Thailand were cancelled due to severe flooding. Moreover the lady on the phone was very rude and told me to call in a week, ridiculous and not helpful at all, could have just told me they can't do anything. I lost hotels, had to review my holidays bookings and itinerary. Piece of advice, keep up with the weather news whatever season you are traveling in.
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 12, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very poor customer service. My train got cancelled because of the flooding hapenning in the south of Thailand, no one got in touch with me to inform me. Thankfully, I saw an announcement at the train station. Additionnally, I requested a full refund as they could no longer provide the service I booked, they didn't want to do it at first and I had to insist and negociate. If you can't provide a journey booked by a customer, just issue a full refund. Period.
★★★★☆ 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 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
I am very disappointed as our trip to Koh Phangan did not go through because of the flooding. I would like a full refund for the train/bus and ferry trip, as I even bought travel insurance as well. I do not understand why the train station would not know that they could not make it through because of the flooding. I know have to spend more money to try and get over to my destination. I would not pre book again.
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The train never arrived. They turned us around due to extreme flooding in Suratthani and the islands we were booked at. On top of that, we got bitten up by bugs and there was cockroaches under the mattress.
★★★☆☆ 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 7, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The train was cancelled. I could get the money back from train station, but why did you not inform me about the cancellation? You had my email address. I had to pay more for a new ticket by bus and other ship, otherwise I would have lost my bookings on Koh Samui. I lost a lot of money, because I can not get the money back for the ship which I could not reach because of the train cancellation. I am very upset!
★★★★★ 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 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel)
★★★☆☆ 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 .
★★★★★ Jan 4, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
No problems, fast, very good
★★★★★ Jan 4, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
All perfect
★★★★☆ Jan 4, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 3, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Very smooth journey, no problems at all and very easy to collect tickets/instructions very easy to follow - 5*! High speed ferry at 45 mins definitely recommended
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 2, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
The train was very dirty, the explanation was that I didn't paid first class. The girl from 12go.asia at the station was unhelpful and rude. she shout at me and didn't help us to sort the problem. Shame that I cant put up some pictures.
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 2, 2017 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel)
★★★★★ Jan 2, 2017 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel) :
I give this a 5 star just because I was so grateful to have transportation to Koh Phangan for NYE. It was literally the last available option. The bus was completely full. No a sleeper bus but most seats recline. I couldn't sleep. We had about 2 hours waiting at the dock for the ferry. Ferry was slow and very rough, but I was so tired I slept the whole way because it was only half full.
★★★★★ Jan 2, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 2, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Cheap, nice and easy ticket pick up
★★★☆☆ Jan 2, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Although I actually enjoyed 2nd class fan more than 2nd class AC (which I found way too cold) the train was clearly much older than the one I went up to Chiang Mai with. Beds narrower, less comfortable, no toilet paper or tissues at the sinks... just good to be aware that trains can be very different although seemingly similar when you book them!
★★★★☆ Jan 2, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Ticket office was great service and the train was very well organised including sleeping bedding etc. The only thing was the food on the train. absolutely awful and twice the price it should be. Basically 3 bowls of slop for 210 Bahts. Should have bought snacks and drinks from 7-11.
★★★★☆ Jan 2, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Booked on 1st Jan while still in another country, because I thought the train would be busy. However, there was plenty of space on the train and the ticket is 1300 for 2 for lower birth second class ac at the station: there is a dedicated ticket office for foreigners, with English speaking staff. Overall I am happy I paid a bit more to guarantee a place while I was still in another country, but wouldn't do it again if travelling during normal time. Train was very pleasant, toilets are a bit of a disappointment though.
★★☆☆☆ Jan 1, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Coach was lovely, airconned and comfy. However didn't stop so recommend bringing food with you. The ferry was horrendous, Water was so choppy the boat was almost tipping over and 50% of people were being sick. Sick bags were then just left under seats and not disposed of.
