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, flight Jul 25, 2017

59 trips (THB 900 — 13,124)

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
20 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
40 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
 
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
Only 2 seats left!
Total
18h
฿ 2,039
× 2 = ฿ 4,078
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
Refund
Only 4 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
17 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 4 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
Only 2 seats left!
Total
18h
฿ 1,508
× 2 = ฿ 3,016
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
Refund
 
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
Only 4 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
฿ 1,458
× 2 = ฿ 2,916
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
Refund
 
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
17 seats available
Total
16h 15m
฿ 2,189
× 2 = ฿ 4,378

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+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 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
46 seats available
21:00
Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
10:45
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
13h 45m
Instant Refund
฿ 1,300
× 2 = ฿ 2,600
47 seats available

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
20:00
Khao San Songserm, Bangkok
11:30
Thong Sala (Koh Phangan)
15h 30m
Instant
฿ 950
× 2 = ฿ 1,900
30 seats available

From Suvarnabhumi Airport to Koh Samui by flight

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Passenger reviews out of total 45,379 passengers traveled with us on this route

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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)
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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 ^_^

★★★★★ Jul 20, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 19, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 19, 2017 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
No complaints, everything was as promised. Easy pick up of the tickets near the station. Very smooth. The train was nice, the 1sth class cabine was spacious and cosy.
★★★★★ Jul 19, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 18, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
12go we're really helpfully when our transport was late arriving to pick up tickets, they offered to come to the train platform with them when we were in a panic. The overnight sleeper (2nd Class with AC) was really comfortable and fun. The service was incredible and the food (dinner and breakfast) was great. We had always wanted to do this trip and look forward to the return leg. 12go and the railway company are awesome!
★★★★★ Jul 17, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
No complains... pleased
★★★★☆ Jul 17, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
We had a 1st class sleeper and traveled with 2 kids (7&8). Everything was ok
★★★☆☆ Jul 16, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Noisy train with many stops. Comfort of the beds is ok.
★★★★☆ Jul 15, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 15, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Für große Leute ist es im Bus recht eng. Die Toilette war leider nicht sehr sauber und stank etwas. Nette Mitarbeiter aber kein Service (Snacks und Getränke) an Bord. Die Fähre hat auf Grund des Wetters sehr stark geschwankt, weshalb vielen sehr schlecht geworden ist. Aber für das Wetter kann das Unternehmen ja nichts. Aufgrund des Wetters hat sich auch die Ankunft auf der Insel verspätet. Insgesamt war die Reise aber super organisiert! Ist auf jeden Fall weiter zu empfehlen.
★★★★☆ Jul 13, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Friendly helpful staff. Train on schedule and informed us of arrival etc. comfortable journey. Just needed a bed ladder and toilet door to be fixed but very good overall.
★★★★☆ Jul 13, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 13, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Pleasantly surprised. The attendant was helpful with beds and bags. The food prices and coffee prices are way above the going rate .
★★★★★ Jul 13, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 13, 2017 (train #173 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 12, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Really well organised and easy to find ticket office. Train was a great experience too
★★★★★ Jul 11, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The lower bed is super comfortable, the beddings were like new and the staff made the bed for us (great gesture). I had a nice sleep and good journey overall.
★★★☆☆ Jul 11, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Good train but can't sleep very well
★★★★★ Jul 11, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great trip and experience!
★★★★★ Jul 10, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★★ Jul 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Jul 10, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Expected aircondition. OK but hot and difficult to sleep
★★★★☆ Jul 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
If the lights were down it would be great. It was fairly quiet, blanket was really warm and the bed was clean. We were traveling as a couple and we had enough room on lower berth which was quite spacy, but the upper berth was full of our two backpacks. If traveling solo I would not recommend taking upper berth as there will be no room for your baggage when otherwise if you take lower berth you can sleep safely with the baggage. Whole car is fully booked by 12go so you don't travel with Thai people. I think it was quite safe and no worry about being robbed. Also you are woken up just before arrival. Only 45 minutes late which is acceptable.
