Thailand by train

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Thailand - Train Travel Guide

Wherever you go in Thailand, go by train

Thailand has an extensive rail network, with which you can reach virtually every corner of the country. The country borders with Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia are also perfectly accessible by train.

The rail network in Thailand is based on the hub in Bangkok. The main station in Bangkok is called Hua Lamphong and from here trains depart in all directions. The north line towards Ayuthaya (perfect for a day trip) and Chiang Mai. The north / east line towards Udon Thani and Nong Khai. The east line towards Aranya Prathet and the south line towards Surat Thani (for Koh Samui) and the border with Malaysia.

Rail Map - Thailand

Rail Map - Thailand

Routes through Thailand by train

The Route to Chiang Mai

Pro tip: If you are going from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, take for example train # 9 or train # 13. These trains are composed of modern carriages. If you choose 1st class (with air conditioning), then you have a reservation in a lockable compartment for a maximum of two people. In this compartment are two beds and a washbasin and there is enough space for your backpack.

If you choose 2nd class (with air conditioning), you end up in a carriage with about 50 beds. These beds are comfortable, but privacy is limited. In most cases you can close your seat with a curtain, but that does not detract from others as a 1st class compartment does.

If you choose to go with these trains, you wake up in the beautiful green surroundings of Northern Thailand during sunrise. After breakfast and after the early arrival in Chiang Mai you will have plenty of choice to discover this city before you travel to for example Laos. Or you make a multi-day tour with, for example, a rental car to Chiang Rai, Tachilek and other places in Northern Thailand.

The other routes:

  • Ayuthaya is just a short train ride north of Bangkok. You can best discover this city by tuktuk. With this mode of transport you travel along really impressive ruins of what once was the capital of Siam. If you are a cyclist, keep in mind the (warm) weather. Bicycles can be rented near the train station.
  • Rail link to Laos, at Nong Khai. After crossing the Mekhong River and the border you can hop on board transport to Vientiane, the capital of Laos.
  • Use the Eastern Line for your route to Cambodia.
  • The Southern Line is very convenient for your trip to the isles of Koh Tao, Koh Pangan and Koh Samui. If you stay on board till Surat Thani, you can get a connecting ferry to these islands.