Bangkok to Koh Tao @ train, ferry, bus, van Jan 26, 2017

13 trips (THB 850 — 2,339)

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

Lomprayah
06:00
Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
15:00
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
9h
snack WC aircon steward
฿ 1,150
× 2 = ฿ 2,300
50 seats available
Lomprayah
21:00
Khao San Lomprayah, Bangkok
08:45
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
11h 45m
snack WC aircon steward
฿ 1,150
× 2 = ฿ 2,300
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)
#173
Thai Railways
17:35
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
02:50
Chumphon
9h 15m
food WC aircon steward
30 seats available
Change stations. Walk - 5 min, 400 m (Next departure after 2 hours 40 mins)
Jolly Travel
05:30
Chumphon Fame Tours
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
4h
snack WC aircon steward
  available
Total
15h 55m
฿ 1,570
× 2 = ฿ 3,140
Bangkok - Chumphon - Koh Tao (SRT #173 2nd Class Fan seats + Jolly Travel)
#173
Thai Railways
17:35
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
02:50
Chumphon
9h 15m
food WC steward
20 seats available
Change stations. Walk - 5 min, 400 m (Next departure after 2 hours 40 mins)
Jolly Travel
05:30
Chumphon Fame Tours
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
4h
snack WC aircon steward
  available
Total
15h 55m
฿ 1,200
× 2 = ฿ 2,400
Bangkok - Chumphon - Koh Tao (SRT #167 2nd Class Sleeper AC + Jolly Travel)
#167
Thai Railways
18:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
03:20
Chumphon
8h 50m
food WC aircon steward
16 seats available
Change stations. Walk - 5 min, 400 m (Next departure after 2 hours 10 mins)
Jolly Travel
05:30
Chumphon Fame Tours
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
4h
snack WC aircon steward
  available
Total
15h
฿ 1,570
× 2 = ฿ 3,140
Bangkok - Chumphon - Koh Tao (SRT #85 2nd Class Sleeper AC + Jolly Travel)
#85
Thai Railways
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
04:15
Chumphon
8h 45m
food WC aircon steward
13 seats available
Change stations. Walk - 5 min, 400 m (Next departure after 1 hour 15 mins)
Jolly Travel
05:30
Chumphon Fame Tours
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
4h
snack WC aircon steward
  available
Total
14h
฿ 1,630
× 2 = ฿ 3,260
Bangkok - Chumphon - Koh Tao (SRT #85 1st Class Sleeper + Jolly Travel)
#85
Thai Railways
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
04:15
Chumphon
8h 45m
food WC aircon steward
 
Change stations. Walk - 5 min, 400 m (Next departure after 1 hour 15 mins)
Jolly Travel
05:30
Chumphon Fame Tours
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
4h
snack WC aircon steward
  available
Total
14h
฿ 2,094
× 2 = ฿ 4,188

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

#85
Thai Railways
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
04:15
Chumphon
8h 45m
food WC aircon steward
13 seats available
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
Lomprayah
05:00
Chumphon Lomprayah (Train Station)
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
4h 30m
snack WC aircon steward
43 seats available
Total
14h
฿ 1,730
× 2 = ฿ 3,460
#85
Thai Railways
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
04:15
Chumphon
8h 45m
food WC aircon steward
 
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
Lomprayah
05:00
Chumphon Lomprayah (Train Station)
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
4h 30m
snack WC aircon steward
43 seats available
Total
14h
฿ 2,194
× 2 = ฿ 4,388
#85
Thai Railways
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
food WC aircon steward
 
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
Lomprayah
08:30
Suratthani Trainstation
14:15
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
5h 45m
snack WC aircon steward
50 seats available
Total
18h 45m
฿ 2,339
× 2 = ฿ 4,678
#85
Thai Railways
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
04:15
Chumphon
8h 45m
food WC steward
11 seats available
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
Lomprayah
05:00
Chumphon Lomprayah (Train Station)
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
4h 30m
snack WC aircon steward
43 seats available
Total
14h
฿ 1,490
× 2 = ฿ 2,980

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

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

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

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

How to get to Koh-Tao

A Very Typical Sunset @
A Very Typical Sunset

What about

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

Getting to Koh Tao

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

From Bangkok via Chumphon bus + ferry

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

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

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

From Bangkok via Chumphon train + bus + ferry

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

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

From Bangkok via Suratthani train + bus + ferry

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

From Koh Samui to Koh Tao

Both Lomprayah and Seatran Discovery take 2–2¼ hrs to Koh Tao’s Mae Haad departing from Maenam and Bangrak Seatran Pier on Samui correspondingly. With Seatran you have to book at least one day in advance while Lomprayah requires two days advanced booking.

