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 Jul 25, 2017

15 trips (THB 900 — 2,339)

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

18:00
Khao San Songserm, Bangkok
13:45
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
19h 45m
Instant
฿ 900
× 2 = ฿ 1,800
30 seats available
20:00
Khao San Songserm, Bangkok
09:45
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
13h 45m
Instant
฿ 950
× 2 = ฿ 1,900
28 seats available

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

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 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
22 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 #167 2nd Class Sleeper AC + Jolly Travel)
18:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
03:20
Chumphon
8h 50m
Refund
23 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
Only 4 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
฿ 1,630
× 2 = ฿ 3,260

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

#167.2
18:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
15h
Refund
฿ 1,750
× 2 = ฿ 3,500
20 seats available
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
09:30
Mae Haad (Koh Tao)
14h
Refund
฿ 1,750
× 2 = ฿ 3,500
13 seats available
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
04:15
Chumphon
8h 45m
Refund
Only 4 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
40 seats available
Total
14h
฿ 1,730
× 2 = ฿ 3,460
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
04:15
Chumphon
8h 45m
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
40 seats available
Total
14h
฿ 2,194
× 2 = ฿ 4,388
19:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:10
Suratthani
11h 40m
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
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
Only 4 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 2 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
 
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 2 seats left!
Total
19h 30m
฿ 2,239
× 2 = ฿ 4,478

Passenger reviews out of total 46,559 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!
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Make your choice! Please remember that though we are closely monitoring services, we are still an agency marketplace - meaning we focus on ticketing service and route availability / coverage rather than on factual seat recline angle you got today ^_^

