Tickets for the annual steam train trip to Chachoengsao on 12th August 2022 (Mother’s day) went on sale two weeks ago. The 2nd Class tickets priced at 299 baht sold out within one day. However, for this trip the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) were also selling 1st Class tickets for a whopping 2,999 baht. Partly due to the high price and the fact there was literally no information about what you would get for this, there are still tickets left. As of press time, thirteen seats out of forty remain unsold. Now the SRT has just released the itinerary for the first time. As usual, the information is only in the Thai language. It is like the SRT are not interested in attracting foreign tourists and expats.
It looks like the 1st Class passengers will be travelling in the OTOP carriage and not the luxurious SRT Prestige carriage as what was first presumed. The price will include snacks on the train and then lunch by the river. There will also be a coach tour to two temples and one riverside market.
Steam Train Trip to Chachoengsao on 12th August 2022
7:30am Meet on Platform 5 inside Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong)
8:10am Depart on Steam Locomotive No. 903. Snacks will be served onboard
9:50am Arrive at Chachoengsao Railway Station. Transfer to an air-conditioned coach for the journey to Wat Saman Rattanaram. This is home to a giant Reclining Ganesha (Map)
11:30am Have lunch by the Bang Pakong River
1:00pm Go to Wat Pak Nam Jolo which is a beautiful golden temple alongside the river (Map)
2:30pm Visit Ban Mai Market which is an old riverside market in Chachoengsao (Map)
3:45pm Travel back to Chachoengsao Railway Station
4:30pm Steam Locomotive No. 904 departs for Bangkok
6:10pm Arrive at Bangkok Railway Station