Bangkok to Koh Tao @ train, ferry, bus, van Mar 5, 2017

13 trips (THB 850 — 2,339)

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

Lomprayah
06:00
Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
15:00
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
9h
snack WC aircon steward
฿ 1,150
× 2 = ฿ 2,300
45 seats available
Lomprayah
21:00
Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
08:45
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
11h 45m
snack WC aircon steward
฿ 1,150
× 2 = ฿ 2,300
42 seats available

From Hua Lamphong to Koh Tao by train+van+ferry joint ticket

Bangkok - Chumphon - Koh Tao (SRT #173 2nd Class Sleeper AC + Jolly Travel)
#173
Thai Railways
17:35
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
02:50
Chumphon
9h 15m
food WC aircon steward
30 seats available
Change stations. Walk - 5 min, 400 m (Next departure after 2 hours 40 mins)
Jolly Travel
05:30
Chumphon Fame Tours
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
4h
snack WC aircon steward
  available
Total
15h 55m
฿ 1,570
× 2 = ฿ 3,140
Bangkok - Chumphon - Koh Tao (SRT #173 2nd Class Fan seats + Jolly Travel)
#173
Thai Railways
17:35
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
02:50
Chumphon
9h 15m
food WC steward
20 seats available
Change stations. Walk - 5 min, 400 m (Next departure after 2 hours 40 mins)
Jolly Travel
05:30
Chumphon Fame Tours
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
4h
snack WC aircon steward
  available
Total
15h 55m
฿ 1,200
× 2 = ฿ 2,400
Bangkok - Chumphon - Koh Tao (SRT #167 2nd Class Sleeper AC + Jolly Travel)
#167
Thai Railways
18:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
03:20
Chumphon
8h 50m
food WC aircon steward
20 seats available
Change stations. Walk - 5 min, 400 m (Next departure after 2 hours 10 mins)
Jolly Travel
05:30
Chumphon Fame Tours
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
4h
snack WC aircon steward
  available
Total
15h
฿ 1,570
× 2 = ฿ 3,140
Bangkok - Chumphon - Koh Tao (SRT #85 2nd Class Sleeper AC + Jolly Travel)
#85
Thai Railways
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
04:15
Chumphon
8h 45m
food WC aircon steward
Only 1 seats left!
Change stations. Walk - 5 min, 400 m (Next departure after 1 hour 15 mins)
Jolly Travel
05:30
Chumphon Fame Tours
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
4h
snack WC aircon steward
  available
Total
14h
฿ 1,630
× 2 = ฿ 3,260
Bangkok - Chumphon - Koh Tao (SRT #85 1st Class Sleeper + Jolly Travel)
#85
Thai Railways
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
04:15
Chumphon
8h 45m
food WC aircon steward
 
Change stations. Walk - 5 min, 400 m (Next departure after 1 hour 15 mins)
Jolly Travel
05:30
Chumphon Fame Tours
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
4h
snack WC aircon steward
  available
Total
14h
฿ 2,094
× 2 = ฿ 4,188

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

#85
Thai Railways
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
04:15
Chumphon
8h 45m
food WC aircon steward
Only 1 seats left!
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
Lomprayah
05:00
Chumphon Lomprayah (Train Station)
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
4h 30m
snack WC aircon steward
41 seats available
Total
14h
฿ 1,730
× 2 = ฿ 3,460
#85
Thai Railways
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
04:15
Chumphon
8h 45m
food WC aircon steward
 
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
Lomprayah
05:00
Chumphon Lomprayah (Train Station)
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
4h 30m
snack WC aircon steward
41 seats available
Total
14h
฿ 2,194
× 2 = ฿ 4,388
#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
14:15
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
5h 45m
snack WC aircon steward
50 seats available
Total
18h 45m
฿ 2,339
× 2 = ฿ 4,678
#85
Thai Railways
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
04:15
Chumphon
8h 45m
food WC steward
Only 6 seats left!
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
Lomprayah
05:00
Chumphon Lomprayah (Train Station)
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
4h 30m
snack WC aircon steward
41 seats available
Total
14h
฿ 1,490
× 2 = ฿ 2,980

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

Paradive Travel
19:00
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
14h 30m
aircon
฿ 1,300
× 2 = ฿ 2,600
25 seats available

From Khao San Road Jolly Travel to Koh Tao by van+ferry joint ticket

Jolly Travel
15:00
Khao San Road Jolly Travel, Bangkok
05:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
14h 30m
WC steward
฿ 850
× 2 = ฿ 1,700
  available

