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

35 trips (THB 1,000 — 14,351)

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

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

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

Bangkok - Chumphon - Koh Samui
#83
Thai Railways
17:05
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
01:20
Chumphon
8h 15m
food WC aircon steward
20 seats available
Change stations. Walk - 3 min, 100 m (Next departure after 3 hours 40 mins)
Lomprayah
05:00
Chumphon Lomprayah (Train Station)
11:20
Maenam (Samui), Koh Samui
6h 20m
snack WC aircon steward
43 seats available
Total
18h 15m
฿ 2,180
× 2 = ฿ 4,360
#85
Thai Railways
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
food WC aircon steward
 
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
Lomprayah
08:30
Suratthani Trainstation
10:55
Na Thon (Koh Samui)
2h 25m
snack WC aircon steward
50 seats available
Total
15h 25m
฿ 2,089
× 2 = ฿ 4,178
#85
Thai Railways
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
food WC aircon steward
13 seats available
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
Lomprayah
08:30
Suratthani Trainstation
10:55
Na Thon (Koh Samui)
2h 25m
snack WC aircon steward
50 seats available
Total
15h 25m
฿ 1,558
× 2 = ฿ 3,116
#85
Thai Railways
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
food WC steward
11 seats available
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
Phantip 1970
08:00
Suratthani train station
11:30
Na Thon (Koh Samui)
3h 30m
aircon
10 seats available
Total
16h
฿ 1,098
× 2 = ฿ 2,196

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

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

From Suvarnabhumi Airport to Koh Samui by flight

#PG103
Bangkok Air
06:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
07:30
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 7,536
× 2 = ฿ 15,072
  available
#TG281
Thai Airways
07:25
Suvarnabhumi Airport
08:30
Koh Samui Airport
1h 5m
WC aircon steward
฿ 8,215
× 2 = ฿ 16,430
  available
#PG121
Bangkok Air
07:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
09:00
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 11,093
× 2 = ฿ 22,186
  available
#PG1111
Bangkok Air
07:45
Suvarnabhumi Airport
09:15
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  available
#PG123
Bangkok Air
08:10
Suvarnabhumi Airport
09:40
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  available
#PG119
Bangkok Air
08:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
10:00
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,597
× 2 = ฿ 11,194
  available
#PG119
Bangkok Air
09:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
10:30
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  available
#PG805
Bangkok Air
09:40
Suvarnabhumi Airport
11:10
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 7,536
× 2 = ฿ 15,072
  available
#PG1131
Bangkok Air
10:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
12:00
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  available
#PG133
Bangkok Air
11:15
Suvarnabhumi Airport
12:45
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 11,393
× 2 = ฿ 22,786
  available
#PG963
Bangkok Air
11:40
Suvarnabhumi Airport
13:10
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 14,351
× 2 = ฿ 28,702
  available
#PG1151
Bangkok Air
12:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
13:30
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  available
#PG135
Bangkok Air
12:45
Suvarnabhumi Airport
14:15
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,597
× 2 = ฿ 11,194
  available
#PG145
Bangkok Air
13:45
Suvarnabhumi Airport
15:15
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 11,093
× 2 = ฿ 22,186
  available
#PG961
Bangkok Air
14:35
Suvarnabhumi Airport
16:05
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 12,672
× 2 = ฿ 25,344
  available
#PG153
Bangkok Air
15:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
16:30
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,597
× 2 = ฿ 11,194
  available
#TG287
Thai Airways
15:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
16:35
Koh Samui Airport
1h 5m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,417
× 2 = ฿ 10,834
  available
#PG873
Bangkok Air
15:35
Suvarnabhumi Airport
17:05
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 7,555
× 2 = ฿ 15,110
  available
#PG951
Bangkok Air
16:05
Suvarnabhumi Airport
17:35
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  available
#PG163
Bangkok Air
16:15
Suvarnabhumi Airport
17:45
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  available
#PG171
Bangkok Air
17:10
Suvarnabhumi Airport
18:40
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  available
#PG1177
Bangkok Air
17:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
19:00
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  available
#PG181
Bangkok Air
18:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
19:30
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,848
× 2 = ฿ 11,696
  available
#PG183
Bangkok Air
18:35
Suvarnabhumi Airport
20:05
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  available
#PG185
Bangkok Air
19:20
Suvarnabhumi Airport
20:50
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  available
#PG187
Bangkok Air
19:35
Suvarnabhumi Airport
21:05
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  available
#PG189
Bangkok Air
19:45
Suvarnabhumi Airport
21:15
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,577
× 2 = ฿ 11,154
  available
#PG199
Bangkok Air
20:55
Suvarnabhumi Airport
22:25
Koh Samui Airport
1h 30m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,597
× 2 = ฿ 11,194
  available

