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Touring Thailand by train from Bangkok

Written By: herbrunbridge - Jun• 02•10

Bangkok's Hualamphong railway station

Virtually all trains leave from Bangkok’s centrally located Hualamphong railway station.  A few southern routes and commuter lines also originate at the Bangkok Noi/Thonburi station, which has a dock on the western side of the Chao Phraya River at the Tha Rot Fai pier).  The Wong Wian Yai station, located off Thaksin Road in Thonburi, also handles several routes.  To determine which cities are served at each station, and scheduling information, visit the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) website at:  (online booking services are not available). 

Trains are not all that easy to book, so it is recommended to do so at least one week before desired departure.  Typically, mid-week trains are less full, so easier to get bookings on them than on weekends. 

Advance bookings at Hualamphong require cash, and there is an ATM at the station.  To book from 8:30 am to 4pm, go through the front doors, then head to the right-rear of the building.  Look for the sign that says ‘Advance Booking.’  From 5 am to 8:30 am, and from 4 pm to 11pm, advanced bookings may be made at platform ticket windows # 2 and 11. 

Hualamphong station is located at the corner of Rama IV and Krung Kasem, and is easily accessed through the MRT Hualamphong subway station. 

Important Note:  There has been a spate of baggage thievery in the “held baggage” room, and indicators are that it may be internal in nature.  So far, authorities have been reluctant to investigate.   Under no circumstances should you leave your bags at the train station while you’re touring around Bangkok!

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