We are planning a trip by train from BKK in Thailand to Butterworth in Malaysia. Does the train ticket fare of 1210 Bahts for second class sleeper include meals? Are there any reservation charges in addtion to the above?(Not the agency commission charges)
Nope, the food sold on the train is catered by private companies. However, I suggest you buy your food before getting on the train and in stations along the way where the train stops. Train food is groooooss in Thailand.
Beer is OK but if you buy one, the guy will come and bug you every 10 minute to sell you more. This is Thailand.
chiang mai railway
Chiang Mai Railway Station is the 1st class station and the main railway station in Chiang Mai Province. This station located in east bank of Ping River in the city of Chiang Mai. There are 14 daily trains, 2 E&O trains served to this station. Also, there are 4 to 6 special trains service in New Year, Songkran or other special festival. In the 2004 census, Chiang Mai Station served nearly 800,000 passengers.
From Bangkok to Chiang Mai depart from Bangkoks Hua Lamphong Station at 06:40, 15:00, 18:00, 19:40 and 22:00 and the trip takes about 12 – 15 hours depending on the class. Fare (excluding surcharges for rapid or express trains and air-condition) is 121 Baht for 3rd class, 281 Baht for 2nd class and 593 Baht for 1st class. The rail distance is 751km and the trip takes about 12 – 15 hours depending on the class. It is recommended to reserve seats in advance, especially for sleepers.
• The sleeper trains, 2nd class is very nice, with a clean berth. You have a choice between, Upper berth (smaller and cheaper), Lower berth (slightly larger, and with the window, also slightly more expensive.)
• A second choice is also offered: Fan compartment, noisy since window is open, but with thief-shutter protection.
• Air-conditioned, very cold, but silent. Advisable in the warm or raining season.
• Trains runs everyday, prices vary on each train and category that you take.
• Best to take the Sleeper trains.
• Avoid the Sprinter train. – Sprinter train is a Diesel car with no sleeping berth. One runs during the day and one during the night.
• Sleeper trains and Diesel trains, both have seat 2nd class air-condition.
– Chiang Mai Railway Station:
(053) 245-363 / 4 or 247-462 www.railway.co.th