Koh Samui

Samui Viewpoint @ ok_vickie
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 @ ok_vickie
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 @ ok_vickie
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.

Passenger reviews out of total 30,216 passengers traveled with us on this route

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

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

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

★★★★★ Jan 20, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Booking online was easy and ticket pick up was easy. I thought the train (85) was to leave at 20:30, but the ticket said 19:30. The train actually left at 20:40. Anyway, the cleanliness, comfort and staff were very good. I would recommend this trip.
★★★★☆ Jan 19, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Excellent service by 12go. Old train with a cockroach crawling out of the seat
★★★☆☆ Jan 19, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Comfortable seats and helpful staff onboard. However, the food was not very god and it was à bit cold.
★★★★★ Jan 19, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 16, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
They were quick to take the money.But when we tried to contact the office with the assistance of our Thai hotel manager regarding picking up our tickets,we were told they knew nothing about the booking. We had to make alternative travel plans.We will make a complaint to the credit card company and see if they refund our money.
★★☆☆☆ Jan 16, 2017 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel) :
Bus left late and not in front of the building, but around the block. Nobody seemed to care that we were travelling with two children, nor did anyone bother to give us the refund for the overpaid ticket for them (children get a discount). The seats were okay, but it was impossible to turn the air con off. No complimentary snacks. Instead a useless 45min stop in the middle of the night. We were dropped off around 4am in the middle of nowhere and they let us wait there for aprox 3hrs only to be picked up by another bus that brought us to the ferry terminal. everything was delayed. had to walk several hundred meters with the children, while other busses went directly to the ferry. the ferry was alright. could have been worse, but all in all a disappointment.
★★★★★ Jan 16, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Jan 15, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
2nd class with fans was pretty noisey and bumpy. 2nd class AC carriage was more modern and I wonder if it was quieter and smoother. Bear in mind cheaper carriages might contain younger, more exhuberant travellers. Mind did. He was tiresome.
★★★★★ Jan 14, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Excellent as usual.
★★★☆☆ Jan 14, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train environment itself was cool and comfortable, however there were cockroaches crawling around and I could not sleep because of it. I narrowly missed the flooding, thankfully. Staff were kind and helpful.
★★★★☆ Jan 13, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Jan 12, 2017 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel) :
Главное быть без кучи чемоданов и приготовиться к нескольким пересадкам, в общем если вы хотите сэкономить то весьма приемлемый вариант.
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 12, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very disappointed with the service of 12GO eventually, we have been in the jungle and cut from any wifi/news for a few days. Once back at an airport, I tried calling 12GO to modify part of my booking. Should I have not called them, I would have never known that trains to south of Thailand were cancelled due to severe flooding. Moreover the lady on the phone was very rude and told me to call in a week, ridiculous and not helpful at all, could have just told me they can't do anything. I lost hotels, had to review my holidays bookings and itinerary. Piece of advice, keep up with the weather news whatever season you are traveling in.
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 12, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very poor customer service. My train got cancelled because of the flooding hapenning in the south of Thailand, no one got in touch with me to inform me. Thankfully, I saw an announcement at the train station. Additionnally, I requested a full refund as they could no longer provide the service I booked, they didn't want to do it at first and I had to insist and negociate. If you can't provide a journey booked by a customer, just issue a full refund. Period.
★★★★☆ Jan 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Everything went very smoothly from picking up the tickets to the actual trip - train, ferry and bus were mostly on time and all very comfortable - my only criticism would be the toilets on the train - they could be cleaner. Great system which I will definately use again!!
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
