Koh Samui

Samui Viewpoint
Samui Viewpoint
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What about

Crystal clear waters and idyllic beaches, lush tropical greenery and modern ‘island style’ shopping molls, fancy jewellery shops and colourful local markets – you name it – Samui has it all. No wonder that the third-largest island in Thailand, Samui has become popular amongst both luxurious holiday makers and backpackers on a budget who can each find the experience, accommodation, activities and entertainment that they come for. Whether its candle-lit dinners on post-card beaches, wild and adventurous partying through the night, treks through forests and jungles or days spent oiled up on the beach, Koh Samui is the right choice to get it.

Getting to Samui

Koh Samui is an exceptionally popular destination for travellers, and as such, travelling from Thailand's capital, Bangkok, to Koh Samui is easy, understandable and affordable for those who are not content to fly to their destinations and miss out on all of the scenery that a land trip to the South of Thailand has to offer.
Take in the country's natural beauty as you go, by travelling to Koh Samui by bus or train, and then ferry for a relaxing, comfortable, affordable and eye opening trip. Travelling by day unlocks the mysteries of Thailand while you are in flux, but for those who have done the trip before, night buses and trains are an excellent way to get there without suffering the boredom or discomfort of a long trip.
Travelling to Samui involves a trip to Chumphon or Suratthani where a ferry to the island can be caught.

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.
By far the most popular service is that offered by Lomprayah company with buses leaving from their office in Khao San Road in Bangkok which is convenient 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 Samui via Koh Tao and Koh Phangan. You can instead take a bus to Suratthani from where there is also ferry service (Lomprayah, Seatran) bringing you to Samui in 2–2½ hrs. Book a couple of days in advance.
There is another option, also from Khao San Road in Bangkok, offered by Thai Sritram company. It is cheaper than the popular Lomprayah service and uses Seatran ferries to reach Koh Samui, though your journey will last two hours longer than with Lomprayah.

From Bangkok via Suratthani train + bus + ferry

Catching the train from Hua Lamphong station in Bangkok to Chumphon or Suratthani is a fantastic way to travel for those who need an added level of comfort and mobility. If you are not too interested in the scenery or have done the trip before, then opt for a night train. First, second or third class sleeper are the most comfortable options with chairs that fold out into bunk beds, space to walk around and a certain degree of privacy depending on which class ticket you choose. A very convenient night option is #85 train departing from Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok at 7.30pm and arriving to Suratthani around 7am.
Combined journeys to Samui include train tickets from Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok, bus transfer to the ferry port in Suratthani, and the ferry trip to the island.
Note: Due to reasons concerning passenger safety, the Thai government have prohibited the sale of alcohol on trains so you will not be able to buy any on the trip (beer included).

From Koh Phangan to Koh Samui

Koh Samui lies a stone’s throw away from Koh Phangan. 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.

From Koh Tao to Koh Samui

Both Lomprayah and Seatran Discovery take 2–2¼ hrs departing from Koh Tao’s Mae Haad to Maenam and Bangrak Seatran Pier on Samui correspondingly. With Seatran you have to book at least one day in advance while Lomprayah requires two days advanced booking.

Seatran car ferry
Seatran car ferry
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Can I transport my car to Samui?

There are two operators which provide car transportation to Samui. Seatran leaves from Donsak on the mainland delivering passengers and their vehicles to its pier in Nathon. Raja ferry, also from Donsak, heads to its own port in Lipa Noi on the western coast of Samui. Choose port-wise as both services are equal in price and quality. Note that you may have to make a long queue to board the ferry with your car while heading back to the mainland. To avoid this, book your ticket in advance. Another important thing is that you cannot transport your car from Samui to the nearby Koh Phangan directly; you will need to sail back to Donsak and then make a new journey to Koh Phangan instead.

Getting around

Koh Samui is large and you will need a way to get around easily, since doing it on foot is very limiting and uncomfortably hot, but there are many far better options available depending on how you like to get around.