★★★☆☆ Jul 9, 2017 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel) :
Bus arrived late, ferry got to Koh phangan 2 hours later than listed. The seats were very uncomfortable and absolutely freezing, especially since you can't turn the aircon off since the individual dials are broken. They say you can get a blanket on request but the only time you see an attendant is very briefly as they are herding you on and off the bus, so I wasn't able to get one. If you bring a jacket or something it's manageable. Three stars because despite the discomfort it was safe and there were no confusing transfers to deal with yourself. If you've got the money go on the train or fly, but if you're on a budget then bring a jacket and water/snacks and you'll get to Koh phangan in one piece.
★★★☆☆ Jul 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 9, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★☆ Jul 8, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 8, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★☆ Jul 8, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 7, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great trip, everything went smoothly! Would recommend!
★★★★☆ Jul 7, 2017 (ferry Sleeper Ferry, Songserm) :
You get what you expect.
★★★★★ Jul 7, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 6, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 6, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Lots of space on the berths (we had 4 between us - luggage went on half of the bottom berths, otherwise you may be limited for space). Very clean linen and warm blanket for when the air-con really kicks in, and we were awoken 10 minutes before arrival - so no stress about not waking up! Loo was as I remember Thai loos 24 years ago when I was last here, so fine for me. A gentleman also takes orders and supplies an evening meal should you require. Had I got more sleep I would have rated it 5*, but light and noise are inevitably an issue. 12go.asia were great to do business with - really friendly staff and full of useful advice for us to while away a day in Bangkok. Thanks!
★★☆☆☆ Jul 5, 2017 (ferry Sleeper Ferry, Songserm) :
We were led from the travel agency to the main road to meet the bus - but alas, no bus! We stood around in the rain for a half an hour before being told the bus couldn't park there and we had to walk another ten minutes to meet it. Not that big of a deal, but none of this was communicated to us and the walk itself seemed dangerous as we were not led across cross walks (and for a short bit through mud). The estimated time for the overall journey online was 15 1/2 hours, so we were prepared for a long haul. But when we arrived to the ferry port it was 3:30 am, with the ferry leaving at 7 am. This meant sitting around in the dark outside for hours, which could easily be prevented by scheduling the bus to leave at 10 or 11 or even 12 rather than 8 pm. Once again, not that big of a deal but the illogicism is a bit baffling. What was indeed a 15 1/2 hour journey could so easily be cut down to something kinder to the soul. In the end, it was all fine and nothing was abjectly terrible - it's just little scheduling inconsistencies that prolong what's already a tiring journey. We knew what we were signing up for, these are just specific things we noticed along the way that could have a fairly simple fix.
★★★★☆ Jul 5, 2017 (train #83 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great calm ride. Only 20 minutes late.
★★★★☆ Jul 5, 2017 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
It was comfortable enough, it was a little filthy but I would recommend it over the 2nd class car because of the privacy and the option of turning the light off.
★★☆☆☆ Jul 5, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Not very clean. Lots of bugs, bathroom was filthy. About 45 min behind schedule arriving in Chumphron. Comfortable beds, but less luggage room than the newer trains.
★★★★☆ Jul 4, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Jul 4, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 3, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Soo good
★★★★★ Jul 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Absolutely excellent service. Very competent. Great job
★★★★☆ Jul 2, 2017 (train #173 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 2, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 2, 2017 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jun 29, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Good train, but attention no clim in the second class!! You can by food in the train!! Good trip.
★★★★★ Jun 29, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great as expected
★★★★★ Jun 28, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Very enjoyable.
★★★★☆ Jun 27, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great value in 2nd class AC sleeper & van & ferry, very helpful staff as well. Deducted one star for: - Crazy cool AC on the boat - nearly caught a cold on the way to the island
★★★★★ Jun 27, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jun 26, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
De trip went verry smooth because everything is explaind very well in there mails you get
★★★★★ Jun 26, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
12goasia service was impeccable. Comfortable seating and bed on train. Wish we had managed to get a first class ticket but second class was surprisingly clean and comfy. Lights are on all night so that may bother some people.
★★★★★ 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 Sleeper Ferry, 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.

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.