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Train travel n the north

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Train travel n the north

I would not necessarily expect to rely on train travel in the north of Thailand at the moment. In recent months, there have been as many as 12 derailments involving North-bound trains. There were 89 derailments in 2012 and the total reached 113 by September 10 this year. I’m not saying don’t travel by train: just be aware that it may not be simple and straightforward, particularly in times of peak demand.

Brisbane
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1. Re: Train travel n the north

Never mind train travel in the North....

BANGKOK, 17 September 2013 (NNT) – A train has derailed just 300 meters from the Hua Lamphong main terminal in Bangkok on Monday, only a few days after an earlier derailment in the Bang Sue area of the capital city.

Chiang Rai, Thailand
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2. Re: Train travel n the north

It's amazing nobody has been killed yet...

KL
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3. Re: Train travel n the north

Plan to take train from bangkok to chiangmai this october, but got this from Thailandtrainticket ;-

"Due to the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has allocated 2.8 billion Baht for major maintenance work on the northern line between Sila-Art station to Chiang Mai , would be suspended from September 16 to October 31,2013 (for 45days). As the result , they must stop service for Train no.1 , and Train no.13 . And other trains as train no.9,109,105,107, and 51 will run from Bangkok to Sila-Art Station only, then the SRT will provide buses to take passengers from Sila-Art station to destinations in Chiang Mai. Including the return from Chiang Mai to Bangkok from September 17 to November 1,2013 (for 45days) ,also stop service for Train no. 2 and 14. Other trains as 12, 52, and 102 will depart from Sila-Art Station instead."

Thailand
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4. Re: Train travel n the north

Thanks for that. I guess I would travel by plane, and I would buy my tickets now. That's just my personal preference, of course: not advice. Good luck with your travels!

Dubai, United Arab...
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5. Re: Train travel n the north

Trains are falling of tracks like leaves off a tree at the moment. But it's still my favourite way to travel.

Chiang Rai, Thailand
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6. Re: Train travel n the north

The train is also my favourite way to travel, but only on modern, wide-gauge railway. Thailand is narrow gauge on ageing tracks so don't expect comfort. Even new narrow gauge tracks are going to rock around.

Colorado
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for Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai Province
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7. Re: Train travel n the north

explorerKl, thanks for that update.

Broder

8. Re: Train travel n the north

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Brisbane
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9. Re: Train travel n the north

Your original post is appreciated, however in all fairness I think ExplorerKL's information was quite different and quoted dates, timings, train numbers etc which was new and valuable information.

Thailand
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10. Re: Train travel n the north

I had that information to hand, but I can't make head or tail of it in such a way that I can guarantee travellers from abroad complete confidence in my translation of the information provided. And again, I hope this Forum is friendly, inclusive and welcoming.