By train the journey from Padang Besar to Chumphon is scheduled to take 8 hours 32 minutes. Chumphon is the closest connection point between the railway network and Koh Tao.
Trains Times from Padang Besar to Chumphon
There is currently 1 direct train per day from Padang Besar to Chumphon.
- Train #46 departs at 17:00 Thai time, and 18:00 in Malaysian time.
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About Travel to Chumphon
Chumphon is small city, with around 40,000 residents, located within a mostly rural part of Southern Thailand. The main local industries are argiculture and fishing, and many local producers sell their farm products from the back of pick up trucks parked during the day time on certain roads in the city centre.
Tourism in Chumphon
There are no major tourist attractions in Chumphon. The most interesting place to visit in the city centre is in fact the railway station, which has some interesting features like very old wooden railway staff cottages.
The second point of interest in Chumphon City is the night market on the Krumluang Chumphon Road, where you can find very authentic Southern Thai style food you wouldn’t normally find in other parts of Thailand. Be warned though. Food in Southern Thailand is typically the most spicy food you find anyway in South East Asia.
Of more interest to visitors is the area to the north of Chumphon City where the best beaches of the province’s 222 km long coastline are to be found, particuarly Hat Sai Ri and Hat Thung Wua Laen. To appreciate these remote beaches you need your own private transport. Travelling further afield by public transport in Chumphon Province is difficult, but not impossible.
Hotels and Restaurants in Chumphon
Many travellers stay overnight in Chumphon because of travel connections. The city, whilst not a tourist destination in its own, does receive enough visitors to support hotels and restaurants focussed on catering to foreigner travellers. The Euro Boutique Hotel is a popular choice, and for food and drink the restaurant at the Fame Guesthouse on the Saladaeng Road is alos popular.
Travel to Koh Tao
The vast majority of foreign visitors to Chumphon are either travelling to or from Koh Tao. Chumhpon is the closest place on the mainland to Koh Tao. The Lomprayah High Speed Ferry Company operates daily services direct from Chumphon Railway Station to Koh Tao. The schedule changes with the seasons so please click on the link below to check the lastest departure times and to book tickets:
- See times of joint bus and ferry services from Chumphon Railway Station to Koh Tao.
The first stage of the journey with the Lomprayah High Speed Ferry Company from Chumphon Railway Station to Koh Tao, is a journey by road 27 km to the ferry pier at Ao Thung Makham Noi. From there passengers board a ferry or speedboat for the sea crossing to Koh Tao. The total journey time is 2 hours 45 minutes.