|There is an efficient train service between Bangkok and the Southern Thailand. The overnight 2nd class trains are the best way to travel as you get a table and seat that turns into fairly spacious beds. Check the latest prices and schedules via the service link on the website of The State Railway of Thailand. All trains stop in Chumphon and Suratthani, where you will be provided with a connecting bus to the ferry pier. The best air con is First Class which has a sink and double bunks in each compartment. The total trip by train and boat takes about 9 to 16 hours. A boat ticket to Koh Phangan and transport from the train station to the pier is usually included in the ‘joint ticket’. If you do not have a joint ticket you can always buy a ticket for the boat at the pier.
Thailand has one of the best metre-gauge rail systems in the world, and train travel is easily the best way to get around & see the country. Train travel in Thailand is comfortable, safe, cheap, environmentally friendly. And unlike flying, it's a genuine Thai experience making the journey as much a part of your trip as the destination.
Trains leave Bangkok frequently and you have bus to bring you to the pier to Koh Samui or Koh Phangan. The best way is to take a sleeper on an overnight train.
The State Railways of Thailand provide three classes of trains: 1st, 2nd and 3rd class. The 1st class is expensive, with a private room, the 2nd class is very comfortable, definetly the best deal, and the 3rd class is clean and acceptable but really tiring for the longer journeys.
You can buy joint ticket including train and boat to Koh Phangan at most travel agencies in Bangkok and in the train station. And the same tickets are offered here to go back to Bangkok. There are free buses to bring you from/to the pier to/from Suratthani town, airport or train station.
Check the latest prices and schedules via the service link on the website of The State Railway of Thailand...