I am very disappointed as our trip to Koh Phangan did not go through because of the flooding. I would like a full refund for the train/bus and ferry trip, as I even bought travel insurance as well. I do not understand why the train station would not know that they could not make it through because of the flooding. I know have to spend more money to try and get over to my destination. I would not pre book again.
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The train never arrived. They turned us around due to extreme flooding in Suratthani and the islands we were booked at. On top of that, we got bitten up by bugs and there was cockroaches under the mattress.
★★★☆☆ Jan 10, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Pleasant staff. Comfortable.
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 9, 2017 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel) :
Start 8 PM and attive to ko samui al 11.45 am
★★★☆☆ Jan 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Pleasant surprise for a night train, water, juice, little snack and a blanket included...only if they reduced light
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 7, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The train was cancelled. I could get the money back from train station, but why did you not inform me about the cancellation? You had my email address. I had to pay more for a new ticket by bus and other ship, otherwise I would have lost my bookings on Koh Samui. I lost a lot of money, because I can not get the money back for the ship which I could not reach because of the train cancellation. I am very upset!
★★★★★ Jan 6, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
everything went completely fine, beds are comfortable and the stuff at the office and on the train is very friendly and helpful.
★★★★★ Jan 6, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Jan 5, 2017 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Great app and smooth service from 12go. Picked up tickets opposite station with zero fuss or waiting. Train was not so great - cabin was dated, with cold air vents the could not be closed, even by the train staff. We resorted to stuffing with toilet paper to reduce the draught. Train was very noisy and the light in the corridor was left on all night, which made for an uncomfortable night's rest and hardly any sleep. OK for some privacy - although the door to the adjoining cabin doesn't close tightly and you can hear everything - but that's about it. No option of meal either, and which was advertised. Not worth paying double. Would be lower than three stars if it weren't for the great 12go service and the friendly attendant who made up the beds and gave us a wake up call 10 mins before our stop.
★★★★★ Jan 5, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Jan 5, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 5, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Very easy and efficient booking with this service - easy to find to pick up tickets and transfers to buses with provided vouchers worked well even when train was a little late and we missed connections. Sleeper train very comfy.
★★★★★ Jan 4, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great service...offices opposite main entrance of train station...when coming from the metro you need to through the station and go out of the door beside the left luggage. You will see rhe building in front of you .
★★★★★ Jan 4, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
No problems, fast, very good
★★★★★ Jan 4, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
All perfect
★★★★☆ Jan 4, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★☆☆☆ Jan 3, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Driver drove like crazy. We arrived to the ferry 3 hours too early at 4.30 in the morning. Toilet on bus extremely nasty. Half of the passengers threw up on the ferry due to heavy weather.
★★★★★ Jan 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 3, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Very smooth journey, no problems at all and very easy to collect tickets/instructions very easy to follow - 5*! High speed ferry at 45 mins definitely recommended
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 3, 2017 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel) :
It was a constant mess, definitely not what I wait for. Slow, expensive, and waste of time
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 2, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
The train was very dirty, the explanation was that I didn't paid first class. The girl from 12go.asia at the station was unhelpful and rude. she shout at me and didn't help us to sort the problem. Shame that I cant put up some pictures.
★★★★★ Jan 2, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 2, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Cheap, nice and easy ticket pick up
★★★☆☆ Jan 2, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Although I actually enjoyed 2nd class fan more than 2nd class AC (which I found way too cold) the train was clearly much older than the one I went up to Chiang Mai with. Beds narrower, less comfortable, no toilet paper or tissues at the sinks... just good to be aware that trains can be very different although seemingly similar when you book them!
