Surat Thani Train Station
There is a string of tiny restaurants right across the street from the train station, and they don't mind at all if you sit at their tables for hours and only order a Coke.- Jen
"I spent a considerable amount of time in and around the Surat Thani train station trying to get from Bangkok to Ko Samui and then back again. The train from Bangkok arrived late, which was fine because we had a good 4 hours to kill before the bus arrived to take us to the ferry. There is a string of tiny restaurants right across the street from the train station, and they don't mind at all if you sit at their tables for hours and only order a Coke. [Hence the tolerable rating] It is definitely possible to sleep at these [hard plastic, outdoor-type] tables, but I would recommend sleeping in shifts if possible. There were a few ne'er-do-wells hanging around [even at 6 AM!]...
Some of the restaurants offered internet service, but it was expensive and really slow. Also, the bathroom was a hole in the ground with a small bucket next to it for flushing...
On the return, we spent about 6.5hrs waiting for the train, most of which was spent at the tables in front of the restaurants. Of course, the train heading back to Bangkok was REALLY late. Since we couldn't tell how late it was going to be, we waited in the actual station for about an hour. It's a dirty and hot outdoor station with a few food/souvenir stands. Between the sound of the trains passing through every 20 minutes or so and the men spitting up phlegm onto the tracks every 20 seconds or so, sleep was impossible for my traveling companion and me.
[However, I recommend paying the extra 10 to get a 1st Class cabin on the sleeper train!! Not only is it more comfortable, but the porter was fantastic!!]"
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