2015 - North-Eastern Thailand and Laos - Day 19

North-Eastern (I-San) Thailand and Laos, 16 Nov - 10 Dec 2015 (25days)
Nakhon Ratchasima railway station is located approximately 3km from the city center on Mukkhamontri Road.



Day 19 (04 Dec) Nakhon Ratchasima to Bangkok by train (264km)

Today we travelled about 6 hours, 264km on a local train at 8.22am from Korat or Nakhon Ratchasima to Bangkok, Hua Lamphong main train station arriving at 2.15pm. It was dirt cheap at B50 per pax on a 264km journey. On the train we were told that Thai people travel for free on all local ordinary train.
Upon arrival in Bangkok, Denise Chia Chai Ling separated from us as she wanted to do some personal shopping for family and friends and be flying home on 6th Dec. So three of us went to Saphai Pae Backpackers hostel where we stayed for three nights. Today was a day of rest after the long train journey.

Sleeping at Saphai Pae Backpackers hostel, Bangkok with breakfast near to Surasak BTS station. Dormitory room for four with breakfast for 450baht per person.

Nakhon Ratchasima railway station is beautiful because it has recently been rebuilt with a real steam engine locomotive displayed on an open space in front of the station.

A real steam engine locomotive is displayed on an open space in front of the station.

The railway station provides 26 round trip services between Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima daily.
The train route on the north-eastern Thailand.


If you have the time, it is enjoyable to travel by train while watching scenery through the window and to mingle with the local people on board the train.

Bangkok Railway Station opened in 1916 also known as Hua Lamphong Station.
Hua Lamphong Station is situated in the center of the city in the Pathum Wan District, and is operated by the State Railway of Thailand.

We noticed the decoration in the train station in conjunction with the king Bhumibol Adulyadej birthday celebration the next day on 5th December. The king was born on 5.12.1927.

Saphai Pae is a 2-star modern hostel and is only a 4-minute walk from a Surasak BTS station.





Sleeping at Saphai Pae Backpackers hostel, Bangkok with breakfast near to Surasak BTS station. Dormitory room for four with breakfast for 450baht per person.


Noticed the real front half of tuk-tuk decorated at the reception area of Saphai Pae.
The reception area of Saphai Pae. With breakfast it was 450 baht per pax for a 4 man dorm.
There is a cafe, a TV lounge, and a bar with a pool table. Other amenities include a coin-operated laundry, DVD rentals, and a rooftop terrace with lounge chairs.
The security door to the lift operated by your room key.

This was our 4 pax dorm room. Available are mixed-gender or women only dorms sleep up to 10 guests in bunk beds; bathrooms are shared. Al come with complimentary Wi-Fi, reading lights and lockers.


Click below to view:
Day 01 (16.11.15) AirAsia AK 856 KUL. 12.45pm to Chiang Mai, (1738km)
Day 02 (17 Nov) Chiang Mai to Loei to Phu Kradueng to Khon Kaen (691km)
Day 03 (18 Nov) Khon Kaen City walk around
Day 04 (19 Nov) Khon Kaen City to Kalasin (80km)
Day 05 (20 Nov) Kalasin to Sakon Nakhon (129km)

Day 06 (21 Nov) Sakon Nakhon to Nakhon Phanom (92km)
Day 07 (22 Nov) Nakhon Phanom - day trip to Thakhek, Laos (62km)
Day 08 (23 Nov) Nakhon Phanom to Mukdahan (125km)
Day 09 (24 Nov) Mukdahan - trip to Phu Pha Thoet National Park (108km)
Day 10 (25 Nov) Mukdahan to Ubon Ratchathani by bus (194km)

Day 11 (26 Nov) Ubon Ratchathani to Pakse to Si Phan Don, Laos (291km)
Day 12 (27 Nov) Si Phan Don - a long walk to Somphamit Waterfall
Day 13 (28 Nov) Si Phan Don to Ubon Ratchathani by bus (291km)
Day 14 (29 Nov) Ubon Ratchathani to Si Sa Ket by van (67km)
Day 15 (30 Nov) Si Sa Ket to Buri Ram by train (148km)

Day 16 (01 Dec) Buri Ram - day visit to 3 places (219km)
Day 17 (02 Dec) Buri Ram to Nakhon Ratchasima by train (129km)
Day 18 (03 Dec) Nakhon Ratchasima - day trip to Phimai (120km)
Day 19 (04 Dec) Nakhon Ratchasima to Bangkok by train (264km)
Day 20 (05 Dec) Bangkok - Chao Phraya River boat ride to Khaosan Road

Day 21 (06 Dec) Bangkok - rest day and dinner at Royal Bangkok Sports Club
Day 22 (07 Dec) Bangkok to Prachuap Khiri Khan by train (320km)
Day 23 (08 Dec) Prachuap Khiri Khan
Day 24 (09 Dec) Prachuap Khiri Khan to Hatyai by night train (660km)
Day 25 (10 Dec) Hatyai to Butterworth by train and to KL by bus (555km)
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