Train Travel in and to Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok is a city that sees millions of travellers every year. There are a number of ways to get into the city, but train travel is extremely popular on account of the well developed railway system that connects Bangkok to various cities around Thailand and some outside the country as well such as Singapore, Laos, Penang and Kuala Lumpur. Train travel to and from Bangkok is the most economical mode of transport and is also extremely efficient.
Travellers who wish to travel by train to and from Bangkok will have to purchase a rail ticket. These tickets are available online and at the all the train stations. It is also possible to find a travel agent who will purchase the ticket on behalf of the passenger. Most trains have a number of different classes such as first class and second class, and air-conditioned and non air-conditioned. There are tickets for each of these and the most expensive is the first class sleeper. Local trains are not air-conditioned but the Express trains that take travellers from Bangkok to other countries are.
The main station in Bangkok is the Hua Lamphong station, which is situated in the center of the city. This station has trains running to and from several places across Thailand. This station has a tourist office to provide information to travellers who are looking to either leave the city or spend a few days in Bangkok.
The other major stations in Bangkok include the Bang Sue Train Station, which is the second largest station in Bangkok, the Thonburi Train Station, which services the Kanchanburi district and the Wong Wien Yai Train Station.
Apart from being a very handy way of getting to the Thai capital from locations such the south of the country and from Malaysia, train travel in Thailand means a great opportunity to see the countryside and stunning scenery which graces the country. One of my favourite trips of all is travelling from Singapore to Bangkok. It is a tiresome trip which takes many days but it is quite an experience and you find yourself meeting some incredible kind and interesting people during such a trip.
Within Bangkok itself, as well as trains serving the city from across the country, you also have the monorail subway style system available to you. Getting across Bangkok between using the iconic Tuk Tuks, the monorail system and also river boats, makes it a good city for local transportation.