Bangkok to Trang @ train, bus, flight Feb 25, 2017

16 trips (THB 638 — 1,925)

From Hua Lamphong to Trang by train

#83
Thai Railways
17:05
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
08:05
Trang
15h
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,121
× 2 = ฿ 2,242
10 seats available
#83
Thai Railways
17:05
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
08:05
Trang
15h
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,730
× 2 = ฿ 3,460
10 seats available
#83
Thai Railways
17:05
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
08:05
Trang
15h
food WC steward
฿ 711
× 2 = ฿ 1,422
20 seats available
#167
Thai Railways
18:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
10:35
Trang
16h 5m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,061
× 2 = ฿ 2,122
20 seats available
#167
Thai Railways
18:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
10:35
Trang
16h 5m
food WC steward
฿ 821
× 2 = ฿ 1,642
20 seats available

From Southern Terminal to Trang by bus

Sappaisal
07:00
Southern Terminal, Bangkok
18:00
Trang
11h
snack WC aircon steward
฿ 638
× 2 = ฿ 1,276
? seats available
Sri Suthep Tour
16:30
Southern Terminal, Bangkok
04:40
Trang
12h 10m
snack WC aircon steward
฿ 638
× 2 = ฿ 1,276
? seats available
Sappaisal
16:40
Southern Terminal, Bangkok
03:40
Trang
11h
snack WC aircon steward
฿ 638
× 2 = ฿ 1,276
? seats available
Sappaisal
19:00
Southern Terminal, Bangkok
07:10
Trang
12h 10m
snack food WC aircon TV steward
฿ 992
× 2 = ฿ 1,984
? seats available
Sri Suthep Tour
19:00
Southern Terminal, Bangkok
07:10
Trang
12h 10m
snack food WC aircon TV steward
฿ 745
× 2 = ฿ 1,490
? seats available

From Don Mueang Airport to Trang by flight

#DD7400
Nok Air
07:20
Don Mueang Airport
08:40
Trang Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,925
× 2 = ฿ 3,850
  available
#FD3241
Thai AirAsia
07:45
Don Mueang Airport
09:10
Trang Airport
1h 25m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,828
× 2 = ฿ 3,656
  available
#DD7406
Nok Air
09:55
Don Mueang Airport
11:15
Trang Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,925
× 2 = ฿ 3,850
  available
#FD3243
Thai AirAsia
13:10
Don Mueang Airport
14:35
Trang Airport
1h 25m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,405
× 2 = ฿ 2,810
  available
#DD7410
Nok Air
16:00
Don Mueang Airport
17:20
Trang Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,724
× 2 = ฿ 3,448
  available
#FD3245
Thai AirAsia
17:40
Don Mueang Airport
19:05
Trang Airport
1h 25m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,291
× 2 = ฿ 2,582
  available

How to get to Trang from Bangkok

What about

Many travellers treat Trang just as a convenient starting point for their onward journey to the neighbouring islands, but the city itself possesses infinite charm, too. Trang has a thriving Chinese community, one of the largest in the country, so it is the place to witness the most important Chinese festivals in Thailand like the Chinese New Year in February or the Vegetarian festival in September or October. Trang is a great place to taste the mixture of Thai, Malay and Chinese cooking traditions, spend your morning or afternoon in one of the numerous coffee shops which dot the city, or explore the environs rich in beautiful waterfalls, cave temples, trekking routes and beaches. Not too touristy or overcrowded, Trang feels delightfully friendly and cosy. Throw in a great choice of moderately priced accommodation – and you will not want to leave it!

How to get to Trang from Bangkok

From Bangkok you can reach Trang by train or by bus. Trains are slower but arrive to the centre of the city and let you sleep comfortably all night through – provided you book a berth, not a seat. Buses are faster and offer a wider choice of departures.

From Bangkok to Trang by train

The main branch of the Southern Line of the Thai Railway, which begins in Bangkok and terminates in Sungai Kolok on the Thailand-Malaysian border, passes through Trang. To cover this 830 km stretch from Bangkok to Trang trains take from 15 to 16 hours, so be prepared for rather a longish journey.

