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Getting There

By Plane -- Currently no flights serve Chumphon.

By Train -- Eleven daily trains stop in Chumphon from Bangkok. The second-class air-conditioned sleeper fare to Bangkok ranges from 620B and 1,200B, varying by whether the carriage is air conditioned.  Chumphon Railway Station (tel. 077-511103) is on Krom Luang Chumphon Road, where there are oodles of restaurants and guesthouses.

By Bus -- The main Chumphon bus terminal is an inconvenient 16km (10 miles) north of the town center (a tuk-tuk will cost around 150B–200B) and isn’t always staffed. While standard air-conditioned buses depart from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal (tel. 02422-4444), the arduous trip lasts 8 to 9 hours and costs around 400B.

By Ferry -- Songserm (tel. 07750-6205; www.songserm-expressboat.com) and Lomprayah (tel. 07755-8212; www.lomprayah.com) run daily express boat services connecting Chumphon with Ko Tao, Ko Pha Ngan, and Ko Samui. Lomprayah also has a night boat, and has the better service of the two. Expensive (and totally un-eco-friendly) speedboats run in dry season; expect to pay 600B for adults, half that for children.

By Car -- From Bangkok, use Highway. 4 or Highway 35 (Thon Buri-Pak Tho) and join Highway 4; continue past Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan to Chumphon junction, and then turn left along Highway 4001 to reach town.

Visitor Information

A tourist information office is on the corner of Sala Daeng and Krom Luang Chumphon Roads. The top English-speaking local tour operator, New Infinity Travel (infinity.chumphon@gmail.com; tel. 07757-0176), has an office at 68/2 Tha Taphao Rd., a 10-minute walk southeast of the train station.

Getting Around

By Songtaew -- Songtaews, or covered pickups, cruise the main roads and charge about 20B to 40B per trip.

By Motorcycle Taxi -- Look for the colored vests designating motorcycle taxi drivers, and bargain hard. Trips start from 20B.

By Taxi -- Taxis stop behind the old market, opposite Chumphon Bus Terminal. Vehicles can be hired to Lang Suan, Ranong, and Surat Thani; trips range from 50B to 100B.

Orientation

Chumphon's center is small enough to negotiate on foot: Krom Luang Chumphon Road, near the railway station, is the place for dining and accommodations options, and Tha Taphao Road houses a variety of tour operators.

Fast Facts

Numerous banks sit on Sala Daeng Road, which runs parallel to Tha Taphao Road. The main post office, on Poramin Mankha Road, is out of the town center; mail can generally be sent from your hotel. For Internet service, the guesthouses and travel agencies along Tha Taphao Road can all assist. For police assistance, call tel. 07751-1300.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.