Holiday providers familiar with the Water Kwai Death Railway as being Thailand’s scenic track trip option. However it is absolutely the infamy of the line that escalates this trip in the eyes of the invitee. Admittedly spectacular in parts and with beautiful surroundings along the Kwai Noi River to Namtok at the end of the line, it is but a tiny segment of the SRT system and by no means the single memorable sector to be found. orient express
The River Kwai services leave from Thonburi station with additional services from the key Hualom-phong place during the November event time. The Thonburi stop affords splendid views of the river and it is near the Royal Barge garden storage sheds as well to be an architectural wonder having its clock tower facade.
If you have an interest in railways or not, trains continue to be an profoundly pleasurable way to view the Thai countryside and are also cheap. The rail fare to Nam Tok, at the end of the Kwai collection is still only 62 baht for an one of the ways ticket and the Wongwian Yai service can still be seen at around 20 baht round trip.
On local trains and many of the long distance expresses, vendors still ply their wares at the various stops along the line and many will be already aware of the new Korean-manufactured sleeper carriages on most routes. Sleeper fares are still a real offer plus more comfortable than at any time and all top notch carriages now have a bathtub area at the end of each carriage.
The Korean rolling stock is but the latest modern foreign intervention into the State Railway with Western Kawasaki train units and British Rail “Sprinter” train locomotives having upgraded the quality of train services within the last 10 years. Of course, the complete system was German-built, becoming a fantasy of King Chulalungkorn to link the hinterland to Bangkok and create an united “Thai Land” as well as fortifying links to the weak line points. It has just lately celebrated its operational c with services duplicating the original public service to Korat.
The climb to the Korat Plateau, after the lineside temple views at Ayutthaya and especially Lopburi, is another of the lesser-noticed scenic areas of the machine. Here the route skirts Khao Yai National Park and the slow ascent affords excellent views of the lavish central plains disappearing in the distance to be changed by the comparatively toned and bare Isaan grain bowl.
For scenic huge batch ascents the Doi Khun Tan National Park has definitely the best to offer. Most travellers will see it in their best if being an early riser (0600-0700) on the Express Sleeper from Bangkok to Chiangmai.
The morning light hits the deep forested valleys in an array of color that is difficult to find elsewhere in the region and the essentially uninhabited area adds to the slow switchback trundle of the train up the mountain. The orgasm of the ride is the final ascent to Doi Khun Tan place through a 2km canal, finally arriving at, in this writer’s opinion, the most beautiful, well stored station in the Empire. Basketed blossoms on the platform and green interests in the setting give it a special sense, specially when experienced in the atmosphere of Lanna’s cool morning air. The canal itself claimed many lives during its construction over a century ago and a plaque in esteem of those personnel is seen at the southern portal. Various will argue the idea that Hua Hin, having its Noble waiting room, is the more pleasurable (and certainly more photographed) station, but Doi Khun Tan, using its inaccessibility, is a credit to the people that created it and those who currently man it. It really is merely stopped at by those hiking in the National Park and for that reason alone has far fewer visitors than the Hua Hin version.