Bangkok Hualamphong Station

Bangkok Hualamphong Station

Bangkok Hualamphong Station
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Neighbourhood: Pathum Wan
How to get there
  • Hua Lamphong • 2 min walk
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Pla R
New South Wales, Australia4 contributions
Couples
The station has built before World War II. Many things have changed over time, such as the hotel hall in the station. was transformed into a restroom to accommodate the increasing number of travelers
But overall, the original architecture remains.
Currently, there is an MRT connecting various areas in Bangkok.
Don’t forget to grab snacks and drinks from nearby 7 eleven before traveling.
Written 30 August 2022
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J&S_Singapore
Singapore, Singapore3,613 contributions
Locally known as Hua Lamphong Railway Station. It is located in the center of the Pathum Wan District, close to Chinatown. The Railway Station is one of Bangkok’s key tourist landmarks and an important area for the locals & tourist.
We came from a walk (Giant Swing) enroute to the BTS station. There are some security checks which make one feels safe! The interior of station looks functional and very similar to others we have been too. Yet it preserves its charm and beauty since it was officially launched back in more than a decade back in 1916..
There is also a food court selling various Thai local dishes and a mezzanine level where we took chill time off Black Canyon Coffee, nearby are Mr. Bun and Dunkin Donuts too. Think we will be here again when we make Day Trips out of BKK.. 
Written 1 August 2022
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Patti Durden
12 contributions
Couples
We took the overnight train to Chiang Mai from Bangkok. It was a great adventure. Just pack snacks and they will bring you water. We had a private car so they will come around and let out your beds for you and put them away in am. Did not get much sleep because train does stop often but it was a very cool experience.
Written 11 June 2022
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Bill D. Whip
Ely20 contributions
2014.

You can take the train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai if you really want to. The Special Express Diesel Train rolls north from the rusty barrel vault of Hualamphong Station and passes through a sea of shacks with corrugated metal roofs. Bangkok's endless sprawl. You could spend a lifetime or two lost in the details of it. Signs written in Thai script that looks like vines drooping under the weight of flower blossoms. Little Buddhist shrines in parking lots. Street cooks frying fat noodles under blue tarps. People sitting at tables on the sidewalk in a million different combinations and configurations. A sprawling city where people live their inside lives outside, in full view.

The train passes through Bangkok's outer suburbs and housing developments that have names like Monte Carlo or The Grand Canal (the entrance to which is marked with those candy cane striped poles you see along the canals in Venice). Finally, Bangkok ends and the rice paddies begin. Kilometer after kilometer of flat, hazy fields. Sometimes there's a figure alone in the distance wearing a wide-brimmed straw hat. Then it could be any century of the last six or so. The rice fields are interrupted now and then by a big bronze statue of Buddha, or by a stray dog.

At each little railroad station there's an open-sided shelter with a pitched roof and a railroad employee dressed in a military-style uniform. When the train is ready to depart, the guy doesn't yell "All aboard!" but rings a big brass bell that hangs on the wall.

There aren't many passengers on the Special Express Diesel Train. Maybe it's because the long distance buses in Thailand are faster and cleaner. If you're willing to pay extra, you can even catch a VIP bus with reclining seats and karaoke videos on demand. There are no karaoke videos on the train. The seats are broken and it'd be nice if they could do something about the ants. The attendant is a lady wearing a bright pink blazer and a don't-mess-with-me expression on her face. Lunch is instant noodles and a cup of tea served in a chipped porcelain cup.
Written 21 February 2022
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SBal
Penang Island, Malaysia212 contributions
A beautiful building. Easy to navigate. Easy ticketing system. There are a lot of shops for food and to read.
Written 26 October 2020
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ontheroadmaryg
London, Canada148 contributions
Like anything in Thailand the Bangkok train station is to be experienced by all senses. Crowded, lots of food, lots of activity. The building is beautiful and the signage is excellent. Very easy to navigate. Took the overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and had no difficulty. Great experience.
Written 9 April 2020
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Gary_FitzGerald
Siem Reap, Cambodia133 contributions
I've travelled up from KL to Bangkok and across to the Cambodian border on trains, sleepers to third class. They're cheap fairly reliable and convenient. This station was relatively easy to work out and well sign posted. The signs also matched up with the information on the ticket so all went well. Better than buses with maniac drivers loaded up with energy drinks.
Written 29 March 2020
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Hello in 10 Languages
England, UK179 contributions
Spent a couple of hours here before boarding the 15:10 overnight train to Padang Besar. It's all here waiting for the needy traveller: coffee, pad thai, arcades, chanting monks (be sure not to sit in the 'monk only area', and other travellers looking lost wondering where to buy their tickets from. Sit upstairs grab a coffee and get you people watch on. A truly iconic train station. PS: it's not as bad as it looks; tickets are easy to buy, and the platforms are easy to find.
Written 4 March 2020
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Sumith D
Ernakulam, India659 contributions
Bangkok railway station, unofficially known as Hua Lamphong station, is the main railway station in Bangkok, Thailand. It is in the center of the city in the Pathum Wan District, and is operated by the State Railway of Thailand. We reached here from Chiang Mai. Was very busy when we got in as this is the main station in Thailand. Was immediately able to take a cab and reach our destination. It had restaurants, ATM, tourist help desks etc.
Written 3 March 2020
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Nonglak L
Reading, UK278 contributions
Not many travellers (nor even railway enthusiasts) know that there is a little railway museum at Hualamphong station. It's at the front of the station on the left of the main entrance. Open Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 18.00 and entrance free. Donations are welcomed, for which the man at the desk wrote out a detailed receipt for me! There are also some souvenirs which, though interesting, I felt were overpriced.

The museum is a bit of a delightful jumble of things without any explanation but is worth a quick visit if you are waiting for a train. I don't know what will happen next year when Hualamphong station is due to close and apparently it is planned to turn the whole building into a museum.

Hualamphong station will be replaced by the massive new station now nearing completion at Bang Sue. That will mean the end of local services up the track and over the level crossings towards northern Bangkok. I took a local train (to Makkasan on the eastern line, fare 2 Baht) to get a last experience of this journey. The trains run efficiently enough, timekeeping a bit erratic and they're hot in non air-conditioned carriages. Just don't expect (as some other reviewers evidently did) a very comfortable ride. You're in fairly old trains running over equally old metre-gauge track.
Written 1 March 2020
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