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From Bangkok to Poipet (Cambodia)
From Hua Lamphong train station leaves a daily train at 05:55 to Aranya Pratet which arrives at about noon. There is another train leaving later but you have no time enough to reach Siem Reap on the same day! Lonely planet informs 5 hours, but I spent more time on train. From Aranya Pratet there are many tuktuks to the Poipet border.
Train fare: 48 baths
Tuktuk fare: 50-60 bahts.
Bangkok to Vientiane
The train runs only to Nong Khai, near the border, from where you change to a bus. you could also go by bus (either via Nong Khai or direct, more expensive), but the train is more comfortable (sleeper) or cheaper (seat) than the bus.
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By train from Bangkok to Trang and Ko Lipe
There are 2 trains from Bangkok to Trang (depart 17.05 and 18.30 arrive 8.05 and 10.31), the later and a bit slower Rapid has non aircon sleepers from 521 Baaht, the Express has aircon sleepers from 761 Baht (aircon is usualy to cold for my taste, but in low season, May to October, the only way to get to Koh Lipe is by speedboat from Pak Bara at around 11:30hrs), i had never problems getting a bed on the same day.
For a short time it was possible to book online, at the moment you can only check the timetable and prices.
In Trang (nice place if you have time to spend) next to the train station you see several places selling minibuses to Pak Bara for boats to Ko Lipe.
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TRAINS FROM BKK TO HUA HIN
A bus is much more faster than a train. I have done both and the train was more enjoyable, but much slower, like two hours longer. It is about four hours away and there is no need to pre-book unless you are coming up on a Thai holiday. I bought my ticket at the station...very simple and waited 45 minutes before I boarded the train and then waited ten minutes before it started rolling. Now that I know, by taking the bus, you board, you are there in less than two hours. Their drop off spot is just down the road from the rail road station..i say it is more coinvenant also. As I remember there is a train that leaves about every 90 minutes in that direction and points south after 12 noon.. It is a experience as the trains move through many little towns not seen on the road. There are some towns where the market is set up on and around the tracks, and when the slow moving train comes into the town, you can see the vendors pulling up their stalls and giving just enough room for the train to get by. The flood waters have receeded enough for train travel south and you shouldn't have a problem.
Here is a link to the schedule...>>>http://www.seat61.com/Thailand.htm#Southern Thailand >>>>>>>>>>>>>
If you have the time, take the train, if in a hurry, take the bus....bus fare is about 128 bahts, I think the train is about the same.
cheers tommy x
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Central Station: Hualumpong
Hualumpong station is the big train station in Bangkok, serving a majority of sites (though, to reach Kanchanaburi, there is a second station on the west side of the Chao Phraya river) throughout the country. I've taken trains across Thailand, from Chiang Mai in the north to Ban Khao Yai in the central-east, and Surat Thani in the south (jumping off to the islands of the Gulf of Thailand).
Built in the last years of the 19th century, the rail station is modeled after those in England. So, Europeans might not be impressed, but to an American it looks pretty cool having that large arcing roof overhead. The staff are friendly and try to help, though finding English speakers could be troublesome. If you have your destination already in mind it helps, you can just give them the info and they'll print a ticket straight away.
Storage: the station also offers luggage storage, if you don't want to haul all of your gear to your destination (and are coming back to Bangkok). I don't remember the price, but it is very reasonable. It is not a locker-system; attendants take the baggage and store it 'in back.' I kept a lock on my luggage, but it looked relatively safe, and all my belongings came back in one piece.
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If you are heading North from Bangkok towards Chiang Mai, chances are you will take the overnight sleeper from Hualamphong Station in BKK. I was actually only going as far as Lampang, which is a couple of hours South of Chiang Rai, but I have done the complete journey before. There are buses which are quicker plying the same route but I prefer the train as it is a lot more comfortable, sociable and for the sheer enjoyment that train travel brings me.
Getting a ticket at Hualamphong is made very simple and my upper level, second class air-con bunk cost 734 baht. The train was due to leave at 1735 (it was late and even later on arrival).
