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"Unseen Thailand": Nakhon Pathom Province by Steam Train

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This trip is sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the State Railways of Thailand (SRT).  Departure will be by a special steam excursion train leaving promptly at 8:00 am, Saturday, April 23 (not listed in the State Railways timetable), from Bangkok's main train station, Hua Lamphong. This station is easily reachable by the MRT underground (MRT station: Hua Lamphong, the last stop at the southern end of the MRT underground).

Return will be by train, arriving at Bangkok's main train station, Hua Lamphong, at 7:00 pm.

The special excursion train will include a steam locomotive and seven (7) non-airconditioned coaches with fans and soft seats.  We will have a Thai/English-speaking tour guide.

Price/Reservations

499 baht
, including train, admission fees, insurance, Thai/English-speaking guide.  This will be payable in advance by bank transfer from any bank in Thailand (whether or not you have an account in that bank).  Instructions will be sent on April 3 to members of this Meetup group.  Currently, reservation cutoff date on this website is 5 days before the trip.  The cutoff date may have to be adjusted to an earlier date, depending upon reservation volume.  In the past, steam railroad trips have sold out in advance.


Nakhon Pathom Province

Nakhon Pathom is a small province located 56 km west of Bangkok. The province features an ancient religious structure called Phra Pathom Chedi, the first religious landmark that signified the introduction of Buddhism into Thailand. Nakhon Pathom is also renowned for its abundant fruit varieties and famous regional cuisine.


Trip Highlights as of April 3, 2011
(You may read the official program in Thai by clicking above on "More" and then on "Files".)

Phra Pathom Chedi - Going toward the city, the first glimpse of the towering Phra Pathom Chedi is overpowering. lt is one of the largest pagodas in the world and in Thailand, by far the most holy of all Buddhist structures. The original pagoda was constructed more than 2,000 years ago in the stupa design of an upside down bowl shape.

Wat Rai Khing - This temple is located on the bank of the Nakhon Chaisi River in the vicinity of Amphoe Sam Phran. Luang Pho Wat Rai Khing, the principal Buddha image of the temple, is highly revered by Nakhon Pathom people.  This temple is also renowned for its natural fish sanctuary which is the habitat of hundreds of thousands of fish including big catfish which can weigh up to 10 kilogrammes.

Don Wai Market - This market is the home of a fascinating old riverside community in Nakhon Chaisi. Its people have hardly changed with time, preferring to maintain many of the old ways of the Thai countryside which cannot be seen anywhere else.  Don Wai Market has been around for over a hundred years. However, it is only recently that it has started to become popular with day trippers from Bangkok.  The market was originally famous for the boiled ducks, but now there is a much greater variety of food. Not just curries and snacks, but also Thai sweets.

Samphran Elephant & Crocodile Farm - The farm consists of a crocodile nourishing pond in which live thousands of crocodiles, wildlife compounds, restaurants and souvenir shops.

Rose Garden - Large, beautiful and well maintained gardens with Thai-style houses on the bank of the Tha Chin River.


Art, Organizer
Bangkok Travel Meetup

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Very well organized with many extras...loved the muffins and Thai guides. Great trip. Thank you.

    April 27, 2011

  • Rick

    Thanks Art, you are a great organizer and a great guy. For the low price of the tour, it is hard to complain. However, the tour guides in the yellow shirts (not sure who they represented) seemed confused and disorganized. The tour ran late, up to an hour, from the very beginning, thereby reducing the time to visit each place. At the last stop, we were given 3 different stories as to where the bus would be waiting. Where were the guides from NewTrip Travel and why did they accompany us if they were not going to participate? However, it was stilll a fun trip, and we would do it again, but would bring our own lunch next time.

    April 25, 2011

  • Patrick

    Funnn...allll the wayyy.........Thank you ...Art.
    ....Best part......Train.....loving it...and Cool ppl....

    April 24, 2011

  • Paul S.

    Art: Both my guests Risa and Judith new to visiting Thailand told me the experience was one of their most interesting and delightful values ever and produced wonderfully lasting fond memories of Thailand and for that you are granted a great success! Thanks.

    April 24, 2011

  • Bob L.

    Art is a great organizer. All the groups he leads are well attended to. He's a very appreciated person and deserves acolades from everyone.

    April 24, 2011

  • patrick

    great trip.great people.great guides etc. weather...........great.!!!!

    April 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a great day trip.

    April 23, 2011

  • John

    Save all the best stuff for the next time I'm in Thailand, please! =P

    April 12, 2011

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