Two daily trains from Bangkok to Trang are #83 which leaves Hua Lamphong at 5.05pm and arrives to Trang at 8.05am and #167, a bit slower but no less convenient, at 6.30pm (10.35am). Your prime choice for a 15+ night journey is undoubtedly a sleeper. There are second-class AC sleepers in both #83 and #167 at THB1050.

Do not disregard a more budget alternative to a second class AC sleeper – a second class fan sleeper. Air-conditioning in trains tends to be excessive sometimes, but a fan keeps you cool enough without freezing you to death. There are fan sleepers in train #167; tickets cost THB800.

Train #83 offers a first class AC sleeper at THB1730 which normally gets great reviews from travellers. Though compartments are rather spacious and clean, do not expect a brand-new carriage. Nonetheless a first class sleeper always remains a worthy investment for long journeys.

Both #83 and #167 have second-class fan seats only carriages at about THB650-680, depending on the departure. The price difference between second-class fan sleepers and fan seats is insignificant, so it is highly advisable to opt for a sleeper.

Trang railway station is in the centre of the city with majority of accommodation located in the nearby area within a walking distance.

From Bangkok to Trang by bus

Buses to Trang leave from the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok, Sai Tai Mai, located in Thonburi, on the western banks of the Chao Phraya River. The route is served by a number of companies, including Sappaisal and Sri Suthep Tour. Buses are considerably faster than trains – normally a trip from Bangkok to Trang should not take much longer than 11 hours. Both companies offer Express buses at THB660 with one morning departure at 7am and two afternoon departures at 4.30pm and 4.40pm. The afternoon buses are somewhat inconvenient as they arrive to Trang in the small hours – at 4.40am and 3.40am. The bus station is located about four km to the north of the centre and the guesthouse area, and to get to your accommodation at this hour may prove a challenge. If you do not want to spend the rest of the night literarily under the stars, it pays to call your guesthouse in advance to let them know about your arrival, so they arrange accordingly.

Two night buses – a VIP24 of Sappaisal (THB1020) and a VIP of Sri Suthep Tour (THB770) – leave Bangkok at 7pm and reach Trang by 6am. A VIP24 is always a great choice as there are only three seats in a row instead of four, meaning a more comfortable and spacious ride. That said, a ‘normal’ VIP is also a good option, so if you are price sensitive, take a VIP and you will not be disappointed. The service is very much the same – expect a bottle of water (juice) and some snack. Dinner is served either on board or at a food court at a large gas station somewhere in the middle of the route.

Tip: Have some warm clothes at hand: night buses are famous for freezing temperatures, and a blanket provided in the bus is often not enough.

Getting around

Tuk-tuks and motorbike taxis are readily available and do not overcharge. A short trip should cost around THB30. You can also agree on an hourly or daily rate to go further afield to explore the sights outside the city.

It is a good idea, though, to have your own wheels as the majority of sights and attractions are located in a 30-km radius from the city. Motorbikes and cars can be rented through several street agencies. Expect to pay about THB200 and THB1500 per day for a motorbike/a car respectively.

Activities

Though the chances that your next stop after Trang is the islands of the Andaman where you are going to have plenty of sea-sand-sun cocktail are high, there are decent beaches on the mainland near Trang, too. These are located 40km to the west of the city and include Hat Pak Meng and Hat Chang Lang among others.

11 km from Trang there is the Southern Thailand Botanical Garden which is a nice place for strolling and hiking with a number of interesting plant species on the background.

If you want more nature trails, Khao Banthad Wildlife Conservation Area is the place to go. Local villages offer guided tours of various levels of difficulty to picturesque waterfalls including Ton Tok waterfall.

Island hopping from Trang

Trang is a convenient base for further connections to the islands of Koh Libong Archipelago aka the Trang islands (Koh Libong, Koh Muk, Koh Kradang) and Tarutao National Marine Park (Koh Tarutao, Koh Lipe and Koh Ngai) in the neighbouring Satun province.

Tigerline Travel’s high speed ferries ply the sea between Phuket and Langkawi in Malaysia, calling en route to Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Koh Ngai, Koh Kradan, Koh Muk, Trang and Koh Lipe. The second, longer, route goes from Krabi and besides the above mentioned stops comprises Koh Libong. The company offers combination tickets which include pickup at different location in Trang Town, eg. Trang bus station, the railway station, the airport, a hotel, and high speed ferry to the chosen island.