Taxis (songtaews) are a great way to travel long distances on the island, or if you want to go out partying and know you shouldn't drive yourself around. While they are convenient and can get you everywhere from anywhere, this is probably the most expensive option, as you can expect to pay between 50 and 100 THB a person which adds up quickly.

Motorcycles are a fantastic way to get around. Motorcycles (and bicycles, too) can be rented from almost every resort on the island. Rentals are cheap, petrol is cheap, and they give you the freedom to go just about anywhere you want to go as you explore the island’s natural wonders. A word of caution though, you will undoubtedly see many tourists about with bandages and scrapes on their arms and legs, almost all of the time these are caused by accidents on scooters. You should be able to find a scooter for less than 200 THB a day. Most of the rental shops insist that you leave your passport behind. While this is a bit unnerving, it is also standard practice throughout Thailand, so be very careful with your scooter if you want to avoid any trouble.

Samui Crystal Bay
Samui Crystal Bay
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Where to stay

Hat Chaweng is packed with all kinds of accommodation to suit any budget. It is the epicentre of the action, and the northern part of the beach can be quite noisy. Hat Lamai is another popular choice attracting holiday-makers both with its long stretch of white sand and a good choice of restaurants, bars and shops along the main road. In between the two beaches hides a little gem of Crystal Bay with – as the name suggests – crystal clear waters embraced with imposing boulders of a small bay. Hat Bang Rak (or Big Buddha Beach) leis relatively close to the airport (you may hear some noise), but the white sand of its western part compensate for it.

Bo Phut is of particular interest not because of the beach but thanks to its trendy boutique hotels peppering Fishermen’s Village where strong Chinese influence can be felt even today. Families often opt for Mae Nam with its gentle sea. The West Coast is not a good choice if you come for the sea, but the sunsets are exceptional there.
Tip: Do not spend all your time on Samui on one and the same beach; try at least a couple of them and you will be rewarded with the diversity which this island has to offer.

Activities

Besides usual diving, snorkelling, kayaking, jungle-trekking and waterfalls find a couple of hours to visit the only rum distillery in Thailand, Magic Alambic. They produce Caribbean rum with a variety of natural flavours (obviously, they have coconut rum, too). They offer tasting sessions and sell rum, too (600-700 THB per 700ml bottle). Located in Baan Bang Kao. Travellers with the little ones in tow will love Paradise Park, which is a considerably large petting zoo, which is also one of the best viewpoints on the island.

Bangkok to Koh Samui @ train, ferry, bus, van, flight Jun 29, 2017

33 trips (THB 800 — 5,811)

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

18:00
Khao San Songserm, Bangkok
11:20
Na Thon (Koh Samui)
17h 20m
Instant
฿ 850
× 2 = ฿ 1,700
30 seats available

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

06:00
Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
16:40
Maenam (Samui), Koh Samui
10h 40m
Instant Refund
฿ 1,350
× 2 = ฿ 2,700
50 seats available
21:00
Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
11:20
Maenam (Samui), Koh Samui
14h 20m
Instant Refund
฿ 1,400
× 2 = ฿ 2,800
50 seats available

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

Bangkok - Chumphon - Koh Samui
17:05
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
01:20
Chumphon
8h 15m
Refund
35 seats available
Change stations. Walk - 3 min, 100 m (Next departure after 3 hours 40 mins)
05:00
Chumphon Lomprayah (Train Station)
11:20
Maenam (Samui), Koh Samui
6h 20m
Instant Refund
44 seats available
Total
18h 15m
฿ 2,180
× 2 = ฿ 4,360
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
Refund
17 seats available
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
08:30
Suratthani Train Station
10:55
Na Thon (Koh Samui)
2h 25m
Instant Refund
45 seats available
Total
15h 25m
฿ 1,558
× 2 = ฿ 3,116
Bangkok - Suratthani - Koh Samui
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
Refund
17 seats available
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
07:30
Suratthani Train Station
13:00
Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
5h 30m
Instant Refund
10 seats available
Total
17h 30m
฿ 1,458
× 2 = ฿ 2,916
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
Refund
10 seats available
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
08:30
Suratthani Train Station
10:55
Na Thon (Koh Samui)
2h 25m
Instant Refund
45 seats available
Total
15h 25m
฿ 2,089
× 2 = ฿ 4,178
Bangkok - Suratthani - Koh Samui
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
Refund
10 seats available
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
07:30
Suratthani Train Station
13:00
Bangrak Seatran Pier, Koh Samui
5h 30m
Instant Refund
10 seats available
Total
17h 30m
฿ 1,989
× 2 = ฿ 3,978

