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 Oct 24, 2017

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
21:00
Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
08:45
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
11h 45m
Instant Refund

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 duration
15h 55m
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 duration
15h
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 duration
14h

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
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 duration
14h
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 duration
14h
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.
08:30
Suratthani Train Station
14:15
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
5h 45m
Instant Refund
Total duration
18h 45m
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
14h
Instant Refund
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 duration
19h 30m
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 duration
19h 30m

From Phutthamonthon Lomprayah to Koh Tao by bus+ferry joint ticket

06:00
Phutthamonthon Lomprayah, Bangkok
17:45
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
11h 45m
Instant Refund
21:00
Phutthamonthon Lomprayah, Bangkok
08:45
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
11h 45m
Instant Refund

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 duration
9h
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 duration
8h 50m
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 duration
9h 10m
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 duration
7h 50m
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 duration
9h 55m
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 duration
9h 10m
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 duration
8h 40m

Passenger reviews out of total 53,757 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 ^_^

★★★★★ Oct 18, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Súper cumplidos, no hay que esperar, excelente servicio
★★☆☆☆ Oct 17, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Bus was warm, air conditioning wasn't really working. Air in the bus was pretty stale and had a bit of an odour around. Not enough instructions given. A long wait for the bus and the pier was not communicated to any passengers.
★★★★☆ Oct 16, 2017 (train #85.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Oct 16, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Pleasant trip, and confortable sleeping.
★★★★☆ Oct 15, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Very comfortable. On time. Good service. Only no Wi-Fi and 1 outlet for charging.????
★★★★★ Oct 11, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Oct 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Oct 9, 2017 (avia Economy, Nok Air) :
Everything on time
★★★★☆ Oct 8, 2017 (train #85.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Good service - as expected - on time, staff very helpful, Thank you
★★★★★ Oct 8, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Oct 7, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★☆ Oct 6, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Oct 5, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Pleasantly surprised how good 2nd class sleeper was. The train was on timeish and was clean throughout the whole journey even the bathrooms which had soap and toilet paper. The beds were comfortable and it wasn't too cold. Clean sheets and blankets were provided.
★★★☆☆ Oct 5, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai AirAsia) :
The flight was fine, however we departed 50min late, therefore missing our scheduled bus & ferry.
★★★★☆ Oct 3, 2017 (avia Economy, Nok Air) :
What you expect gets you there on time, minimal plane features.
★★★★☆ Oct 3, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
very good food is offered on-board and linen given
★★★★☆ Oct 2, 2017 (train #85.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Pretty much what we expected
★★★☆☆ Oct 1, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Cheap,not really clear in the schedule (It Is mandatory to arrive half an hour before,otherwise they would leave you in Bangkok with no clue of where to go),too much time waiting for the ferry in the dock.Nevertheless Is a good option and Is not that slow.
★★★★★ Oct 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very nice and professional areangement
★★★★☆ Sep 30, 2017 (train #37 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The bed is comfortable enough to sleep while moving. Bed sheets, bed cover, pillow cover and curtains are fresh and clean. Operators often check the cars for security. And they are friendly. And oh the restaurant is such a great experience. Please eat there instead of eating in your seats. It's worth it. And food is good. Could be an interesting date with your significant half.
★★★★☆ Sep 30, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★☆☆☆ Sep 29, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
The train food turned out to be very expensive - nothing is included even if you are first class. 2x orange juice, some weird fruit, 1x vegetarian dinner, 2x breakfast with coffee = 970 baht. The food was dreadful and all veggie meals tasted the same. Morning egg made us sick. We never paid this much for very simple and few foods elsewhere in Thailand - beware of this scam. The 1st class was not 1st classy at all - broken arm handle and the table, uncomfortable beds and very loud carriage. Eyemask and earplugs are a must. The train left and arrived on time.
★★★☆☆ Sep 28, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
1st class sleeper was basic but clean. Beer salesman is a scammer. Dinner was OK, avoid breakfast. Nice adventure.
★★★★★ Sep 27, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Sep 26, 2017 (train #85.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
It was a fine way to travel. No luxury but clean and convient.
★★★★★ Sep 26, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
12go.asia did the best job possible. We booked at 1am a trip for the same day and not only we that no problem but they also arranged to get 1st class tickets as specified in the comments. The 1st class is good with nice service, lockable doors and fairly comfortable beds.
★★★★★ Sep 25, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Nice trip, been prepared for cold, so it was nice. Stuff is friendly.
★★★★★ Sep 25, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Sep 25, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ 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 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 (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 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 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 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 (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)

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