No. 25: Bangkok to Nong Khai

The Special Express No. 25 train from Bangkok to Nong Khai goes via the Lam Narai branch line (Kaeng Khoi Junction to Bua Yai Junction). This passes along the viaduct over Pasak Chonlasit reservoir, though unfortunately you won’t see anything as it is late at night.  Total distance is 209 kilometres and the journey takes ten hours and 45 minutes. This train has the new CNR 1st Class and 2nd Class sleeping carriages. At the moment, there is no restaurant car on this train and you are advised to take your own food and drinks. Tickets in 1st Class are 1,357 baht for the upper berth, 1,557 baht for the lower berth, and 2,357 to book the cabin if you are travelling alone. In 2nd Class, tickets are 898 for the upper berth and 998 for the lower berth. The return journey is made by No. 26 Special Express train.

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All times are subject to change, Please check with the station master where you bought your ticket or call 1690.

No. STATION Arr. Dep.
1 Bangkok 20:00
2 Sam Sen 20:12 20:14
3 Bang Sue Junction 20:21 20:23
4 Bang Khen 20:34 20:35
5 Lak Si 20:41 20:42
6 Don Muang 20:48 20:50
7 Rangsit 21:00 21:01
8 Ayutthaya 21:40 21:41
9 Saraburi 22:22 22:23
10 Kaeng Khoi Junction 22:33 22:35
11 Lam Narai 23:58 00:03
12 Bua Yai Junction 02:40 02:50
13 Muang Phon 03:14 03:15
14 Ban Phai 03:37 03:40
15 Khon Kaen 04:10 04:12
16 Nam Phong 04:37 04:38
17 Kumphawapi 05:12 05:13
18 Udon Thani 05:39 05:44
19 Nong Khai 06:25

Lower bunks are always more expensive as they are slightly bigger and give more privacy. It also has a window with curtains and so you can enjoy the view in the morning while you lie in bed. The upper bunk doesn’t have a window and is nearer to the light which is on all night. It is also nearer to the air-conditioning and so it can be colder. In 1st Class, there are two berths per cabin. If you only book one berth then you could find yourself in a cabin with a stranger. The only way to solve this problem is to book the entire room.

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