Many people make a stop at Prachuap on their way to the South. Here are the different available options to continue along the path towards the southern delights:
There are 9 daily trains going south from Prachuap. All of them make a stop at Chumphon and Surat Thani which are the gateways to the three famous islands: Ko Samui, Ko tao and Ko Phangan. If you’re willing to go further south, then night train is the option. Here’s the timetable for more detailed informations:
To go south by bus, you’ll have to reach the bus stop which stands on the highway, aka Phetkasem Road (See map). A moto-taxi or a tuk-tuk will ask you around 100฿ to get there. You’ll find a counter at the bus stop to buy your tickets. Note that there is also a transportation company on the other side of the road, opposite to the bus station, where you can also buy bus tickets. There are numerous buses which stop at this station to take passengers, so you can reach any southern destination, such as Krabi, Phuket or Hat Yai.
My recommendation is to plan your trip at least one day before and go to the station to inquire about the schedule and buy your ticket.
The Bus Station
You can buy your ticket here:
There are two minivan companies which respectively serve the cities of Chumphon and Ranong.
If you’re going to Chumphon, then you’ll find the minivan station on Phitak Chat Road. It’s located at the crossroad which is after the night market heading north. Just spot the CJ market, and you’ll find the station on the other side of the road (see map).
Going to Chumphon by minivan will cost you 180฿ and you can expect the ride to last between 2 and 2½ hours. See the picture below for schedule:
For Ranong, the minivan station is also on Phitak Chat Road (see map). Don’t look for a proper counter since the ticketing office is actually a table outside of a small restaurant.
It will cost you 200฿ and it should take around 4½ hours to reach your destination. There are 4 daily minivans going to Ranong at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 1am.