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Reliability of train timetables in thailand

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1. Posted by rick2u (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

Im traveling from Nong Khai in norht eastern Thailand to Bangkok, and then flying out from Bangkok. Has anyone had a similar experience, is it okay to book a flight on the afternoon when my train is due in in the morning, or it is more sensible to arrive by train one day and fly out the next.

2. Posted by berni23 (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

They are astonishingly reliable for Asian standards.
I never arrived with over 1 hour delay.
Not even on long routes like Chiang Mai to Sungai Kolok.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1595 posts) 10y

Quoting rick2u

Im traveling from Nong Khai in norht eastern Thailand to Bangkok, and then flying out from Bangkok. Has anyone had a similar experience, is it okay to book a flight on the afternoon when my train is due in in the morning, or it is more sensible to arrive by train one day and fly out the next.

Normal day to day operations of the train system is pretty reliable. However, there are "unforseen delays" that come up from time to time. Even in Europe or North America there are occasional delays when tracks wash out, rails need repairs, de-railing and accidents. In Thailand flooding sometimes causes problems by washing out some of the ties.

I would spend the night in Bangkok to make sure I wouldn't miss my flight. You can hit some bars or do some last minute shopping and get some rest. Besides the other passengers on the plane would appreciate you taking a shower before the flight.