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

19:00
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
10:30
Na Thon (Koh Samui)
15h 30m
Instant Refund
฿ 1,000
× 2 = ฿ 2,000
25 seats available

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

18:00
Khao San Jolly Travel, Bangkok
10:30
Na Thon (Koh Samui)
16h 30m
Instant
฿ 800
× 2 = ฿ 1,600
  available

From Don Mueang Airport to Koh Samui by flight+bus+ferry joint ticket

Don Mueang Airport - Suratthani Airport - Koh Samui
#SL734
08:35
Don Mueang Airport
09:45
Suratthani Airport
1h 10m
Instant 15kg
  available
Change stations. Walk - 3 min, 0 m (Next departure after 3 hours 45 mins)
13:30
Suratthani Airport
16:45
Na Thon (Koh Samui)
3h 15m
Instant Refund
50 seats available
Total
8h 10m
฿ 1,553
× 2 = ฿ 3,106

From Suvarnabhumi Airport to Koh Samui by flight

#PG103
06:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
07:05
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
Instant
฿ 4,128
× 2 = ฿ 8,256
  available
#TG281
07:25
Suvarnabhumi Airport
08:30
Koh Samui Airport
1h 5m
Instant
฿ 4,969
× 2 = ฿ 9,938
  available
#PG121
07:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
08:35
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
Instant
฿ 4,769
× 2 = ฿ 9,538
  available
#PG123
08:15
Suvarnabhumi Airport
09:20
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
Instant
฿ 4,769
× 2 = ฿ 9,538
  available
#PG129
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
Instant
฿ 5,811
× 2 = ฿ 11,622
  available
#PG805
10:55
Suvarnabhumi Airport
14:15
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
Instant
฿ 5,811
× 2 = ฿ 11,622
  available
#PG115
12:15
Suvarnabhumi Airport
13:45
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
Instant
฿ 5,370
× 2 = ฿ 10,740
  available
#PG133
12:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
13:35
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
Instant
฿ 5,811
× 2 = ฿ 11,622
  available
#PG145
13:35
Suvarnabhumi Airport
14:40
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
Instant
฿ 5,811
× 2 = ฿ 11,622
  available
#PG963
13:40
Suvarnabhumi Airport
15:25
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
Instant
฿ 5,771
× 2 = ฿ 11,542
  available
#TG287
15:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
16:35
Koh Samui Airport
1h 5m
Instant
฿ 4,969
× 2 = ฿ 9,938
  available
#PG1155
15:50
Suvarnabhumi Airport
16:55
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
Instant
฿ 5,089
× 2 = ฿ 10,178
  available
#PG914
16:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
17:15
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
Instant
฿ 5,811
× 2 = ฿ 11,622
  available
#PG961
16:35
Suvarnabhumi Airport
18:20
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
Instant
฿ 5,370
× 2 = ฿ 10,740
  available
#PG169
16:50
Suvarnabhumi Airport
18:20
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
Instant
฿ 5,370
× 2 = ฿ 10,740
  available
#PG873
17:25
Suvarnabhumi Airport
20:45
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
Instant
฿ 5,089
× 2 = ฿ 10,178
  available
#PG181
18:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
19:05
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
Instant
฿ 5,811
× 2 = ฿ 11,622
  available
#PG187
19:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
20:35
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
Instant
฿ 4,769
× 2 = ฿ 9,538
  available
#PG189
19:45
Suvarnabhumi Airport
20:50
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
Instant
฿ 4,729
× 2 = ฿ 9,458
  available
#PG199
20:50
Suvarnabhumi Airport
21:55
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
Instant
฿ 5,370
× 2 = ฿ 10,740
  available

