Railways of Thailand - classes, cost, map

For how many times was in Thailand, but still nothingI could not ride the train, came back to the railway station, but there were no tickets, and I had to go by bus. They are also good, but since I had heard a lot about Thai reserved seat, I decided that I would definitely go to Chiang Mai by train this time. And in the course of the intention turned out to be strong, so it all happened.

In general, I liked everything, reserved seat,Indeed, much more convenient than usual to us. But the trains are shabby, a little dirty in the car itself and the toilet, approximately, as in our non-branded trains. Maybe in the first class all the more civilized, but I was driving in the second. So, it is not for bequeckers and aesthetes who are better by planes, especially since the price is comparable (with first class). But the railways of Thailand travel very, very comfortable around the country!

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Ticket purchase

How to buy a train ticket via the Internet

Recently there was a site (Russian, English),where you can book and buy a train / bus ticket - 12GO.asia. This is now the only such service. Very comfortably! And because at the office. The site of the Thai railways have long ceased to sell tickets. Payment by card or PayPal.

The bus ticket is electronic, but the train ticket isreceive real, either in the office of the agency (several points), or by mail. You also need to know that the Thai railways do not have a base with tickets, so you need an original ticket that cannot be lost, because it is not restored.

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At the register

Electronic train tickets do not exist, thereforeeither through the agency (see above), or immediately at the ticket office at the station. It is better to buy at the checkout beforehand, as I already wrote, I failed several times to leave on the day of departure, there were no tickets.

Here is the official website of Thailand’s railways - http://www.railway.co.th, which has train schedules and prices.

Reservations by phone or mail

The option I have not verified, since the ticket is usuallyI need a week before the trip. You can book a ticket directly from the railways of Thailand through the email passenger-ser@railway.co.th or fax +6622256068. The service costs 100 baht and is available for tickets within 15-60 days before the departure date. The request must include your last name, your email, route, class, lower / upper shelf, train number, day of departure and time, number of passengers. You will receive the answer to your email, but they can answer for a very long time, and 2 weeks, and a month, so do it as soon as possible. Payment of the ticket will need to be made at the box office. train station Hua Lumphong in bangkok.

Railway station in Bangkok

Railway station in Bangkok

Railway station in Bangkok

Railway station in Bangkok

At the station you can not smoke and rightly so!

At the station you can not smoke and rightly so!

About Thai trains

Classes

Standard carriages (second class)there are two types: when all the shelves on each side of the aisle are side (my case), or only the usual transverse shelves without side, like our compartment, only without doors. The thing is that Thai cars are narrower than ours, so the transverse + side shelves do not fit in them, as in our Russian reserved seats. The second class is with air conditioning (a / c) and with a fan (fan), as well as sedentary with a / c and fan. Seats, as in our expressions with the backs down.

Second class air conditioned like our reserved seat

Second class air conditioned like our reserved seat

Second class seats with air conditioning

Second class seats with air conditioning

In addition to the second class, there is still the first (firstclass). It is similar to our coupe, there are only two shelves: the lower and upper, and there is also Room first class, when there is only one shelf. The third class is very similar to the usual Russian train with wooden or dermatinovye seats.

Interior inside

The fact that the cars are narrower is even good,people less rides. But that's not the point, comfort is achieved due to wider shelves and curtains! It is clear that the width of a berth can be and could not be projected in Russian trains, but here’s the curtain a cheap decision, why no one thought of it ?! Immediately I recall how we were draped in sheets to get a private area :) True, it was not well combined with the absenceconditioner, although without a sheet, you can sometimes suffocate if you go south in the summer. Incidentally, I thought that the air conditioner would blow mercilessly (the standard situation for Thailand), but in fact it turned out that there were enough sweatshirts, and just because I was used to the heat.

I lie on the bottom shelf, wide and comfortable

I lie on the bottom shelf, wide and comfortable

Closed the curtain and got privacy

Closed the curtain and got privacy

Each shelf has its own light bulb.

