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!

Bangkok to Koh Tao @ train, ferry, bus, van, flight Sep 30, 2017

23 trips (THB 850 — 2,745)

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

18:00
Khao San Songserm, Bangkok
09:45
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
15h 45m
Instant
฿ 900
× 2 = ฿ 1,800
 
20:00
Khao San Songserm, Bangkok
09:45
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
13h 45m
Instant
฿ 950
× 2 = ฿ 1,900
 

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

06:00
Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
15:00
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
9h
Instant Refund
฿ 1,150
× 2 = ฿ 2,300
 
21:00
Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
08:45
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
11h 45m
Instant Refund
฿ 1,150
× 2 = ฿ 2,300
 

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

19:00
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
14h 30m
Instant Refund
฿ 1,300
× 2 = ฿ 2,600
 

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

13:30
Khao San Road Jolly Travel, Bangkok
05:00
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
15h 30m
Instant
฿ 850
× 2 = ฿ 1,700
 

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

Bangkok - Chumphon - Koh Tao (SRT #173 2nd Class Sleeper AC + Jolly Travel)
17:35
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
02:50
Chumphon
9h 15m
Instant Refund
 
Change stations. Walk - 5 min, 400 m (Next departure after 2 hours 40 mins)
05:30
Chumphon Fame Tours
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
4h
Instant
 
Total
15h 55m
฿ 1,570
× 2 = ฿ 3,140
Bangkok - Chumphon - Koh Tao (SRT #167 2nd Class Sleeper AC + Jolly Travel)
18:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
03:20
Chumphon
8h 50m
Instant Refund
 
Change stations. Walk - 5 min, 400 m (Next departure after 2 hours 10 mins)
05:30
Chumphon Fame Tours
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
4h
Instant
 
Total
15h
฿ 1,570
× 2 = ฿ 3,140
Bangkok - Chumphon - Koh Tao (SRT #85 2nd Class Sleeper AC + Jolly Travel)
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
04:15
Chumphon
8h 45m
Instant Refund
 
Change stations. Walk - 5 min, 400 m (Next departure after 1 hour 15 mins)
05:30
Chumphon Fame Tours
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
4h
Instant
 
Total
14h
฿ 1,630
× 2 = ฿ 3,260

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

#167.2
18:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
15h
Instant Refund
฿ 1,750
× 2 = ฿ 3,500
 
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
04:15
Chumphon
8h 45m
Instant Refund
Only 6 seats left!
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
05:00
Chumphon Lomprayah (Train Station)
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
4h 30m
Instant Refund
 
Total
14h
฿ 2,194
× 2 = ฿ 4,388
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
Instant Refund
Only 6 seats left!
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
08:30
Suratthani Train Station
14:15
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
5h 45m
Instant Refund
 
Total
18h 45m
฿ 2,339
× 2 = ฿ 4,678
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
14h
Instant Refund
฿ 1,750
× 2 = ฿ 3,500
 
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
04:15
Chumphon
8h 45m
Instant Refund
 
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
05:00
Chumphon Lomprayah (Train Station)
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
4h 30m
Instant Refund
 
Total
14h
฿ 1,730
× 2 = ฿ 3,460
Bangkok - Suratthani - Koh Tao
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
Instant Refund
 
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
07:30
Suratthani Train Station
15:00
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
7h 30m
Instant Refund
 
Total
19h 30m
฿ 1,708
× 2 = ฿ 3,416
Bangkok - Suratthani - Koh Tao
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
Instant Refund
Only 6 seats left!
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
07:30
Suratthani Train Station
15:00
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
7h 30m
Instant Refund
 
Total
19h 30m
฿ 2,239
× 2 = ฿ 4,478

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

Bangkok to Koh Tao
#DD7804
06:00
Don Mueang Airport
07:10
Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport
1h 10m
Instant 15kg
 
Change stations. Take taxi (fees apply) - 2 min, 1.1 km (Next departure after 20 mins)
07:30
Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport
15:00
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
7h 30m
Instant Refund
 
