I want to catch the Lomprayah boat at 7am the next morning from Chumphon to Koh Tao. Thanks for your help, Andy
To get to Chumphon, you have to first catch a bus from the airport to Surat Thani town, which costs Bt100. From there you can take a shuttle van from Kaset Market by Bandon pier. The journey to Chumphon to Surat Thani takes two hours and 30 minutes and costs Bt150. The vans run from 6am to 5pm. I’m not sure how much a taxi would cost, but I would say it should be around Bt2,000.
You will have to stay in Chumphon town overnight to catch the Lomprayah boat at 7am,which reaches Koh Tao at 8.45am.
Another option is to make your way to Koh Samui from the airport, then stay on the island for a night before taking a Lomprayah boat at 8am and arriving on Koh Tao at 9.45am. It's a easier journey as you can buy a ticket at the airport at Bt350, which covers the bus to the pier and the ferry trip to Koh Samui. You can also choose to stay overnight on Koh Pha-ngan, and wait to catch the same Lomprayah boat to Koh Tao the next morning.
If you prefer to take a taxi to Donsak pier in Surat Thani, you can buy a ferry ticket yourself. Travelling from the airport to Donsak Pier takes between an hour and 90 minutes and the last ferry leaves at 7pm, so you will have plenty of time to spare.
I am planning a trip in Thailand and am thinking about including Kanchanaburi on my itinerary. I would like to see the Bridge on the River Kwai, Hellfire Pass and the Erawan Falls. How many days do I need to stay in Kanchanaburi and what’s he best way of getting around? Thanks, Sean
I think you will need at least three days and two nights in Kanchanaburi to be able to see them all. The Erawan Waterfall is in Si Sawat district and Hellfire Pass in Sai Yoke district, meaning you need to travel on different highways to reach them. However, the Bridge on the River Kwai is only five kilometres from the town centre and easily accessible on foot, by song thaew, motorbike taxi or tuk tuk from the town centre. The River Kwai Bridge also has its own train station, and some people travel there by train from Bangkok, crossing the bridge on the way to Namtok station.
Hellfire Pass is about 10 kilometres from Namtok Station, or about 80km from Kanchanaburi town on highway 323 (also known as Saeng Choo Toh Road). As you may know, there is a museum, and a 7km-stretch of track beyond Konyu Cutting for you to walk and experience the actual site.
Erawan Waterfall is located on highway 3199 about 70km from the town centre. You can go there by bus: the no 8170 Kanchanaburi-Erawan, operates daily from 8am to 7pm and travel time is two hours. Once you get there, you can hire a song thaew from Erawan market to other nearby attractions.
Transportation can be difficult to find if you are outside Kanchanaburi town or far from district markets. Usually visitors stay at one of the floating hotels or at a guesthouse in the town centre and arrange with local tour operators to visit the sites. However, you can also go on your own either by chartering a song thaew in the market, or a renting a motorcycle, and arranging your own programme, Have fun!