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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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
The Bangkok Railway Station was built in 1910 and opened for operations on the 25th June 1916 during the reign of King Rama VI. Originally it was a combined station, that is, it included the services to transport goods as well as passengers. The station was built in an Italian Neo-Renaissance style, with decorated wooden roofs and stained glass windows. The architecture is attributed to Turin-born Mario Tamagno, who, with countryman Annibale Rigotti (1870–1968), made a mark on early 20th century public building in Bangkok.
The station is the country's main station and is the terminus for the four main lines within the country - the Northern Line to Chiang Mai, the North-eastern Line to Nong Khai on the border with Laos, the Eastern Line to Aranyaprathet on the border with Cambodia, and Southern Line to Sungai Kolok.
The main terminal for mainline (as opposed to the Skytrain or subway) trains in Bangkok is Hualamphong Station, located on the edge of Chinatown. Thanks to the new Metro system, it's a lot easier to get there from Silom or Sukhumvit these days, but if you have luggage a taxi might be easier - there is quite a walk between the metro platforms and the station. The main hall of the station (before you get to the trains) is cooled, so if you have to wait a while, it's not a bad place to stop - there is a fair amount of seating as well. See my travelogue for some more pictures of the station.
It's important to note that not every train out of Bangkok departs from here (although most do) - trains to Kanchaburi leave from a station over the river in Thonburi. Check your train details carefully! Some of the destinations available from Hualamphong are:
- Hua Hin
- Chiang Mai
- Nong Khai (useful for Vientiane, Laos)
- Surat Thani (useful for Ko Samui)
- Butterworth in Malaysia (handy for Penang, with connections to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore).
The trains and station are run by the State Railway of Thailand (SRT).
A good way to travel in Thailand is the nighttrain. Wihtin one night you will be all around Thailand. And this for a reasonable price. But be there soon, at certain days it will take up to three days to get a avaible seat in the 1st class (and I would advise to do that).
Hua Lamphong train station is very well oprganised and international friendly. The station links the whole country with a variety of train options, and also houses shops, restaurants and a bus station for access in to the city. You will also find plenty of taxi drivers around! The actual trains are very comfortable, and I found that the 2nd class train (for my trip to Surat Thani) was perfectly surfice.