Lomprayah Shirt Sticker @
Lomprayah Shirt Sticker

From Koh Phangan to Koh Tao

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

Seatran vs Lomprayah

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

Getting around

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

Where to stay

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

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

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

Lomprayha Office @
Lomprayha Office

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

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

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

Inside the Lomprayah bus @
Inside the Lomprayah bus

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

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

Passenger reviews out of total 33,304 passengers traveled with us on this route

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

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

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

★★★★★ Jan 20, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Booking online was easy and ticket pick up was easy. I thought the train (85) was to leave at 20:30, but the ticket said 19:30. The train actually left at 20:40. Anyway, the cleanliness, comfort and staff were very good. I would recommend this trip.
★★★★☆ Jan 19, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Excellent service by 12go. Old train with a cockroach crawling out of the seat
★★★☆☆ Jan 19, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Comfortable seats and helpful staff onboard. However, the food was not very god and it was à bit cold.
★★☆☆☆ Jan 19, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Service from one single person at the office in Bangkok its very arrogante. For such a route bus had faulty seats and can not be moved to a sleeping position, and generally was in poor condition. Otherwise I have no bad comments
★★★★★ Jan 19, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 18, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
I like the overall experience. But I don't quite agree with the service from one single person at the office in Bangkok.
★★★★☆ Jan 17, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Bus was good and clean as was the ferry. Bit of waiting around but overall very good
★★★★★ Jan 16, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Jan 15, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
2nd class with fans was pretty noisey and bumpy. 2nd class AC carriage was more modern and I wonder if it was quieter and smoother. Bear in mind cheaper carriages might contain younger, more exhuberant travellers. Mind did. He was tiresome.
★★★★★ Jan 14, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Excellent as usual.
★★★☆☆ Jan 14, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train environment itself was cool and comfortable, however there were cockroaches crawling around and I could not sleep because of it. I narrowly missed the flooding, thankfully. Staff were kind and helpful.
★★★★☆ Jan 13, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 12, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very disappointed with the service of 12GO eventually, we have been in the jungle and cut from any wifi/news for a few days. Once back at an airport, I tried calling 12GO to modify part of my booking. Should I have not called them, I would have never known that trains to south of Thailand were cancelled due to severe flooding. Moreover the lady on the phone was very rude and told me to call in a week, ridiculous and not helpful at all, could have just told me they can't do anything. I lost hotels, had to review my holidays bookings and itinerary. Piece of advice, keep up with the weather news whatever season you are traveling in.
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 12, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very poor customer service. My train got cancelled because of the flooding hapenning in the south of Thailand, no one got in touch with me to inform me. Thankfully, I saw an announcement at the train station. Additionnally, I requested a full refund as they could no longer provide the service I booked, they didn't want to do it at first and I had to insist and negociate. If you can't provide a journey booked by a customer, just issue a full refund. Period.
★★★★☆ Jan 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Everything went very smoothly from picking up the tickets to the actual trip - train, ferry and bus were mostly on time and all very comfortable - my only criticism would be the toilets on the train - they could be cleaner. Great system which I will definately use again!!
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
I am very disappointed as our trip to Koh Phangan did not go through because of the flooding. I would like a full refund for the train/bus and ferry trip, as I even bought travel insurance as well. I do not understand why the train station would not know that they could not make it through because of the flooding. I know have to spend more money to try and get over to my destination. I would not pre book again.
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The train never arrived. They turned us around due to extreme flooding in Suratthani and the islands we were booked at. On top of that, we got bitten up by bugs and there was cockroaches under the mattress.
★★★☆☆ Jan 10, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Pleasant staff. Comfortable.
★★★☆☆ Jan 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Pleasant surprise for a night train, water, juice, little snack and a blanket included...only if they reduced light
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 7, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The train was cancelled. I could get the money back from train station, but why did you not inform me about the cancellation? You had my email address. I had to pay more for a new ticket by bus and other ship, otherwise I would have lost my bookings on Koh Samui. I lost a lot of money, because I can not get the money back for the ship which I could not reach because of the train cancellation. I am very upset!
