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.

Bangkok to Koh Phangan @ train, ferry, bus, van, flight Jun 30, 2017

33 trips (THB 900 — 5,811)

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

18:00
Khao San Songserm, Bangkok
12:15
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
18h 15m
Instant
฿ 950
× 2 = ฿ 1,900
30 seats available

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

06:00
Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
16:20
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
10h 20m
Instant Refund
฿ 1,350
× 2 = ฿ 2,700
48 seats available
21:00
Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
10:45
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
13h 45m
Instant Refund
฿ 1,300
× 2 = ฿ 2,600
38 seats available

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

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

From Khao San Jolly Travel to Koh Phangan by bus+van+ferry joint ticket

18:00
Khao San Jolly Travel, Bangkok
10:30
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
16h 30m
Instant
฿ 900
× 2 = ฿ 1,800
  available

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

Bangkok - Chumphon - Koh Phangan
17:05
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
01:20
Chumphon
8h 15m
Refund
28 seats available
Change stations. Walk - 3 min, 100 m (Next departure after 3 hours 40 mins)
05:00
Chumphon Lomprayah (Train Station)
11:00
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
6h
Instant Refund
46 seats available
Total
17h 55m
฿ 2,080
× 2 = ฿ 4,160
Bangkok - Suratthani - Koh Phangan
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
Refund
34 seats available
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
07:30
Suratthani Train Station
13:30
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
6h
Instant Refund
10 seats available
Total
18h
฿ 1,508
× 2 = ฿ 3,016
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
Refund
Only 1 seats left!
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
08:00
Suratthani Train station
12:30
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
4h 30m
Instant Refund
10 seats available
Total
17h
฿ 1,989
× 2 = ฿ 3,978
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
Refund
34 seats available
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
08:00
Suratthani Train station
12:30
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
4h 30m
Instant Refund
10 seats available
Total
17h
฿ 1,458
× 2 = ฿ 2,916
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
Refund
Only 1 seats left!
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
08:30
Suratthani Train Station
11:45
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
3h 15m
Instant Refund
42 seats available
Total
16h 15m
฿ 2,189
× 2 = ฿ 4,378
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
Refund
34 seats available
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
08:30
Suratthani Train Station
11:45
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
3h 15m
Instant Refund
42 seats available
Total
16h 15m
฿ 1,658
× 2 = ฿ 3,316
Bangkok - Suratthani - Koh Phangan
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
Refund
Only 1 seats left!
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
07:30
Suratthani Train Station
13:30
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
6h
Instant Refund
10 seats available
Total
18h
฿ 2,039
× 2 = ฿ 4,078

From Suvarnabhumi Airport to Koh Phangan by flight

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06:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
07:05
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
Instant
฿ 5,370
× 2 = ฿ 10,740
  available
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07:25
Suvarnabhumi Airport
08:30
Koh Samui Airport
1h 5m
Instant
฿ 5,330
× 2 = ฿ 10,660
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07:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
08:35
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
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08:15
Suvarnabhumi Airport
09:20
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
Instant
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× 2 = ฿ 9,538
  available
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09:55
Suvarnabhumi Airport
11:00
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
Instant
฿ 5,811
× 2 = ฿ 11,622
  available
#TG103
10:05
Suvarnabhumi Airport
11:25
Koh Samui Airport
1h 5m
Instant
฿ 5,708
× 2 = ฿ 11,416
  available
#PG125
10:20
Suvarnabhumi Airport
11:50
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
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10:55
Suvarnabhumi Airport
14:15
Koh Samui Airport
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12:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
13:35
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
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13:35
Suvarnabhumi Airport
14:40
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
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13:40
Suvarnabhumi Airport
15:25
Koh Samui Airport
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15:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
16:35
Koh Samui Airport
1h 5m
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฿ 4,969
× 2 = ฿ 9,938
  available
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15:50
Suvarnabhumi Airport
16:55
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
Instant
฿ 5,049
× 2 = ฿ 10,098
  available
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16:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
17:15
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
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× 2 = ฿ 11,622
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16:35
Suvarnabhumi Airport
18:20
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
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16:50
Suvarnabhumi Airport
18:20
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
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17:25
Suvarnabhumi Airport
20:45
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
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18:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
19:05
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
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× 2 = ฿ 10,740
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19:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
20:35
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
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× 2 = ฿ 9,458
  available
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19:45
Suvarnabhumi Airport
20:50
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
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× 2 = ฿ 9,458
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#PG199
20:50
Suvarnabhumi Airport
21:55
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
Instant
฿ 5,811
× 2 = ฿ 11,622
  available