How to get to Koh-Tao

A Very Typical Sunset
A Very Typical Sunset

What about

Learn to dive, dive and dive again – that is what you are supposed to do on Koh Tao and that is actually what the majority of the folk you are about to meet on the island really do. A little hidden gem of the lower part of the Gulf, Koh Tao is attracting underwater world lovers with an abundance of easily reachable diving sites (over 30) and very affordable prices on diving lessons (there are more that 50 diving schools on the island), sea safaris and diving trips. Yet for those who are ready to go beyond the stereotypes there are hiking trails, bouldering, sea kayaking, fire-shows, and even jam sessions – all of them on the background of picturesque views and a laid-back island atmosphere. Priceless.

Getting to Koh Tao

The only way to get to Koh Tao from the mainland is by boat either from Chumphon, which is the closest departure point, or from Suratthani. You can also hop on a ferry to Koh Tao from Koh Samui or Koh Phangan.

From Bangkok via Chumphon bus + ferry

The easiest (and fastest) way to get to Koh Tao from Bangkok via Chumphon is by bus and ferry joint travel. Lomprayah catamaran and Songserm speed boat both sell such package tickets which save your time and cost more or less the same amount of money if bought separately. With early morning and late evening bus departures from Bangkok you have a choice whether to travel by day or save some baht spending your night on board a bus instead of in a guesthouse. The ferry travel with Lomprayah (the fastest operator) takes around 1½ hours; if your are prone to seasickness, get the necessary medicine at hand. Note that in case of the evening departure your trip lasts longer (around 12 hrs) compared to 9 hrs (morning departure), but you do not waste your precious day-time.

You have only 20 kg baggage allowance for your ferry travel; the extra weight is 20 baht per kg (not included in your ticket price).

Getting back from Koh Tao to Bangkok you have only morning and afternoon departures, both returning to Bangkok after dark: at 9pm and 1am, so plan your stay accordingly (book ahead).

From Bangkok via Chumphon train + bus + ferry

In case you are a railroad type, hop on your evening train down to Chumphon from Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok. If you buy a package tour, your boat operator will provide transfer between the train station and the pier, but you still have to while away some 3 hrs between train and ferry in Chumphon. In general, if you are ok with long bus journeys, there is no special advantages of train+bus+ferry journey. Choose price-wise, then.

Tip: If your are not in a hurry, stay overnight in Chumphon and discover the tastes of local robusta, find out how the birds’ nests are harvested at the farms and prepare yourself to your island stay visiting some of the idyllic beaches in the proximity of the city (e.g. Hat Thung Wua Laen).

From Bangkok via Suratthani train + bus + ferry

Even if travelling to Suratthani instead of Chumphon seems illogical, it sometimes comes out cheaper as you may catch a 2nd class sleeper for a longer journey. As in case with Chumphon, the transfer between train and ferry for package tours is performed by the boat operator.

From Koh Samui to Koh Tao

Both Lomprayah and Seatran Discovery take 2–2¼ hrs to Koh Tao’s Mae Haad departing from 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.

Lomprayah Shirt Sticker
Lomprayah Shirt Sticker

From Koh Phangan to Koh Tao

Both Lomprayah and Seatran Discovery depart from Thong Sala on Koh Phangan and take 1½–1¾ hrs to arrive to Koh Tao’s Mae Haad. Book in advance (1 day for Seatran and 2 days for Lomprayah).

Seatran vs Lomprayah

If you know what seasickness is about, go for Seatran when waters are choppy.
Lomprayah can save you from ¼ to ½ hr of your sea journey, though.

Getting around

There is no car rental on a relatively small 21 sq. km island. If you consider renting a scooter or a motorcycle, be warned that the roads on the island are dangerous and get their toll of injuries regularly. Renting a vehicle though gives you freedom to explore the island as the ‘official’ taxi fares are sometimes extortionate. There is longtail boat service between certain beaches, which is a good option with reasonable prices.

Where to stay

The western side of the island is much more developed, and the ferries from the mainland and the islands arrive to Mae Haad which is on the western side. Haad Sairee, where the most of the action takes place, is also there. The eastern side is a slow life paradise, but you will have to negotiate those treacherous island roads (or greedy taxi drivers) to get to any of the western-side night spots. The busiest seasons on Koh Tao are summer (from July to August) and Christmas & New Year, so book your accommodation beforehand. The cheapest options sell out quickly.

