Travelling by train in Thailand is one of the favourite activities of holidaymakers in Thailand and one experience that you have to do at least once on your trip. There is a saying you've only done Thailand right once you've completed a train trip. Overnight journeys go from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Nong Khai (bordering with Laos) or the south of Thailand (beaches, islands and border to Malaysia). But there are also several other trains for a short train trip from Bangkok, perfect for a weekend. They are suitable if you have limited time available but still want to experience this local way of transport. Almost all trips start at the main railway station Hua Lamphong, not far from your hotel in Sukhumvit.
Trip 1: Ayutthaya
Trains to Ayutthaya leave from Hua Lamphong station every hour and it takes only 1 hour and 20 minutes to arrive there. There are plenty of things to do in Ayutthaya once you have arrived. The most famous attraction are the old temples and palace ruins at the Ayutthaya Historical Park. Besides that there are also floating markets and elephant camps nearby. The best way to get around is by rental motorcycle or bicycle, available from shops right opposite the train station.
Trip 2: Mae Klong Railway Market
This is the famous market where the train tracks cut through it and the vendors move back while a train is passing by. Other than just waiting (and taking pictures) while a train arrives, why not riding on the train itself. The trips to the market start early in the morning at Wongwian Yai Train Station (Bangkok) to Maha Chai Train Station (Samut Sakhon province). Many people combine this trip with a visit to nearby Amphawa Floating market. The destinations are connected by public transport or taxi. From any place you can get back to Bangkok either by train or mini-van.
Trip 3: Hua Hin
Favourite weekend trip of local Bangkokians and tourists alike. The arrival at the Victorian-style train station of Hua Hin is an experience itself. Of course, it is faster by car with only 2,5 hours compared to the train with at least 4 hours it is worth the experience. Hua Hin is a long-established sea side resort and a residence for the Royal Family. The train station is located right in the city center and not far from the tourist attractions of town such as the beach and markets respectively night markets.
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