Most of the tourists in Thailand travel by bus as there are more private companies, with quality buses, extended hours and competitive prices. However I prefer the train which lets you get closer to the locals and is quite comfortable. Chumphon is the place where you get off if you plan to take the boat to Koh Tao, and if you go to Koh Pangan and Samui, Surat Thani is closer. The trip is about 8 hours, no night option, which lets you save a night of hotel in Bangkok, and arrives in time to catch the first boat to Koh Tao. The other option is the one that I took in the morning at 8 am, to see the scenery on the way and overnight ferry to Koh Tao, which also allows you to save a night in a hotel. There are several hours of waiting in Chumphon but agencies sell you ferry ticket, which are next to the train station and let you leave your luggage and you get wi-fi. The journey , which costs about 12 €, includes a pretty frugal meal, but service is selling drinks and snacks during the trip, girls with the famous Thai smile and RENFE Reviewers wanted.
Surin, a city east of Thailand, is simple and not attractive, and has a horrible activity. It is well-populated and you can go out every night. As a college town there are many young people. Markets are also full in the morning, and night. I had so much fun here that I did not take the camera which was useless. Only at the station, clean and organized, and the last day. A contemporary resort with a lot of traditional habits that decorated a dropper. On overnight trains across Asia you will need to bring a thousand eyes. The highest crime rate in the entire Asian continent is precisely in this country.
Located in the village of Wang Po is the train station from where you can start your ride on the famous Train of Death. This station is just as it has always been. It has no causeway to cross the tracks so you have to be very careful to access the platform from the town. Only one lane has been made with wooden planks where you see local people pass on their motorcycles carrying some merchandise. From this station a tour often runs though the Takilen station. Waiting here is quite pleasant because there are wooden benches for you to rest in the shade as well as vending machines for you to enjoy a treat. The station itself is very small with an office made of wood but it is located in such a beautiful spot. If visit a little outside of the hours established by the tour packages, you will avoid crowds and you'll have no problem finding a seat on the train to take some great photos. A greeting.
The train station Ban Thap Krit is halfway between Bangkok and Sukhothai, about 20 miles from Nakhom Sawan city. It is part of one of the stops that make up the northern route that reaches Chiang Mai. The distance to Bangkok from this point is about 170 kilometers and the city of Sukhothai, some 140 kilometers. Traveling by train gives you the opportunity to get to know many places that don't appear in the tour guides. The important thing is to keep your eyes peeled and not miss a single detail of everything that is around you, in this case Thailand and discover their way of life.
The train station of Nakhon Sawan has daily service from 10am to 2am almost every hour. The stop that correspond to the northern route is a good place to rest if you think the trip is too long as you've already traveled from Bangkok which is roughly 200km. 1st class to 3rd class trains pass through this station 1. It costs about 24 euros in first if you go to Chiang Mai which is the farthest to come, more than 400 miles and about 4 euros in third starting at the same point. The worst time to travel from this station is after 12 noon because you have to wait three hours until the next train and four hours to the next. The rest of the day as I said are almost hourly.
The Maeklong train station is situated in the town of Maeklong, in Thailand. It actually belongs to the town of Amphawa and in turn belongs to Samut Songkhram in the southern part of Thailand. It is a very tiny station, but it is very picturesque because of the attraction you can see of the [poi = 470701] train journey passing through the Maeklong Market [/ poi]. All the market stall vendors have to get up at the speed of a lightning and leave their stalls, all the tourists have to leave the train tracks to make way for the train, which happens 4 times a day. The truth is I do not know the number of people that this station receives per week, but in particular the day we visited [poi = 470751] Maeklong Market [/ poi] it was completely full of people.
The Phitsanulok train station is on the line that runs through Bangkok to Chiang Mai. 3½ hours to Chiang Mai, 5 hours to the city of Ayutthaya and 5-6 hours to Bangkok, depending on the train you choose. You have trains every day and although it's far from a big station, it has a great influx of tourists due to the route. There are more or less hourly trains, although they not very punctual. There are some small shops to buy something to eat or drink, batteries, magazines etc, while you wait for a train. Immediately outside the station you find transport: tuk-tuks, buses and others that take you to your destination or take you on a tour of the temples and interesting places in the city. There are information panels with different routes, but it's best to ask because many signs are in Thai. Remember that this line runs for miles and one mistake can cost you hours. A greeting.
The Nong Khai night express from Bangkok took us to a small Thai town that borders with Laos, the great Mekong creates a natural border. Here you can find the bridge of friendship between the two countries. Of the 12/13 hours journey I know a little, with trains, planes, buses and ferries available. The second class Thai train is more than acceptable, it doesnt have separate compartments; on the left and right of the corridors beds are made, the table is removed and the upper bed folds. This lack of privacy encourages contact with other travellers. Shortly after settling into Hualampong station in Bangkok, I met Frederic, a Frenchman who worked in Beijing and was going to Vientiane to visit a friend, he was our charming beer and travel partner. The next day we crossed the border together. The attentive conductors never stopped offering beers, looking for generous tips, we passed on the offer of dinner and focussed on the conversation and beers, a group of Czechs next to us took out a bottle of whiskey ..... This encouraged everyone!! After a few hours, the conductor came with bad news, it was time to assemble the beds .... Not long after the soothing sound of the train would make the whole wagon stay peacefully asleep. Breakfast is served at 6 in the morning. Good night.