On the train, I knew the drill. Got my bunk sorted and headed straight for the buffet car which, oddly, is the only place on the train you are supposed to smoke, although people do so between the carriages as well. The buffet car on the Backpacker Express, as I call it, is something to behold. Most, as I say, are going to Chiang Mai, a journey of about 14 hours and there is nothing else to do but drink beer and have a party, so that is what we did. I ended up seated with two young physiotherapy students from Zurich and another Swiss guy about my age. We had a great old time as they crank up the sound system with (pretty rubbish) Western pop. I remember the last time there were people dancing and the place resembles a nightclub more than a train carriage. It was slightly more muted this time and they have also taken to closing the bar at 11 which didn't used to be the case.
As for the accomodation itself, I find it most comfortable and always manage a good night's sleep. The bunk accomodates my 6'5" frame with no difficulty and there are clean bedclothes provided for each journey by the helpful attendants. The photo shows the carriage made up for the night.
If you are only going to Lampang, and I recommend you do, do not worry about oversleeping and missing your stop. You will be billeted in the last carriage which is detached at Lampang and they will soon rouse you.
I have heard other travellers complain about the sleepers but an overnight riding the rails is always a highlight of my trips to Thailand.
Train to Chiang Mai
There is a night train service to Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand overnight.
It is a convenient reliable service, which is not that easy to find in South East Asia.
To buy a ticket just go to one of the many travel agents who can buy it for you for a small fee, note book it earlier as it can easily get sold out.
overnight train to Nong Khai
A 2nd class sleeper, upper bed, cost me 550 B on a weekday. A lower bed is about 50 B more expensive - the upper bed might be a bit smaller, but it's more enclosed than the lower bed.
I bought the ticket at a travel agency; at the train station it would have been 480 B I think - but you should buy the ticket ahead, and a tuktuk to and from the trainstation is probably more expensive than the difference of 70 B. The train left at 8:45 pm and was scheduled to arrive in Nong Khai at 9:10 am, but we were about two hours late.
Hualamphong Train Station
You will be likely be here if you are connecting to points outside Bangkok. The sheer mass of swirling ghostly figures is mind-boggling astounding.
The place is air-conned, but you don't really feel it when you're inside. Yet when you stepped out, you know something is amissed.
The whispering smell of fried food hung in the air, invading everyone senses sub-consciously. People hung around the departure waiting hall, invading everyone's senses consciously as they watch each other's time ticked by.
The station to its credit is spacious and bright and you can locate the ticketing stations easily. There are eateries, a cafe (Black Canyon Coffee is here) and stalls selling snacks and food, as well as bookstores and newspaper vendors. The perfunctory tour agencies are present as well. There is even a small mart and a small bakery (outside) for folks wanting to load up on groceries.
Showers are available for a price...in grimey but large washrooms. Don't look down but the floor of the men's shower room/toilet appeared permanent soaked with grime but hey good news, the taps are working.
There is also luggage storing services tucked at the far end of the station where a groaning army of bags and backpacks await the return of their owners.
There are at least 12 (or 14?) platforms, with more snack stalls on each platform to help you spend your money while you wait for your train.
Find your way to the train station by every means you can employ.
Take a taxi. Take a tuk-tuk. Take the subway. Take the bus. Walk. But no Skytrain.
This is also the terminal stop for the superiorly more luxurious Far East Oriental Express Train, originating from Singapore, having wormed it's way through the stomach of peninsula West Malaysia.
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Overnight Train Ride
Bought train tickets from Chiangmai to Bangkok at the train station. From Chiangmai, there are several trains departing for Bangkok at several timings but only one train has a sleeper class. For a sleeper class overnight train journey on the lower bunk, it cost 881THB (US$30) but slightly cheaper for the upper bunk.
I recommend getting the lower bunk despite the higher price because of the slightly bigger bed space. Besides that, you won't get distracted by the lightings when you're trying to get some shuteye.
The train departs at 17:55hrs and arrives Bangkok at 0:700hrs the following day. So if possible, do wake-up early to catch the morning sunrise and also the dawning of the Thai people getting a headstart for their day.