Blogger report: Julia Rattke (High Speed Ferry Lomprayah) 08-Jul-2015 21:00

About half an hour before your bus is scheduled to leave (in my case it was at 20:30), you should be at the office at 327 Rambutri Road, รามบุตรี, Khwaeng Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand near Khao San Road. The Lomprayah office is in the curve of the street. In your booking confirmation email is also a map. This is their help hotline: +6626290011 and office hours are from 05:30- 22:00. Coming from the North you turn into this really busy street from the roundabout, between the 7/11 and the red sign of Swensen's. People with a lot of luggage may have some trouble getting through the night market. About 30 meters in, on the left side and right in the curve, is the Lomprayah office, slightly hidden behind a banner. Make sure to have your booking number on hand!

Lomprayha Office
Lomprayha Office

If you are on Khao San Road you have to find your way on the McDonald side of the road through the small alleys with all the shops to get to Rambutri Road.

At the office everything felt a bit rushed, one employee hands you your ticket and another a colored sticker with your seat number to put on your T-shirt and a color-coded sticker with the destination for your luggage. Make sure to tie that last one around a handle, it doesn't stick well. Then you sign in and someone will take your group to wait at the middle of the roundabout, behind the green sign, until the bus arrives.
The bus had only regular seats, so it is not a sleeper bus and the 8 hour drive will probably be a bit uncomfortable (especially if you were planning on actually getting some sleep). A travel pillow or a folded sarong helps a bit, and so do earplugs. The seats recline a little and blankets are provided. The bus is air-conditioned and has a toilet. I'm only 1.60 m, so I had plenty of leg space, but anyone taller than 1.90 m should expect some discomfort.

At 2:00 there was a 30 min break at a market with snack food. They also had a huge bathroom with clean toilets, but remember to bring toilet paper and flush with the bucket provided.

Inside the Lomprayah bus
Inside the Lomprayah bus

At 5:15 we arrived at the ferry pier, where the office was dark and still closed and we had to wait for almost 2 hours. There is a mini mart to the left, if you need anything while waiting, and on the opposite side is another array of clean toilets. The mini mart closes when the ferry opens for boarding, so do not plan on any last-minute shopping. When the info center on the right of the pier opens, you have to show your ticket for another sticker and to get a stamp. Around 7:00 people will start to line up for the "best" seats, but there was plenty of room for everyone, so I would not take it too seriously. After a short walk along the pier, you arrive at the boat. There are three seating areas: Downstairs (inside), in the middle (outside with sun roof) and on the top (outside without cover). I chose the middle and it was perfectly fine.

About 2,5 hours (of comparatively smooth sailing) later we arrived at Ko Nang Yuan to let some people on and off the boat and then turned towards the Lomprayah Pier on Ko Tao, where we arrived 5 minutes later.
From here on it is really easy: Get off the boat, grab your luggage and find your pick up or taxi at the end of the pier. Congrats, you have made it to Ko Tao! Enjoy your stay!

Passenger reviews out of total 36,756 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 ^_^