★★★★★ Jan 1, 2017 (train #171 Class II Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
You get what you pay for here folks. Its hands down the most cost effective method to go clear across the country. Its very noisy, couple stops but staff are indeed great about waking you up before your stops, offering food etc. My one and only complaint is that we bought first class sleepers 8 months in advance. 2 months before our trip, we were downgraded to second class with fan (we were not offered second class with AC which is an option folks). As it turns out, it was still ok and we received a partial refund on our tickets. That said, it raised some red flags as we made friends with some of the people who got first class tickets who bought only 3 months in advance. This means that once this company has your ticket in hand, they start sending out emails to the people who baught far in advance and paid less for the ticket in hopes you'll accept a down grade at which point, your first class ticket is given to the person who paid the most...more profit for them. They use the fact that they have to physically purchas and "confirm" your ticket to their advantage.
★★☆☆☆ Jan 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
THEY SAID THAT HE TRAIN WAS FULL!!! THERE WERE COMPLETE CHARAGES EMPTY. I HAD BOOKED TWO LOWER BIRTH SEATS/BEDS. THESE WERE NOT ALLOCATED OR GIVEN ON REQUEST. FURTHER MORE THE STAFF THEN PROCEEDED TO MAKE UP THE BEDS FRO THEM SELFS.TO SLEEP ON AT THE EXPENSE OF THE FAIR PAYING PASSENGERS???? I HAVE TRAVEL THIS TRAIN ON NEW YEARS EVE TWICE NO-BLACK AND WHITE BAD THIS TIME. (ALSO IT WAS AN HOUR LATE)!. SO THAT'S THAILAND RAIL LOSS ON THE TRAINS & THAILANDS GAIN ON THE PLAINS
★★★★☆ Jan 1, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★☆☆ Jan 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train was almost 1h30 in late at arrival time
★★★★★ Jan 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
I tried to book the train tickets from Bangkok to Surat Thani 60 days in advance but all tickets gone in 10 minutes after opening time for sale. The only option was left to go via travel agency. The 12Go Asia were efficient and helpful. I was glad to get tickets for a small commission. The train journey was okay and comfortable enough. The only reservation was the air conditioner was too cold, so bring extra layers.
★★★★☆ Jan 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
My first time on a sleeper train. Train was older, but the beds came with clean sheets, blanket and pillow. I was relatively comfortable. Not a fancy mode of transport, but decent for the price/convenience. Train was about an hour late leaving the station, but nothing is on time in Thailand except flights. So, just plan accordingly for that.
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 1, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
The boat was going so fast on the rough water everybody including me on the boat was throwing up. It was a horrible journey and ruined my first few nights on the island due to sickness
★★★★★ Jan 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Dec 31, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Dec 31, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
After experiencing the new trains to Chiang Mai, this was a minor disappointment. The carriage was old and the top bunk was hard. For the rest clean and the benches were fine. It's an experience I wouldn't have wanted to miss. There are people selling stuff in the train although it might sometimes seem there giving it for free and come ask you to pay afterwards...
★★★★★ Dec 31, 2016 (train #31 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Outstanding
★★★★☆ Dec 31, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Can't fault 12goasia. Everything went as planned, informative and helpful. Railways could have warned us when we were approaching Chumphon station, could have easily slept through and missed our connection. I realise it's our responsibility but...
