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All Aboard! Thailand Launching 6 Exciting New Train Routes From Bangkok

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Anyone who's been to Bangkok knows it's a wild, never-ending urban adventure.

And those who have stepped foot outside of Bangkok know a whole new world opens up revealing so much more of Thailand's rich culture and stunning sites from marvelous temples to breathtaking beaches.

Earlier this month, a new train route launched, setting a domino effect with many more to come.

Female traveler waiting for train to arrive at station

Designed to showcase the lesser-known Central and Eastern regions of Southeast Asia's most iconic country, travelers can now explore beyond the bustling streets of Bangkok to a more traditional side.

In total, the Tourism Authority of Thailand has partnered with State Railway of Thailand (SRT) and Boon Rawd Trading Co. Ltd to launch 6 exciting new train routes from Bangkok this summer.

From Scenic Rice Fields To Pretty Waterfalls: 4 New Routes In July

You may have missed the boat (err, train) on the initial launch on July 6th, but there's plenty more on the docket.

All launching from Bangkok, the first new route explores Ratchaburi, a nature enthusiast's dream.

Laem Sala Beach is located in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

Home to the Tham Khao Bin Cave System, among the largest in the nation, you can visit such places as the amazing Khao Bin National Park for incredible natural sites, including picture-perfect waterfalls.

Next up in line to launch is a route to Prachuap Khiri Khan July 13-14, known for its beautiful coastlines, particularly Hua Hin.

As you probably know, Thailand is great for up-close and personal wildlife encounters too.

Here, you can wander the UNESCO-protected Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park to witness monkeys and elephants for epic photo-ops.

Third in line to launch is Suphanburi, beginning July 20-21.

Laem Sala Beach is located in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

Here, travelers can expect to be blown away by vast rice paddy fields and long-held traditions such as crafting pottery for sale at local markets.

Make sure not to skip Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat, a Theravada Buddhist temple dating back 600 years. Without a doubt, the most eye-popping structure in the region.

Lastly, a new route to Prachinburi is set for July 27-28. Tourists will find a wide range of captivating attractions.

Thailand, of course, is renowned for their mesmerizing temples and Prachinburi is just the place. Along with stunning natural wonders like lush forestry, majestic mountains, and gorgeous waterfalls.

Wat Prathum Bucha in Prachinburi

And of course, Thailand is also globally renowned for food as well.

Tourists rave about Khao Glok Restaurant, a place to indulge in authentic Thai cuisine ranging from spicy delights to fresh seafood.

From Turquoise Waters To Stunning Temples: 2 New Routes In August

August brings whole new opportunities for adventures across Thailand with 2 places you likely have never heard of.

First up is Chachoengsao highlighting the itinerary for the Mother-Child Historical Steam Train Trip set to launch August 12.

Chachoengsao oozes historical charm and holds a religious significance in Thailand that is impossible to ignore.

Wat Sothorn Wararam Worawihan, Chachoengsao

With stunning sites like Wat Sothornwararam Worawihan and Garesha Park, it is home to the world's largest Ganesha statue.

The final option for an epic adventure on rails is Kanchanaburi taking off August 17 on the Mother-Child Royal Blossom Train of Happiness.

Although, the proper name for the regions may be unknown to you, does Erawan National Park ring a bell?

Here, you will find incredible turquoise waters backdropped by flowing waterfalls. And yes, you can go swimming!

Waterfall in Erawan National Park, Kanchanaburi

This train route highlights sweeping views from the Bridge over the River Kwai, so make sure you have your camera ready!

How To Book Tickets

KIHA 183 tourist train runs on a weekly basis, serving 4 routes in July, with a two-day, one-night travel package priced at 3,999 baht ($109) per passenger.

The same goes for August routes, except these are exclusively day trips and prices have not yet been released.

KIHA 183 tourist train

The best way to book tickets is by visiting any of the listed train stations above for all six railway routes via the D-ticket system.

Each route highlights unique ‘musts', so ask about it at the helpful customer service station.

For example, the Kanchanaburi route is described as “Creating a classic experience by visiting the Bridge over the River Kwai, Krasae Cave, and worshipping the thousand-handed Guan Yin Bodhisattva carved from wood via the Royal Blossom train.”

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Thursday 11th of July 2024

No need to book these trains. Just book the ordinary trains which travel every day. Much cheaper. You can choose 1st, 2nd and 3th class, or even sleeper.