This night was an adventure to me. I bought a ticket for the train to move from Bangkok to Surat Thani. It wasn’t expensive at all and I was so excited what would expect me.
At first, I thought I would be in the wrong train because of the seats there. I expected to see some beds, but there were only seats.
The train departed on time and so the adventure began.
There is space for luggage in the floor next to every seat. And then there is a ledder to go up to the upper bed.
After a couple of while there came a man who switched the seats into beds. One up and one down. He also covered the blankets with some bedsheets. The beds are very clean!
Everyone began to feel comfortable and a few minutes later there were Thais going through the train selling beverages and some food.
The sleeping slots are more or less comfortable, but there isn’t enough space to share the bed. I did sleep in one of the upper beds.
During the night I had to go onto the toilet. I was afraid what I would find but although it looks very ugly, the system did work well. There’s a hole on the ground and when you have finished, you can use the white tube to splush. There has been enough toilet paper and outside the toilet was a lavatory with soap.
I could not sleep at all in this train (see also a post which refers to this), although it was very quiet and nobody made extra noise. But I think I was a bit afraid to miss the train stop I had to get out. The train stops nearly every two hours but if you are asleep, you should not be disturbed by that.
After 12 hours, the train stopped in Sura Thani and my Fazit is: it is definitely an adventure you can risk but the more comfort you need, the less you will feel good. There’s no need to be afraid of rubbers and many travellers are using this form of moving forward.
From Sura Thani there are buses which can take you to the fairies (to Koh Samui for example). The busses do take about one and a half hour.