★★★★★ Dec 31, 2016 (train #85.1 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Dec 30, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Dec 30, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Dec 30, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Not lucky ferry trip: lots of waves! And seats were not comfortable. The rest was OK
★☆☆☆☆ Dec 30, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
My friend and I purchased the ferry ticket in advance and when we arrived at the terminal we were advised we needed to book new tickets lthough we already had purchased online, this was to do with only booking numbers being down on your printed lists and no names. We had our bags stolen so of course had nothing to show, however this is a flaw in your system as you should be aware of the names and people who have purchased online tickets. The boat journey itself was also terrible, but that you cannot change just maybe a bit more information when booking about how bad it is. I would apprieate recieving a refund for the second ticket that I purchased at the terminal, as I shouldn't have needed to anyways. Thanks
★★★★★ Dec 29, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Dec 29, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Nice trip. Slept like a baby. Toilets was no good at all. Otherwise a great alternative to flying. Staff was wonderful
★★☆☆☆ Dec 29, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
12Go claim that the trains were all booked but I got a new ticket from the station with no problem. 12Go would not refund or change the ticket and over charged me. They are a third party company charging above normal prices. Unless you really worry about booking in advance you don't need to use their service. The actual train journey was okay. Quite noisy and bumpy so hard to sleep. The breakfast was cold crap so avoid and bring something to eat yourself. When you alight at the destination it's the usual Thai style mayhem but easy enough to find your connecting bus. Although if you get an early train you may have to wait for the second train so they can fill the bus to the ferry. But it's ok, you can eat at their restaurant and give them more of your money. So I reccomend you do it yourself.... it's part of the adventure
★★★★☆ Dec 28, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Dec 28, 2016 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel)
★★★★★ Dec 28, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Cuando fui a hacer el pick up dr mi ticket me hacen dar cuenta que había comprado el ticket para dentro de 1 mes y precisaba viajar ese mismo día. Las chicas del local se encargaron de buscarme un lugar en el mismo tren para viajar esa misma noche. Todo un exito
★★★☆☆ Dec 27, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Bus and ferry were comfortable, collection and confirmation of tickets were smooth. Departure timing from Bangkok can be better. The luggage was a mess. The bags were tagged, the staffs could help to off load. When passengers searched for their own bags, they just threw others' around.
★★★★☆ Dec 27, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
The bus and the ferry were both very smooth and enjoyable. Only four stars because the woman working at Khao San Road was horribly rude and yelling at all of the customers. It was really bad. Almost left 3 stars instead of 4 because of her... and I would have left five stars if she had been friendly. Slept on the bus. Comfortable on the ferry. Everything was on time.
★★★★★ Dec 27, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Service from these guys very good. Recommend
★★★☆☆ Dec 27, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
You get what you pay for :) we were too late for first class, so had to go for second class with fans. The train is old, but clean, bed is ok, but would be a challenge for travellers taller than 186cm. You are unlikely to get proper sleep, it is hot, noisy and full of abrupt stops. But then it was the only most convenient way to get to the place.
★★★★☆ Dec 27, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Very smooth trip, this is a good formula for getting to Koh Phangan. We were able to store our travel bags at the Lomprayah agency for the whole afternoon, and the staff were helpful and efficient. The bus was clean (toilets also) and everything ran smoothly from start to finish. At Lomprayah ferry terminal there is a zone for recharging phones etc, excellent :-). Great to be able to get a coffee and then relax in the deck chairs while waiting for the ferry to leave. But some of those deck chairs are broken... be good to repair them!
★★★★☆ Dec 27, 2016 (train #171 Class II Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Dec 25, 2016 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Very good service from 12Go, picking up the tickets was fast and easy. The train was on time and the level of comfort matched with what you can decently expect from 2nd class.
★★★★☆ Dec 25, 2016 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
I was so glad I got the ticket in time. Good service!
★★★★★ Dec 25, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Efficient and friendly staff and a smooth short process .
★★★★★ Dec 25, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Bangkok to Surat Thani with Class II Sleeper AC. Train no.85. Service of 12go was very good. We first ordered first class, but it was all taken by the time. We were contacted via email in six hours and was given number of similar offers, of which we choose Class II AC sleeper. Departure was a bit late because of ongoing boarding of people, but we were on our final destination on time. The train was clean, definitely no bugs. Train service prepared the beds after departure / dinner. The bunks are comfy and clean, beddings were clean also. Possible to order breakfast in the evening for specific time with wakeup. Food was fresh and price for breakfast was 150 Baths. Rations are quite large. Level of noise depends on other travelers, we have two families with small children and it was ok. Toilets were ok for a train. Lower bunk is really wide, so even a tall person can fit there, if you lie diagonaly (I am 198cm and ok). Upper bunk not so big, but ok for smaller person. Staff was funny, nice and smiling. Be careful not to take anything for "free", you will be billed later. Overall we were very satisfied with the service.