Total
9h
฿ 2,544
× 2 = ฿ 5,088
Bangkok to Koh Tao
#DD7208
06:10
Don Mueang Airport
07:20
Suratthani Airport
1h 10m
Instant 15kg
 
Change stations. Walk - 3 min, 100 m (Next departure after 1 hour 10 mins)
08:30
Suratthani Airport
15:00
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
6h 30m
Instant Refund
 
Total
8h 50m
฿ 2,745
× 2 = ฿ 5,490
Bangkok to Koh Tao
#FD3188
06:50
Don Mueang Airport
08:00
Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport
1h 10m
Instant
 
Change stations. Take taxi (fees apply) - 2 min, 1.1 km (Next departure after 30 mins)
08:30
Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport
16:00
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
7h 30m
Instant Refund
 
Total
9h 10m
฿ 2,730
× 2 = ฿ 5,460
Bangkok to Koh Tao
#FD3235
07:10
Don Mueang Airport
08:10
Suratthani Airport
1h
Instant
 
Change stations. Walk - 3 min, 100 m (Next departure after 20 mins)
08:30
Suratthani Airport
15:00
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
6h 30m
Instant Refund
 
Total
7h 50m
฿ 2,255
× 2 = ฿ 4,510
Bangkok to Koh Tao
#SL734
08:35
Don Mueang Airport
09:45
Suratthani Airport
1h 10m
Instant 15kg
 
Change stations. Walk - 3 min, 100 m (Next departure after 1 hour)
10:45
Suratthani Airport
18:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
7h 45m
Instant Refund
 
Total
9h 55m
฿ 2,256
× 2 = ฿ 4,512
Bangkok to Koh Tao
#DD7210
09:20
Don Mueang Airport
10:30
Suratthani Airport
1h 10m
Instant 15kg
 
Change stations. Walk - 3 min, 100 m (Next departure after 15 mins)
10:45
Suratthani Airport
18:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
7h 45m
Instant Refund
 
Total
9h 10m
฿ 2,745
× 2 = ฿ 5,490
Bangkok to Koh Tao
#FD3237
09:50
Don Mueang Airport
10:55
Suratthani Airport
1h 5m
Instant
 
Change stations. Walk - 3 min, 100 m (Next departure after 25 mins)
11:20
Suratthani Airport
18:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
7h 10m
Instant Refund
 
Total
8h 40m
฿ 2,255
× 2 = ฿ 4,510

Passenger reviews out of total 52,969 passengers traveled with us on this route

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Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
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Make your choice! Please remember that though we are closely monitoring services, we are still an agency marketplace - meaning we focus on ticketing service and route availability / coverage rather than on factual seat recline angle you got today ^_^