★★★★★ Jul 20, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 19, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 19, 2017 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
No complaints, everything was as promised. Easy pick up of the tickets near the station. Very smooth. The train was nice, the 1sth class cabine was spacious and cosy.
★★★★★ Jul 19, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 18, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
12go we're really helpfully when our transport was late arriving to pick up tickets, they offered to come to the train platform with them when we were in a panic. The overnight sleeper (2nd Class with AC) was really comfortable and fun. The service was incredible and the food (dinner and breakfast) was great. We had always wanted to do this trip and look forward to the return leg. 12go and the railway company are awesome!
★★★★★ Jul 17, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
No complains... pleased
★★★★☆ Jul 17, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Good, smooth journey. Comfortable bus, excellent ferry. No complaints.
★★★★☆ Jul 17, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
We had a 1st class sleeper and traveled with 2 kids (7&8). Everything was ok
★★★☆☆ Jul 16, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Noisy train with many stops. Comfort of the beds is ok.
★★★★☆ Jul 15, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 14, 2017 (train #167.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 13, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Friendly helpful staff. Train on schedule and informed us of arrival etc. comfortable journey. Just needed a bed ladder and toilet door to be fixed but very good overall.
★★★★☆ Jul 13, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 13, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Pleasantly surprised. The attendant was helpful with beds and bags. The food prices and coffee prices are way above the going rate .
★★★★★ Jul 13, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 13, 2017 (train #173 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 12, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Really well organised and easy to find ticket office. Train was a great experience too
★★★★★ Jul 11, 2017 (train #85.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 11, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The lower bed is super comfortable, the beddings were like new and the staff made the bed for us (great gesture). I had a nice sleep and good journey overall.
★★★☆☆ Jul 11, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Good train but can't sleep very well
★★★★★ Jul 11, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great trip and experience!
★★★★★ Jul 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Jul 10, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Expected aircondition. OK but hot and difficult to sleep
★★★★☆ Jul 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
If the lights were down it would be great. It was fairly quiet, blanket was really warm and the bed was clean. We were traveling as a couple and we had enough room on lower berth which was quite spacy, but the upper berth was full of our two backpacks. If traveling solo I would not recommend taking upper berth as there will be no room for your baggage when otherwise if you take lower berth you can sleep safely with the baggage. Whole car is fully booked by 12go so you don't travel with Thai people. I think it was quite safe and no worry about being robbed. Also you are woken up just before arrival. Only 45 minutes late which is acceptable.
★★★☆☆ Jul 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 8, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 8, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 7, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great trip, everything went smoothly! Would recommend!
★★★★★ Jul 7, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 6, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 6, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Lots of space on the berths (we had 4 between us - luggage went on half of the bottom berths, otherwise you may be limited for space). Very clean linen and warm blanket for when the air-con really kicks in, and we were awoken 10 minutes before arrival - so no stress about not waking up! Loo was as I remember Thai loos 24 years ago when I was last here, so fine for me. A gentleman also takes orders and supplies an evening meal should you require. Had I got more sleep I would have rated it 5*, but light and noise are inevitably an issue. 12go.asia were great to do business with - really friendly staff and full of useful advice for us to while away a day in Bangkok. Thanks!
★★★★★ Jul 5, 2017 (train #85.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Helpful staff. Convenient to pick up tickets near Hua Lamphong train station. Great overnight sleeper trip - I recommend the 2nd class air con trip. Take a bike lock to secure your pack & keep valuables with you in bunk.
★★★☆☆ Jul 5, 2017 (ferry Sleeper Ferry, Songserm)
★★★★☆ Jul 5, 2017 (train #85.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 5, 2017 (train #83 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great calm ride. Only 20 minutes late.
★★★★☆ Jul 5, 2017 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
It was comfortable enough, it was a little filthy but I would recommend it over the 2nd class car because of the privacy and the option of turning the light off.
★★☆☆☆ Jul 5, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Not very clean. Lots of bugs, bathroom was filthy. About 45 min behind schedule arriving in Chumphron. Comfortable beds, but less luggage room than the newer trains.
★★★★☆ Jul 4, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Jul 4, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 3, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Absolutely excellent service. Very competent. Great job
★★★★☆ Jul 2, 2017 (train #173 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 2, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 2, 2017 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jun 29, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Good train, but attention no clim in the second class!! You can by food in the train!! Good trip.
★★★★★ Jun 29, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great as expected
★★★★★ Jun 28, 2017 (train #43 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Very enjoyable.
★★★★☆ Jun 27, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great value in 2nd class AC sleeper & van & ferry, very helpful staff as well. Deducted one star for: - Crazy cool AC on the boat - nearly caught a cold on the way to the island
★★★☆☆ Jun 27, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Clean and comfortable. However the aircon was super noisy and the wait for the ferry very long
★★★★★ Jun 27, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jun 26, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
De trip went verry smooth because everything is explaind very well in there mails you get
★★★★★ Jun 26, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
12goasia service was impeccable. Comfortable seating and bed on train. Wish we had managed to get a first class ticket but second class was surprisingly clean and comfy. Lights are on all night so that may bother some people.
★★★☆☆ Jun 25, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Well, you get from point A to to point B and both the bus and the ferry is quit comfortable. However, there was severe lack of communication at the start of the trip. Nobody understood who was supposed to go on what bus and when I asked the guy who seemed to be in charged I received a very rude answer. He seemed to be very angry and was not of much help. For everyone's sake: 1. Put someone in charge of answering questions who speaks English well enough for you to understand and who is friendly to the customers. 2. Explain from the get go who is getting on which bus. It could for example be a good idea to put a little sign in the front of the bus.
★★★★★ Jun 24, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★☆☆☆ Jun 23, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jun 23, 2017 (train #85.2 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jun 22, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jun 22, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jun 22, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Easy to navigate to platform, simple to board. Cosy cabin. Good menu. Fresh sheets and blanket. Good air con. Left late but there was torrential rain and it made up the majority of the time overnight ! Only waited for half an hour for onward connection. All in all quite pleasant.
★★★★★ Jun 21, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
If you can choose the lower berth, they are really comfortable. The only con with this type of train is that the storage room for the luggage very limited, so I had to put my backpack on my berth.
★★★★★ Jun 21, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great experience, car attendant very caring, train on time, toilets clean with toilet papers, food was good, eating arrangement was nice, best part was the bed being prepared by the attendant! Thank you.. One tip - the lower is very wide and great for a good night's sleep.
★★★★☆ Jun 21, 2017 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Jun 20, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
Lomprayah. Bus crew always shouting not nice at all. Aircon on bus was crazy cold. I booked this option instead of other cause there was less waiting time for the ferry but actually there wasn't. We waited exactly 3hs to get the ferry...
★★★★☆ Jun 20, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah) :
It was an easy way to go from BKK to Koh TAo. The Ferry ride was fun. I would book through Lomprayah any time again.
★★★★☆ Jun 20, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jun 19, 2017 (ferry High Speed Ferry, Lomprayah)
★★★★★ Jun 18, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train on time. Clean beds, but the curtains - which you will touch occasionally as you sleep - were pretty dirty. Other than that for the price there is no better alternative.
★★☆☆☆ Jun 17, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Sleeper car is fine 2nd class but a little grubby feeling. Also bathrooms are awful.
★★★☆☆ Jun 15, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
12 go Asia were fab, they had a tickets ready when we got there and it was a quick and smooth process! However, the train ride wasn't the best as the aircon had stopped working and the cabin was incredibly hot!
★★★★☆ Jun 13, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Pretty awesome. The staff make your bed. Comfy as. Toilet dirty as but all round really good.
★★★★☆ Jun 13, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
It was cold in the morning, air conditioner was too powerful for such a car. Everything else was really great, conductors do their work perfectly
★★★★★ Jun 13, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jun 12, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Smooth as usual. 12goasia is wonderful when it comes to local travel in thailand.
★★★★☆ Jun 12, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jun 11, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jun 11, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jun 10, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jun 9, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Needed to know that I would be told when my station was being arrived at. Didn't sleep that well, due to past experience in 2013 of the time being incorrect for arrival. Otherwise, good, easy.
★★★☆☆ Jun 8, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Bed was comfortable but the food is bad and we saw a cockroach on the curtain.
★★★★★ Jun 7, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
An adventure! Everything was spotless
★★★★☆ Jun 6, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Good train clean and on time helpful staff
★★★★☆ Jun 5, 2017 (train #173 Class II Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jun 4, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jun 4, 2017 (train #85 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Hua Lamphong is very Thai kind of place. Lots of worn looking people of no great wealth sitting watching the Muay Thai on the giant telly and looking like they may be in for a long wait; monks in saffron robes and the odd nun with shaven head and white robes. Western back packers eschew the comfortable seating to camp in the central space. The express 85 sleeping car was quite an adventure. Good food available. The bus/ ferry component was smooth and easy thanks to excellent staff.
★★★★☆ Jun 2, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Everything was great. Friendly people, clean, no worries. Food was fine. Only thing is SET AN ALARM if you're not going to the end.
★★★★★ May 31, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The train had nice and clean beds. Good service and friendly staff. Serves dinner, breakfast and coffee too. Clean bathroom, even in the morning. Easy to pick up tickets just next to Hua Lamphong station, hassle free service.
★★★★☆ May 30, 2017 (train #85 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ 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 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.

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.