Note: In case of Koh Lipe, Koh Kradan, Koh Muk and Koh Ngai the Tigerline Travel high speed ferries cannot moor at the islands as there are no suitable piers, and the short transfer between the ferry and each of the islands is provided by local longtail boats which charge additional fee (THB50) for the ride. It is not included into Tigerline Travel ticket price; you will have to pay directly to the operator.

A combination van+high speed ferry ticket from Trang bus station or Trang railway station to Koh Libong costs THB600 (3½ hours), to Koh Muk, Koh Ngai and Koh Lipe – THB950 (3hrs 40min; 4hrs 40min; five hours respectively), and THB1150 (four hours) – to Koh Kradan.

From Trang to other islands of the Andaman

If the Trang islands are not enough, you can continue your island hopping in the Andaman Sea further north – Phuket, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta are all at your complete disposal. Though it is possible to reach all the three islands by boat, the easiest way is to get to Phuket by bus first and then proceed further afield.

Sri Trang bus company operates frequent buses from Trang to Phuket from Trang bus terminal. The first bus departs at 10.15am and the last one – at 12.30am. There is a gap in the schedule from 3.15pm till 8.15pm, the rest of the day buses leave at least once an hour. All of these are air-con express buses (THB280), except for a VIP24 departing at 9.45pm (THB420). Buses take about five hours to reach the recently constructed Bus Station 2 Bo-Ko-So Terminal in Phuket which is located four km to the north of the centre in Phuket Town. The terminal also serves buses from/to many of the Thai southern cities.

It takes about two hours to get from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi and one more hour to reach Koh Lanta in Krabi, though it is easier to get to the latter by van from Krabi.

Passenger reviews out of total 1,291 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 ^_^