★★★★★ Sep 24, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
I did have a good rest at the night train to chumpon. 12go.asia has offer a great service for the booking????????
★★★★☆ Sep 22, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Smooth crossing. Straight forward journey, no problems.
★★★☆☆ Sep 21, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
The experience made this a great adventure. The 1st class sleepers definitely need a refurb - the bathroom facilities leave a lot to be desired. We found them to be dirty and smellie and the teenagers preferred to hold on rather than use them! The food on board was tasty but expensive. You could bring your own but you could also buy from the industrious locals who board the train at various stations within Bangkok to sell you food. Whilst the food was tasty I wouldn't recommend the restaurant car - it was a long way from first class. Please can you give the carriages a good clean and paint and do some maintenance. The bed linen was great, fresh and clean and a lovely cotton blanket although we were cold as the aircon cannot be changed and it was cold.
★★★★★ Sep 21, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
awesome
★★★★☆ Sep 21, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Sep 17, 2017 (ferry Sleeper Ferry, Jolly Travel) :
Good service, I got from Bangkok to Koh Toa. Only concern was almost not making the night ferry as I had booked to start a diving course the next morning. But we got there with a whole ten seconds to spare. Cheapest travel option I could find but a mostly comfortable journey.
★★☆☆☆ Sep 16, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Sep 15, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
If your expecting, English first class, lower your expectations now! Take your own food and drink on, check out your window before you unlock your door, sometimes locals jump on the train and try and sell you their food or drink!! Ear plugs would be useful, the space is small but after the beds were made up and we settled in for the night, you get to watch the world go by, I loved it, my husband was not so convinced!! It was an experience and adventure.
★★★★★ Sep 15, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Well organised!
★★★★★ Sep 13, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very clean. We read that the airconditioning was set to cold, but if you close the curtans it warms up in no time.
★★★★☆ Sep 12, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Really good fun with our twin boys (6). The organisation and help from 12Go made it very easy. We travelled second class. Not luxurious but about what we expected and the food was OK too. There was a 2hr delay ( but these things happen) but we were still able to catch the next ferry to Koh Phangan so even this did not cause too much of a problem.
★★★★☆ Sep 11, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
We didn't know they served coffee and lunch.
★★★★☆ Sep 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Sep 8, 2017 (ferry Ferry, Songserm) :
Trip was good, but the bus was two hours late.
★★★★★ Sep 8, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Really comfortable beds :)
★★★★★ Sep 7, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
simple, comfortable, on time. definitely take the lower berth on the fan train.
★★★★★ Sep 7, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Sep 7, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Sep 6, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★★ Sep 5, 2017 (train #85.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Sep 4, 2017 (ferry Ferry, Songserm)
★★★★★ Sep 2, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
We took the 2nd class train (with AC) and it was very nice! We both slept at the bottom bunks. (Much more comfortable and a little wider than the top bunk.) There was a lady and a man who were selling snacks and morning hot chocolate in the morning. I think it got much cleaner than before, as there weren't any cockroaches or anything like that (which I often saw 5-10 years ago). Overall, it was a very pleasant ride!
★★☆☆☆ Sep 2, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Seats and beds were comfy, food was horrible and over priced. Before we left some dodgy guy came into the cabin trying to force us into paying for over priced beer which he had "smuggled" on
★★★☆☆ Sep 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Aug 31, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Aug 31, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
There were 3 cockroaches in my bed. Also there was a lot of noice due to the seating next to the toilets. Very nice bed (beside the insects), clean sheets and pillow.
★★★★★ Aug 30, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Qick reply with confirmation within 24hours after reserved the ticket. Easy pick up Staffs is waiting at each spot.
★★★★★ Aug 29, 2017 (ferry Sleeper Ferry, Jolly Travel) :
arrive on time
★★★★★ Aug 27, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
On time. Fast service.
★★★★☆ Aug 27, 2017 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Great service from start to end, 12goasia replied to all my queries very quickly - confirmation, payment and picking up the tickets was easy and the office building is perfectly located across the street from the station. We chose a first class cabin for two, it was clean and comfortable, and we slept surprisingly well on the overnight journey. Also we can highly recommend the on board set menu for 190 Baht for a 5 course meal of authentic thai food! They woke us up 15 minutes before our stop so no worries about missing it. Only downside was the traditional hole in the ground toilet, fine at the start of the journey but since it is shared between 20 or so people and not cleaned during the 11 hour journey, I'd say it's best to wait til you get to your destination...