★★★★☆ Feb 28, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★★ Feb 28, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
We had a lower and upper berth. Train left a few minutes late but we got there at the stated arrival time. The guy working there made up our beds, they were clean and comfortable. Toilets were decent as train toilets go! They also woke us up a few minutes before our stop so we didn't miss it.
★★★★★ Feb 28, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Feb 27, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Kind of a long trip ,do not expect the beds and facilities you find in Europe, but ok for Thailand
★★★★☆ Feb 26, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Feb 26, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★☆ Feb 25, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The overnight train was a really fun experience and would highly recommend. The bed was comfy but the train wasn't marked well so you had to ask to make sure you were in the right place/car on the train because they do not check your tickets until after it takes off so that was weird because you could've easily been on the wrong train and wouldn't have known it until later.
★★★★★ Feb 25, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Everything worked first class
★★★★★ Feb 25, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
We could pick up our payed for ticket in the early morning outside the DOB building. That was very practical ! The 6,5 hour train ride to Chumphon was really nice and rather relaxing...
★★★★☆ Feb 25, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
The bus was on time and confortable but we had no idea we could feel so sick on the catamaran. The waves were very choppy and everyone around me was feeling really sick. I think the company should prevent this by making sure to offer pills or at least let people know when they book that there is a chance they will feel sick.
★★★★☆ Feb 24, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
All fine. We had a nice journey. Thank you for the great support!
★★★★★ Feb 24, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Feb 24, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
The service around booking and picking up the tickets was absolutely great. The Pick up office in Bangkok had a super friendly and helpfullstaff and without a doubt I would use their service again. The train however is a different story; it is an experience we chose to have rather than a saving money thing. And an experience it was.. toilets smelled and looked worse than on a 3 day festival. Our first class cabin was ok, it looked a bit dirty but no animals/bugs and the airco worked. So if you look for an experience without too much sleep, book 1st class because the 2nd class is a whole other story!
★★★★☆ Feb 23, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Good trip, bed was a little tight for me (1.87). Service good. Overall experience good. Would recommend it!
★★★★★ Feb 21, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The staff at the 12go office was friendly, the train departed and arrived on time. It was clean and looked safe.
★★★★☆ Feb 21, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 21, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Everything arranged as promished. Even a berth with electicity as requested!
★★★★★ Feb 21, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Most organized bus company we've travelled with in SEA (and we've taken a lot of busses). Staff are friendly and busses are comfortable. Would definitely use again.
★★★★★ Feb 21, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Feb 20, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
easiest train ride i ever had in asia booked and payed online via credit card, the ticket got confirmed first thing in the morning. office was easy to find thanks to directions on the voucher. friendly staff. The train ride it self was okay, 2nd class sleeper is a little small for a 2 meter german guy and unfortunately there was a few cockroaches in my bed. lucky i just discovered them just 1 hour before we arrived. the ride itself was smooth and fast. mobile reception most of the way, power outlets are provided. as well as food, but i recommend you to get take away from the food court. would book again
★★★★★ Feb 19, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Better than by plane!
★★★★☆ Feb 19, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 19, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
????
★★★★☆ Feb 18, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Everything was totally fine - though the itinerary made it appear as though we'd be taking an earlier ferry, and not have to wait 1.5hrs at the train station before being transported to the pier.
★★★★☆ Feb 18, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Comfortable sleeper on the train, not much room for luggage though
★★★★★ Feb 17, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 17, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Good expérience ! WE slept a lot. It'ts very old...but very confortable and very clean .
★★★☆☆ Feb 17, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 15, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 15, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Everything ok. Friendly managment. Nice trip
★★★★★ Feb 14, 2017 (train #167 Class II Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 14, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
All went just fine. I picked up my ticket in Bangkok the day before the trip. The office was easy to find and ig staying along Sukhumvit str. there is no need for a taxi to drive you to the train station, just take the underground mrt. I wil use 12go.asia again
★★★★☆ Feb 14, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
good train and clean, slept all the way. they should have more people making the beds so it doesn't take that much time.
★★★★☆ Feb 14, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Everything was Nice :) The Train was on time and The sleeping beds where really nice. Bring warm clothes!!!! It gets cold as f*** at night :)
★★★☆☆ Feb 13, 2017 (ferry Ferry, Jolly Travel) :
In Jolly agency in Bangkok, noone was, there before 2pm. As i came in the morning from night bus, wanted to check about departure so I couldnt. No working hours are writen on the door. so I kept comming back, every hour. Transfer was ok. Unfortunatelly too big traffic jam in Bangkok, we didnt came out for almost 3 hours. So I missed ferry. Driver was, really good and nice, was driving fast and safe, trying to come on time to catch ferry. As we missed it, he gave me ticket for morning ferry. He also arranged room for that night (had to pay for it, but was cheap and really basic ) Morning ferry was faster than nightand one, so arrived quickly