★★★★☆ Jan 2, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Ticket office was great service and the train was very well organised including sleeping bedding etc. The only thing was the food on the train. absolutely awful and twice the price it should be. Basically 3 bowls of slop for 210 Bahts. Should have bought snacks and drinks from 7-11.
★★★★☆ Jan 2, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Booked on 1st Jan while still in another country, because I thought the train would be busy. However, there was plenty of space on the train and the ticket is 1300 for 2 for lower birth second class ac at the station: there is a dedicated ticket office for foreigners, with English speaking staff. Overall I am happy I paid a bit more to guarantee a place while I was still in another country, but wouldn't do it again if travelling during normal time. Train was very pleasant, toilets are a bit of a disappointment though.
★★★★★ Jan 1, 2017 (train #171 Class II Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
You get what you pay for here folks. Its hands down the most cost effective method to go clear across the country. Its very noisy, couple stops but staff are indeed great about waking you up before your stops, offering food etc. My one and only complaint is that we bought first class sleepers 8 months in advance. 2 months before our trip, we were downgraded to second class with fan (we were not offered second class with AC which is an option folks). As it turns out, it was still ok and we received a partial refund on our tickets. That said, it raised some red flags as we made friends with some of the people who got first class tickets who bought only 3 months in advance. This means that once this company has your ticket in hand, they start sending out emails to the people who baught far in advance and paid less for the ticket in hopes you'll accept a down grade at which point, your first class ticket is given to the person who paid the most...more profit for them. They use the fact that they have to physically purchas and "confirm" your ticket to their advantage.
★★☆☆☆ Jan 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
THEY SAID THAT HE TRAIN WAS FULL!!! THERE WERE COMPLETE CHARAGES EMPTY. I HAD BOOKED TWO LOWER BIRTH SEATS/BEDS. THESE WERE NOT ALLOCATED OR GIVEN ON REQUEST. FURTHER MORE THE STAFF THEN PROCEEDED TO MAKE UP THE BEDS FRO THEM SELFS.TO SLEEP ON AT THE EXPENSE OF THE FAIR PAYING PASSENGERS???? I HAVE TRAVEL THIS TRAIN ON NEW YEARS EVE TWICE NO-BLACK AND WHITE BAD THIS TIME. (ALSO IT WAS AN HOUR LATE)!. SO THAT'S THAILAND RAIL LOSS ON THE TRAINS & THAILANDS GAIN ON THE PLAINS
★★★☆☆ Jan 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train was almost 1h30 in late at arrival time
★★★☆☆ Jan 1, 2017 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel) :
Bus wasn't so great.
★★★★★ Jan 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
I tried to book the train tickets from Bangkok to Surat Thani 60 days in advance but all tickets gone in 10 minutes after opening time for sale. The only option was left to go via travel agency. The 12Go Asia were efficient and helpful. I was glad to get tickets for a small commission. The train journey was okay and comfortable enough. The only reservation was the air conditioner was too cold, so bring extra layers.
★★★★☆ Jan 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
My first time on a sleeper train. Train was older, but the beds came with clean sheets, blanket and pillow. I was relatively comfortable. Not a fancy mode of transport, but decent for the price/convenience. Train was about an hour late leaving the station, but nothing is on time in Thailand except flights. So, just plan accordingly for that.
★★★★★ Jan 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Dec 31, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★☆☆☆☆ Dec 31, 2016 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel) :
Pick up was late n messy, we all stood along the road waiting with no clue when we r leaving and what is happening. In Teh middle of the night, we were all made to get off and left there for another 2hrs before another bus picks us up. When we arrived at the pier we were again asked to wait. A supposedly 12hrs ride became a 15hrs dreadful and painful one. Never again, I rather pay 20/30 more for better sleep n seamless travel.
★★★★☆ Dec 31, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
After experiencing the new trains to Chiang Mai, this was a minor disappointment. The carriage was old and the top bunk was hard. For the rest clean and the benches were fine. It's an experience I wouldn't have wanted to miss. There are people selling stuff in the train although it might sometimes seem there giving it for free and come ask you to pay afterwards...
★★★★★ Dec 31, 2016 (train #31 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Outstanding
★★★★☆ Dec 31, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Can't fault 12goasia. Everything went as planned, informative and helpful. Railways could have warned us when we were approaching Chumphon station, could have easily slept through and missed our connection. I realise it's our responsibility but...
