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1. Posted by brigham (Budding Member 19 posts) 6y

Hi, I am going to be travelling to SEA soon and will be travelling down to Chumphon from Bangkok on 21st March. This is a sunday so it may seem silly but does public transport run on a sunday in Thailand? I will be travelling by train or bus, any ideas which is best? Thankyou!

2. Posted by dnicholson (Full Member 146 posts) 6y

Yes... All kinds of transportation are still servicing the roads of Thailand on Sundays. I'd say take the train as there aren't that much people compared to the weekdays.

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 6y

There are 2 types of buses in Thailand. The travel shops try to book you on the private bus system they all use. You can usually get on the bus right at that travel shop. Or they will transport you to the bus. Book that day and go. But I recommend you use the gov't bus system. This is the system the Thailand people use and so should you. Price is comparable, but you usually get a better bus and it is safer from theft/scams. Go to the bus station in each city, choose your departure time, what class of bus and off you go. Simple and cheap.

Bus travel is more convenient, but the roads in Thailand and all SEA countries are not very safe. Train travel is not as convenient but certainly the safer option. More comfortable if use choose sleeper class. Your decision.

4. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 6y

Same as Mike, I aso do recommend the government express bus. Safer than the agent's buses. In Bangkok, just go to Sai Tai Mai if you are heading to Chumporn and buy you ticker there. As in Chumporn, just go to Bor Kor Sor if you want to take the government bus out of the province.;)

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1593 posts) 6y

Quoting brigham

Hi, I am going to be travelling to SEA soon and will be travelling down to Chumphon from Bangkok on 21st March. This is a sunday so it may seem silly but does public transport run on a sunday in Thailand? I will be travelling by train or bus, any ideas which is best? Thankyou!

The only time I hear about problems with buses are usually with buses booked in the Khao San Road area from private companies. A Google check will give some examples. Like the other posts mentioned if you are getting a bus get it from a real bus station.

When you travel on any train or bus keep your valuables with you or within sight of your seat. This means passports, cash, small electronics, travelers checks, jewelry - don't put that stuff in a check in bag in any country! If by chance you are going to get a sleeper train (like the ride to Chiang Mai or to Hat Yai) put your request in early, sleeping berths fill up quickly. I sometimes find that trains and even a bus every now and then can get a little chilly, so have a long sleeve shirt or light jacket available. Also carry some "wet-wipes" with you to clean up with. Anytime you are away from your hotel for a while have some TP with you too!!!!

Good luck.

6. Posted by brigham (Budding Member 19 posts) 6y

Thanks everyone for the help, I definitely want to try both I am just a bit concerned about time as I have a ferry booked with Lomprayah from Chumphon to Ko Tao at 13:00 on the 22nd of March so I was hoping to get to Chumphon on the evening of the 21st in order to stay the night in time to catch the ferry the next afternoon. Do you think this is do-able by bus? Thanks again :)

7. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 6y

[http://www.thairoute.com/homepage/|Thai Route] You can check the bus schedule on this website. Good Luck;)

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10. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 6y

Sorry, something is wrong somewhere. Triple posting......