★★★★☆ Dec 25, 2016 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Dec 24, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
The reliable service of 12goasia is very good. The 2nd class train is a Thai experience, its fun, clean, nice food service, drive's on time, fine bed, good travellers but noisy and an old school train. But don't doubt and enjoy :-)
★★★☆☆ Dec 24, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
The bus ride was fast. But crying child was not pleasant for us the passengers. Lomprayah is very organized!
★★★★★ Dec 24, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Arrived late at the station, but got the tickets there. Everything worked as it should.
★★★★☆ Dec 24, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Train service was excellent. However not given 5 stars due to what we consider very deceptive approach by operator on train who provides food. He distributed juice and fruit with a gesture that implied it was inclusive to train cost and followed up in the morning demanding an excessive payment for these. Would appreciate being advised there was a cost involved at time of distribution. Again, the service or 12Go outstanding!
★★★★★ Dec 24, 2016 (train #173 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Old train but clean and pretty comfortable bed. Toilet is old but clean too. Staff are rather friendly too. 12GO gave excellent and efficient service too. Great, friendly staff
★★★★☆ Dec 23, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★★ Dec 23, 2016 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Collection of tickets was flawless. Excellent service. Friendly staff. Train trip also flawless. Would do it again without a doubt
★★★★☆ Dec 23, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Well worth the money. Comfortable sleep in 2class lower bunk. Staff very efficient and friendly.
★★★★★ Dec 23, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Every thing fine, worked well, no complains, good service, recomendable!
★★☆☆☆ Dec 23, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
For the price the train was lousy. Even a bus is less shaky. Clutches were loose in order to that you felt every stop or acceleration. Noisy since 4 AM in the morning. Some personell was unfriendly.
★★★★★ Dec 23, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Dec 20, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Refund on tickets which was a surprise. Train clean and quite comfortable. Like 12Go's honest write up on things and even their terms and conditions. Very refreshing and did make me chuckle
★★★★☆ Dec 20, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Dec 20, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Clean and comfortable way to travel. We collected our tickets 3 days before and they refunded us 400 baht which was a nice surprise. Lovely staff
★★★★☆ Dec 20, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Dec 19, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Dec 19, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
12GoAsia service was great. Upper birth was acceptable to sleep (I'm 185cm tall). Toilets were not so clean, AC system tried to cool us to death :)
★★★★☆ Dec 19, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Got what I've paid for; no hassle, no major delays. Good service, friendly personnel.
★★★★★ Dec 19, 2016 (train #31 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Very nice 1 class sleeper. Very high and attentive serviceminded personel. If you want to speak to the thais choose 2nd class with aircon.
★★★★★ Dec 18, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Despite changing my booking a fan coach (after reading how cold it can be) - 12Go Asia still gave me an aircon coach despite the amended booking slip showing fan coach. Nevertheless, no regret because the coach is not very cold with the provided blanket. Bed is clean and they set up early so you can rest. On arrival, the coach master will wake you up - no worry of missing your station. Toilet on board is clean and well equipped - you can even tak a shower inside. There are also basic outside for wash up - reliefing congestion during peak morning hours.
★★★★★ Dec 18, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Awesome. Second time I do this trip and very pleased again. With a bonus that last time I had to give away an address in Bangkok to get the tickets and now with the excelente service from 12go just need to walk across the street and pickup the tickets at any time.

News @ Koh Phangan

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.

06 January 2017

Due to flooding and swollen rivers, authorities on Koh Samui have ordered the temporary closure of two waterfalls. Phaiboon Omark is the chief of the local administration on the southern Thai island and he says the waterfalls are just too dangerous to visit at present.