The Railways in and around Bangkok Thailand
Bangkok Transit Skytrain
The Bangkok Mass Transit System, commonly known by its abbreviation as the BTS Skytrain,
an elevated rapid transit system in Bangkok,Thailand. It is operated by Bangkok Mass Transit System
Public Company Limited (BTSC) The system consists of 23 stations along two lines: Sukhumvit line
running northwards and eastwards, terminating at Mo Chit and On Nut, respectively.
Silom line which plies Silom and Sathon Roads, the Central Business District of Bangkok, terminating
at the National Stadium and Saphan Taksin. These lines cross at the Siam Station. The total combined
length of BTS lines is the distance of 55 kms.
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An automatic vending machine for purchasing a ticket of the skytrain, Bangkok.
A ticket of Bangkok's Skytrain. ( From Left ) A single trip ticket. One day pass, The back side of a ticket
shows the route map.
A route map of BTS Skytrain in Bangkok, Thailand.
(L) A boat pier at the BTS Saphan Taksin station.
(R) Buddhist temples viewed from the plateform of Saphan Taksin station.
(L) The interior of BTS trains. (R) National Stadium station
An advertisement is drawn in all BTS trains.
(L) A typical layout of the BTS railway station. The minimum standard facilities of at least one upward
escalator each station.
(R) A bakery mini shop which sells a delicious-looking cake and bread at the National Stadium Station.
The BTS railway tracks. (L) The vicinity of National Stadium station (R) Mo Chit station.
BTS Siam station platform.
The Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link
The Airport Rail Link became active since August 2010. The services are comprised of
two lines, Non-stop express services and City-train services.
Both lines operate from 06:00 am to 12:00 midnight. Non-stop Express services start at
Suvarnabhumi Airport and terminate at Phaya Thai Station. The journey takes only 17 minutes
and runs every 30 minutes. City Train services run between Suvarnabhumi Airport, stop at
Lat Krabang, Ban Thup Chang, Hua Mak, Makkasan, Ratchaprarop and Phaya Thai.
The journey takes 27 minutes and runs every 15 minutes.
A City-Line train
(L) A City-Line train at the Phaya Thai terminal station
(R) Two ticket-counter windows are open for the City-line and Phaya Thai express train.
A one-way ticket between Suvarnabhumi and Phaya Thai terminal is 45 bahts for a City-line
train, and 150 bahts, ( until 2012, 90 bahts ) for an express train.
Interior and door of Phaya Thai express train
(L) The plateform for the Phaya Thai express train at Suvarnabhumi Airport station
(R) A toilet for the handicapped
(L) A guide plate of Phaya Thai express train at Suvarnabhumi Airport Station
(M) A liquid-crystal panel that shows the train is going to.
(R) Phaya Thai express train at Suvarnabhumi Airport underground station.
Mass Rapid Transit
The 21-kilometer, 18-station Blue line presently runs from Bang Sue railway station to Hua
Lamphong railway station. It has a carrying capacity of 40,000 people in each direction per hour.
Considering that Bangkok is a low-lying plain which is prone to flooding, all Metro's station entrances
are raised about one metre above the ground level and are equipped with built-in flood gates.
Lifts and ramps are found at all stations,providing easy access for passengers in wheelchairs.
Stations have multiple passage ways (generally four) which allow passengers to connect to any
corner of the adjacent surface intersection. Maps depicting the local area and exit points are
posted on the walls on the way out. Due to safety considerations, platform screen doors are installed.
The ticketing system uses a contact less technology with round black tokens issued for single trips
and the stored value cards for frequent users.
(L) A concourse of the MRT Hua Lamphong station. (R) The entrance of MRT Hua Lamphong station.
A concourse of the MRT Hua Lamphong station.
This plaque was placed at the concourse of MRT Hua Lamphong station. It shows the appreciation of financial
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MRT Chatuchak Park station platform. Each subway station has a platform edge door.
The interior of the MRT subway train. A sign board of a train shows the request to passengers
to yield the seat for an elderly and pregnant person, but also includes a child and monk.
(L) A route map of MRT (R) A subway token The actual color of token is near black.
The entrance of MRT Si Lom station. A route guide of a subway line.
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(L) The front view of Hua Lampong Railway Station. (R) A railway ticket between Bangkok and Ayutthaya.$B!!(B
A ticket counter at the Hua Lampong Railway Station
The inside hall of the Hua Lampong Railway Station.
(L) Hua Lampong Railway Station. A dog does not care for the train approaching.
(M) A train used in Thai railway is a made-in Japan. The plate shows the name of Japan National Railway.
(R) A train toilet. After the use, open a water bulb and wash away everything.
Passengers in a station platform.
The right photo shows the remains of a disused elevated railway bridge for an old domestic airport.
(L)Bang Khen Station and abolished elevated railway bridge. (M) A train conductor checked up a ticket.
(R) A station master waving a flag for a departure of a train.
A train window scenery en route to Ayutthaya.
A series of the tranquil scene of countryside passes through the train window.
(L) A countryside local station decorated with a bunch of bougainvillea.
This happy-looking couple is returning their home, maybe, after shopping in Bangkok.
(R) A group of herons flying over a wet land along the railroad en route to Ayutthaya.
(L) A rice field in a countryside is the quite same to that of Japan. (R) A banana field along the railroad.
(L) The sign board of Ayutthaya station, with the national and royal flags attached.
(R) The train arrived at the Ayutthaya station.
The platform of Ayutthaya station is filled with local residents, including a monk.
The waiting room of Ayutthaya station.
A poor barrack along the railway track, near the Bangkok area.
(L) It may be a royal platform of Thai National Railway. (R) The railway track is the front garden for poor people.
The railway track is the front garden of a poor barrack.
(L) An old steel bridge near the Hua Lampong Railway Station.
(R) A station yard of the Hua Lampong Railway Station. A skyscraper in far distance.
Very old trains are in operation at the station yard of Hua Lampong.
Very old trains are in operation at the station yard of Hua Lampong.
All railway trains should be completely smoke -free.
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Ayuttaya, World heritage$B!!(B Departure from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
The photographs were taken in January 2009, the article was written in October 2012,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.
Ayutthaya: World Heritage Site