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.
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