Bangkok to Koh Tao @ train, ferry, bus, van Jun 3, 2017

15 trips (THB 850 — 2,339)

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
50 seats available
21:00
Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
08:45
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
11h 45m
Instant Refund
฿ 1,150
× 2 = ฿ 2,300
46 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)
17:35
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
02:50
Chumphon
9h 15m
Refund
20 seats available
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
  available
Total
15h 55m
฿ 1,570
× 2 = ฿ 3,140
Bangkok - Chumphon - Koh Tao (SRT #173 2nd Class Fan seats + Jolly Travel)
17:35
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
02:50
Chumphon
9h 15m
Refund
20 seats available
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
  available
Total
15h 55m
฿ 1,200
× 2 = ฿ 2,400
Bangkok - Chumphon - Koh Tao (SRT #167 2nd Class Sleeper AC + Jolly Travel)
18:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
03:20
Chumphon
8h 50m
Refund
27 seats available
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
  available
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
Refund
31 seats available
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
  available
Total
14h
฿ 1,630
× 2 = ฿ 3,260
Bangkok - Chumphon - Koh Tao (SRT #85 1st Class Sleeper + Jolly Travel)
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
04:15
Chumphon
8h 45m
Refund
Only 3 seats left!
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
  available
Total
14h
฿ 2,094
× 2 = ฿ 4,188

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

19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
04:15
Chumphon
8h 45m
Refund
31 seats available
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
35 seats available
Total
14h
฿ 1,730
× 2 = ฿ 3,460
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
04:15
Chumphon
8h 45m
Refund
Only 3 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
35 seats available
Total
14h
฿ 2,194
× 2 = ฿ 4,388
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
Refund
Only 3 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
50 seats available
Total
18h 45m
฿ 2,339
× 2 = ฿ 4,678
Bangkok - Suratthani - Koh Tao
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
Refund
31 seats available
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
Only 6 seats left!
Total
19h 30m
฿ 1,708
× 2 = ฿ 3,416
Bangkok - Suratthani - Koh Tao
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
Refund
Only 3 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
Only 6 seats left!
Total
19h 30m
฿ 2,239
× 2 = ฿ 4,478

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
25 seats available

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
10 seats available

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

15:00
Khao San Road Jolly Travel, Bangkok
05:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
14h 30m
Instant
฿ 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 42,427 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 ^_^

