By train the journey from Ratchaburi to Hat Yai is scheduled to take from 15 to 16 hours depending upon which train you take.
Train Times from Ratchaburi to Hat Yai
There are currently 4 direct train services a day from Ratchaburi to Hat Yai.
- The fastest train service from Ratchaburi to Hat Yai is Train #31 departing from Ratchaburi at 16:49 and scheduled to arrive in Hat Yai 14 hours 36 minutes later.
- The slowest service from Ratchaburi to Hat Yai is Train #169 departing at 18:14 which is scheduled to complete the journey between Ratchaburi and Hat Yai in 15 hours 38 minutes.
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Location of Ratchaburi Railway Station
Location of Hat Yai Railway Station
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About Travel to Hat Yai
Hat Yai is the largest city in Southern Thailand, with over 160,000 people resident in the city centre. Hat Yai is relatively new city. Until Hat Yai Junction Railway Station opened to passengers and freight in 1924, the majority of the people living in the area where railway construction workers staying in temporary camps. As a consequence, there are very few old buildings in Hat Yai and nowhere of great historical or cultural significance to visit whilst in the City. Hat Yai does though have plently of amenities for travellers such as hotels and restaurants. The city´s transport links are also very good, and Hat Yai is the main connection point to popular island destinations in the far South of Thailand, particularly Koh Lipe, and the place to go inorder to take a bus to Malaysia. Direct minivan and bus services to Penang and Kuala Lumpur depart from close to Hat Yai Railway Station.
Hat Yai is also very close (32 km by road) to the much more pleasant seaside town of Songkhla. Despite being a lot smaller than Hat Yai, Songkhla is the provincial capital and has lots of old buildings and a pleasant beach. The main point of interest in Songkhla is its Old Town area which features a cluster of wooden buildings constructed in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Many Thai cities have Old Town areas but this is one of the best of its kind and many of the old buildings have been transformed into boutique style shops, cafes and restaurants. The other feature of Songkhla is the massive lake (Songkhla Lake) which covers over 1,000 square kilometres and has been used for at least 1,000 years to harbour boats carrying goods to and from China. Songkhla is very easy to reach from Hat Yai. You simply go to the main long distance bus station and board a minivan. Booking in advance isn required as minivans depart very frequently and take only 30 minutes to reach Songkhla Bus Station.