★★★★☆ Feb 13, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Good service in general. Train shoul improve toilet cleaning. Lights remain on during the night.
★★★★☆ Feb 13, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Feb 11, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
A fun local experience! A little noisy, but the staff were great and really helpful. Second class sleeper train was basic but adequate, and the toilets were remarkably clean (well done to the staff!). Good service, the train left on time but arrived over an hour Kate but it didn't affected the connections to the ferry. I get the impression it's a normal event and everything ran very smoothly.
★★★★★ Feb 11, 2017 (train #31 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Feb 10, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Comfortable bus trip, though it's freezing! The stop at 3am wasn't really well timed and the toilet didn't have light. I'd do the trip again, considering the good price.
★★★☆☆ Feb 9, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Food was expensive and not great. Cabin was filthy and had cockroaches. "Express train" stopped constantly making it impossible to sleep. Most of the trek was in the dark so not even good scenery. For the same price you could fly in 1/10th the time.
★★★★★ Feb 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Feb 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Travelled in 2nd class sleeping wagon with ac, but for some reason where I was sleeping there was no ac which made the experience a bit unpleasant.
★★★★★ Feb 8, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
An easy and cheap way to get to Chumphon. The train was clean and it was easy to sleep with the AC. The operator came to get us when we arrived at our stop (it was not the end of the line).
★★★★★ Feb 7, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The trip by 12go Asia was perfectly organised!
★★★★☆ Feb 7, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Great service in booking our tickets online. Pick up office in Bangkok had super friendly and knowledgeable staff. Will definitely use again!
★★★★★ Feb 6, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Excellent service. 12goAsia service is amazing.
★★★★★ Feb 6, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Excellent service and easy travel
★★★★★ Feb 6, 2017 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Really easy to find office to pick up on tickets. Staff was super helpful.
★★★☆☆ Feb 5, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The train was 2 hours delayed on start from Bangkok. Standard inside for me OK - appropriate to the price comparing with flight on the islands surrounding. Fresh beddings, owfful toilet and the train riding very turubulently.
★★★☆☆ Feb 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Everything went according to the schedule and was mostly as promised. The only thing that was bad is the fact that Lomprayah agency (possibly a parter on 12 go Asia) at Suratthani train station offered me a transfer service at Koh Samui to my accomodation and that this would be our last chance to get it for 200 bat. Of course being tired from the trip and not willing to haggle with local taxis i accepted. Once i got on the catamaran the same service from the same agency cost 150 bat. That is very unprofessional so either employees where adding on the price or this is an agency scam. Either way 50 bat is not much but its a matter of principle. It is really a small amount to risk reputation and i believe the agency already added enough surcharge on real value of train tickets and combined bus ferry ticket. It wouldnt hurt to be nicer to your clients. Nevertheless would reccommend it with precaution what you purchase on top of the deal.
★★★★☆ Feb 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Pleasant staff. Comfortable ride
★★☆☆☆ Feb 3, 2017 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel) :
Couldn't lower my seat because there was a pole behind it. Sat too close to the toilet, which reeked something horribly everyone someone opened the door. They didn't arrive at the pickup until 40 minutes after what we'd been told. Arrived two hours before the ferry left in the morning, which sucked.
★★★★★ Feb 2, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
everything perfect!!
★★★★☆ Feb 2, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
It's not fast! But it's comfortable and a good experience. The trains are always late, but just relax, you'll get to your destination eventually.
★★★★☆ Feb 2, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
We found the process of booking online with 12goasia very easy and without any problems. Quick responses to emails and confirmation of tickets. Email told us easy instructions for how to collect tickets. Staff very friendly. The train although we booked first class was not the best (communal toilets not clean) but we have been on worse trains in UK. The staff made the beds for us and the cabin itself was clean. Very difficult to sleep but expected on this style of train.
★★★★★ Feb 1, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Impeccable service with commentary provided to the booking well followed. Would use them again for long distance bookings in Thailand.
★★★☆☆ Feb 1, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Was surprised when we picked up our train tickets that we were charged 250bht. per ticket extra as agent fees. Tickets were 510bht each, so we paid 500bht. service charge. Understand that a company has to make a profit, but that much is too much. Will give ourselves more time for n the future and buy them ourselves. Train ride was great value for what the trains charged, but try to avoid the washrooms.
★★★★★ Jan 31, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Всё отлично! Отправление и прибытие вовремя. Комфортно, широкая полка, бельё застилает проводник. В туалете при желании и наличии сноровки можно ополоснуться. Предлагают относительно недорогое питание.
★★★★★ Jan 31, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★★ Jan 31, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Travelled in both air con (18 Dec) and fan (30 Jan) coaches. Air-con coach is not as cold as some reviews had put it. With the provided blanket, you can have good comfortable sleep. Fan coach can be very warm and stuffy before it move off. With open windows along the way, it can be noisy and breezy - too much for a good sleep if you are a light sleeper. Bed is clean and they set up early so you can rest (within an hour for air-con coach and 2 hours for fan coach). On arrival of your station, the coach master will wake you up - no worry of missing your station. Toilet on board is clean and well equipped - you can even take a shower inside. There are also basic outside for wash up - reliefing congestion during peak morning hours. If you are connecting to a ferry, the bus operator that brings you to the ferry terminal will be waiting at the station exit and direct you to the appropriate counter - very convenient.