★★★★☆ May 27, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Does exactly what it says. For others reference youre not allowed any alcohol on the train the security onboard take it even if you're not drinking it, we had bought some for the next hotel.
★★★★★ May 24, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The train was clean, comfortable and exactly on time. Staff is nice. They provide bed linen and you can use restaurant service.
★★★★★ May 21, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ May 21, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★☆☆☆ May 21, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
It was very easy to pick up the ticket. Once we got on the train, the cabin was dirty and so was the washroom. The train ride was also not very smooth. The cabins were freezing. There was not an announcement about the upcoming stops so we were not sure if we were suppose to get off. The guy looking after our area was sleeping so we were left figuring it out on our own.
★★★★★ May 19, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★★ May 17, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Alles lief sehr gut ab. Die Abholung im Office von 12Go Asia lief reibungslos ab und sie haben mir sogar mit einem Problem mit meiner Thai-Simkarte geholfen. Sehr hilfsbereit. Wir würden immer wieder über 12go Asia buchen. Der Zug war etwas älter, dennoch war es super darin zu schlafen. Temperatur war genau richtig.
★★★☆☆ May 15, 2017 (ferry Ferry, Jolly Travel) :
everything was alright with 12go asia , just the ferry company switch the ferry for a local boat without same accomodations of the ferry I bought online.
★★★★☆ May 14, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
It was diificult to sleep since it was very cold in the cabin. The train still stops Quite few times even though that it is called Express train.
★★☆☆☆ May 13, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Didn't stop for 6 hours which meant no food was available and we weren't allowed to go to the toilet. The coach was late getting to the ferry too. Not the best service.
★★★☆☆ May 12, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
-/- food, temperature during the night
★★★★☆ May 10, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ May 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
2nd class sleeper with ac, really comfortable and plenty of room even on the top bunk
★★★★★ May 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train was reasonably clean, and staff were polite and kind. We arrived on time despite stopping often.
★★★★☆ May 8, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Very easy and fast service.
★★★★★ May 8, 2017 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ May 7, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ May 7, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★☆☆ May 7, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Bus smell like toilet, space between seats was small and we had to wait for the ferry 2.5 hours. The ferry was beautiful
★★★★★ May 7, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Very nice experience. Thank you for your service.
★★★★☆ May 7, 2017 (train #83 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Ticket collection from 12go Asia was seamless. Great service. The #83 train was pretty old as it was built in 1996. Almost 20 years ago! Hence it was evident that it was pretty run down and dirty, at least for my seat which was just to the toilet. Small cockroaches can be seen crawling everywhere most of the time. Even saw one on my bed when I woke up in the morning but you will just have to deal with it. Food on the restaurant train was decent but be careful of flying insects landing directly inside your meals. It was generally cold and comfy throughout the journey. The crew also made sure to wake you up about 10 minutes before your arrival. Overall a great experience but would not try again haha, at least with the older trains.
★★★☆☆ May 7, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Really long queue to get our stickers for the bus. Bus was late so had to wait an extra hour. Bus wasn't that comfortable but ride was quick. Ferry ride was beautiful, very smooth but also left 30 min late
★★☆☆☆ May 6, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Bus left an hour early, no time to get food before. Bus smelled like toilet, space between seats was really small. Two hours waiting for the ferry.
★★★☆☆ May 5, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★☆ May 4, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train staff and cleanliness was good.More variety in food can be considered for vegeterian people or even egg related items as everyone is not accustomed of eating pork/chicken.. Display system showing the next arriving stop is very much required for the tourists
★★★★★ May 4, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
All went right. Happy
★★★★☆ May 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ May 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Apr 28, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Apr 25, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Everything fine!
★★★★☆ Apr 23, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Old train. Otherwise spot on
★★★★☆ Apr 22, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Hard to book correctly because you don t know since the last day if your ticket is available or not,have to pay an extra(directly at the officer near the train station),but the road in train is fantastic!
★★★★☆ Apr 21, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Easy...able to sleep
★★★★★ Apr 21, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Apr 21, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Apr 18, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
2nd class aircon sleeper was very nice and clean. Train guy, on request, even woke me up at a different station to what was on my ticket because I couldn't book what I needed. However....pack your thermals for the ferry cause it is freezing. I tried to go outside the ice box and was quite aggressively told not to go outside by of the girls working there. I had a jumper, long trousers and socks and I was shivering.
