Trains from Bangkok to Chaiya

By train the journey from Bangkok to Chaiya is scheduled to take from 8 to 10 hours depending upon which train you take.

Train Times from Bangkok to Chaiya

There are currently 7 train services a day from Bangkok to Chaiya.

4307:3015:50Special Express
3922:5007:20Special Express
  • The fastest train from Bangkok to Chaiya is Train #43, departing from Bangkok at 07:30 and arriving 8 hours 20 minutes later in Chaiya at 15:50.
  • The slowest train from Bangkok to Chaiya is Train #167 departing from Bangkok at 20:30 and arriving in Chaiya at 06:40, a scheduled journey time of 10 hours 10 minutes.

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Chaiya Train Station

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About Travel to Chaiya

Chaiya is an ‘off the beaten track’ destination in Southern Thailand, located in Surat Thani Province to the North of Surat Thani City.

Where to Stay in Chaiya

Chaiya Town itself is small, with around 5,000 permanent residents and a limited range of amenities, including a hotel near the train station. Phum Riang and Leam Pho on the coast have beach front tourist accommodation which is better than in Chaiya Town Centre.

Train #83 on route to Chaiya
Train #83 on route to Chaiya
History of Chaiya

Chaiya has a long and interesting history. Archaeological evidence suggests that the area has been inhabited for at least 6,500 years. More recently, during the 7th to 13th Centuries, Chaiya is believed to have been an important trading centre of the Srivijaya Empire, whose territory stretched across many coastal areas in the Southern part of South East Asia, including parts of what is now Indonesia as well Southern Cambodia. The remains of goods imported from India and the Middle East dating back more than a 1,000 years have been found in the area.

Wat Phra Borommathat

Wat Phra Borommathat is the most significant tourist attraction in Chaiya. This temple was founded during the period when the area was under the control of the Srivijaya Empire, and features a very distinctive Javanese style chedi. In the grounds of the temple there is also the Chaiya National Museum, which houses important artefacts found in Chaiya.

Wat Suan Mokkhaphalarama

Wat Suan Mokkhaphalarama, more commonly refered to as Suan Mokkh, is a temple created in the 1930s by an early adherent of the Thai Forest Tradition, which is a sect within the Buddhist church which believes in a more austere form of Buddhism where monks live with fewer comforts in more isloated locations. Visitors are welome to visit the temple to look around, however, for more serious students of Buddhism it’s possible to join a 10 day retreat.

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