I took the #85 night train from Bangkok to Chumpon. Honestly, after flying last time around I would choose the train every time.
1 – it costs 1/4 the price
2 – no dealing with hellish BKK traffic to the airport
3 – no security lines
4 – shockingly comfortable
For 994 baht ($30) you get first class which is a private 2 person sleeper car with A/C. It leaves BKK at 7:30pm and gets to Chumpon at about 5:00 am. I was worried about not sleeping but thanks to a couple beers and 1/2 an Ambien the only thing I remember after dinner is the attendant banging on the door saying “Chumpon! Chumpon! You get off now!”
Here’s some pics
I booked for 2 weeks. May or may not stay for the month.
That’s all for now. Off to go diving.