Passenger reviews out of total 43,461 passengers traveled with us on this route

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★★★★★ Jun 24, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★☆☆☆ Jun 23, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jun 22, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jun 22, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jun 22, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Easy to navigate to platform, simple to board. Cosy cabin. Good menu. Fresh sheets and blanket. Good air con. Left late but there was torrential rain and it made up the majority of the time overnight ! Only waited for half an hour for onward connection. All in all quite pleasant.
★★★★★ Jun 21, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
If you can choose the lower berth, they are really comfortable. The only con with this type of train is that the storage room for the luggage very limited, so I had to put my backpack on my berth.
★★★★★ Jun 21, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great experience, car attendant very caring, train on time, toilets clean with toilet papers, food was good, eating arrangement was nice, best part was the bed being prepared by the attendant! Thank you.. One tip - the lower is very wide and great for a good night's sleep.
★★★★☆ Jun 21, 2017 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jun 20, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jun 18, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train on time. Clean beds, but the curtains - which you will touch occasionally as you sleep - were pretty dirty. Other than that for the price there is no better alternative.
★★☆☆☆ Jun 17, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Sleeper car is fine 2nd class but a little grubby feeling. Also bathrooms are awful.
★★★☆☆ Jun 15, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
12 go Asia were fab, they had a tickets ready when we got there and it was a quick and smooth process! However, the train ride wasn't the best as the aircon had stopped working and the cabin was incredibly hot!
★★★★☆ Jun 13, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Pretty awesome. The staff make your bed. Comfy as. Toilet dirty as but all round really good.
★★★★☆ Jun 13, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
It was cold in the morning, air conditioner was too powerful for such a car. Everything else was really great, conductors do their work perfectly
★★★★★ Jun 13, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jun 12, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Smooth as usual. 12goasia is wonderful when it comes to local travel in thailand.
★★★★☆ Jun 12, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jun 11, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jun 11, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jun 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jun 9, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
The staff were friendly just long line ups for the ferry. I also got really motion sick but that's not your fault. Overall a good ferry ride, fast
★★★★☆ Jun 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Needed to know that I would be told when my station was being arrived at. Didn't sleep that well, due to past experience in 2013 of the time being incorrect for arrival. Otherwise, good, easy.
★★☆☆☆ Jun 8, 2017 (ferry Local, Songserm) :
Never told what was going on, bus seemed to stop randomly and unnecessarily, we were taken to the wrong port and had to be moved.
★★★☆☆ Jun 8, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Bed was comfortable but the food is bad and we saw a cockroach on the curtain.
★★★★★ Jun 7, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
An adventure! Everything was spotless
★★★★☆ Jun 6, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Good train clean and on time helpful staff
★★★★☆ Jun 5, 2017 (train #173 Class II Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jun 4, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jun 4, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Hua Lamphong is very Thai kind of place. Lots of worn looking people of no great wealth sitting watching the Muay Thai on the giant telly and looking like they may be in for a long wait; monks in saffron robes and the odd nun with shaven head and white robes. Western back packers eschew the comfortable seating to camp in the central space. The express 85 sleeping car was quite an adventure. Good food available. The bus/ ferry component was smooth and easy thanks to excellent staff.
★★★★☆ Jun 2, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Everything was great. Friendly people, clean, no worries. Food was fine. Only thing is SET AN ALARM if you're not going to the end.
★★★★★ May 31, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The train had nice and clean beds. Good service and friendly staff. Serves dinner, breakfast and coffee too. Clean bathroom, even in the morning. Easy to pick up tickets just next to Hua Lamphong station, hassle free service.
★★★★☆ May 30, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ May 27, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Does exactly what it says. For others reference youre not allowed any alcohol on the train the security onboard take it even if you're not drinking it, we had bought some for the next hotel.
★★★★★ May 24, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The train was clean, comfortable and exactly on time. Staff is nice. They provide bed linen and you can use restaurant service.
★★★★★ May 21, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ May 21, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★☆☆☆ May 21, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
It was very easy to pick up the ticket. Once we got on the train, the cabin was dirty and so was the washroom. The train ride was also not very smooth. The cabins were freezing. There was not an announcement about the upcoming stops so we were not sure if we were suppose to get off. The guy looking after our area was sleeping so we were left figuring it out on our own.
★★★★★ May 19, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Airways) :