★★★★☆ Jan 6, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Very convenient for getting from Bangkok to Koh Tao in one day. Reasonably priced and the bus and ferry are comfortable.
★★★★★ Jan 6, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
everything went completely fine, beds are comfortable and the stuff at the office and on the train is very friendly and helpful.
★★★★★ Jan 6, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Jan 5, 2017 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Great app and smooth service from 12go. Picked up tickets opposite station with zero fuss or waiting. Train was not so great - cabin was dated, with cold air vents the could not be closed, even by the train staff. We resorted to stuffing with toilet paper to reduce the draught. Train was very noisy and the light in the corridor was left on all night, which made for an uncomfortable night's rest and hardly any sleep. OK for some privacy - although the door to the adjoining cabin doesn't close tightly and you can hear everything - but that's about it. No option of meal either, and which was advertised. Not worth paying double. Would be lower than three stars if it weren't for the great 12go service and the friendly attendant who made up the beds and gave us a wake up call 10 mins before our stop.
★★★★★ Jan 5, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Jan 5, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 5, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Very easy and efficient booking with this service - easy to find to pick up tickets and transfers to buses with provided vouchers worked well even when train was a little late and we missed connections. Sleeper train very comfy.
★★★★★ Jan 4, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great service...offices opposite main entrance of train station...when coming from the metro you need to through the station and go out of the door beside the left luggage. You will see rhe building in front of you .
★★★★★ Jan 4, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
No problems, fast, very good
★★★★★ Jan 4, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
All perfect
★★★★☆ Jan 4, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 3, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Very smooth journey, no problems at all and very easy to collect tickets/instructions very easy to follow - 5*! High speed ferry at 45 mins definitely recommended
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 2, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
The train was very dirty, the explanation was that I didn't paid first class. The girl from 12go.asia at the station was unhelpful and rude. she shout at me and didn't help us to sort the problem. Shame that I cant put up some pictures.
★★★★★ Jan 2, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 2, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Cheap, nice and easy ticket pick up
★★★☆☆ Jan 2, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Although I actually enjoyed 2nd class fan more than 2nd class AC (which I found way too cold) the train was clearly much older than the one I went up to Chiang Mai with. Beds narrower, less comfortable, no toilet paper or tissues at the sinks... just good to be aware that trains can be very different although seemingly similar when you book them!
★★★★☆ Jan 2, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Ticket office was great service and the train was very well organised including sleeping bedding etc. The only thing was the food on the train. absolutely awful and twice the price it should be. Basically 3 bowls of slop for 210 Bahts. Should have bought snacks and drinks from 7-11.
★★★★☆ Jan 2, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Booked on 1st Jan while still in another country, because I thought the train would be busy. However, there was plenty of space on the train and the ticket is 1300 for 2 for lower birth second class ac at the station: there is a dedicated ticket office for foreigners, with English speaking staff. Overall I am happy I paid a bit more to guarantee a place while I was still in another country, but wouldn't do it again if travelling during normal time. Train was very pleasant, toilets are a bit of a disappointment though.
★★★★☆ Jan 2, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★★ Jan 1, 2017 (train #171 Class II Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
You get what you pay for here folks. Its hands down the most cost effective method to go clear across the country. Its very noisy, couple stops but staff are indeed great about waking you up before your stops, offering food etc. My one and only complaint is that we bought first class sleepers 8 months in advance. 2 months before our trip, we were downgraded to second class with fan (we were not offered second class with AC which is an option folks). As it turns out, it was still ok and we received a partial refund on our tickets. That said, it raised some red flags as we made friends with some of the people who got first class tickets who bought only 3 months in advance. This means that once this company has your ticket in hand, they start sending out emails to the people who baught far in advance and paid less for the ticket in hopes you'll accept a down grade at which point, your first class ticket is given to the person who paid the most...more profit for them. They use the fact that they have to physically purchas and "confirm" your ticket to their advantage.
★★☆☆☆ Jan 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
THEY SAID THAT HE TRAIN WAS FULL!!! THERE WERE COMPLETE CHARAGES EMPTY. I HAD BOOKED TWO LOWER BIRTH SEATS/BEDS. THESE WERE NOT ALLOCATED OR GIVEN ON REQUEST. FURTHER MORE THE STAFF THEN PROCEEDED TO MAKE UP THE BEDS FRO THEM SELFS.TO SLEEP ON AT THE EXPENSE OF THE FAIR PAYING PASSENGERS???? I HAVE TRAVEL THIS TRAIN ON NEW YEARS EVE TWICE NO-BLACK AND WHITE BAD THIS TIME. (ALSO IT WAS AN HOUR LATE)!. SO THAT'S THAILAND RAIL LOSS ON THE TRAINS & THAILANDS GAIN ON THE PLAINS