★★★★★ Dec 31, 2016 (train #85.1 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Dec 30, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Dec 30, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Dec 29, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★☆☆☆☆ Dec 29, 2016 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel) :
Shambolic pick up. You hang around outside the train station and no one gives you any info. There are three buses, however we were not allowed on and waited in the heat getting eaten by mosquitoes... finally allowed to board and we left 1 hour and half late. We were then dumped in a scrap yard outside Surit Thani to once again let the mosquitoes feed, before being loaded onto another bus to the pier. Another hour wait before being loaded onto a boat in chaotic scenes again. The whole set up is just totally unorganised. Would be so easy to sort it too. BUT... it is a fifth of the price of flying to Sumai.
★★★★☆ Dec 29, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Nice trip. Slept like a baby. Toilets was no good at all. Otherwise a great alternative to flying. Staff was wonderful
★★☆☆☆ Dec 29, 2016 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel) :
Это было ужасно
★★☆☆☆ Dec 29, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
12Go claim that the trains were all booked but I got a new ticket from the station with no problem. 12Go would not refund or change the ticket and over charged me. They are a third party company charging above normal prices. Unless you really worry about booking in advance you don't need to use their service. The actual train journey was okay. Quite noisy and bumpy so hard to sleep. The breakfast was cold crap so avoid and bring something to eat yourself. When you alight at the destination it's the usual Thai style mayhem but easy enough to find your connecting bus. Although if you get an early train you may have to wait for the second train so they can fill the bus to the ferry. But it's ok, you can eat at their restaurant and give them more of your money. So I reccomend you do it yourself.... it's part of the adventure
★★★★☆ Dec 28, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Dec 28, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Cuando fui a hacer el pick up dr mi ticket me hacen dar cuenta que había comprado el ticket para dentro de 1 mes y precisaba viajar ese mismo día. Las chicas del local se encargaron de buscarme un lugar en el mismo tren para viajar esa misma noche. Todo un exito
★★★★★ Dec 27, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Service from these guys very good. Recommend
★★★☆☆ Dec 27, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
You get what you pay for :) we were too late for first class, so had to go for second class with fans. The train is old, but clean, bed is ok, but would be a challenge for travellers taller than 186cm. You are unlikely to get proper sleep, it is hot, noisy and full of abrupt stops. But then it was the only most convenient way to get to the place.
★★★★☆ Dec 27, 2016 (train #171 Class II Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Dec 25, 2016 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Very good service from 12Go, picking up the tickets was fast and easy. The train was on time and the level of comfort matched with what you can decently expect from 2nd class.
★★★★☆ Dec 25, 2016 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
I was so glad I got the ticket in time. Good service!
★★★★★ Dec 25, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Efficient and friendly staff and a smooth short process .
★★★★★ Dec 25, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Bangkok to Surat Thani with Class II Sleeper AC. Train no.85. Service of 12go was very good. We first ordered first class, but it was all taken by the time. We were contacted via email in six hours and was given number of similar offers, of which we choose Class II AC sleeper. Departure was a bit late because of ongoing boarding of people, but we were on our final destination on time. The train was clean, definitely no bugs. Train service prepared the beds after departure / dinner. The bunks are comfy and clean, beddings were clean also. Possible to order breakfast in the evening for specific time with wakeup. Food was fresh and price for breakfast was 150 Baths. Rations are quite large. Level of noise depends on other travelers, we have two families with small children and it was ok. Toilets were ok for a train. Lower bunk is really wide, so even a tall person can fit there, if you lie diagonaly (I am 198cm and ok). Upper bunk not so big, but ok for smaller person. Staff was funny, nice and smiling. Be careful not to take anything for "free", you will be billed later. Overall we were very satisfied with the service.
★★★★☆ Dec 25, 2016 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Dec 24, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
The reliable service of 12goasia is very good. The 2nd class train is a Thai experience, its fun, clean, nice food service, drive's on time, fine bed, good travellers but noisy and an old school train. But don't doubt and enjoy :-)
★☆☆☆☆ Dec 24, 2016 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel) :
Pick up shambolic 30 mins late setting off , one stop at midnight expensive and poor food facilities 2 hour stop at depot for no reason near Surat Thani more like a scrap yard than a passenger terminal missed 9 am ferry because of 2 hour stop so got to Samui 1 hour late , rating overall 1 out of 10
