Hua Lamphong Railway Station
See Video of Hua Lamphong Station at bottom of this page.
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok's main railway station.
Hua Lamphong Railway Station is Bangkok's main train station. It was inaugurated in 1915 with a neoclassical portico and large main hall inside covered with a vaulted iron roof.
Trains from here go to Northern, Northeastern, Southern Thailand, as well as to Kanchanaburi. But service is slow and even so-called express trains don't go faster than 70 km an hour on average.
Most public and private investment in transport facilities seems to be used to build highways. Some is used for mass transit systems (though hardly enough), and apparently almost none to upgrade the railway system.
You can nowadays easily reach Hua Lamphong Grand Central Railway Station with the skytrain connection.
At the entrance to the station, there are information help desks, and we found the staff quite helpful. They actually went along with me, when I wanted to buy a ticket for my travel, and can provide you with a leaflet indicating the train schedules.
The main train line in Thailand is between Bangkok and up north to Chiangmai. There is also a line to Kanchanaburi, and to Khorat and up to Udon Thani, Nong Khai, and to the south. There are overnight trains to Chiang Mai and the Northeast with sleeping facilities. Except for third class trains, the trains are not fancy, but comfortable enough. Of course, train travel is safe and also cheap in Thailand. Using the nighttrains, you will of course miss the scenery.
See also : A train ride from Bangkok to Hua Hin