Thailand by train: See lesser known places through 14 special trips on nine routes

The trips are either a one-day journey or an overnighter on its special Kiha 183 tourism train. 

Going to Thailand in the next few weeks or months? You may want to see the Kingdom formerly called Siam in a more unique way—why don’t you do part of your exploring by train?

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) recently announced 14 special trips through nine routes on 14 weekends from May to June this year, according to an article on The Nation.

Thailand train
Thailand’s special Kiha 183 tourist train. Photo from Thai Train Guide

Ekkarat Sriarayanpong, head of the SRT governor’s office, explained that the trips scheduled in May have the theme of “traveling along the wind trails,” while the journeys in June trips follow the concept of “traveling under a clear sky to visit forests and floral gardens.”

Unique travel concepts

The first and second trips are one-day visits on May 4 and 5 called “Unseen Saraburi.” Travelers will be taken to Wat Tham Phra Phothisat, Sang Suk Market, Ruam Sang community, Khao Noi Phra Phutthabat Temple, Hor Namasikarn, and other cultural sites that are off-the-beaten path. Each ticket costs THB1,499.

Sang Suk Market Thailand
Sang Suk Market. Photo from Tourism Authority Thailand

The third trip is called “Night Run on the Beach,” which will be an overnight trip from May 11 to 12 in Chonburi province. The trip costs THB3,999 per person.

The fourth and fifth trips are one-day trips to Chachoengsao province on May 18 and 19. Travelers will get the chance to go on a boat ride to observe the way of life in communities on the banks of Bang Pakong river. They will also visit Wat Veerachote Thammaram and see the glass chapel in the middle of the river. The price per person for this itinerary is THB1,499.

Bang Pakong river Thailand
Bang Pakong river. Photo from Wikipedia

The sixth trip is an overnight trip to Phetchaburi province from May 25 to 26. Tourists will visit Mrigadayvan Palace and get to behold Phetchaburi’s massive sacred “phya naga” image, which is 31 meters high, two meters wide, and 227 meters long. Tourists will also get to enjoy bike riding, swimming in the beach, and going on a banana boat ride. The trip costs THB3,999/person.

The seventh and eighth trips are one-day trips to Lopburi province on June 1 and 2. Tourists will visit a forest of resin trees and join in tree replanting. They will get the chance to build nests for parakeets and get a peek into the way of life of a Laotian community. This trip costs THB1,499/person.

Lopburi in Thailand
The province of Lopburi in Thailand is known for its monkeys. Photo from

The ninth trip is an overnight trip to Chachoengsao and Nakhon Nayok provinces on June 8 and 9. Travelers will trek to Nang Rong Waterfall, go rafting, and visit the Khun Dan Prakanchon Dam. They will also go to Chong Lom Waterfall to see butterflies and visit the Tham Wong Manee Maha Nagaraj cave. The price tag for this trip is THB3,999/person.

The 10th and 11th trips are one-day trips to Prachinburi province and are scheduled for June 15 and 16. Tourists will take part in a tree planting activity in a forest and visit Wat Kaew Phichit and the Prachinburi Museum, as well as the Khao Eto National Park. They will visit communities to sample authentic local cuisine and buy souvenirs and agricultural products. The trip costs THB1,499.

Nang Rong Waterfall Thailand
Nang Rong Waterfall. Photo from Tourism Authority Thailand

The 12th trip is an overnighter to Prachuap Khiri Khan province from June 22 to 23. Visitors will get to swim at the Suan Son Pradipat Beach and visit Rajabhakti Park and Wat Huay Mongkol. They will also visit Khao Tao reservoir, which is the royal irrigation project of King Rama IX and visit the Cicada Market. The price for this trip is TBH3,999.

 Ayutthaya Thailand
Ayutthaya is the former capital of Siam and was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1991. Photo from UNESCO 

The 13th and 14th trips are one-day trips to the famed Ayutthaya province on June 29 and 30. Tourists can join a tree replanting activity and paddy rice planting. They will also drop by the Ayutthaya Museum, visit the Father’s Home sufficiency economy learning project, enjoy a boat ride to Wat Yai Chai Mongkol Temple, and visit a Japanese graveyard. The cost per person is THB1,499.

How to book your trip

Ekkarat said interested tourists can already start booking for the trips through SRT’s D-Ticket System. If you’re really keen on joining any of the trips, make sure you book your seats ASAP as each trip has a limited number of only 202 seats. You can also book your trip at railway stations around the country.

Thailand trip package

The price includes train tickets, tickets for air-conditioned buses, entrance fees for various places for each trip, food and drinks, as well as accident insurance.

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