Each shelf has its own light bulb.

I had a lower shelf and it is quitesleep comfortably. Perhaps only too high people would have nowhere to put their feet (for too tall people it was not calculated), but it seemed to me that the regiment was a little longer than our side. Things you put in a special place in the aisle, and not under the shelf. On the one hand, it is not so safe in terms of theft, on the other hand, easy access. By the way, I also liked the fact that the upper shelves also have a special place for things and it is not above the head, but also in the aisle. And so there is no third luggage rack upstairs about which you are beating your head.

When I entered the car, the regiment was already made, it’s nice that you don’t have to mess around. In the morning I collected it and got two seats and a table. Well, or rather I did not hang up the table, but I had one.

The bottom shelf turns into 2 such seats

The bottom shelf turns into 2 such seats

Another unusual moment - there is no titanium withboiling water. Well, if all of a sudden you decide to pack with you doshiraks and tea bags. But there is a restaurant car, where the prices, though higher than on the street, are quite reasonable. Plus, at some stations, grandmothers will go in and offer food, but the assortment is small.

Menu car-restaurant, distributed conductor

Menu car-restaurant, distributed conductor

The toilet is dirty, but there is a urinal

The toilet is dirty, but there is a urinal

And there is no this terrible toilet, do not, like a kite climb on it with your feet!

And there is no this terrible toilet, do not, like a kite climb on it with your feet!

Fare in the Thai train

The lower shelf (Lower bed) is always more expensive than the upper (Upper bed) in the first class, which is in the second. A ticket to Chiang Mai from Bangkok costs:

  • On the top shelf of the second class with air conditioning 750 baht, on the bottom 820 baht
  • On the top shelf of the second class with a fan 530 baht, on the bottom 580 baht
  • Second class seat with air conditioning 540 baht
  • Second class seat with fan 430 baht
  • The third class, sitting 270 baht, reminds train
  • In my first class train there wasn’t, but in others it is, and the ticket costs 1253/1453 baht depending on the shelf, or 1950 baht with one shelf in the compartment
  • Children's tickets (from 3 to 11 years old) cost 100-200 baht cheaper than basic ones, up to 3 years for free.

From Bangkok to Chiang Mai, somewhere around 800 km, it’s toit was clear the ratio of cost and distance. If my memory serves me, Russian trains are 2-3 times more expensive, and they are constantly becoming more expensive. Tickets for Thai trains over the past 4 years did not go up at all.

And if we talk about the price of the first class and coupe inRF trains, then generally the difference turns out even more. But in Thailand, it seems to me, it is easier to fly planes than the first class, a bit more expensive (usually 1500-2000 baht), but several times faster. And any seats are suitable for some extreme lovers, because not everyone wants to sit for 15-18 hours (comfortable bus it takes only 9-10 hours). In my opinion, if you want an Asian flavor (it is in cheap seats), then you need to choose a short distance, not the long route Bangkok-Chiang Mai or Bangkok-Suratthani.

Speed ​​and time

Despite the fact that the train can be excellentto sleep well (if we are talking about lying places), it is worth knowing that trains in Thailand are not as punctual as ours. Starting from the fact that you can wait for the departure at the station for 2-4 hours, ending with the fact that he will come to the destination city a few hours later. For example, my train left at 22 o'clock, and had to arrive at 12 o'clock, and arrived somewhere at 16. And bus bangkok-chiang mai rides usually hours 10 and strictly on schedule.

And the situation with the late trains is not nonsense,and the most ordinary. It seems to me that every second (and even every first) train is late. Apparently, only the poor strata of the population travel by train because of their cheapness and they have nowhere to hurry. Especially, it concerns the third class, where the price is generally cheap.

Each composition is washed before departure.

Each composition is washed before departure.

Views from the window to Thailand

Views from the window to Thailand

Railway Map of Thailand

Railway Map of Thailand

Railway Map of Thailand

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