How comfortable are trains in thailand
Comparison and Review of Travel Class and Comfortability
As stated above, train travel in Thailand is comfortable, safe, and relaxing,
but this depends a lot on both the passenger's needs and the class of travel.
It's very hard to find a train which has all the different available classes,
but most trains seem to have at least 2 classes on them.
The Classes of train travel in Thailand range from the sheer luxury of the
Eastern and Oriental Express (Bangkok to Singapore), to First-Class Sleeper,
Second-Class Sleeper (Air-Conditioned or Fan), Second-Class Seated (Air-Conditioned
or Fan), and Third-Class Seated (including commuter service).
'Higher-End' overnight services
offers private, lockable, compartments with a comfortable sofa during the day.
The sofa is converted into a full size bunk bed at night, while another above it
is folded down from the wall. Other features include self-controlled air-conditioning,
a private sink, soap and towel, inside baggage storage, and even a shower in
the toilet. It's a great choice if you need your 'space'.
overnight service lacks many of these extra 'comforts' (like
private compartments), but is just as relaxing and enjoyable for most
travelers, and saves on one night's accommodation. Second-Class Sleepers have open berths along the coach wall on either side
of a central aisle, luggage racks beside the berths, and shared washbasins. During the day there are two facing seats, which at night
are pulled together to form the bottom bunk. An upper bunk folds out from
the wall above, and curtains are hung up to give you privacy.
In both First and Second-Classes the beds are around 2m (6.5 ft) in length,
and attendants assemble and make up the beds for you. Attendants on all overnight
trains also provide printed menus with 'meal sets' to be served at your seat.
Second Class (Seated)
(Air-Conditioned) Express Service is excellent for daytime travel
with comfortable reclining seats and hostess service (snacks and drinks) included
in the fare. Second-Class (Seated / Air-Conditioned or Fan) Ordinary / Local ServIce
is slower than the Express Service, but just as comfortable.
(Seated / Fan or Air-Conditioned) Ordinary / Local Service
is a surprisingly clean and acceptable by European standards. It is usually not crowded
(aside from the commuter 'Rush-Hour'), unbelievably cheap and ideal for short
trips. The seats on many Third-Class Train Services are the hard, 'bench-style', wooden slat type. Some Third-Class
Commuter Services in Bangkok and some Third-Class Long-Distance (Rapid) Services
are air-conditioned with 'padded' seating.
Types of 'Train Services'
There are generally four types of 'Train Services' available within the classes,
, Rapid, Express
, and Special Express
. Prices gradually
increase (from lowest to highest) along with both speed and price. All Special Express
and Express Service
Trains have sleeping berth carriages (First and Second-Class
Air-Conditioned), but only some of the Rapid Service
Trains do. Second-Class Fan Sleepers are only on
There is no Third-Class on Express Service
Trains. ( read
All Express Service
Seated Trains (Air-Conditioned or Fan) serve delicious food,
but it can be a bit pricey. All Rapid Service
Trains have inexpensive,
delicious Thai food available. Certain Long-Distance trains, such as the 'Daytime
Express' from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, schedule a 'Get out and Stretch' stop of
about 15 minutes. ( read more.....