★★★★★ Dec 24, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Arrived late at the station, but got the tickets there. Everything worked as it should.
★★★☆☆ Dec 24, 2016 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel)
★★★★☆ Dec 24, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Train service was excellent. However not given 5 stars due to what we consider very deceptive approach by operator on train who provides food. He distributed juice and fruit with a gesture that implied it was inclusive to train cost and followed up in the morning demanding an excessive payment for these. Would appreciate being advised there was a cost involved at time of distribution. Again, the service or 12Go outstanding!
★★★★★ Dec 24, 2016 (train #173 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Old train but clean and pretty comfortable bed. Toilet is old but clean too. Staff are rather friendly too. 12GO gave excellent and efficient service too. Great, friendly staff
★★★★★ Dec 24, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
The trip was rough and the boat people were very attentive Nice and clean and comfortable
★★★★★ Dec 23, 2016 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Collection of tickets was flawless. Excellent service. Friendly staff. Train trip also flawless. Would do it again without a doubt
★★★★☆ Dec 23, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Well worth the money. Comfortable sleep in 2class lower bunk. Staff very efficient and friendly.
★★★★★ Dec 23, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Every thing fine, worked well, no complains, good service, recomendable!
★★☆☆☆ Dec 23, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
For the price the train was lousy. Even a bus is less shaky. Clutches were loose in order to that you felt every stop or acceleration. Noisy since 4 AM in the morning. Some personell was unfriendly.
★★★★★ Dec 23, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Dec 20, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Refund on tickets which was a surprise. Train clean and quite comfortable. Like 12Go's honest write up on things and even their terms and conditions. Very refreshing and did make me chuckle
★★★★☆ Dec 20, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Dec 20, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Clean and comfortable way to travel. We collected our tickets 3 days before and they refunded us 400 baht which was a nice surprise. Lovely staff
★★★★☆ Dec 20, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Dec 19, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Dec 19, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
12GoAsia service was great. Upper birth was acceptable to sleep (I'm 185cm tall). Toilets were not so clean, AC system tried to cool us to death :)
★★★★☆ Dec 19, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Got what I've paid for; no hassle, no major delays. Good service, friendly personnel.
★★★★★ Dec 19, 2016 (train #31 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Very nice 1 class sleeper. Very high and attentive serviceminded personel. If you want to speak to the thais choose 2nd class with aircon.
★★★★★ Dec 18, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Despite changing my booking a fan coach (after reading how cold it can be) - 12Go Asia still gave me an aircon coach despite the amended booking slip showing fan coach. Nevertheless, no regret because the coach is not very cold with the provided blanket. Bed is clean and they set up early so you can rest. On arrival, the coach master will wake you up - no worry of missing your station. Toilet on board is clean and well equipped - you can even tak a shower inside. There are also basic outside for wash up - reliefing congestion during peak morning hours.
★★★★★ Dec 18, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Awesome. Second time I do this trip and very pleased again. With a bonus that last time I had to give away an address in Bangkok to get the tickets and now with the excelente service from 12go just need to walk across the street and pickup the tickets at any time.
★☆☆☆☆ Dec 17, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Train good but boat bad due to very bad weather conditions and 80% of passengers being sick
★★★★☆ Dec 17, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)

News @ Koh Samui

20 January 2017

Authorities at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport have declared war on taxi drivers who refuse to use meters or do no not have one fitted in their vehicles. After a recent incident involving a rogue cabbie, an airport spokesperson said only metered taxis are allowed to serve passengers at Thailand’s main international gateway.

13 January 2017

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

11 January 2017

Vehicles travelling between Bangkok and southern Thailand got stuck in a 200km traffic jam yesterday. The reason for the gargantuan tailback was that a bridge on the main highway was inundated and washed away by the floods and heavy rain which has been plaguing the region for the past 10 days or so.