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By train through Thailand
Whether in the north to Chiang Mai or in the south to the popular islands of Koh Samui, Koh Tao or Koh Phi Phi: you can reach many destinations in Thailand by train.
Even journeys across the national border to Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia are now possible again. The train travel blog provides information on the most beautiful train routes in Thailand.
From Bangkok to Chiang Mai: Travel by modern night train
One of the most popular train connections in Thailand is the route from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. The journey to the north of the kingdom leads past the old capital Ayutthaya and Sukhothai can also be easily reached with one change. So it's no wonder that more and more holidaymakers are taking the train instead of buses.
"Since the Thai railway has been using modern night trains from a Chinese manufacturer, the demand on this route has increased again," said a spokesman for the train travel blog. The trains are air-conditioned, there are USB sockets on the beds and private compartments for two people are also available.
Tickets for a trip on the night train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai cost the equivalent of around 30 euros. Those who prefer to cover the almost 700 kilometers long route during the day can take one of the so-called "Diesel Rail Cars" (DRC). These trains have air-conditioned seating cars, and a meal is already included in the ticket price.
Combined tickets for cheap train journeys to the south of Thailand
In addition, the railway in Thailand connects the capital Bangkok with the south of the country. The route leads past the Gulf of Thailand to the border with Malaysia. This is why holidaymakers can also easily take the train to the islands of Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan. We recommend getting off in Chumphon. Ferries to the three popular islands in the Gulf of Thailand run here regularly.
For a trip to Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan, the Thai railroad offers practical combination tickets. These include the trip by night train from Bangkok to the south as well as the ferry crossing. The combination tickets cost around 25 euros and are therefore significantly cheaper than booking the respective individual tickets. Combined train and ferry tickets are available directly at all train counters in Thailand.
The popular Thai islands of Koh Phi Phi and Phuket, on the other hand, can only be reached with a combination of train and bus. It is advisable to first take the night train from Bangkok to Surat Thani and then change to a VIP bus in the direction of Phuket or Krabi, where ferries leave for Koh Phi Phi.
Travel by train from Thailand to Malaysia, Cambodia and Laos
There are also train connections to the neighboring countries of Thailand. Trains have been running regularly between Bangkok and the Lao capital Vientiane for a number of years. This year the long-awaited route to Cambodia was officially inaugurated. Cross-border trains will soon run to Phnom Penh.
The through night trains to Butterworth in Malaysia, however, were discontinued two years ago. Therefore, travelers now have to change trains at the border. In Malaysia itself, however, train drivers can expect modern, air-conditioned ETS multiple units.
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