★★★★★ Jan 31, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Everything went very smoothly. Train clean and on time. AC was quite cold so warm clothes were needed. Personnel friendly.
★★★★★ Jan 29, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★☆☆ Jan 29, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
the train was good but it kept stopping for no reason, which made us 1 hour and a half late and miss the bus. We didn't have to pay any extra for the second bus that the company provided but it isn't really nice for a trip that should last 14h in total to last more than 20 (bangkok-phuket) - i am still at the bus while writing this.
★★★☆☆ Jan 29, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train was late so missed bus connection... new bus provided makes frequent stops and is putting us in Phuket 6 hr later than scheduled.
★★★★☆ Jan 28, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 28, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Everything was good about train except cleanliness.food,punctuality was perfect.the sleeping bunk was prepared by staff which was a nice gesture.the basin of our cabin was dirty which was not expected from 1 st class train.neway going to reccomend the train to my friends nd relatives.njoyed my journey.
★★★★☆ Jan 28, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Jan 28, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
12Go does their marketing to make it look like certain routes are going to fill up / sell out so you buy your ticket through them. So I bought mine ahead of time. In reality, we got there and there were a ton of seats on the train left. Paid their stupid $14 online booking fee for nothing. Would not use again. **Train ride was fine, but it left an hour late.
★★★★☆ Jan 26, 2017 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel) :
Pretty comfy bus, slept with backpack next to window to spoon, so no theft. Overall good ride
★★★★☆ Jan 26, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
The sleeper was comfortable and the staff all very nice, friendly and professional. I enjoyed the journey very much and it was lovely to have sheets and a cover on the bed as well as dinner service. The only issue I had was some cockroaches in the carriage which made me think it could have been cleaner but it didn't spoil the trip. We arrived on time, which was great. 12goasia provided a fantastic service in acquiring the tickets for me.
★★★★★ Jan 26, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Comfy bed and great way to get to the next destination. Train left late with no explanation. I wasn't totally sure I was on the right train until after we'd left and the ticket was checked. Tickets were easy to purchase and pick up and staff were super helpful.
★★★★☆ Jan 26, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 25, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Superb service by 12go! Booked everything online and worked like clockwork. Even with a 3 years old twin. Sleeper 1st Class meant 1 room with 4 beds on board. Super cool
★★★☆☆ Jan 24, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
the window in car10 seat numer 8 is broken, cant close or ooen it, so was making noise all night and I couldnt sleep at all :(
★★★☆☆ Jan 22, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
There was a little animal on my side, and it's went between the window... The toilets are smelling so unbelievable bad.
★★★★☆ Jan 22, 2017 (train #173 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
nice and efficient service at the office. we were used to second class sleeper since several years and are satisfied. to bad restaurant has no more beer to offer, and the food is not very tastefull. however we are satisfied allover, for our trip from bangkok to suratthani.
★★★★★ Jan 22, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 22, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 21, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
The air cpnditionned is very Toi cold Very Nice trip Thank you
★★★★★ Jan 21, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
A+ enquiry immediately responded to due to a late train booking on my part in peak season....an alternative offered which worked fine. Ticket office really easy to find, can't fault it....thanks again
★★★★★ 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 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Service from one single person at the office in Bangkok its very arrogante. For such a route bus had faulty seats and can not be moved to a sleeping position, and generally was in poor condition. Otherwise I have no bad comments
★★★★★ Jan 19, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 18, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
I like the overall experience. But I don't quite agree with the service from one single person at the office in Bangkok.
★★★★☆ Jan 17, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Bus was good and clean as was the ferry. Bit of waiting around but overall very good
★★★★★ 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 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 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Pleasant staff. Comfortable.
★★★☆☆ Jan 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Pleasant surprise for a night train, water, juice, little snack and a blanket included...only if they reduced light
★★★★☆ Jan 6, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Very convenient for getting from Bangkok to Koh Tao in one day. Reasonably priced and the bus and ferry are comfortable.
★★★★★ 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.

News @ Koh Tao

23 January 2017

In a bid to woo international visitors, Thailand has proposed the extension of a promotion giving free tourist visas. Under the current promotion effective from 1 December 2016 until 28 February 2017, single-entry tourist visas issued at Thai embassies and consulates worldwide are free of charge.

13 January 2017

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

11 January 2017

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has released an update saying most flights and ferries to the flooded south of the country are operating to timetables. The normal schedules are in place despite the fact large swathes of the far south have been inundated by torrential rain.