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1. Posted by wawa83 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

One of my friend is going to Thailand next month she want to travel to North of Thailand by train I suggest her to book the train ticket and book hotel with -snip- which I was satisfied with them services last time She then contact them they send her the price plus post shipping fee as they will send the ticket to her home so she will has ticket and have nothing to worry if she goes and buy there and have no ticket as it's peak season or better to go and buy when she is there???

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 7y

Quoting wawa83

One of my friend is going to Thailand next month she want to travel to North of Thailand by train I suggest her to book the train ticket and book hotel with -snip- which I was satisfied with them services last time She then contact them they send her the price plus post shipping fee as they will send the ticket to her home so she will has ticket and have nothing to worry if she goes and buy there and have no ticket as it's peak season or better to go and buy when she is there???

Tell her to get her train ticket after she gets to Bangkok. It is real easy to do. Tell your friend to stay in Bangkok for a few days. Here is a link explaining how to buy train tickets:
http://www.seat61.com/Thailand.htm

There is no real need to purchase a train ticket at an inflated price! Besides, it would be stupid to fly all the way to Thailand and not even visit Bangkok! See Bangkok, get your train, bus or plane ticket there and then go elsewhere in the country! Why incur a debt to an unknown travel agency?

Good luck.

3. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 7y

Yeah, I totally agree with karazyal. It's really simple to just go to the train station once you get to Bangkok and buy a ticket yourself. I definitely wouldn't book a ticket through a hotel. Getting a ticket sent to your home address is just factoring in an added risk of it getting lost in the post or turning up late after you've already set off.

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

I wanted to be sure of a first class berth, so I've contacted an agency in Bangkok for the reservation. I did find that the agencies listed/recommended by seat61 tend to be very expensive. If you'd like to know where I've reserved my ticket, just PM me - I checked them out and they get high marks - no need to have any ticket shipped, they will deliver to a hotel or you can simply pick it up at their office in Bangkok.

5. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 7y

The booking fee charged by the agency recommended on that seat61 site is 300 baht which is only six pounds, but I suppose that's quite expensive by Thai standards.

But for anyone booking 15 days in advance then there's no need to go through an agency. You can book a ticket yourself by e-mail and then just pick it up at the train station in person. The e-mail address for the Thai State Railway is on that seat61 website.

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 7y

Quoting wawa83

One of my friend is going to Thailand next month she want to travel to North of Thailand by train I suggest her to book the train ticket and book hotel with -snip- which I was satisfied with them services last time She then contact them they send her the price plus post shipping fee as they will send the ticket to her home so she will has ticket and have nothing to worry if she goes and buy there and have no ticket as it's peak season or better to go and buy when she is there???

This post is spam! The same line shows up on several other travel forums.

7. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4833 posts) 7y

Quoting karazyal

This post is spam! The same line shows up on several other travel forums.

We realize. That's why the name of the spamming travel agency in question was removed from the post, leaving a question to which the answers might be helpful to other travellers which have similar (but legitimate!) questions in the future.
Also, in and of itself, asking the same question on multiple travel forums isn't spam; people in different places might give different answers.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 2, 2009, at 2:43 AM by Sander ]