Passenger reviews out of total 41,326 passengers traveled with us on this route

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★★☆☆☆ 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 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel) :
Ride was smooth but hard to hear sound of movie....I suggest English subtitles so the unfortunate can read. Also, I do like to read and above reading lights were not working. I asked driver who said he would fix it...never did!? It's a long ride if you can't sleep!
★★★★☆ 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 (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 (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 15, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai AirAsia)
★★★★☆ May 15, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★☆ 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 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
-/- food, temperature during the night
★★★★★ May 10, 2017 (avia Economy, Nok Air)
★★★★☆ May 10, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ 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 9, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
I thought I booked a train ticket for the night train instead of a bus ticket. They also told me by email I have a train ticket... But this was not the case. I am too tall to sit in a bus for 8/9 hours. I asked the crew for another place because of my length but they told me that it was fully booked. Couldn't sleep at all. And only 1 stop for all those hours in a bus. Not healthy. When we arrived at the pier around 5 o 'clock in the morning we had to wait for 2,5 hours for our boat, this is too long. So my conclusion: the trip is very tiring!
★★★★☆ 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 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 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
All went right. Happy
★★★★☆ May 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ May 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Apr 28, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Apr 26, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai AirAsia)
★★★★★ 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 (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 17, 2017 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel) :
I had a join ticket (Bus from Bangkok train station to Surat thani, then ferry to samui. All was good, except the driver was rude to the travelers on the bus. Then there was a 3 hour wait at a run down, dirty station in Surat thani at 3 am where they charge you to use the restroom. Then we took another bus to the Pier where we had another two hours wait. This was during Songkran holiday, however. Cost effective travel with inconveniences......Pure Thailand
★★☆☆☆ Apr 16, 2017 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel) :
Colectivo sucio con olor a pis, lo cambiamos 2 veces, luego esperar 3 horas por el ferry. Llegaba supuestamente a las 9 am llego a las 12 am.
★★★★★ 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 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 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 12, 2017 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel)
★★★★★ 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 (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 (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.
★★★★☆ Apr 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
service good, but all night the big lights on, not easy to fell sleep with all these lights.
★★★★★ Apr 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Super smooth journey, train departed and arrived exactly on time, food served on board was cheap and good.
★★★☆☆ Apr 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Apr 2, 2017 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel)
★★★★☆ Apr 2, 2017 (train #173 Class II Fan, Thai Railways) :
My trip to get to Hua Lamphong was hectic due to the heavy construction (from the recent rain shower) due to this I was cutting it pretty close to missing my train. Thankfully your staff was able to meet at the station and had me my receipt. It's too bad I never caught her name, she was lovely, very accommodating and acted as my angel! ❤️ This class seat though well... It's okay, I didn't get any sleep due to uncomfortable seats but you get what you pay for. The food the restrung offers was so good but over priced. Anyway good experience though!
★★★★★ Apr 1, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Mar 31, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Sleeping pods fantastic! Pretty comfy with fresh linen and pillows. Ensure you get on the air conditioned carriage.
★★★★★ Mar 31, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Mar 30, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
No major issues , it would be good if they could dim the lights when everyone is in their bunks. Staff were a bit bossy at about 5.10am that they needed to start stripping the beds, we still had two hours until arrival. But for the price I would travel again. 12go were great to deal with.

News @ Koh Samui

15 June 2017

Tourists on Pattaya Beach Road were confronted by the rather unusual sight of emerald green sea on Tuesday. Marine experts say the transformation from the water’s usual blue colour was caused by a wave of plankton.

09 June 2017

The Phuket Lifeguard Service has issued a warning saying several Portuguese men of war have been spotted in the sea this week. The club’s president says several of the stinging jellyfish-like species have washed onto the island’s beaches since the start of the monsoon season.

29 May 2017

Authorities on Phuket have released a set of plans showing what the island’s airport tramway link will look like. The proposals contain images of the trams in addition to the confirmed route and how much passenger fares will be.