Bangkok to Samut Songhram
The train from Bangkok to Samut Songkhram is a commuter line that starts at Thonburi and ends in Samut Songkhram. The workday train ride would be one of the best in Thailand. If you start at the train station in Thonburi and ride it to Samut Sakhon along the Chao Phraya River, you will go through Bangkok as well as see homes, temples, and shops that are situated about a train’s wake from passing trains. Later, palm trees, patchwork rice fields and marshlands will line the route with whistle stops at regular intervals.
After disembarking from a boat, you will walk through one of the most hectic fresh markets before reaching a harbour clogged with water hyacinths.
After the ferry ride, we will board a train which will take us to Samut Songkhram station. We’ll be there in minutes, and after getting off the train, you will see market stalls set up on the tracks, with more coming together.
The Death Railway
Thonburi; End – Nam Tok; Distance – 258 miles
The most famous train line in Thailand is the Death Railway. Construction began in October 1942, and many workers died due to disease, poor hygiene, lack of medical equipment, and treatment by camp guards. The deadliest part of this railroad construction was an immense rock cutting called “Hellfire Pass”.
With 688 bridges, the Thailand train is one of the most scenic routes in all of Thailand. The bridge that spans the River Kwai near Kanchanaburi City was at the time the only steel bridge built in all of Thailand.
The trains that run the Death Railway have no air con and mostly wooden benches. It is a tourist line today, so there are stops for short visits to places of historical significance. There is also a stop in a cave on the Death Railway.
The visit to the train shrines in Chiang Mai
The classic Thai train journey ranges from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, a distance of about 475 miles.
Sleeper trains from Bangkok to Chiang Mai can be a great chance to explore Thailand and mornings offer views of Northern Thailand. The train goes through tunnels and forests, so passengers should keep their eyes out.
The SRT’s new trains offer better seats and faster service. The route is popular with tourists, so book your tickets as far in advance as possible.
Arrive at the beach in style!
A scenic route from Bangkok to Hua Hin, 131 miles/212km. There is not much sea view on this route, but it features some beautiful agricultural experiences like oil cultivation and plantation fields. Hua Hin is Thailand’s original beach escape town, with a history dating back to the 19th century.
In addition to the long beach, Hua Hin’s train station is also worth seeing. It was beautiful because of the design and offered a lot of insight into Thailand’s history, which you can see in other buildings.
Night Train to Laos
Beginning in Bangkok, this international route passes through Laos and into Thailand’s rural northeast.
After you stop in Nok Kham, you’ll cross the so-called Friendship Bridge to Laos. The 15-minute ride will drop you at Thanaleng (aka Dongphasay) station, and you’ll need to take a taxi or tuk-tuk the remaining 10 miles to the capital, Vientiane.
A high-speed rail is being built between Shenzhen and Guangzhou. The completion date is still unknown, but it’s been postponed to 2030.
Eastern & Oriental Express
This train will take you from Bangkok all the way to Singapore, a distance of 1600 kilometres. While this might be an expensive way to travel, it offers the luxury of private cabins and delicious food in the dining car.
You can visit Thailand and Malaysia during your journey with the E&O, which runs twice a month between Bangkok and Singapore.