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1. Posted by Loraine (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Hi all, we're travelling to thailand in June 2007. We are looking to travel down from bangkok to ko pha ngan via train and then across via ferry. Could anyone explain how easy this is and where is the best place to get the ferry from to ko pha ngan? Our train should arrive late afternoon, is there a ferry at this sort of time and how long does it take?

Thanks alot

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Loraine

U can get the train to Surat Thani.
There are usually a couple of travel agents waiting for trains to arrive, so they can sell tickets for transport to the Pier and for the boats to the various islands. So just get off the train and go with the travel agent who seems to be the most popular, with the other foreigners waiting or arriving. The ticket I was sold, by the travel agent to Koh Samui was a reasonable price, and my daughter got to go for free. They have competition, so they keep their prices good.

Mel

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

Lorraine,
You might consider taking an overnight bus to Koh Samui. You save one night accommodation and arrive in the early morning. You get one more day in the islands using the overnight bus or the overnight train. Just a thought.

4. Posted by barge (Full Member 54 posts) 9y

any of the travel agents in Bangkok will sell you a ticket that covers the train to Surat Thani, bus and ferry to Koh Phangan. take the overnight train as Vegas MIke suggests, it's really comfortable and you'll get to the islands by midday the next day.

The coaches are good also, but if you can afford it go by train.

5. Posted by OlliOreo (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

If you have the budget... fly to samui and speedboat across to the full moon party...

6. Posted by Sliver24 (Budding Member 18 posts) 9y

In the words of the great Canadian songwriter Neil Young, "Please take my advice..."

FLY to Koh Samui (it cost about $75 CAD in 2004) and then take a "speed boat" from Big Buddha Beach to Haad Rin in Koh Pha-ngan. You can be on the beach a few hours after leaving Bangkok. My wife and I took the overnight train to Surat Thani which arrived about 6:30am. Needless to say we were worried about waking up in time to not miss our stop and didn't sleep a wink (in the end we needn't have worried because everyone was getting off at the same time even though the train was continuing on). We were then accosted by several dozen touts trying to get us onto their bus for the 45 minute ride to the ferry terminal. We were supposed to go directly to Pha-ngan from Surat Thani but an incoming storm meant those ferries were cancelled. Luckily we caught the last boat to Samui, took a taxi (actually the back of a pick-up truck) in the rain from Na Thon to Big Buddha and then the speed boat to Pha-Ngan from there. So overall, it cost us about $40 each, took 20 hours of travel, we almost didn't make it because of the weather and the pick-up truck driver stole my $75 Swiss-Army knife (since it was raining so hard we elected to put our bags in the dry cab and ourselves in the truck bed - apparently he had wandering fingers ). We did meet new friends from Sweden during the ordeal that we still keep in touch with and are actually coming to visit us next month, so I guess all wasn't for naught :)

BTW, the full moon parties are a blast! Have fun!

7. Posted by Beezle (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

Just one bit of advice, dont do what I did and get a minibus to Surat Thani having done a 30 hour plane journey (dont ask), stay up drinking at a street bar in Bangkok then spend 12 hours in a boiling hot bus without sleep, it was a nightmare! If you dont fly to Koh Samui (I would recommend if youve got the money) you need to get to Surat Thani (not the nicest place so avoid having to stay overnight) and get a ferry to Koh Samui then another ferry to Ko Phangnan. I loved the boats, you just sit up deck sunbathing and chatting whilst drinking beer for a few hours. I would avoid staying in Had Rin (where full moon partys are held) when you get to Koh Phangnan if you want to sleep at any point, we heard a few stories about bungalows being robbed etc. We stayed in a Ban Tai beach bungalow for less than £25 for a week and it was great, just a short ride to Had Rin Beach. We spent new years eve on had rin beach and it was one of the best nights of my life. Make sure you go to the bar in the rocks

8. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 9y

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[ Edit: Edited on Mar 1, 2007, at 2:42 PM by ikey ]

9. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 9y

Quoting Sliver24

In the words of the great Canadian songwriter Neil Young, "Please take my advice..."

FLY to Koh Samui (it cost about $75 CAD in 2004) and then take a "speed boat" from Big Buddha Beach to Haad Rin in Koh Pha-ngan. You can be on the beach a few hours after leaving Bangkok.

Couldn't agree more, best move I ever did was choose the plane over the train.

10. Posted by rjn87 (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

When I did the same journey, on the way there, I got the train down to Surat Thani. Very long journey. The train gets freezing! and the food they gave us was so spity, one mouthful felt like it was melting your insides! Arriving at Surat Thani, we were caught up in a bit of a scam. A taxi driver ushered us into his cab from the station and said he would take us to the port, but he didnt, he took us into the middle of the city, to a bus depo where we had to pay way over the odds to get across to the islands.

On the way back, I booked a bus when I was on Koh Samui, from Surat Thani to BKK. I was expecting some decrepid thing, but it was the best bus i've ever been in! The overnight drive took about 6 hours, but the chairs are HUGE, and recline right back. VIP bus, did, for once mean VIP! I would recommend bus over train any day for this journey.