It was our first trip to Thailand and we needed to get across to the Samui islands. Finding the options was easy, as was booking online and the speed at which we received the itinerary. Everyone was courteous and helpful in getting us checked in and to our destination. The flight is only 45 mins and Koh Samui airport are efficient with luggage. All in all a fantastic stress free experience for a couple of novice South Asia travellers
★★★★★ May 17, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Alles lief sehr gut ab. Die Abholung im Office von 12Go Asia lief reibungslos ab und sie haben mir sogar mit einem Problem mit meiner Thai-Simkarte geholfen. Sehr hilfsbereit. Wir würden immer wieder über 12go Asia buchen. Der Zug war etwas älter, dennoch war es super darin zu schlafen. Temperatur war genau richtig.
★★★★☆ May 14, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
It was diificult to sleep since it was very cold in the cabin. The train still stops Quite few times even though that it is called Express train.
★★☆☆☆ May 12, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Mixed view on the trip. Firstly, the whole organisation of getting the bus to the port was a nightmare, was put on a different bus to all the people in our coloured sticker and then taken to chumpon instead of surat Thani without being told anything at 530am. The bus was very tight, no leg room and air con was weak so was sweating and struggling to sleep. The boat itself however was great, much more organised, felt safe and staff were helpful.
★★★☆☆ May 12, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
-/- food, temperature during the night
★★★★☆ May 11, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★☆ May 10, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★☆☆☆ May 10, 2017 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel) :
Only food/drink stop in 18H was at a very expensive, dirty shop from which I'm sure the bus company gets commission. We had to wait for over 2 hours at night for the Ferry and arived 1,5 hour later than promised. The crew wasn't very nice too.. But the price was ok
★★★★☆ May 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
2nd class sleeper with ac, really comfortable and plenty of room even on the top bunk
★★★★★ May 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train was reasonably clean, and staff were polite and kind. We arrived on time despite stopping often.
★★★★☆ May 8, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Very easy and fast service.
★★★★★ May 8, 2017 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ May 7, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ May 7, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Very nice experience. Thank you for your service.
★★★★☆ May 7, 2017 (train #83 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Ticket collection from 12go Asia was seamless. Great service. The #83 train was pretty old as it was built in 1996. Almost 20 years ago! Hence it was evident that it was pretty run down and dirty, at least for my seat which was just to the toilet. Small cockroaches can be seen crawling everywhere most of the time. Even saw one on my bed when I woke up in the morning but you will just have to deal with it. Food on the restaurant train was decent but be careful of flying insects landing directly inside your meals. It was generally cold and comfy throughout the journey. The crew also made sure to wake you up about 10 minutes before your arrival. Overall a great experience but would not try again haha, at least with the older trains.
★★★☆☆ May 6, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Long looooong looooong trip! 8h bus, waiting more than 2h for ferry and another 3h in the ferry. Bus can be more confortable, ferry is ok
★★★★☆ May 4, 2017 (ferry Local, Songserm) :
Great staff! Could not made it to the 6pm bus because of mistake from another travel agency but songserm were so nice and booked us to the 8:30pm bus. We arrived at 4pm at a pier incl. 1h for a break after midnight. At that pier we had to wait 3 hours which can be avoided and leads to the 4/5 rating.
★★★★☆ May 4, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train staff and cleanliness was good.More variety in food can be considered for vegeterian people or even egg related items as everyone is not accustomed of eating pork/chicken.. Display system showing the next arriving stop is very much required for the tourists
★★★★★ May 4, 2017 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel) :
Satisfied,,, keep up!!!!
★★★★★ May 4, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
All went right. Happy
★★★★☆ May 3, 2017 (ferry Local, Songserm) :
Good! Arrived only about an hour later than planned. No complaints
★★★★☆ May 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ May 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★☆☆☆ Apr 29, 2017 (ferry Local, Songserm) :
We didn't get told any information about our booking, we assumed we were getting of at Chumphon to get the ferry to koh phangan, instead we drove for another 6 hours to surrathani then had to get another bus to the ferry. All together the trip took 18 hours from Bangkok! The bus was in need of some tlc the air con kept dripping over everyone and quite a lot of the chairs were broken so didn't recline properly or reclined too far and was touching the people behind! Not a fun journey, it was so uncomfortable I didn't sleep at all!
★★★★★ Apr 28, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Apr 26, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★★ Apr 25, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Everything fine!
★★★★☆ Apr 23, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Old train. Otherwise spot on
★★★★☆ Apr 22, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Hard to book correctly because you don t know since the last day if your ticket is available or not,have to pay an extra(directly at the officer near the train station),but the road in train is fantastic!
★★★★★ Apr 21, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Apr 21, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways)
★★☆☆☆ Apr 18, 2017 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel) :
Bus was uncomfortable, I am used to sleeping well on Thai buses but this one was really bad. They didn't provide blankets and the a/c was too cold, internet didn't work. Ferry was ok. The whole thing was well organized though, I can't complain about that. We arrived later than it was indicated, but that's not a big deal.
