Hua Lamphong Railway Station, ( see separate article on this under F to K Items )
The main station and the terminus of the Bangkok Metro line. Located right in the
of downtown Bangkok, it is a huge and surprisingly grand station, built during the
Of King Rama VI and spared bombing in World War II at the request of the Free Thai
underground. The station has a good tourist office. Only listen to the people
Info desk - anyone walking around offering to help you find a hotel or taxi is just
even if they are wearing very official looking badges. Likewise, the second floor
offering Tourist Information are just agents in disguise.
Tickets for trains leaving the same or next day can be bought on the counters under
the red / orange / green screens The Advance Booking Office is located to the right
of the platforms as you walk towards them and is well organized. You can select
your seat / berth from a plan of the train, and payments by credit card is accepted.
Also, finally you can book an e-ticket ( tip: do not use special characters in the
registration form if it does not work ); the price is the same, however, the quota
reserved for e-booking is limited, and there are only 1st and 2nd air - con sleeper
class tickets available.
The taxi pick up and drop off point is to the left of the platforms as you walk towards
them, and is generally chaotic at busy periods with scant regard for any queue. The
left luggage facility is at the opposite end of the concourse, on the far right as
you walk away from the platforms.
Travel agencies may try to sell you a private VIP bus ticket if there is no place
in first and second class trains, claiming to offer a direct trip to the destination
with a VIP bus faster than the train. Although the trip starts with a VIP bus, it
ends with a "surprise" transfer to a minibus and extremely long journeys. Just refuse
the offered private bus ticket and buy public bus tickets from the main bus terminals
if you cannot find a ticket for the train.
For those considering taking a train to Phuket take note; There are NO direct trains
to Phuket. If taking the train is a must do, you will need to book a ticket to Surat
Thani, then secure bus transit. One other important note; the last bus to Phuket
from Surat Thani is in the mid-afternoon, to make the last bus for Phuket you will
need to take a night train.