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Tingtong

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I dont have a Picture but I had a look at Hua Hin Train Stn one day when i was there and thought , This has got to one of the nicest Train Stations ive ever Seen .
It was certainly Uncontaminated by Trains 55....Didnt see or hear one the whole time we were in HH 555
 

Rockitt

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I am amazed how well kept the train stations are. Even the smaller ones full of flower baskets. Hua Hin station is excellent.



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Rockitt

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I made it to Pattaya by train this morning. All on time and a pleasant trip. 31baht only.
Despite having a hangover I managed to avoid having to use the dreaded onboard toilets 555



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Chob

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I like this idea Rokitt .

Deprture times , where to depart , and travel times ( or anything worth noting ) please ...

Like did you have to book ?
 

Ian Forbes

New member
Rockitt;419525 said:
There is no ticket office at Asoke so you just hop onboard and pay the guard. No booking needed. If there is a ticket office at other stations you can buy a ticket before the train arrives. There is a simple site available for all train times so I’ll try to up load it .
...Check Timetable & Fares : State Railway of Thailand
That is sort of like taking the long haul bus rides. You get on board at one of their various stopping points and pay the lady who dispenses the tickets. The bus is underway before all the tickets are paid for.
 

Rockitt

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Returning from Pattaya was not so convenient. The train leaves at 16.26pm and gets to Bkk around 19.00. At weekends it is a smaller train(unit) so I decided to use the bus company next to the Pattaya Central festival mall. Runs every hour on the hour and took 2 hours to get to Mo Chit MRT. He did not hang about either. There were only five other people on the bus so I had a set of 3 seats to myself. All for 160 baht.
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bacwaan

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Busman's Holiday...or railway workers picnic...I vote for the picnic everytime...buses lack the romance..:cool:
 

MarcTwoSix

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Rockitt;419638 said:
Returning from Pattaya was not so convenient. The train leaves at 16.26pm and gets to Bkk around 19.00. At weekends it is a smaller train(unit) so I decided to use the bus company next to the Pattaya Central festival mall. Runs every hour on the hour and took 2 hours to get to Mo Chit MRT. He did not hang about either. There were only five other people on the bus so I had a set of 3 seats to myself. All for 160 baht.
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I will never set foot in another van since I tried it Krabi to Phuket
The driver was a lunatic

When we stopped for a break I had Ao ask around if we could hire someone to drive us the rest of the way
 

Rockitt

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I’m sure there have been many horror stories of bus journeys around Thailand. You really are at the mercy of the driver. Luckily today went well for me. And the traffic into Bangkok was flowing well for a change.
 

Ian Forbes

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Rockitt;419644 said:
I’m sure there have been many horror stories of bus journeys around Thailand. You really are at the mercy of the driver. Luckily today went well for me. And the traffic into Bangkok was flowing well for a change.
I'm sure there are a few good and safe van drivers in Thailand,, but I agree with you that there are some real crazy ones. I've mentioned many times how I hate the silver vans and how some think they own the road. They pass on corners in on coming lanes and travel in groups I've been forced off the highway several times.
 

Chob

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Think I related how everyone in the minibus from Phuket to NST was younger than the driver and Bee one time , so at the 1st break , the girls gathered round Bee , told her the driver revealed how he'd just come off a 14 hour shift from Bkk to Phuket and would she sit up next to him and keep him talking /awake for 4 more hours.
She did.
What happens to all the tech they supposedly forced on to every minibus?

Well , its a rhetorical question I guess...
 

Tingtong

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MarcTwoSix;419643 said:
I will never set foot in another van since I tried it Krabi to Phuket
The driver was a lunatic

When we stopped for a break I had Ao ask around if we could hire someone to drive us the rest of the way
You should have got Ao say to driver "If you dont drive like a Fuckwit and get us there alive we will give you good tip" 555 Might Work .
 

MarcTwoSix

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Tingtong;419664 said:
You should have got Ao say to driver "If you dont drive like a Fuckwit and get us there alive we will give you good tip" 555 Might Work .
The guy was doing about 140 and pulled out a map and laid it over the steering wheel and started looking at it!!

I didn't even mention his disgusting snorting!!!
 

Quarky

Administrator
MarcTwoSix;419674 said:
The guy was doing about 140 and pulled out a map and laid it over the steering wheel and started looking at it!!

I didn't even mention his disgusting snorting!!!

It's when they start snoring I get really worried!
 

Chob

Moderator
Rockitt;419638 said:
Returning from Pattaya was not so convenient. The train leaves at 16.26pm and gets to Bkk around 19.00. At weekends it is a smaller train(unit) so I decided to use the bus company next to the Pattaya Central festival mall. Runs every hour on the hour and took 2 hours to get to Mo Chit MRT. He did not hang about either. There were only five other people on the bus so I had a set of 3 seats to myself. All for 160 baht.
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Its now 200 baht ( $10aud ) for anywhere IN Patong in an Effing Tuk Tuk !
100 metres to about 3km..
 

Rockitt

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I extended my 30 days today and had to go to Bangkok immigration. Staying in the Ratchada area, I got the MRT to Chatuchak Park then jumped on the number 52 bus which goes past the Government building. 12baht metro and 30 baht bus.
But nothing is as cheap as the mainline trains. After getting my extension sorted I walked to Lak Si station, which is two stops south of Don Mueang station and rode the train all the way in to Hua Lamphong for the grand sum of 4 baht. 555
 
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