★★★★☆ Apr 18, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
2nd class aircon sleeper was very nice and clean. Train guy, on request, even woke me up at a different station to what was on my ticket because I couldn't book what I needed. However....pack your thermals for the ferry cause it is freezing. I tried to go outside the ice box and was quite aggressively told not to go outside by of the girls working there. I had a jumper, long trousers and socks and I was shivering.
★★★★★ Apr 17, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
We three traveled together, we all like the crew service so much, especially he put the bed for us, and reminded us to get off. The train is clean with comfort bed. It is very good price for night traveler.
★★★★★ Apr 15, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Apr 15, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Very relaxed trip
★★★☆☆ Apr 15, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Too many stops.
★★★★★ Apr 14, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Super freundliches Team! Alles hat bestens geklappt :) die Zugfahrt war richtig angenehm und das Bett gemütlich. Jederzeit wieder! ...vergesst nur nicht, etwas zu Essen mitzunehmen. Schweineteuer im Zug ;)
★★★☆☆ Apr 14, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Mixup with train car numbers. We had to move to another car. Then we had to move back. Was not organized.
★★★★☆ Apr 14, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★☆☆ Apr 13, 2017 (train #85.1 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★☆☆☆ Apr 13, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
For train- service is very good..just bathroom not ok..for bus verrrry bad service. No bus..wating in street in hot weather then ask us yo take van to office ..then still waiting with no bus...verrrry bad bus service
★★☆☆☆ Apr 11, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Bus was pretty warm for the night and wasn't very pleasant to sleep in. You have to queue for check in and there were so many of us.
★★★★★ Apr 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Apr 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Good service, all clean andneat
★★★☆☆ Apr 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
12go service was excellent, fast and very helpful. The staff on the train were kind. My complaints would be the air conditioning is set to freeze your balls off. I hadn't packed any long sleeve clothes and I was shivering also. Without a phone I wouldn't be able to know where I was during the trip. I wish theré was a way to know where we are and when exactly we arrive. Other than that great trip. Pack some warmer clothes
★★☆☆☆ Apr 9, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Much more expensive than buying directly and poor service.
★★★★★ Apr 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The staff at 12Go Asia are top notch. Very helpful and friendly. When I didn't reply to an email within 3 hours, they sent a sms to alert me that they needed an input from me asap. Their reply time was quick and the picking up of tickets was a breeze. The trip itself was lovely, cheap meals and cozy bed. I am very happy and would recommend their services!
★★★★☆ Apr 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Apr 8, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
easy peasy all the way
★★★★★ Apr 7, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Apr 7, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Picking up tickets was straightforward opposite Hua Lumphong station in Bangkok. Train is a great way to travel. They made up our beds as soon as we requested. Clean sheets, blanket and pillow. We were woken up 15 min before our arrival in Chumphon. The only thing I would do differently is that we booked a train - bus - ferry ticket and when we arrived in Chumphon at 4:15am we had to walk 400m to Fame Tours, wait there 1 hour only to then hop a mini bus to go back to the train station to get on another bus! Also our ferry ticket said 'high speed ferry' however, it was the express ferry (Songserm) which takes 1 hour longer (not the Lomprayah high speed ferry). It would be good if the ticket said either Songserm or Lomprayah. We could have bought our bus and ferry ticket at the train station and just waited there, not having to walk to Fame tours. As it turned out it wasn't a problem as we arrived at Ko Tao at 10am (10:30 am at our accommodation) and our room wasn't ready until 11:30.
★★★★☆ Apr 7, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★☆☆ Apr 7, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Apr 5, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Staff was helpful and friendly. Train ride was noisy. Too many people knocking on our door.
★★★★☆ Apr 5, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Nice, in time, cleaness good, travelled in 2nd class, Little Bit Loud of cause, take water with you
★★★★☆ Apr 5, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great way to travel south, nice clean bed, good food but a bit pricey, however dinner with starter, fruit and cake, breakfast sandwich with coffee and cake and juice all served to your seat for £10 isn't too bad really.
★★★★☆ Apr 4, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Apr 4, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Apr 4, 2017 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Everything went to plan. Staff were helpful and efficient. Would use 12go again.
★★★★★ Apr 4, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The sleeper train is a great way to travel.
★★★★☆ Apr 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
My favourite bit was the train! We travelled in 2nd class which was more than adequate and just so much fun! Thanks
★★★★☆ Apr 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Good value, beats the bus, see more than using the plane.

News @ Koh Phangan

07 March 2017

Thailand’s weather forecasters say that summer has officially arrived and soaring temperatures are on their way. The national Meteorological Department released a statement yesterday saying the hotter weather conditions over the past few days had marked the end of the cooler winter season and the onset of summer.

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.