Sunrise on Chumphon Lomprayah ferry waiting.
Many people have asked me since I was in Thailand if it is easy to reach the three islands of Samui from Bangkok. The answer is yes. Thailand is a country receiving about seven million tourists a year, eager for its rich culture, its food, its sunshine and fantastic beaches. Everything is almost always very well organized and there is usually not any transportation problem, or schedules. At least I have not suffered too much. This is a short guide on how to get to Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui by train and obviously ferry.
1. Bangkok - Koh Tao:
The option is used as it is shorter, although the limitations of train is greater than the option Samui. Simply, go to the station Bangkok, Hualamphong, and buy a combined ferry overnight train more Koh Tao (1230 baht - just over thirty euros). The train leaves at 19:30 and arrives in Chumphon at 4:23 (maybe a little later). This embodiment includes a bed in second class air-conditioned coach. There are cheaper options if your budget is tight. You can go third class, sitting for six euros, which add the cost of the ferry. The fastest, the catamaran company Lomprayah, costs 15 euros. Boats are slower and cheaper. There is another train that leaves at 22:50 and arrives in Chumphon at 6 am, but no beds and there you go all the way seated. Course, in second class and air conditioning . Theoretically it is also sufficient to catch the ferry but do not know if it is included in the combination ticket mode.
. Hua Lamphong, Bangkok Central Station - Photo of Asgeir Mortensen .
Some breakfast at the station (there is a store open 24 hours) and 6:20 you will see a bus, free with the ticket, which takes you to the docks of Chumphon. From there, the trip to the " Turtle Island "takes only half an hour is normal although a little late, as the catamaran is usually pretty full. The ship then continues Lomprayah Phangan and Samui.
And that's it. That's it. To research around schedules. The catamaran usually leave at 10 am from Koh Tao, and then you can take a bus from Chumphon to reach Bangkok the same day in the evening, but there are different offers combined with the train. Here, for example, you can see them:
. The Lomprayah catamaran, heading to the island of Koh Tao.
Two. Bangkok - Koh Samui and Koh Phangan:
Apart from the connection between Bangkok and Koh Samui by plane, which is usually more expensive, the bases are the same as to go to Koh Tao. station in Bangkok, you can buy tickets for all three islands combined (although the option described above for Koh Tao is faster and cheaper, I think). The difference is that instead of getting off at Chumphon, take the train to Surat Thani, coming to this city at 6:23. There, another bus takes you to Don sak pier (60km, a half hour drive) and from these springs you take the boat to the islands. The ferry leaves at 10:10, arriving in Samui at 10:55, at 11:45 Phangan and Koh Tao at 14:45. Prices for Samui and Phangan are respectively 968 and 1068 baht. 24 and 26.5 euros.
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So I travel during the summer2011-01-02 18:06:27 by Pandonia
For half my vacation and I started in SE Asia to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and left from Bangkok Thailand (but didn't spend much time in Thailand). Second trip was in central america to Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and left through El Salvidor (again not a lot of time there). Third trip was in the ME, Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Egypt, most of the time in Egypt.
If you're curious about any of that, lemme know!
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