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The Thai Rail System
The Thai Rail System is extermely well devoloped. Trains are a very cheap and comfortable way to travel around Thailand. Trains run commonlu between Bangkok - Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Ayutthaya, Sokhothai, Lampan, Nong Khai (Vientiane, Laos), Nakhon Si Thamarat (by Koh Samui), Hat Yai, Penang (Malaysia), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Singapore (Singapore), and Poipet (Cambodian border).
If you are on a night train I personally reccomend getting SECOND CLASS tickets. Why? First of all you get a bed to sleep in (3rd class you only get a seat), and second of all it is a lot cheaper than 1st class. In first class you get a double chamber (bunk bed in a small room with a fold down table and sink). In second class you het a fold down bunk bed (the porters set up the beds when it gets dark, they are comfortable seats until then. You a table, light, and curtains (and a window in the bottom bed* *highly reccomended. And it's just a lot of fun. You are seperated from the other people by curtains, it's a fun trip!!
Costs vary depending on class and where you want to go. A ticket to Chiamg Mai from Bangkok in second class a/c bottom bed is around 700 Baht (3rd class 350 Baht, first 950 Baht or so).
The State Railway of Thailand operates train services from HuaLamPhong train station to allregions of the country and Don Muan International Airport (opposite the Airport Terminal 1) at reasonaly prices.
There's special English speaking counter at HuaLamPong selling joint tickets (train / bus / boat). Usually, it is not a porblem getting a sleeper on the same day. But if you are travelling on peak season and you want to secure an Air-Conditioned sleeper, then you should bought your tickets 1-2 days earlier.
Bangkok railway station
Hualamphong is the main railway station in Bangkok. Most of the services to the north and to the south of Thailand originate here.
Thai trains are farily modern and comfortable, though sometimes a bit slow and they are often late. There are 3 classes; I recommend travelling 2nd class on long journeys as it is still very cheap and far more comfortable than 3rd class, that is OK for short travels.
Take care for your luggage on the trains, especially at night.
Bangkok main railway station is Hua Lam Pong. It is rather
old station, with its tall half circle roof built in 1890 or 110 years ago.
The design was modeled on one of the main-line terminals in Manchester, England.
The first line went as far as Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat), and 30 years later,
it was extended to Chiangmai, and to Singapore.
Nowadays, train leave to most part of the country.
Leaving the city by train
A safe and fun way to travel in thailand is via the train. Bangkok is the hub for train travel and it has tentacles that go south, west, north, northeast, and east.
The main train station is Hualampong (HLP) in the heart of the city. Tickets can be booked and purchased there, and you can board trains here. But you can also buy tickets and board most trains at many other train stations. The train stops so often in Bkk on the way, that it takes 45 minutes even for the Sprinter (fastest) train to leave the city. For example, a train leaving HLP traveling north or northeast will pass thru Samsen-Bangsue-Bangkaen-Laksi and Don Muang (across from the airport) and stop at most of these. So you don't have to go to HLP to get on a train if other stations are closer.
This line goes on to end in Chiangmai in the north, Nongkhai in upper northeast and Ubon Ratchathani in the lower northeast.
Bkk to Chiangmai typically takes about 14 hours.
Southern trains go thru Samsen and Bangsue, but then branch off to the west and finally turning south ending in Trang province or at the Malay border.
Bkk to the Malay border is around 18 hours by train.
For those going to Cambodia, you can take the train to Aranya Prathet (about 6 hours i think) and make your way to the border.
There are sleeper trains in 1st class but for the price, you could almost fly. Second class sleeper trains come with or without A/C and esp on the northern route are very comfortable. You can choose upper or lower bunks when booking. You can also sit up all night in non-sleeper trains – cheaper, but not too pleasant.
Food can be bought on trains from vendors on the train or thru the window, or purchased in the dining car of overnight trains, OR eaten at your own pop-up table at your seat..
Trains are not in the habit of being on time in Thailand, esp those running to or from the south, so have patience.
Plane or Train. The picture is...
Plane or Train. The picture is taken at the train station in Bangkok. We went to Chaing Mai that day. It took about 12 hours. We took the night train. Surprisingly, it was very comfortable, I would recommend taking a second class sleeper. If you book at Khao San Road, at one of the travel agents there, they will even give you free accommodation somewhere in Chaing Mai. One important tip, when you just get on the train they offer you orange juice, and you will think it is complimentary, but then half an hour later they will demand payment for it. An Australian next to me refused to give them money, he said 'you gave it to me and didn't tell me it cost anything'.
Pic left: Train from Haadyai...
Pic left: Train from Haadyai to Bangkok cost 600b.
Every bus station or train station in Thailand, there will be somebody pops-up to ask you about tickets to somewhere. The moment we arrived at Bangkok, 3 different people come to us about tickets. So I guess you don't have to worry about tickets
Tuk-tuk is kind of Taxi in Thailand, they are a modification of motorcycles I think, add in another wheel to make it 3 and put on a big seat. Boom !
Hua Lamphong Railway Station
Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Railway Station on Rama IV Rd.It's the middle point for all rail travel in Thailand.
Train to Airport
Do you know you can take train to/from airport Dom Muang for THB 10? Take MTR or tuk-tuk to Hua Lampong Station.
Train to Ayatthuya
Take the new MTR until the end of line to Hua Lamphong Station. From here buy a ticket (THB 15) TO Ayatthuya.
Hualamphong Station - Ayuthaya
Hualamphong Station - Ayuthaya
Leaves every hour from Hualamphong Station from 4:20 am - 10:00 pm.
Travel Time: about 1 1/2 hours
Train Fare - THB 15 (3rd class)
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During my last visit to Bangkok, I arrived by train from Butterworth, Malaysia. It was a 24 hour ride, and I met many interesting people from all over the world.
Train and bus are best way to...
Train and bus are best way to travel.
Tuk Tuk is fun but a bit dangerouse coz they are drive very fast!and crazy! Travel by bicycle isn't suit for Bangkok !unsafe!
Taxi and bus are better.
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