From Trang to Bangkok by train

February 10, 2013

Two weeks ago I found myself in Trang (South of Thailand) and in a need to return to Bangkok. If I were in a hurry I would take a plane back, which would just cost me a little over 1000 baht, but this time I had all the time in the world. Doing the trip by bus would be an option, which would surely result in several unfulfilling attempts to get some sleep, and adventurous as I am, I choose to go back by train.

The ticket for my journey, at a price of 831 baht almost as expensive as a plane ticket.

The ticket for my journey, at a price of 831 baht almost as expensive as a plane ticket.

Trains in Thailand are quite comfortable as long as you are not so cheap to buy a third class ticket which would result in sitting on a wooden bench between drunk farmers. Second class, where I was honoring other travelers with my presence, offers small, comfortable benches which will be turned into beds in the evening. Of course there is also first class, but I can only dream of what is happening there.

A perfect seat for a gentleman like me :-)

A perfect seat for a gentleman like me :-)

So we left Trang railway station at 17:25 and it became clear very soon that not much is going to happen on a trip like this. The rhythm of the train stays the same during the whole trip, except for the few stops that the train makes, and people around you annoy you during the whole trip with their talking in Thai. The only thing happening is dinner and I must admit it tasted quite good for something cooked in a moving train, even though I wasn’t that hungry anymore after eating almost an entire coconut cake by myself (Trang is famous for the coconut cake, and if they are still fresh and warm it is simply delicious!).

What shall we have for dinner this evening?

What shall we have for dinner this evening?

Let the feast begin!

Let the feast begin!

Soon after the dinner the benches were being turned into beds meaning it was time to go lie on one ear for a couple of hours.

Enjoy your night of sleep Mister.

Enjoy your night of sleep Mister.

Each car has a small bathroom available for brushing your teeth  (it is just a sink which you can use while people push your bum when you bent over to spit because they want to pass to the toilet) and each car has two toilets; one toilet for humans and one squat toilet.

Have a go, if you want. At least there is toilet paper available...

Have a go, if you want. At least there is toilet paper available…

Around 6 AM the beds are turned back into benches again and from then on its just waiting till you arrive at the station. Besides trying to keep yourself warm, the AC is still on full power but after the beds are gone you also don’t have a blanket anymore, you can enjoy the monotone view of the rice fields till you head into the suburbs of Bangkok.

Enjoy the view, it will go on and like this for hours.

Enjoy the view, it will go on and like this for hours.

For questions/remarks you can contact me at: eric@stuckinthailand.com

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