From what I’ve read to purchase train ticket in Bangkok to go anywhere you have to purchase it at least several days if not weeks in advance and pick up the ticket the next day. How I am supposed to do this if I’m living in California? I may take the train to Chiang Mai or Surat Thani. Not sure what my plans are yet. Others have suggested a travel agency. Personally I don’t trust them but may have to go with one.
Thanks guys for all your help. Gavin, don’t you have to pick up the ticket in person the next day after you order the ticket?
That website looks confusing:
http://www.railway.co.th/English/Car_BNS.asp [Note: The link is no longer valid. -GarnetHGB]
A look at this price chart for Bogie Second Class (the only one w/o A/C) shows 508 BHT for 1 way from Bangkok to Surat Thani. Is this the one you were talking about?
A Use a travel agency, don’t waste your time going to Hualamphong Train Station for your ticket. I have never had a problem using a travel agency. It will cost a little more but worth it. Get a sleeper car and make sure your berth is not close to the bathroom. Tickets for trains leaving the same or next day can be bought on the counters under the red/orange/green screens. The Advance Booking Office is located to the right of the platforms as you walk towards them and is quite well organized. You can select your seat/berth from a plan of the train, and payments by credit card are accepted.
Website Visit Chiang Mai Online‘s page The Train Journey from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is very helpful, particularly the last main section on How to Buy Tickets.
Another truly valuable aid is Seat61 — scroll down a little ways to (1) Train times & fares for the most popular routes…. You should see a link to Bangkok – Chiang Mai — the information seems to be kept right up to date.
Definitely take a detailed look at Seat61‘s General train information for Thailand to help you better negotiate the official Thai railways website. I don’t know if I would suggest printing out the railway guide by Dave Bernstein that Seat61 discusses, however — it is 112 pages!
Anyway, that should have you covered. As a July 16, 2012, edit to this post, here are several somewhat related references to this topic:
A tourist information agent suggested I travel standby to Chiang Mai. “Just show up in the morning and you’ll get a train ticket eventually.” He was probably right, but I was hoping for something a little more concrete.
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