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Train Ride: Hua Hin Station to Hua Lamphong (Bangkok) Station

The thought of travelling by train in a foreign country makes my cells dance. I like trains, I enjoy travelling by rail. I wrote about Melbourne’s Puffing Billy steam train in 2016, it was a short ride, but sufficient to keep me smiling for days.

 

We managed to plan for another train ride this year in July, from Hua Hin to Bangkok. This was our second trip to Hua Hin, and we went with a purpose this time round. My partner and I really love Hua Hin for its calmness and slow-living.

 

So here is our little adventure on the 229km train ride from Hua Hin Railway Station to Hua Lamphong Railway Station (Bangkok).

 

We booked the train tickets online 3 weeks before our trip via https://www.thairailwayticket.com. We wanted Class 1 tickets but the option wasn’t available at the time of purchase, so we got ourselves the Special Express, Class 2 (air-con), “Train 40” tickets instead. Paid 412 Baht per pax, it definitely isn’t the cheapest way to get to Bangkok from Hua Hin; but how else can you get such scenic views? WordPress free version doesn’t allow me to post video, but I do have it on my Facebook, click here to watch it. We took public bus to and fro Bangkok-Hua Hin 2 years ago, journey from Bangkok to Hua Hin took us 8 hours, including time spent spearching for bus stop and waiting time. So we “pledged” not to opt that for that again.

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This is the train we took at Hua Hin Railway Station. Train departed on time at 4.01 pm (GMT +7). There’s numerous comments online saying the trains never arrive on time, so I think we were lucky.
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3 cabins in total
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The train cabin is air-conditioned, so the fans were not turned on. There’s charging point near some seats, I see people are willing to share their charging points. Just ask politely, respect others.
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The interior of Class 2 air-con cabin
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Missing foot rest on the right, that that gives my long-leg partner ample leg space!
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Look! everyone gets a set of welcome snacks! We had chilled pineapple juice and green bean paste sweet pastry.  The pastry tastes good, it’s not too sweet, so you can really smile eating it.
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I can’t open the dusty window since it’s a air-con cabin. I wonder where this old train is heading to…
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I found the best spot to take photo of what’s outside the train!
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Guess where these photographs are taken?
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See, window is open… clear view!
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Yes, I took the photographs from the train toilet. Perhaps the only opened window in the cabin. Just make sure you don’t camp in the toilet because of the good view.
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The toilet is surprisingly clean. I read that the staff clean their toilets quite frequently throughout the journey.
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We alighted at Hua Lamphong railway station just 10 minutes late at 7.55 pm (GMT +7), and we saw this sleeper train on the other track.
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And then this is the train we took. Ok… at least it brought us to Bangkok safely and timely.
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The huge Hua Lamphong Railway Station, platform area.
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Ticketing counters.

Hua Lamphong Railway Station is one of the few stations in Bangkok, but it is the only station which is link to the MRT station that brings you to the city. It is also the last service station of the train. People alight here to get to other cities of Thailand and even to Malaysia too.

 

Things to note, if you are keen on this journey:

  1. If you are buying your tickets online, remember to print out your tickets. Train staff punch hole on the tickets after the train departs.
  2. I feel some passengers wearing jackets, in case you’re not loving cold air, bring along a jacket.
  3. Overhead storage space is quite minimal, so try to keep your baggage small.
  4. No doubt people are willing to share the common charging points, do bring along a power bank, just in case the charging point is nowhere near you.
  5. There’s no entertainment other than the wonderful views outside train, you may want to have your own music and earpiece. We brought along our MP4 player.
  6. We didn’t explore the train, so I’m not sure if there’s a train café, but food is allowed at your seat, so we bought chips along.
  7. Stay awake, the views are fantastic!

 

You might have heard lots of negative reviews about Thailand train rides, but frankly, it wasn’t that bad to us. Train arrived and departed on time, seats are rather clean, toilets are sparkling clean. Staff are friendly too.

 

Drop me a comment if you have any queries, I’ll try my best to answer you.

 

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