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Thai Railways operates train services to all Regions in Thailand

Thailand has one of the best meter-gauge rail systems in the world, along with India and Malaysia. Thailand's extensive railway network, reaches even the furthest extremities of its borders with Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia and beyond.

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Bangkok - Chiang Mai
Bangkok - Surathani - Hat Yai
Bangkok - Kanchanaburi
Bangkok - Hat Yai - Kuala Lumpur
Bangkok - Hat Yai - Singapore

The North, Northeast, East, Central, and the South
There is also a very good inter-province connecting railway system. However, it's not possible to take the train everywhere in Thailand just yet. Most of Thai train stations are conveniently located near city centers. Bangkok's central rail station, Hualamphong Station, is the central railway hub for the whole country. All train lines, Northern, Southern, Northeastern, Eastern, or Western have it as their first or final stop.

Thai Railways connect with the Malaysian Railway System at two points on the Southern Thai border, Padang Besar and Sungai Kolok. At Padang Besar, the Thai Railways System connects with Malaysian Railways Singapore Line and runs down peninsular Malaysia. It's possible to take the train all the way through from Bangkok to Singapore, but connections are not well-coordinated, and it's not possible to make reservations for Malaysian trains within Thailand. There's a good possibility of missing your connecting train service in Kuala Lumpur, or not getting a sleeping berth, although you paid for it. Fortunately, you can get refunds at Singapore Station easily.

The State Railways of Thailand also has organized several types of 'combination' tickets. This eliminates the risk of missing a connecting travel service and 'Getting Stuck' somewhere, or having unreasonable waits between services. Joint train / bus / boat tickets are available from Bangkok to popular destinations like Phuket, Krabi, Ko Samui Chiang Rai, and Phi Phi Island. In addition, all North / Northeast-bound trains make a stop at a small station opposite Bangkok's Don Muang Airport (50 minutes from central Bangkok), for convenient air / rail connections to those destinations, or to avoid Central Bangkok altogether.

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