A good way to explore Thailand if you don’t have your own transport is to join a weekend train excursion. I have done this a few times and it is a great way to meet normal Thai people and to see the countryside. The latest train excursion to be offered by the State Railway of Thailand is to to Pasak Jolasid dam in Lopburi province. These are running from 16th November 2019 to 26th January 2020. There are eighteen trips in total and you can book your tickets from now onwards at your local train station or by calling 1690.
The train leaves Bangkok Station (Hua Lamphong) at 7:10 am & returns at 6:20 pm. On the way out, there will be brief stops to pick up passengers at Samsen, Bang Sue, Bang Khen, Lak Si, Don Mueang, Rangsit, Ayutthaya, Saraburi, Kaeng Koi and Kaeng Sua Ten. It arrives at Pa Sak Jolasid dam station at 11:32 am. The highlight is the long railway bridge across the lake which you do first before coming back for lunch at the dam. The train stops on the bridge for a short time to allow you to get down and take some pictures. It then takes you back to the dam where you have more than enough time to join a tour of the dam, eat some lunch and relax by the lake.
The train excursions are on 16, 17, 23, 24 and 30 November, 1, 7, 8, 14, 21 and 22 December, and 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26 January. The return ticket is 290 Baht for carriages with fans and 490 Baht for air-conditioning. You can buy at your local station from now onwards. If you have your own transportation, you can join the last stretch across the lake for only 60 Baht return though you won’t get a seat for this short journey. Please note, there are no stops this year in the sunflower fields. You would have to arrange that yourself. Call 1690 for more information.
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