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Getting There

By Plane -- Currently no flights serve Chumphon.

By Train -- Eleven daily trains stop in Chumphon from Bangkok. Call Bangkok Hua Lamphong Railway Station (tel. 02621-8701 or 1690) for info. The priciest second-class sleeper fare to Bangkok is 770B, but prices vary according to upper/lower berths and 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 -- Standard air-conditioned buses depart from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal (tel. 02793-8111). The trip lasts 9 to 10 hours and costs 340B. The main Chumphon bus terminal (tel. 07757-6796) is 16km (10 miles) north of the town center (a tuk-tuk will cost around 150B).

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. Expensive (and totally un-eco-friendly) speedboats run in dry season.

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. A handful of local tour operators, such as CS Leisure Travel (tel. 07750-3001; www.cslchumphon.com) and New Infinity Travel (tel. 07750-1937), is located on Tha Taphao Road, a 10-minute walk southeast of the train station, or there's Suwannatee Tour (tel. 07750-4901), on Rotfai Road.

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; inquire at your hotel for details.

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.