On Monday (21 August), the cost of travel between Chiang Mai and Bangkok on the Thai national railway company’s luxury trains will rise. The deputy-governor of the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) told reporters earlier this week ticket prices for travel in its high-tech Chinese carriages would increase by up to 20 per cent.
Thanongsak Pongprasert noted that the 115 carriages had been on trial for the past nine months and were attracting higher percentages of passengers than those on the SRT’s standard trains. He explained that on an average day the new trains on all of the four routes were 85 per cent full.
The deputy-governor carried on by saying the rise would increase the cost of sleeping berths in second class by about THB100 and in First Class by THB200. The only Bangkok-Chiang Mai trains affected by the fare hike are the northbound Train 9 and the southbound Train 10.
SRT introduced the new trains last November. As well as Chiang Mai, they are used on routes between Bangkok and Hat Yai, Ubon Ratchathani and Nong Khai. They feature comfort enhancing bonuses such as contemporary bathrooms and LCD screens. Rail website; The Man in Seat Sixty-One recommends taking these trains and says they provide superior travel experiences.