★★★☆☆ Jan 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train was almost 1h30 in late at arrival time
★★★★★ Jan 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
I tried to book the train tickets from Bangkok to Surat Thani 60 days in advance but all tickets gone in 10 minutes after opening time for sale. The only option was left to go via travel agency. The 12Go Asia were efficient and helpful. I was glad to get tickets for a small commission. The train journey was okay and comfortable enough. The only reservation was the air conditioner was too cold, so bring extra layers.
★★★★☆ Jan 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
My first time on a sleeper train. Train was older, but the beds came with clean sheets, blanket and pillow. I was relatively comfortable. Not a fancy mode of transport, but decent for the price/convenience. Train was about an hour late leaving the station, but nothing is on time in Thailand except flights. So, just plan accordingly for that.
★★★★★ Jan 1, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Dec 31, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Dec 31, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
After experiencing the new trains to Chiang Mai, this was a minor disappointment. The carriage was old and the top bunk was hard. For the rest clean and the benches were fine. It's an experience I wouldn't have wanted to miss. There are people selling stuff in the train although it might sometimes seem there giving it for free and come ask you to pay afterwards...
★★★★★ Dec 31, 2016 (train #31 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Outstanding
★★★★☆ Dec 31, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Can't fault 12goasia. Everything went as planned, informative and helpful. Railways could have warned us when we were approaching Chumphon station, could have easily slept through and missed our connection. I realise it's our responsibility but...
★★★★★ Dec 31, 2016 (train #85.1 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Dec 30, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Dec 30, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Dec 29, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Dec 29, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Nice trip. Slept like a baby. Toilets was no good at all. Otherwise a great alternative to flying. Staff was wonderful
★☆☆☆☆ Dec 29, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
The ferry is the worst thing ever. I would never recommend this company to anyone. Everyone felt seasick during the trip becasue of the high speed.
★★☆☆☆ Dec 29, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
12Go claim that the trains were all booked but I got a new ticket from the station with no problem. 12Go would not refund or change the ticket and over charged me. They are a third party company charging above normal prices. Unless you really worry about booking in advance you don't need to use their service. The actual train journey was okay. Quite noisy and bumpy so hard to sleep. The breakfast was cold crap so avoid and bring something to eat yourself. When you alight at the destination it's the usual Thai style mayhem but easy enough to find your connecting bus. Although if you get an early train you may have to wait for the second train so they can fill the bus to the ferry. But it's ok, you can eat at their restaurant and give them more of your money. So I reccomend you do it yourself.... it's part of the adventure
★★★☆☆ Dec 28, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★☆ Dec 28, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Dec 28, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
In time . Good service
★★★★★ Dec 28, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Cuando fui a hacer el pick up dr mi ticket me hacen dar cuenta que había comprado el ticket para dentro de 1 mes y precisaba viajar ese mismo día. Las chicas del local se encargaron de buscarme un lugar en el mismo tren para viajar esa misma noche. Todo un exito
★★★★★ Dec 27, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Service from these guys very good. Recommend
★★★☆☆ Dec 27, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
You get what you pay for :) we were too late for first class, so had to go for second class with fans. The train is old, but clean, bed is ok, but would be a challenge for travellers taller than 186cm. You are unlikely to get proper sleep, it is hot, noisy and full of abrupt stops. But then it was the only most convenient way to get to the place.
★★★★☆ Dec 27, 2016 (train #171 Class II Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Dec 25, 2016 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Very good service from 12Go, picking up the tickets was fast and easy. The train was on time and the level of comfort matched with what you can decently expect from 2nd class.
★★★★☆ Dec 25, 2016 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
I was so glad I got the ticket in time. Good service!
★★★★★ Dec 25, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Efficient and friendly staff and a smooth short process .
★★★★★ Dec 25, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
No problems, perfect service
★★★★★ Dec 25, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Bangkok to Surat Thani with Class II Sleeper AC. Train no.85. Service of 12go was very good. We first ordered first class, but it was all taken by the time. We were contacted via email in six hours and was given number of similar offers, of which we choose Class II AC sleeper. Departure was a bit late because of ongoing boarding of people, but we were on our final destination on time. The train was clean, definitely no bugs. Train service prepared the beds after departure / dinner. The bunks are comfy and clean, beddings were clean also. Possible to order breakfast in the evening for specific time with wakeup. Food was fresh and price for breakfast was 150 Baths. Rations are quite large. Level of noise depends on other travelers, we have two families with small children and it was ok. Toilets were ok for a train. Lower bunk is really wide, so even a tall person can fit there, if you lie diagonaly (I am 198cm and ok). Upper bunk not so big, but ok for smaller person. Staff was funny, nice and smiling. Be careful not to take anything for "free", you will be billed later. Overall we were very satisfied with the service.