★★★★★ Apr 17, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
We three traveled together, we all like the crew service so much, especially he put the bed for us, and reminded us to get off. The train is clean with comfort bed. It is very good price for night traveler.
★★★★★ Apr 15, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Apr 15, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Very relaxed trip
★★★★★ Apr 14, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Super freundliches Team! Alles hat bestens geklappt :) die Zugfahrt war richtig angenehm und das Bett gemütlich. Jederzeit wieder! ...vergesst nur nicht, etwas zu Essen mitzunehmen. Schweineteuer im Zug ;)
★★★★☆ Apr 14, 2017 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel)
★★★☆☆ Apr 14, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Mixup with train car numbers. We had to move to another car. Then we had to move back. Was not organized.
★★★☆☆ Apr 13, 2017 (train #85.1 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★☆☆☆ Apr 13, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
For train- service is very good..just bathroom not ok..for bus verrrry bad service. No bus..wating in street in hot weather then ask us yo take van to office ..then still waiting with no bus...verrrry bad bus service
★★★★★ Apr 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Apr 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Good service, all clean andneat
★★★☆☆ Apr 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
12go service was excellent, fast and very helpful. The staff on the train were kind. My complaints would be the air conditioning is set to freeze your balls off. I hadn't packed any long sleeve clothes and I was shivering also. Without a phone I wouldn't be able to know where I was during the trip. I wish theré was a way to know where we are and when exactly we arrive. Other than that great trip. Pack some warmer clothes
★★★★★ Apr 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The staff at 12Go Asia are top notch. Very helpful and friendly. When I didn't reply to an email within 3 hours, they sent a sms to alert me that they needed an input from me asap. Their reply time was quick and the picking up of tickets was a breeze. The trip itself was lovely, cheap meals and cozy bed. I am very happy and would recommend their services!
★★★★☆ Apr 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Apr 8, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
easy peasy all the way
★★★☆☆ Apr 8, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Bus was late, toilet was nasty, but the people were friendly.
★★★★★ Apr 7, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Apr 7, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Picking up tickets was straightforward opposite Hua Lumphong station in Bangkok. Train is a great way to travel. They made up our beds as soon as we requested. Clean sheets, blanket and pillow. We were woken up 15 min before our arrival in Chumphon. The only thing I would do differently is that we booked a train - bus - ferry ticket and when we arrived in Chumphon at 4:15am we had to walk 400m to Fame Tours, wait there 1 hour only to then hop a mini bus to go back to the train station to get on another bus! Also our ferry ticket said 'high speed ferry' however, it was the express ferry (Songserm) which takes 1 hour longer (not the Lomprayah high speed ferry). It would be good if the ticket said either Songserm or Lomprayah. We could have bought our bus and ferry ticket at the train station and just waited there, not having to walk to Fame tours. As it turned out it wasn't a problem as we arrived at Ko Tao at 10am (10:30 am at our accommodation) and our room wasn't ready until 11:30.
★★★☆☆ Apr 7, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Apr 6, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Very good trip, the only problem to point out was the long waiting time between the bus trip and the speed boat, 3h.
★★★☆☆ Apr 5, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Staff was helpful and friendly. Train ride was noisy. Too many people knocking on our door.
★★★★☆ Apr 5, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Nice, in time, cleaness good, travelled in 2nd class, Little Bit Loud of cause, take water with you
★★★★☆ Apr 5, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great way to travel south, nice clean bed, good food but a bit pricey, however dinner with starter, fruit and cake, breakfast sandwich with coffee and cake and juice all served to your seat for £10 isn't too bad really.
★★★★☆ Apr 4, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
The trip was fine. There wasn't much room for your feet on the bus but it got us there safely. Also wish the bus left later so we didn't have to wait at the dock for 2 hours before the ferry left. That's Thailand though, you get what you pay for.
★★★★☆ Apr 4, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Apr 4, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Apr 4, 2017 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Everything went to plan. Staff were helpful and efficient. Would use 12go again.
★★★★★ Apr 4, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The sleeper train is a great way to travel.
★★★★☆ Apr 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
My favourite bit was the train! We travelled in 2nd class which was more than adequate and just so much fun! Thanks
★★★★☆ Apr 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Good value, beats the bus, see more than using the plane.
★★★★☆ Apr 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
service good, but all night the big lights on, not easy to fell sleep with all these lights.
★★★★★ Apr 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Super smooth journey, train departed and arrived exactly on time, food served on board was cheap and good.
