The Hua Lamphong Railway Station is the main railway station in Bangkok and is operated by the State Railway of Thailand. It is a big hanger-like building with a waiting area in the middle. To the left of the ticket counters is a counter with English speaking staff for tourists. There is a luggage-store area, toilets, a convenience store, restaurants and fast food vendors.
Opened in 1916, it’s the starting point to many trains going to the far corners of Thailand. It was designed by Mario Tamagno, an Italian architect, in the Italian Neo Renaissance Style.
Train travel in Thailand is enjoyable, clean, safe and economical and 3rd class seats work just fine for shorter journeys. No aircon, but the old style fans with the windows wide open is quite pleasant. Then there are first class, second class and sleeper trains.
Taking the old-school trains is an nostalgic experience and the train stations along the tracks are beautifully kept.
Don Muang Airport, 50 minutes, and the historical city of Ayutthaya, up to 2 hours, can be reached with trains departing from Hua Lamphong. The weekend-only tourist trains to Bridge on the River Kwai departs early morning from Hua Lamphong.
Hua Lampong is connected by an underground walkway to the subway – MRT Hua Lamphong Subway Station.