Steam Train Trip to Ayutthaya on 23rd October 2013

October 15, 2013
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The annual steam train trip for Chulalongkorn Day will take place on Wednesday 23rd October 2013. Steam enthusiasts from all around the country will be gathering at Hua Lamphong Station in Bangkok next Wednesday. Tickets for the roundtrip to Ayutthaya are 222 Baht per person. This includes snacks. Tickets for the 500 available seats go fast. Even if there aren’t any tickets left, it’s worth going to the station just to watch the steam train in action. It’s great going on one of these train trips, but I think even better to either watch as it leaves or arrives at a station. When you sit in one of the carriages you don’t see so much. The next steam train trip will be on the King’s Birthday which is 5th December 2013, followed by 26th March 2014 and 12th August 2014.

UPDATE: Tickets have now all sold out for this steam train trip. However, there is no reason why you cannot go and take pictures from one of the stations that it will pass or somewhere along the route. Next steam train trip is scheduled for 5th December 2013.

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UPDATED: Timetable for Trip

The train is due to leave Hua Lamphong station at 8 a.m. There is no reason why you cannot go there early in the morning at say 7:30 a.m. to take pictures first. Alternatively, you can wait at one of the other stations in Bangkok. For example Samsen Station (8:17 a.m. – 8:19 a.m.), Bang Sue Station (8:29 a.m. – 8:31 a.m.), Bang Khen Station (8:43 a.m. – 8:44 a.m.), Laksi Station (8:54 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.), Don Mueang Station (9:05 a.m. – 9:06 a.m.) and Ayutthaya (10:30 a.m.).

The train will do the return trip at 5 p.m. and expected to arrive at Hua Lamphong at 7:30 p.m.  Don Mueang Station (6:24 p.m.), Laksi Station (6:35 p.m.), Bang Khen Station (6:46 p.m.), Bang Sue Station (6:59 p.m.),  Samsen Station (7:11 p.m.) and Hua Lamphong (7:30 p.m.). All times are of course subject to change and are based on previous trips. I took the top picture at Hua Lamphong and the above picture at Bang Sue.

Itinerary of Steam Train Excursion, Bangkok – Ayutthaya – Bangkok

07:30 Arrival of SRT’s Governor, Mr.Prapat Chongsanguan
08:00 Departure of the Steam Train from Bangkok
10:30 Arrival at Ayutthaya
11:00 Visit to Wat Phananchoeng
12:00 Visit to Wat Thakharong. Lunch at the Floating Market
13:30 Visit Wat Phrasrisanphet and ancient palaces
15:30 Visit Wat Naphramen
16:30 Return to Ayutthaya Station and Photo Opportunity with the Steam Train
17:00 Departure for Bangkok
19:30 Arrival at Bangkok Station

6 Responses to Steam Train Trip to Ayutthaya on 23rd October 2013

  1. Baht
    October 15, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I would love to go on that train. I would love to go on ANY train. But as I live in Phuket and we are held hostage by the bus and plane ‘mafia’, I don’t think I’ll see a train again in my lifetime.

    Here’s a competition for your readers, Richard: which countries have a major popular international tourist destination that is reachable from the capital by road and air, but not by train?

    Other than Thailand, of course.

    • danny
      October 15, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      @baht , there are many countries that have much worse transportation links then thailand , you should think your self lucky u have a great bus cheap flights (not sure what u mean by plane mafia )

      try traveling in Philippines /cambodia or loas , in fact thailand thailand trains might be old but i love to travel on them

      danny

    • October 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      Talk about over-dramatic. It’s not clear whether you’re Thai or not, but either way – much as I agree the transport situation in Phuket should be improved, if you really hate it that much where you live then move, either somewhere else in Thailand or to another country altogether.

  2. October 18, 2013 at 7:47 am

    This might be a silly question but how do I get tickets to the next train ride in December? Do I arrive early and wait in a line or is there a way to preorder? Thanks!!

    • Richard Barrow
      October 18, 2013 at 7:50 am

      You need to visit the ticket office at Hua Lamphong as soon as they go on sale. This time, tickets sold out a week before the trip.

  3. Peter Tudders
    October 22, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Hope it doesnt derail.

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