Need to catch the train at 12:40 from Surat Thani to Butterworth (overnight sleeper). Looked at thailrailways and traveler2000, this train route was not showing up as available to pre-purchase, though it is on the train schedules I’ve seen. I am coming to Surat Thani from Bangkok via train as well.
Im from Kuala Lumpur, and have traveled to Surat thani a few times with the overnight sleeper train KL – Butterworth – Surat thani route , when I use to go to Koh Samui / Koh Pahngan Islands.
You will need to book in advance for any long distance overnight trains either by going and buying the ticket in advance at the station or going online to book , or you can call the thai railways ticketing Phone reservation hotline. Tel : 0-2936-3463-5 (taken from their website).
I normally call them to book
But bare in mind that you will need to change to a connecting train in haatyai (southern tip of thailand) , and the recent cases of civil unrest in that area. Malaysians have been adviced against going there.
The Night Train From Chiang Mai to Bangkok, Thailand
Uploaded by travelswithsheila on Jan 12, 2010
Frequent trains make the long 14-hour journey from Chiang Mai to Bangkok and the most comfortable are the overnight trains. It’s only a one-hour flight by plane between cities but serious budgeters take the train to save money and for the experience.
Why 14 hours when an airplane flies the route in one hour? The train makes stop….after stop….after stop. No sooner do you fall asleep then the train lurches and screeches to yet another stop. Buy a hard seat ticket, soft seat, berth in a open second class compartment or a first class, two berth only compartment. Whichever you decide on, it is an “experience.”