★★★★☆ Dec 25, 2016 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Dec 24, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
The reliable service of 12goasia is very good. The 2nd class train is a Thai experience, its fun, clean, nice food service, drive's on time, fine bed, good travellers but noisy and an old school train. But don't doubt and enjoy :-)
★★★★★ Dec 24, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Arrived late at the station, but got the tickets there. Everything worked as it should.
★★★★☆ Dec 24, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Train service was excellent. However not given 5 stars due to what we consider very deceptive approach by operator on train who provides food. He distributed juice and fruit with a gesture that implied it was inclusive to train cost and followed up in the morning demanding an excessive payment for these. Would appreciate being advised there was a cost involved at time of distribution. Again, the service or 12Go outstanding!
★★★★★ Dec 24, 2016 (train #173 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Old train but clean and pretty comfortable bed. Toilet is old but clean too. Staff are rather friendly too. 12GO gave excellent and efficient service too. Great, friendly staff
★★★★★ Dec 23, 2016 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Collection of tickets was flawless. Excellent service. Friendly staff. Train trip also flawless. Would do it again without a doubt
★★★★☆ Dec 23, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Well worth the money. Comfortable sleep in 2class lower bunk. Staff very efficient and friendly.
★★★★★ Dec 23, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Every thing fine, worked well, no complains, good service, recomendable!
★★☆☆☆ Dec 23, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
For the price the train was lousy. Even a bus is less shaky. Clutches were loose in order to that you felt every stop or acceleration. Noisy since 4 AM in the morning. Some personell was unfriendly.
★★★★★ Dec 23, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★☆☆☆ Dec 21, 2016 (bus Economy, Paradive Travel) :
The bus was comfortable: the seats reclined and they didn't play any movies. However they dropped us at the pier for the Ko Tao ferry at 3am, and the ferry didn't leave til 7am. If you don't mind sleeping 4 hours at a wooden picnic table, this is the option for you. The ferry demanded a piece of paper which I thought was my bus ticket and had disposed of, so they charged me a fresh 500 baht, even though I showed them my receipt for the purchase. These guys suck - watch out for this scam.
★★★★☆ Dec 20, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Refund on tickets which was a surprise. Train clean and quite comfortable. Like 12Go's honest write up on things and even their terms and conditions. Very refreshing and did make me chuckle
★★★★☆ Dec 20, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Dec 20, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Clean and comfortable way to travel. We collected our tickets 3 days before and they refunded us 400 baht which was a nice surprise. Lovely staff
★★★★☆ Dec 20, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Dec 19, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Dec 19, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
12GoAsia service was great. Upper birth was acceptable to sleep (I'm 185cm tall). Toilets were not so clean, AC system tried to cool us to death :)
★★★★☆ Dec 19, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Got what I've paid for; no hassle, no major delays. Good service, friendly personnel.
★★★★★ Dec 19, 2016 (train #31 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Very nice 1 class sleeper. Very high and attentive serviceminded personel. If you want to speak to the thais choose 2nd class with aircon.
★★★★★ Dec 18, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Despite changing my booking a fan coach (after reading how cold it can be) - 12Go Asia still gave me an aircon coach despite the amended booking slip showing fan coach. Nevertheless, no regret because the coach is not very cold with the provided blanket. Bed is clean and they set up early so you can rest. On arrival, the coach master will wake you up - no worry of missing your station. Toilet on board is clean and well equipped - you can even tak a shower inside. There are also basic outside for wash up - reliefing congestion during peak morning hours.
★★★★★ Dec 18, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Awesome. Second time I do this trip and very pleased again. With a bonus that last time I had to give away an address in Bangkok to get the tickets and now with the excelente service from 12go just need to walk across the street and pickup the tickets at any time.
★★★★☆ Dec 18, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★☆☆☆☆ Dec 17, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Train good but boat bad due to very bad weather conditions and 80% of passengers being sick
★★★★☆ Dec 17, 2016 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Dec 16, 2016 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Everything about the trip went perfectly fine! Only the sea was a bit rough :)
★★★★★ Dec 15, 2016 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Easy Easy ticket pick up. Confortable bunks on sleeper train and good service all round.

News @ Koh Tao

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.

06 January 2017

Due to flooding and swollen rivers, authorities on Koh Samui have ordered the temporary closure of two waterfalls. Phaiboon Omark is the chief of the local administration on the southern Thai island and he says the waterfalls are just too dangerous to visit at present.