From Bangkok, the route passes through eight provincial cities. Namely: Ayutthaya, Lopburi, Nakhon Sawan, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Uttaradit, Lampang and terminates at Chiang Mai.
SLOW TRAIN CHALLENGE
During 2020, I have set myself a challenge to travel all of the railway lines in Thailand by 3rd Class carriage. This page has the notes for my trip on the Northern Line which I plan to ride during April 2020. The plan is to take the sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and then come back on the slow train taking about a week. I have calculated that I will be spending a minimum of 28 hours and 42 minutes on the trains that week.
- Train No. 9 – Bangkok to Chiang Mai on the sleeper train: 6:10pm-7:15am
Time on Train: 13 hours and 5 minutes
- One full day and night in Chiang Mai
- Train No. 408 (Ordinary) – Chiang Mai to Khun Tan: 9:30am-10:58am (longest tunnel and highest station in Thailand) *
- Train No. 408 (Ordinary) – Khun Tan to Nakhon Lampang: 11:03am-11:59am (overnight)
Time on Train: 2 hours and 29 minutes
* I will try and get on Train No. 8 (Special Express) at 8:50am which arrives in Khun Tan at 9:46am. This will give me an hour there.
- Train No. 408 (Ordinary) – Nakhon Lampang to Uttaradit: 12:02pm-3:37pm
- Train No. 410 (Ordinary) – Uttaradit to Phitsanulok – 4:33pm-6:10pm (overnight)
Time on Train: 3 hours and 35 minutes + 1 hour and 37 minutes
- Train No. 402 (Ordinary) – Phitsanulok to Phichit: 1:45pm-2:25pm
- Train No 402 (Ordinary) – Phichit to Nakhon Sawan: 2:26pm-4:11pm (overnight)
Time on Train: 2 hours and 26 minutes
- Train No. 202 (Ordinary) – Nakhon Sawan to Lopburi: 8:35am-10:54am
- Train No. 202 (Ordinary) – Lopburi to Ayutthaya: 10:56am-12:13pm
- Train No. 202 (Ordinary) – Ayutthaya to Bangkok: 12:14pm-2:05pm
Time on Train: 5 hours and 30 minutes