★★★☆☆ Apr 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Apr 2, 2017 (train #173 Class II Fan, Thai Railways) :
My trip to get to Hua Lamphong was hectic due to the heavy construction (from the recent rain shower) due to this I was cutting it pretty close to missing my train. Thankfully your staff was able to meet at the station and had me my receipt. It's too bad I never caught her name, she was lovely, very accommodating and acted as my angel! ❤️ This class seat though well... It's okay, I didn't get any sleep due to uncomfortable seats but you get what you pay for. The food the restrung offers was so good but over priced. Anyway good experience though!
★★★★★ Apr 1, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Mar 31, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Sleeping pods fantastic! Pretty comfy with fresh linen and pillows. Ensure you get on the air conditioned carriage.
★★★★★ Mar 31, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Mar 30, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
No major issues , it would be good if they could dim the lights when everyone is in their bunks. Staff were a bit bossy at about 5.10am that they needed to start stripping the beds, we still had two hours until arrival. But for the price I would travel again. 12go were great to deal with.
★★★★☆ Mar 30, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Mar 29, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Fun experience. Will definitely do again. Service was great, and sleeper was super comfortable
★★★★☆ Mar 28, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Easy booking and easy to find the office. Beds were ok and staff was nice. Should have brought earplugs because it is very loud so I didn't get much sleep. 12GO is Great!
★★★★☆ Mar 28, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★☆ Mar 28, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★☆☆☆ Mar 27, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
No wifi, no food, dirty toilet but it was comfortable and on time. Would recommend anti-sea sicks on the boat! Lots of vomiting!!!
★★★★★ Mar 26, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Mar 26, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very good staff. Bathroom disgusting on our class II ac overnight route from BKK to ST but functioned. Maybe my expectations were a bit high there I don't know? Efficient ride, nice staff, and pleasantly surprised by ease of transition to buying tickets for a van ride to Khao Son NP after got off train at Surat Thani. Thanks for that streamlined service and good coffee! (Had expected to have to arrange an expensive taxi elsewhere to arrange ride to Khao Sok. Convenient).
★★★★★ Mar 25, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Thanks 12go Asia, everything was organized so smooth!
★★★☆☆ Mar 25, 2017 (ferry Ferry, Jolly Travel) :
The minivan to the ferry transfer was great! The ferry was pretty rough though, the bedding on my bed was stained throughout, the room stank and there were beds everywhere with a sign that warned about valuables getting stolen but nowhere to secure them... What was I supposed to do, not sleep? Jolly we're good though, the man in Bangkok was great. The guy to transfer us to the boat took ages to come and made us late for the boat so everyone was staring at us when we arrived.
★★★★☆ Mar 25, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Mar 24, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Had no problem with the trip. Took longer than expected but there is a lot of construction on the way
★★★★☆ Mar 24, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Mar 23, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Mar 23, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Pretty smoothe quick ride. Too bad it doesn't leave later and arrive closer to ferry time... had to wait 2.5 hrs... hard to get any real sleep
★★★★☆ Mar 19, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
AC was extremly cold.
★★★☆☆ Mar 19, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train was okay, on time and quite comfy. A few cockroaches which we expected from other reviews. The staff were quite pushy and unfriendly on train 85. The ferry bus was late, but a nice ride over which made you forget about it.
★★★★★ Mar 18, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Mar 17, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Das obere Bett ist sehr schmal... wer ruhig schläft, ist im Vorteil ;)
★★★★★ Mar 17, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Just what I expected. Finding the offices was very easy per their instructions. The train itself was clean enough and had AC. Booking with them was great.
★★★★★ Mar 16, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
As always, nice and easy:)
★★★★★ Mar 15, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Mar 15, 2017 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel) :
Bus leg: the woman on the bus was rude. You could smell the toilet and there was only one rest stop (after 5 hours) at a shitty place owned by their friends rather than the several with a large 7-Eleven that we passed less than 15 mins earlier! Also the collection point was BK central station, it then took about an hour to drive to Khao San Rd to collect more people (we would have preferred an option or dropdown in the booking to pick it ourselves as we rushed to get across BK in traffic so that we could sit in traffic back to KSR!). No complaints about the boat leg of the journey. You can sit in the sun on top or in the shade and AC downstairs and you can get refreshments and even beers. Boat was big and stable and had good toilets.
★★★★★ Mar 14, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Brilliant service! Very efficient, helpful and polite.
★★★★★ Mar 14, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Mar 13, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Mar 13, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Train okay but old. Staff give drinks and fruit...and then collect money qithout saying you had to pay.

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.