Den Chai is the closest train station to Phrae. By train the journey from Ayutthaya to Den Chai is scheduled to take from 6 to 8 hours depending upon which train you take.
Train times from Ayutthaya to Phrae
There are currently 7 direct trains per day from Ayutthaya to Phrae (Den Chai).
- The fastest train from Ayutthaya to Phrae (Den Chai) is Train #7 departing at 09:48, which is scheduled to complete the journey in 5 hours 35 minutes.
- The slowest train from Ayutthaya to Phrae (Den Chai) is Train #109 departing at 15:19, which is scheduled to arrive 8 hours 20 minutes later at 23:39.
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Location of Ayutthaya Railway Station
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Location of Den Chai Railway Station (Phrae)
About Travel to Phrae
Phrae is a small charming town which is slightly off the ‘beaten track’ in terms of tourism. It’s location near the main railway line going north from Bangkok makes it easy to combine a trip to Phrae with a visit to the much larger, and more popular, destination of Chiang Mai. There’s not as much of interest to see in Phrae as there is in Chiang Mai, but many visitors to Phrae appreciate the relaxed atmosphere in Phrae and the architecture of the town itself, a significant part of which is constructe from teak wood. Phrae feels like a town which exists in different period of time to the present and that is it’s greatest charm.
Travel from the train station to Phrae
The easiest and cheapest way to travel from Den Chai Railway Station to Phrae is to take one of the shared taxis which will be waiting outside the station for the arrival of each train ready to take passengers direct to Phrae town centre. The distance by road from Den Chai Railway Station to Phrae is 27 km. The journey takes around 30 minutes and costs 50 THB per person.
Teak farming in Phrae
Until 1902 Phrae was an semi-independent state with its own ancestral ruler. Phrae’s royal family was very wealthy because of the province’s huge forests of teak trees which were harvested almost to the point where they disappeared altogether to provide a massive income to the local ancestral ruler as well building materials for Phrae town. Most significant of the remaining teak buildings in Phrae are the town’s two royal residences, the Khum Chao Luang, which was the king’s residence, and the Vongburi House, which was used by one of the king’s wives. Both are open to the public and well worth visiting.
In terms of Phrae’s other attractions are some interesting small temples, such as Wat Phong Sunan, and walks around some of the older parts of the town where the houses are mostly made of teak wood. A trip out of the town centre in to the hills is also recommended. You don’t need to go far out of the city centre to see hills covered with teak trees. Teak farming is now heavily regulated, but it’s also highly profitable and new plantations of teak have been developed to replace parts of what was lost in the 18th and 19th Centuries.