Trains from Bangkok to Pattani

By train the journey from Bangkok to Pattani is scheduled to take from 16 to 17 hours depending upon which train you take.

Train Times from Bangkok to Pattani

There are currently 3 train services a day from Bangkok to Pattani.

3716:1008:17Special Express
  • The fastest train from Bangkok to Pattani is Train #37, departing from Bangkok at 16:10 and arriving 16 hours 07 minutes later in Ratchaburi at 08:17.
  • The slowest train from Bangkok to Pattani is Train #169 departing from Bangkok at 17:30 and arriving in Pattani at 10:36, a scheduled journey time of 17 hour 06 minutes.

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Bangkok Railway Station

Trains from Bangkok to Pattani originate from Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal (also known as Bang Sue Grand Station).

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Pattani (Khok Pho) Train Station

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About Train Travel to Pattani

Pattani is one of four provinces in the far south of Thailand where the overwhelming majority of the local population are Muslim, with Thai Buddhists and people of Thai-Chinese background forming sizeable minorities.

Political Conflict

The history of Pattani is complex, and over several centuries control over the area has been exercised by a number of different entities. Pattani has also been an independent state during several periods prior to Thailand becoming a unified country. The people of Pattani have their own language and their own culture, which is often seen as being closer to that of the northern states of Peninsular Malaysia than it is to the rest of Thailand.

Unfortunately, there has been a long running conflict between the Thai state and certain organised groups in Pattani, as well as in the other 3 southern provinces, which is ongoing and frequently turns violent. Foreigners have never been specifically targeted by either side in this conflict, however, bombs are sometimes planted in urban areas, trains sometimes get attacked, and gun battles occur a lot more frequently than they do outside the conflict zone. Pattani isn’t a war zone, but there is a small risk for visitors if they are at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Wat Khuan Nai in Pattani
Wat Khuan Nai in Pattani
Tourism in Pattani

Principally because of the conflict, Pattani receives relatively few tourists. Estimates vary, but the number is thought to be around 20,000 to 30,000 a year, and most of these visitors are Thai. In fact, Pattani is an interesting place, with unusual architecture, unique cuisine and beautiful areas of coastline which are aren’t crowded with tourists.

Mosques in Pattani

Thailand is best known for its Buddhist Temples. Pattani, however, has something different: mosques. The two most famous mosques in Pattani Province are Pattani Central Mosque and Krue-Se Mosque, which is located 14 km to the east of Pattani City.

Pattani Central Mosque is located in the centre of Pattani City and it’s a central point for organised religion in the province. The mosque was finished in 1963 following a 9 year construction period. This large mosque is often compared to the Taj Mahal because of its large central dome and four tall minarets.

The Krue-Se Mosque is a much older building, believed to have been initially constructed in the 16th Century. The design of the Krue-Se Mosque is the main point of interest. The outer perimeter of this brick and mortar building is a wall with a series of high pointed arches. Some commentators have suggested that the design is European in style, others see more of a similarity with classic Arabic styles of architecture evident in much older buildings such as the Alhambra in Grenada, Spain.

Beaches in Pattani

Pattani is located on the Gulf of Thailand, and the sea (particularly fishing) dominates local life for a significant proportion of the local population. Despite the natural beauty of the coastline in Pattani, there is a low level of commercial development on the beach front. There are many small resorts and restaurants but they tend to cater almost exclusively for local tourists, and only really ever get busy during public holidays.

The coastline is Pattani has a remarkable geographical feature which is a long narrow spit of land forming a natural lagoon just to the north of Pattani City. Visitors to Talo Kapo Beach and Teluk Samilae Beach, both located on this spit of land, can swim in the Gulf of Thailand and at the same see the lagoon on the other coast. It’s a very beautiful place.

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