The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has discounted year-round weekend and public holiday roundtrip fares to various destinations. The downsides are that you can only book the trips at Hua Lamphong station (from9am-4pm, see Essentials) and they only run when there are more than 10 people.
Samut Songkram samut Sakorn
Every Sat there’s a day trip from Bangkok to Ampawa taking you to the popular floating market and nearby tourist attractions, while every Sun there is a trip to Samut Songkram/ Samut Sakorn featuring visits to temples and other attractions in the two provinces. Both cost B999 including meals and transport. If you have more time, then B2,499 gets you an overnight and all meals.
The SRT offers a host of trips to the home of the famous River Kwai Bridge, each one offering a different range of activities and attractions. They do all stop at Phra Pathom Chedi though, so you can’t avoid that.
The Suan Saiyoke Adventure Park.
The train leaves Hua Lamphong at 6:30am and arrives in Kanchanaburi at 9:35am. After a break for photos of the bridge, you head on to Sai Yoke Resort for two hours of activities like kayaking and climbing in the treetops at the AdventurePark before heading back to Bangkok. B270 for a normal train, B390 for air-con, exclusive of meals. If you have more time, get an overnight option priced at B1,200-1,320, including accommodation and meals. Saiyoke Noi Waterfall. After some brief photo stops, this trip ends at the beautiful Sai Yoke Noi waterfall where you’ll have three hours to splash around. The train leaves Hua Lamphong at 6:30am and you should get back to Bangkok around 7:25pm. Every Sat, Sun and public holidays. B240 for air-contrain, B120 for non-air-con, excluding meals.
Kanchanaburi Raft Cruise
A four-hour train journey will transport you from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi where you then clamber aboard a big raft for a spot of lunch and sightseeing along the River Kwai. There will also be a chance to visit the cemetery for the soldiers who died during World War II, while building the famous Death Railway. Available first Sat and Sun of month at B740 for air-con train and B620 for non air-con, including meals. You can also get a package priced B1,110 Â 1,200 for an overnight stay on the raft and four meals.
State Railway of Thailand Plan Travel -Â Erawan Waterfall
This trip takes you to two wonderful watery destinations: one natural, one manmade. The natural part is a visit to the Erawan Waterfall, one of the largest and Â most spectacular in Thailand. Then you’ll go on to Srinakarin Dam where a guide will explain the history of this engineering marvel and take you on a picturesque tour of the dam. Available every second Sat and Sun of month at B420 for non air-con train and air-con bus, and B300 for non air-con train and bus.
Prasat Muang Singha
Travel back to the Khmer era with a visit to the 200-rai Prasat Muang Singha Historical park, believed to be constructed between the 16th-17th century. Available every Sat, Sun and public holidays at B690 for air-con train and B570 for non air-con train with lunch at Baan Rim Kwai.
Legendary places of King Naresuan and the Nine-Troop War
This train trip takes you on a tour of the historical sites related to King Naresuan and the Nine-Troop War, situated in and around Kanchanaburi. After arriving at the River Kwai Bridge, it starts with a visit to the old town to see some of the surviving architecture from the period. Then it’s on to the Nine-Troop War Historical Park, where you can learn about the biggest war between Siam and Burma. After lunch at Pad Thai Sui Heng, the Prom Mitr Studio opens its doors and its movie sets where they have been shooting the King Naresuan trilogy. Available every Sat, Sun and public holidays at B1,120 for air-con train and B1,000 for non air-con, inclusive of one lunch.
Hua Hin and Suan Son Pradipat
Whether it’s for some fresh sea air or seafood, Hua Hin is our long-term fave weekend escape and the picturesque train station alone is worth a visit. Its historic 1920s architecture and special Royal Waiting Room conjure up images of the golden days of train travel. The train leaves Bangkok at 6:30am and arrives at Hua Hin at 10:30am or you can opt to stay onboard and head down to the quieter beach at Suan Son Pradiphat. On the way back the train will pick you up from Hua Hin at 3:39pm. Every Sat, Sun and public holidays. B240 for air-con train and B120 for non air-con, excluding meals.
The train to Petchaburi actually stops at Phra Pathom Chedi before you get transferred by bus and cable car to Phra nakhon Khiri situated on top of Khao Wang. Last stop is the romantic Mrigadayavan Palace, built by King Rama VI and calm Cha Am Beach. Available every fourth Sat and Sun of the month at B740 for air-con train and B620 for non air-con train with one lunch.
After arriving by train at Ratchaburi station, you will be transferred (by bus) to the tourist-favorite Damnoen Saduak Floating Market for a sightseeing trip by boat along the canal. After lunch you will have time to do some shopping at a pottery factory, visit the Khao Bin Cave and pay respect to the sacred Kwan Im statue at Khao Ngoo National Park. Available every second Sat and Sun of the month at B740 for air-con train and 8620 for non air-con train with lunch.
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