This is Special Express No. 40 day train that goes from Surat Thani to Bangkok in eleven hours during daylight hours. It is an air-conditioned diesel multiple unit (DMU) built by Daewoo Heavy Industrial in South Korea in the 1990’s. Top speed is around 120km/hour. The train leaves Surat Thani Railway Station at 10:25 a.m. and arrives in Bangkok at 9:10 p.m. Tickets cost 608 Baht for adults and 484 Baht for children. This includes a meal.
Popular stops along the way include Chumphon (100 Baht), Prachuap Khiri Khan (460 Baht), and Hua Hin (490 Baht). Carriages are all 2nd Class and air-conditioned. The seats recline and have drop-down trays in the back of seats. There are also curtains to block out the sun. It is a comfortable ride but the carriages are starting to show their age. The Return journey is made by Special Express No. 43.
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TRAIN TIMETABLE: SURAT THANI TO BANGKOK
|10||Bang Saphan Yai||13:51||13:52|
|13||Prachuap Khiri Khan||14:59||15:00|
|16||Nong Pla Lai||17:31||17:35|
|23||Bang Sue Junction||20:45||20:47|
All times are subject to change. Check with the station master where you bought your ticket or call the 1690 hotline.
This is an example of the meal that is served on this train. It is included in the price of your ticket. It is not always that appetizing. You get two meal packets plus one rice. This has been heated up in the microwave. The meal packs will vary. Your neighbor might get something different. But they don’t ask what you want. You also get a drink and some snacks.