★★★★★ Aug 27, 2017 (train #85.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Aug 25, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★★ Aug 24, 2017 (avia Economy, Nok Air)
★★★★☆ Aug 24, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Aug 24, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★★ Aug 23, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
All was organized well, it was easy to pick up my ticket and the staff was very friendly.
★★★★★ Aug 23, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
A lovely way to travel, great service, decent food and arrived on time! (despite over 1 hour late departure)
★★★☆☆ Aug 22, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★☆ Aug 22, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Aug 22, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
As good as can be expected. Dirty train. Smelly toilet. But the beds are fine. It get you where you want to be.
★★★★★ Aug 22, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very nice trip. i Recommend
★★★★★ Aug 21, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai AirAsia)
★★★★☆ Aug 21, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
I took a bus for Chumphon from Khaosan at 2100 hours. There was one stop at around 0130 hours where we could get some snacks and use toilet. It was okay in overall but a bit tiry as we took the bus at night.
★★★★☆ Aug 21, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Aug 19, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Nice staff and clean train. Bed was big enough for 2 persons. We would recommend it totally
★★☆☆☆ Aug 19, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The train was full of bugs!
★★★★☆ Aug 18, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
We booked 2 lower births on the train however the lower birth can easily fit 2 people so next time would be comfortable to book one lower and one upper in order to leave a lower for someone else. Exit 3 at the Bangkok Railway station has some good and inexpensive restaurants while you are waiting for your train to depart. We ordered takeaways there. Much better than the train food at a fraction of the cost.
★★★★★ Aug 17, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Many thanks for the perfect service. 100% recomendation!
★★★★☆ Aug 17, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
1st class surprisingly comfortable
★★★★☆ Aug 17, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Nice staff and clean train however no electrical plugs
★★★★★ Aug 16, 2017 (ferry Ferry, Songserm) :
Was a very fun trip, organized and professional. The only stop has somewhat edgy staff. Trip was super comfortable though. Ac is either broken or freezing. Worth it.
★★★★☆ Aug 15, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Long smooth trip. Unfortunately without any stops. Well organized. The bus was a bit late, but we managed to catch the ferry easily.
★★★★★ Aug 15, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Aug 14, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Cool trip. Definitely recommend it.
★★★★☆ Aug 14, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Aug 14, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Aug 14, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Despite timely reservation, our 6 beds were not close together. Also no light and water in toilet, no water to clean hands, bedlights broken. Nighttrain is still a comfortable way to travel
★★★★☆ Aug 13, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Aug 12, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train delayed of 3 hours. A/C too cold for sleeping.
★★★★★ Aug 12, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very friendly staff on thr train!
★★★★★ Aug 12, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very nice trip. But today our train got late. Still this time I m in train. I don't what will be position of my further reservation from Suratthani to Phuket
★★★★☆ Aug 11, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Aug 11, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Aug 11, 2017 (ferry Ferry, Songserm)
★★☆☆☆ Aug 11, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
12goAsia handled everything perfectly. They are not at fault. However, the train itself was literally crawling with bugs. Not just one or two, but an infestation. All sizes and kinds. They would literally run over our arms while we were reading. Made for a very unpleasant journey, and very little sleep.
★★☆☆☆ Aug 11, 2017 (train #167.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The trains were quite hot (to be expected) but also very dirty, which was disappointing. It was difficult to sleep at all.
★★★★☆ Aug 11, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Lion Air)
★★★★☆ Aug 11, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Aug 11, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Aug 11, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Aug 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
El tren salió puntual. Las camas me sorprendieron por lo cómodas, aunque son algo pequeñas. Fue una experiencia diferente. Lo único criticable es la higiene del baño.
★★★★☆ Aug 10, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
I travelled on a first class cabin with air conditioning, although it was too cold the night was good. As you board on the train the staff comes to ask you for dinner and breakfast. ( Do not expect anything ). Prepare yourself, They don't speak English so well. Later They come to prepare beds.
★★★★★ Aug 10, 2017 (train #31 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
It was a very nice trip thank you for your wonderful service
★★★★★ Aug 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
A perfect way of travelling. Comfortable. Good beds, Good food on board
★★★★☆ Aug 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
