Thailand Train Travel
A Guide to travelling throughout Thailand
by various means of Railroad Transport
Train Track build by Prisoners of World War II
Thailand Train Travel - Hua Lamphong Station
This Thailand Train Travel Guide will hopefully provide you with all the information you'll need for many a memorable train journey across all corners of Thailand. And while you're at it you just might get to see some of the
most scenic countryside there is in such a splendid country. Imagine what tremendous fun it
can be to travel the entire length and breadth of the country by rail. I have personally taken a few Thailand train travel trips myself. With that, I wish you all a safe and pleasant journey.
Thailand has an extremely efficient railroad system with the main station being at Hua Lamphong in Bangkok. This station serves four major lines connecting you to the north, northeast, east and the south of the country. The first line runs to Chiang Mai in the north via the central plains. A second line which later divides into two, runs to Nong Khai and Ubon Ratchathani in the northeast.
Thon Buri Station in Bangkok
Thailand Train Travel - Thon Buri Station
A third connects Bangkok to the eastern seaboard and the border to
Cambodia. The fourth line runs down the peninsula as far as Malaysia. Thon Buri Station is the principal departure point of the of Bangkok Transit System
(BTS). All trains are safe and comfortable as well as being a great
way to see the country.
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Scenic View on the Thai-Burma Railway
Thailand Train Travel - Thai-Burma Railway
Apart from several train trips on the Bangkok Underground Metro
System and the Bangkok Sky Train, one of the most memorable train trips I
had ever experienced was on on the Thai-Burma railway which
takes you across the river Kwai and through some of Thailand's most
scenic countryside around
Even if trains are not quite your scene, this particular train journey is an absolute must and you should definitely give it a try if you're in the area. Apart from the horrific events that paved the way for the Japanese to construct the railway during World War II, you'll no doubt be transported through this historic period.
It's only a short journey and can easily be incorporated as part of any tour. The only downside about the ride is that there is no air-conditioning on the train, but the encounter will more than make up for it. Go on, take a ride on the wild side.
Nam Tok Station on the Thai-Burma Railway
Thailand Train Travel - Bangkok Transit System
The Bangkok Transit System is also commonly known as the (BTS).
It's an elevated rapid transit system and is definitely the perfect way
to beat the heat and the city's traffic congested streets. The trains
are frequent, fast, clean and safe.
The only problem I did notice is
that there were not nearly enough lifts or escalators for the disabled
and elderly, only lots of stairs going up from street level. This seems
to be the only real access to the ticket booths provided at the station.
The best time to use the service is anytime except during peak hours.
Sky Train network consists of twenty three stations and travels
along only two lines. One is the Sukhumvit Line, which runs northwards
and eastwards and terminates at Mo Chit Station and On Nut Station
The other is the Silom Line linked to Silom and Sathon
Roads in the central business district of Bangkok and terminates at the
National Stadium and Wongwian Yai Station. The lines interchange at Siam
Central and have a combined distance of 55 kilometres.
All the stations are elevated and constructed on three levels. The first level is where you will find the ticket booths, some small kiosk-like shops and the access control gates. The second and third levels contain all the platforms and rail links.
The Sky Train is the best way to travel to the Chatuchak Weekend Market as the train stops practically right on the doorstep of the market at Mo Chit Station. Now, because this market is held on weekends, the trains are not that full at all. Please just remember that not all the stations are near hotels so you may have to take a taxi or walk to the nearest entry point.
Thailand Train Travel on the Sky Train
Bangkok Mass Rapid Transit System
Bangkok Mass Rapid Transit System (MRT) is an underground metro system often referred to as the Bangkok Metro. It's also known in Thai as rotfai taidin which simply means - underground train or rotfaifah mahanakhon which means metropolitan electric train. The line has a fleet of nineteen trains.
The Bangkok Metro is a 21 kilometre track with 18 stations.
This Blue Line presently runs from Hua Lamphong Station to Bang Sue
Station and has a capacity to carry up of 40,000 people in each
direction per hour. You can conveniently connect to the Skytrain at
Si Lom, Sukhumvit and Mo Chit stations.
Entrances to the Metro
stations are raised approximately one metre above ground level due to
low-lying plains prone to flooding during Thailand's rainy season They
are well equipped with built-in-flood-gates to avoid water inundating
There are ample lifts and ramps at stations providing you with easy access should you be a
disabled person and have to rely on a wheelchair. Maps describing the local area and
exit points are posted on all walls showing you the way out as are
uniformed security personnel to assist you should you need help.
Map of the Metro and Sky Train Routes
Thailand Train Travel - National Rail System
Thailand's National Rail System is operated by the State Railway of Thailand
Trains are extremely clean, relatively inexpensive and surprisingly
reliable albeit a little on the slow side. There are only two entry
points into Thailand and both are from Malaysia on the southern Thai
border. I do believe the trip north to Bangkok serves as a great scenic
introduction to Thailand. I have yet to experience this.
A train leaves the port of Butterworth opposite Malaysia's Penang Island
at 1:40 pm. crossing the border into Thailand and arrives in Bangkok
at 11:30 am the following day. There is also a more adventurous train
journey, albeit on a less convenient route that travels from Kuala
Lumpur in Malaysia up the east coast to the north-eastern town of Kota
But you'll need to take a taxi from there before crossing the border
into Thailand to catch the SRT Train from the southern Thai town
of Sungai Kolok. Trains leave from Sungai Kolok at 11:00 am and 2:05 pm
before arriving in Bangkok at 9:05 am and 11:10 am respectfully, the
All trains depart from Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Station
at 2:00 pm daily for the return journey to Malaysia. There are
second-class carriages with seats that fold into upper and lower
sleeping berths at night. For a little extra comfort,
first-class sleeper carriages are air-conditioned and dining cars serve
Hua Lamphong Station in Bangkok
The Eastern and Oriental Express
If you like to travel in style, you may want to try one of Asia's most exclusive travel experience.
The Eastern and Oriental Express
is the Asian equivalent to Europe's finest. This luxurious twenty two
carriage train with its distinctive blue and cream livery, passes
through spectacular scenery several times each month between
Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
between Singapore and Bangkok takes three days and two nights including
stops at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Butterworth in Penang. Should
irresistible elegance be your comfort, then world-renowned Eastern
Oriental Express may just be the ultimate self-indulgent gift you could
ever wish for.
All the carriages are bedecked with rich fabrics
and fittings evocative of 1930's rail travel. The double and single
cabins come in private and presidential classes. There are two
restaurants, a salon car, a bar and a marvelous observation deck. This
has never been a better time to experience superb Asian luxury and
The Eastern and Orient Express
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