★★★★★ Feb 14, 2017 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Nice cabin, train looked to be from the 80's, it ran on time, beautiful scenery, food is ok and overpriced
★★★★★ Feb 8, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very good service from 12go, that makes travelling much much easier by sending you very complete and precise information and reminders. I would have missed my train without them! It comes at a price but IMO totally worth it!
★★★★★ Feb 3, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 31, 2017 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
12go.asia is a five star agency, I booked my train ticket in Germany from BKK to Trang for 30./31.Jan. 2017, in BKK it was easy to handle for me, the peoples in the bureau very helpful and friendly!!!!!! thank you!
★★★☆☆ Jan 29, 2017 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Train cold! Expensive food.
★★★★★ Jan 22, 2017 (train #83 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very good service great prices never had a problem booking with them
★★★★★ Jan 15, 2017 (train #83 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
All exelent!!!
★★☆☆☆ Jan 8, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai AirAsia)
★★★★☆ Jan 4, 2017 (bus VIP, Sri Suthep Tour) :
It was a painless, fairly comfortable trip. The seat had a surprisingly large amount of legroom. The A/C was cold, but I was prepared for that. (Always bring a sweater for Thai bus rides!) The only difficult part was finding my way around Satthani Sai Tai Mai, the Southern Bus Station. It's a comically dysfunctional bus station, with the ticketing areas set in the middle of a run-down shopping mall's upper floor. There are a few cryptic overhead signs that point passengers in directions, but after you walk in that direction you find no further signs telling you where to go. It is rather like a forest footpath that turns into a faint deer trail and then just disappears. There is no directory for the different travel companies, so you must either ask or walk around and around. (Luckily, I read Thai. Few travel companies have English signs.) The Information Desk is well-hidden, safely tucked away between venders where it cannot be noticed unless a lost passenger accidentally stumbles upon it. Signs direct passengers to the Ground Floor for platforms, but when you reach the Mezzanine you will see signs directing you to return back to Floor 2 for platforms 25 and up. Once back on Floor 2, you can follow the signs and after a couple times around the space you should stumble on the way to the platforms. What a funny bus station!
★★★★★ Dec 29, 2016 (train #83 Class II Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Dec 13, 2016 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Train carriages not in best condition, lots of noise and train stops many times during night. Staff friendly and we got to Trang without problem, but little sleep. 12go did great job, but their office not easy to find as cannot be seen from station
★★★☆☆ Dec 6, 2016 (bus VIP, Sri Suthep Tour)
★★★☆☆ Dec 5, 2016 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
12go Asia's booking system was easy and efficient and the train was on time. Our double first class sleeper was safe and secure. Guard at the end of the cabin woke us in the morning as heavy rain meant the last hour and a half was by bus. He explained using photos and a translator on his phone. Food was bland and expensive – we barely touched it. The two orange juices we were offered came to the same price as a third meal (we assumed they were included).
★★★★☆ Nov 23, 2016 (train #83 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Nov 17, 2016 (avia Economy, Thai AirAsia) :
Frendly staff. 45 minuten delayed.
★★★★★ Nov 8, 2016 (train #167 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Thank you
★☆☆☆☆ Oct 27, 2016 (avia Economy, Thai AirAsia) :
Had booked the wrong way by mistake. Contacted the Company 5 min later but they would not help. I will never fly with this company!
★★★★☆ Jun 1, 2016 (train #83 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The trains south (Chumphon, Trang) don't seem to be as nice as the ones that go north (Chiang Mai). They also seem to be delayed more often. I've only ridden four though, so I could be wrong! Booking and ticket pick up with 12go is easy, I highly recommend. The train itself is sort of dingy but generally clean and the railway attendants are always friendly and helpful.
★★★★☆ Apr 8, 2016 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
12go Asia great. Train good, clean and left on time. Air conditioning a bit too cold and no way to turn off. All in all good experience :-)
★★★★☆ Apr 5, 2016 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Picking up the tickets, getting on the train, being on the train, etc was all great! But I do have to take one star away for the food. Not only was it not great, it was VERY expensive! I was shocked when I got my bill for 2 meals. Although the service was great!
★★★★★ Mar 16, 2016 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Good service overall and fine VIP Sleeper 1.class (like European 2. class in old trains) - double for Family so plenty of Space. Overnight train to trang. Good trip - a bit too noicy to geth a good sleep but train rides are always an adventure. Tickets were provided as promised, no surprises. Appreciate the details provided by 12go via email and the menu for dinner and breakfast was okay on the train. Snack you must bring yourself, Water is provided when you go 1. class.
★★★☆☆ Mar 13, 2016 (bus VIP, Sri Suthep Tour) :
Everything according to the scedule but the AC was terribly strong
★★★★★ Feb 14, 2016 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Efficient booking system would use again
★★★★★ Feb 9, 2016 (train #83 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very good.. No problems