Staffs are friendly and security officers are always available throughout the travel. Meals can be bought onboard and enjoyed at the dining cart.
Bangkok Train Station
Train travel is pretty inexpensive for what you get.....we took a 12 hr overnight train to BKK from the south and again, took a 12 hr overnight train to Chaing Mai. the schedules are quite frequent but never ontime....expect to arrive anywhere from 1/2 hr to 3hrs after the expected arrival time. Both occassion we took the overnight they were different trains and sizes...with more room on one, less on the other......food was also variable between the two.....in any case, train travel was great! The cabins you see us using had upper and lower beds....when you board the train the beds are not made up but rather a seating area for the two people (in the upper and the lower)....when the two decide to go to bed a worker will break down the sitting srea into two beds.....if your traveling with someone be sure to get the upper and lower in the same section vs. two lower beds across the aisle from one another......Also, at the train station there are various travel agents ready to help you out with bookings and plans....they are friendly and helpful, but of course you know why........with this said, last time we had the agent book our train to Chaing Mai, transfer to the hotel, the hotel for four days, and a flight back to Bangkok at the end....commission was approx $250 Baht for the whole thing.....not bad for them to sort you out with everything.
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Trin times, Bangkok to Nong Khai
Bangkok ► Nong Khai (for Vientiane)
Train number: 137 * 133 77 69 *
Depart Bangkok (Hualamphong)
05:50 18:30 20:00 20:45
Depart Bangkok Airport (Don Muang)
06:42 19:25 20:45 21:32
07:26 20:11 21:21 22:11
Arrive Nong Khai:
17:30 07:20 06:00 08:55
I haven't been in a train to anywhere from Bangkok but there were several people asking about me this one so, I thought of putting a tip then...no worries, you don't need to rate..But of course, I know where this train station is!
Here's the link: http://www.traveller2000.com/train/
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Hua Lampong Railway Station
Hua Lampong Railway Station
Bangkok main railway station is Hua Lampong. Train leave to most part of the country from here.
Name: Hua Lampong Railway Station
Attraction Type: Architecture, Train Station, Small shops (Book shop and more)
Close to: Wat Traimit (The golden Buddha)
Pictures in the web: Hua Lampong Railway Station
Photos: You can take great photos of the Trains and inside the hall
Last Visit: September 2008
First Photo: Line 10 in Hua Lampong Railway Station
Second photo: Outside the Railway Station
Third photo: Hua Lampong Building
Forth photo: The Hall
Fifth photo: Train in Hua Lampong Railway Station
Meet me at the station.
I have mentioned it in other tips and make no apology for mentioning it again but I love travelling on trains. If you are travelling to or from Bangkok, you will almost certainly go through Hualamphong Station. There are a couple of other stations but these deal mainly in suburban trains. You may have read about unlicensed guides offering assistance when they are really trying to sell you accomodation or whatever. This certainly used to be the case but on my most recent trip (December 2009) they seemed much less prevalent than before. Do not let their possible presence put you off receiving advice form the extremely helpful, English-speaking official "customer assistants".
If you enter the Station from the main entrance i.e. where the photo was taken from, the ticket booths and timetables are at the far end on the left. Timetables are all in Thai and English. If you arive by tuk-tuk or taxi, you will be dropped at the side entrance. Just walk in and the ticket booths are immediately on the left.
The station is well supplied with shops to stock up on snacks for the trip, food stalls and bars / restaurants. Be aware, though, that the eateries on the upper floor charge exorbitant prices. The Anna Kitchen is particularly pricy. If you fancy a snack or a drink, just walk outside the station and you will pay about half the price.
There is an internet place up stairs on the left as you come in the main entrance and the left luggage place is directly on the left here on the gorund floor. It is open from 0400 until 2300 at night and I paid 70B to leave one piece of luggage for a few hours.
There seem to be a lot of railway police about and I feel perfectly safe here, not always the case in railway stations, and Hualamphong remains, like most train stations, an absolutely brilliant place to people watch for an hour or two whilst you wait for your train.
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