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Bangkok - Southern Islands...land or air?

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1. Posted by chelseakyp (Budding Member 86 posts) 9y

Hello, we're off to Thailand for three weeks on 13th June, we'll be starting in Bangkok then spending the rest of our time around the islands....just wondering if we'll be ok getting the train (maybe overnight) or is it just best to fly? We're on a budget so the train seems a better idea but is it safe?

Any help would be fab

2. Posted by chelseakyp (Budding Member 86 posts) 9y

Also...would you suggest paying the extra to go 1st class on the trains? x

3. Posted by gandk (Full Member 100 posts) 9y

hi there you can get a sleeper train, i think second class you get a bed in a row in a carrage with a curtain and not bad but quite hot and first class you get a privet cabin which is prob worth it as its still pretty cheap. Definatly book when you are in bangkok do not not book from the internet as you may well find yourself paying for a bed and getting a seat, always travel by night cos you save money on accomadation and you wake up in your new desination bonus. You could always compramise and get the train there and plane back. Take into account the trains are always late by about 3 hours so never by a train - bus - boat combo ticket its a standard thai con and everyone falls for it. Basically if you buy a combo ticket you will arrive at the desination late and your bus or boat will have left (thats if it ever existed at all) so you have to buy another ticket. You can always buy your on going tickets when you arrive.

hope that helps let me know if theres anything else i can help with.

4. Posted by gorfi (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

night trains in Thailand are fine, dont go for the air con ones, cause it's freezing, take the cheapest upper fan and buy the tickets beforehand and at the trainstations (they do speak english at the counters) if you fly try to book in advance, there are 2 or 3 cheap airlines! M.

5. Posted by gorfi (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

I meant upper fan 2nd class