★★★★☆ Jan 24, 2016 (train #83 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Booking the tickets on the Bangkok - Trang overnight train was seamless. We got a kind reminder some days before departure to let us know that we could still cancel and get refunds. Finding the 12go office was easy thanks to the clear instructions. The train ride as quite an experience! We were happy with our choice of 2nd class AC sleeper which gave us the opportunity to interact with our fellow passengers. The many vendors selling foodstuff on the train was fun - although they hurried through and it was quite difficult to get their attention! A lady copassenger gave us a pack of crisp biscuits that we without any luck tried to buy from a vendor. They were absolutely delicious and strongly resembled the "gavottes" we tasted in Brittany this summer! We also tried a small pie made of coconut - delicious! The dinner was OK on the train, we dined in the dining car. However we did pine for a deadcold beer! No alcohol is served. The toilets were not the nicest, but they were cleaned regurlarly. The carriage was rather old and the window by our seats had a puncture so the window was all foggy. Pity as we had looked forward to seeing the passing landscapes. The sleeper berths were comfortable but we didn't get much sleep because the train rattled and swayed a lot. The light in the overhead berth was quite bright as the lights were not dimmed during the night. After reading others reviews we were worried whether the carriage would be too cold. We wore light fleece sweaters and did not have any problems with the cold. All in all a very interesting trip we can recommend! PS - we are Danish, not Belgian!
★★★★★ Jan 22, 2016 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
The service was perfect. I'll use this company again; and would recommend them to anyone.
★★★★☆ Jan 16, 2016 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
The VIP car could be a little bit cleaner ( Windows , washbasin) .
★★★★★ Jan 6, 2016 (train #83 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Booked before we got to Thailand and picked up tickets in Bangkok before leaving. Train was great. Good food. I shared a lower berth with my 1.5 year old and there was enough room for both of us.
★★★★★ Dec 28, 2015 (bus VIP, Sri Suthep Tour) :
Bus was on time and everything went smoothly. It was pretty cold but if you've ridden buses in Thailand before then you know that's pretty standard, come prepared!
★★★★☆ Dec 22, 2015 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Spacious compartments with everything that's needed. Hard bunks, other than that it was very good. Refund information was not quite accurate.
★★★★★ Dec 21, 2015 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Excellent online service and easy pick-up of tickets.mthey gave us a small refund, even though personally I wouldn't have noticed a price difference! The train itself (83 from Bangkok to Trang) had seen better days; the 1st class compartment was OK, and we managed to get some sleep. Toilets at the end of the carriage were kept clean. We ate in the restaurant car, which was a good experience, but the food was pretty awful.
★★★★☆ Dec 20, 2015 (train #167 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great value for money service. Booking through 12go was efficient and the staff were friendly and helpful. Bedding was clean and fresh. Air-conditioning was far too cold however. Make sure you have warm clothes. The seats are unfortunately converted into beds before 8pm. If you're over 6ft tall be prepared to curl up.. Train was spot on time!
★★★★☆ Nov 23, 2015 (train #83 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very good service - I was able to book from overseas and pick up before departure. The train was a great experience as always. Upper bunk is fine if you don't mind light - actually quite useful for reading if your light doesn't work. And the swaying is very soothing. All good.
★★★★★ Nov 17, 2015 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Overnight train to trang. Good trip, always an adventure. Tickets were provided as promised, no surprises. Appreciate the details provided by 12go via email
★★★★☆ Jun 25, 2015 (train #83 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Habe von deutschland aus versucht ein bahnticket zu buchen.kein anderer anbieter aus Thailand hat geantwortet, nur 12go.es ging super schnell und einfach. gerne wieder!
★★★★☆ Apr 27, 2015 (train #83 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Well organised. Good trip. Tickets waiting at station as promised. A bit more detail of how to find 12Go office at Hua Lamphong may be an idea. Would definately recommend 12Go to others. Colin
★★★☆☆ Apr 19, 2015 (train #83 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Booking and retrieving the ticket was fine. As for the sleeper train, the light was shining into the upper sleeper so it's not dark like the lower sleeper, the air conditioning blows directly onto you so it gets VERY cold, and it is bumpier/rockier because you are high up. I was asked multiple times by 12go whether an upper sleeper is OK. I think I know the reason now why. But what I don't understand is that there were empty sleepers right next time mine. When I booked, they said there were no lower sleepers available. I would have liked to have a lower one.
★★★★★ Mar 9, 2015 (train #83 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
our first trip with overnight train from BKK to Trang and it was a great experience: 1st class sleeper compartment was comfortable though not clean. One word of warning : the lady who serviced the 1st class will rip you off serving "free" drinks which you are then requested to pay. Also she did EVERYTHING to stop us from eating in the restaurant wagon which is a lot more fun than having dinner in the compartment. Booking and getting the tickets at the station from 12go.asia was easy, convenient and we even received tips on our route . THANK YOU !!! we will use your services again
12Go response:

Dear Veerle, Thank you very much for the comment and the 5 stars. We are very happy you enjoyed the trip. Unfortunately there are people who try to rip others off. We are sorry that this happened to you. It was a pleasure having you as a customer and we are looking forward to seeing you booking with 12go again.

★★★★☆ Jan 7, 2015 (bus VIP, Sri Suthep Tour) :
Almost on time, quite comfortable, although a classic bed would have been better. The best part is that it was filled with locals so it felt completely safe and authentic.
12Go response:

Thanks for your comment, Lucian. We are glad to hear you liked the trip.

News @ Trang

10 February 2017

The national tourism authority in Vietnam says plans are afoot to promote Hai Phong and its environs as a leading destination. The Administration of Tourism Bureau says it will use Hai Phong as the spearhead of a campaign to enhance the profile of the region to domestic and international visitors.

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.

20 January 2017

Last weekend saw the inauguration of a VIP bus service linking Ho Chi Minh City’s airport and two of the city’s bus stations. The new buses run from An Suong Bus Station to Tan Son Nhat Airport and then on to Mien Dong Eastern Bus Terminal.