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“A must for me whenever I visit bkk”

Bangkok Hualamphong Station
Ranked #68 of 530 things to do in Bangkok
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“A must for me whenever I visit bkk”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2013 via mobile

I always go to this station.
Nice architecture.
A good place to people-watch.
Good to see the busy station still functioning.
Staff are helpful.

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“Busy train station”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2013

Lots of people coming and going at all times. Find out the track for your train and wait for it there, or in the a/c cooled food zone. The main waiting area tends to be full of rude Euro-tourists who put their feet up on the seats.

Visited December 2013
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“convinent”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2013

guys we were here to catch the train to Surat Thani. The location is convinent as one can reah here by subway, the station staff is very helpful.

Make sure you pack food for you journey, and its safe and fun to travel in the Thailand Trains.

Book the tickets at the counter not at the first floor with the bus companies.

Lot of people use the locker and baggage facility available and go to visit the recling budha temple and palace as its nearby. you can also plan your trip in the same way.

Visited November 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Functional”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2013

We intended to travel from Bangkok to Ayutthaya one day and found the Thai Railways website completely inaccurate so we'd anticipated a 15 Bt fare but the train we wanted to travel on only had 345 Bt second class fares available (no 3rd class carriages, which was weird, we thought).

In the end, it didn't matter. The train was over an hour late and we gave up, went inside and asked for a refund. The staff recommended I could get a refund for my train and then buy tickets for a second train which was scheduled to leave in a few mins but by then we'd decided it was too late in the day so I just asked for a full refund which was provided without further question. The next day, we tried again on a different train with the cheaper fare and the train was there on time and everything went smoothly.

As others have noted, toilets cost 2 Bt to enter or 6 Bt if you want toilet paper as well. The toilets are a squat pedestal, and quite dirty. You can buy food and drink here before you leave, or on the train for a few Baht more from one of the many vendors that walks up and down the aisles selling their wares.

If you're using the MRT you can travel to this station, then walk 2km to the riverboat (Pier 3), but you will likely be advised by a friendly scammer on the way that the riverboat is closed and you should instead take a tuk tuk to another pier. What's this? A nearby tuk tuk driver just happens to be there? And this nice man can help tell him where you need to go? What a coincidence...

Visited November 2013
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“Relatively efficient, inexpensive travel option”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2013

The Station is, as stated by others, relatively clean and very busy. It does appear overwhelming if you do not speak Thai however there is a very good information counter INSIDE the station that can give clear answers to your questions in English and other languages. Note that I said "inside the station", not the booth outside of the station, at which the people speak English but encourage you to go through travel agencies located on the 2nd floor of the station.

Buying tickets for seats is easy, with the exception of 1st class sleepers, which I will discuss in another paragraph.

The station is surrounded by multi-lane BUSY streets. You take your life in your hands trying to walk across them but there are multiple entrances to the MRT underground train system on the bordering street corners that you can use to go under the busy streets and into or out of the station. Go down the elevator, through security, and follow the station signage. You can also get to the station by cab, tuk-tuk, and the MRT underground railway (subway).

There are multiple places to eat, in and directly outside of the station.

There is a "Left Luggage" room, where you can deposit your luggage for hours or days for a fee. We used them several times in several stations, so we could be a tourist, and our bags were fine.

We took two overnight and one day trip on the trains, leaving from this station, over a two week period this month.

Buying tickets: If you are not in Thailand it is not really easy to get tickets on trains. And most 1st class sleepers (to popular destinations like Chiang Mai and the southern beaches) are sold out two months in advance, which is when they come on sale. You cannot buy train tickets directly from the railway system on line at this time but can go through Thai travel agencies, there are two recommended on the highly used web page "The Man in Seat 61". There are so many sleeper car reservations going through these agencies at this time that they are very slow to respond and you need to be persistent. Took us a month to get our overnight tickets for a 2nd class sleeper.

Seats on most routes can be bought same day at the Station.

Now for the trains: All of ours left on time but when I looked at the boards, there were multiple late arrivals for other trains. Great way to see the countryside, or the city, depending on your destination.

HINT: Take those blackout eye covers and earplugs for a better night's sleep. Take snacks.
Our overnight air con sleeper car was moderately clean (I saw one cockroach, which is not offsetting for me, since I lived in Hawai'i), the beds were made by train staff, bedding was clean. Our car was quiet, as most are once the beds are made for sleeping. There was a dining car and were people going through the cars selling food. Downside: bathrooms smelled very bad/not very clean and no-one closed the doors between the cars when they went through, allowing fumes from the exhaust into the car. The trains are old but they keep on running.

My daughter and I would do it again, it was an efficient, inexpensive, and "wake up and you are there" way to travel.

We took a 3rd class commuter train for our trip to Ayutthaya. 3rd class=open windows and fans in the cars. The rapid and express trains are faster.

1st class has air con and reclining seats and it gets COLD in the cars. They do rent blankets for your trip on some routes.

Great experience if you are not finicky.

Visited November 2013
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