All good - except for excruciatingly many roaches all around us on that train.
★★★★☆ Aug 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
12go staff in Bangkok were friendly and efficient. Train was a pretty cool adventure. One thing - traveling as a couple you really should be allocated one lower and one upper bunk. We were allocated 2 upper bunks and this was pretty hard to manage in an enclosed space, with people also trying to get into their lower bunks. (The couple on our block who had the lower bunks had a lovely time!) Train staff were very efficient. Beds were clean. Food in the dining car was pretty good. Train arrived on time. Overall quite enjoyable!
★★★★★ Aug 9, 2017 (train #85.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Aug 9, 2017 (train #173 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Aug 8, 2017 (train #85.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Aug 7, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Sufficient space for luggage. Had foldable tables so could play cards before going to sleep. Beds were completely prepared for us. Can get food and non alcoholic drinks on the train. Sleep was ok. Trunk beds good to stretch out only for body size up to 185cm.
★★☆☆☆ Aug 7, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Service at the DOB office in BKK was great. Very quick, helpful and kind. The Panthip bus after the fine train ride was a bad experience though. The agent started yelling at me loudly, hitting me twice!, and telling me off before I even saw her coming because I was doing as suggested and walking INTO the Panthip office/restaurant. She accosted me right off the train. Asked if we could stop to grab a water bottle and she nastily yelled no, so we went to the bus and sat on it for nearly an hour before departure. Then came on the bus and told me and my wife off there too for not knowing she was the agent. On top of that, they failed to mention the toilet on the bus is out of order and so it can be quite uncomfortable after 1 hour wait + 1.5 hour ride to ferry ! Just fly or go with another company than Panthip for bus and boat.
★★☆☆☆ Aug 7, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Airco was too cold. Got no water. Had no idea where I was in the country or if there was a delay or anything.
★★★★★ Aug 7, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great little adventure, was a fun way to travel
★★★★★ Aug 6, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
The train was very good and we had a nice trip. They gave us breakfast and lunch. We arrived on time.
★★★★☆ Aug 6, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Did the job. Staff good, bed comfy- what more do you need!
★★★★★ Aug 6, 2017 (train #85.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Yet again great servise from thai rail and 12go. Smooth journey, comfortable train, easy connections for bus and ferry. U arrive at chumphon 4.13am and guy didnt wake us up-make sure you set alarm! #85 not as clean as the one from chiang mai but still good-less luggage space bit wider beds. 12go- exeptional. Thank you!
★★★☆☆ Aug 5, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Good value in 2nd class. Only downside was the uncomfortably stiff pillow, but maybe I'd sleep fine if I brought my own. I'd do it again.
★★☆☆☆ Aug 5, 2017 (ferry Ferry, Songserm) :
No communication for when we leave and the busdriver look likes his on drugs and not friendly at all.. sorry you can be tyerd or fedd up with seeing tourist all the time but then you dont do the job
★★★★☆ Aug 5, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Service as advertised. Don't get why the bus leaves early evening just to leave travelers waiting for the ferry at chumphon peer for 4+ hours. Our bus A/C was on its last legs and very loud...on the bright side: there was A/C! Our driver's driving style was careful and consistent.
★★★★★ Aug 5, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Aug 5, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Travel was oke! Service on line good, but rules about refund not clear. After all got 15% back in stead of promised 80. And tickets were all changed from lower to upper bed. Pity
★★★★★ Aug 5, 2017 (train #85.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★☆☆☆ Aug 4, 2017 (ferry Ferry, Songserm)
★★☆☆☆ Aug 4, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train was really nice with comfort beds. A/C is very cold bring some warm clothes with you
★★★★★ Aug 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Excelent service. The train is comfortable.
★★★★☆ Aug 2, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Good stuff
★★★★★ Aug 2, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Aug 2, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Only the bus should be improved, it is unconfortable. The rest was perfect.
★★★☆☆ Aug 1, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
I booked the trip 2 months in advance however despite this my orginal choose of a carriage (2nd class aircon) was fully booked. In fact the train we wanted to catch was fully booked so we had to catch an earlier train. I found this odd as 12go can only book tickets a month in advance so should have been able to purchase them on the first day of sale. For this reason we ended in a second class fan carriage (where the heat was unbearable and got no sleep) arriving at 3:18am. 12Go also didn't inform us that once off the train we would have to wait 2 and a half hours for the transfer to the pier, as our ferry didn't leave until 7am. If I had known this in advance I would have picked an alternative day/method of transport.
★★★☆☆ Jul 31, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
12Go staff were organized and picking up tickets was not a problem. Train was noisier and rougher than expected, but we could have known this...

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