Ancient Capitals of Thailand by Train

The three-day/two nights tour Ancient Capitals of Thailand by Train is a unique experience. The Northern Line of the network of the State Railways of Thailand is almost 100 years old. Most of the stations along this line are the original stations, many more than 100 years old. We will visit Ayutthaya and Sukhothai’s historical parks, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You don’t have to be a train travel enthusiast to enjoy the train rides.

This trip is on request.

Day 1: Bangkok – Ayutthaya

Meet our guide at 0830 at the Hualamphong Railway Station to start your railway journey. Please take enough time and take into account the traffic in Bangkok. Your guide will be waiting at an appointed place at the station. He has bought your tickets. We will travel 2nd class. This is our preferred class as it is not air-conditioned, so the windows are open. This allows you to take pictures from the train. You will travel to Ayutthaya, the former capital of the Siamese kingdom. The expected arrival time in Ayutthaya is 0948. Our driver will be waiting for us. After we have dropped your luggage at the hotel, we will start our exploration of the magnificent ruins of Ayutthaya.

We will visit Wat Sri Sanphet and Wat Sri Mongkol Bophet, after which we will have lunch in a riverside restaurant. After lunch, we will move to the pier and take a boat trip around the former capital. UNESCO inscribed Ayutthaya on its list of World Heritage Sites in 1991.

Overnight at the lovely Baan Tebpitak Elegant Ayutthaya

Day 2: Ayutthaya – Phitsanulok – Sukhothai

After breakfast, there is time to visit the fresh market of Ayutthaya: Chao Phrom. This exciting market is within walking distance of the hotel. At 0900 we will take a public transfer to the railway station. Our train departs at 0948 to Phitsanulok. We board the train for a lovely ride. We pass through Lopburi. From the train, you can see Prang Sam Yod, the best-known landmark of Lopburi. This monument probably dates back to the late 12th/early 13th century and was part of the Khmer empire. We continue through the lowlands of the Chao Phraya River basin to Nakhon Sawan, where the origin is the River of Kings. It is formed by three major tributaries: the Ping, Yom, and Nan Rivers.

The expected arrival at Phitsanulok is 1312. We will disembark from the train and meet our driver. It’s time for lunch which we will enjoy at a local restaurant. Sukhothai Historical Park is our next destination. UNESCO inscribed Sukhothai on its list of World Heritage Sites under the name “Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns.” The historical parks of Kamphaeng Phet and Sri Satchanalai are also part of this World Heritage Site. We will spend the afternoon in the historical park of Sukhothai. Our itinerary includes Wat Mahathat, Wat Sri Chum, and other highlights of this magnificent historical park.

We will spend the night at the Legendha Hotel, which is very close to the historical park.

Temple ruins
Wat Mahathat at Sukhothai. “Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Day 3: Sukhothai – Phitsanulok – Chiang Mai

After breakfast, we will continue visiting more Sukhothai Historical Park sites. We can rent bicycles but leave this to you. It is a great way to explore the park, but cycling is not for everyone. At around 1100, we will drive back to Phitsanulok to board the train to Chiang Mai. The expected departure time is 1322, so we will fill our stomachs before with a delicious lunch at a restaurant at the Yom River. We board the train at the railway station.

This afternoon you are in for a treat. We will pass through four railway tunnels. It is a very scenic ride. Before Den Chai, we will pass the Kaeng Luang rapids. We continue to Lampang through beautiful scenery. The railway station of Lampang is one of the most beautiful of North Thailand. The train will only stop here briefly; unfortunately, we can’t get off. The Lampang Railway Station features in our Classic Lampang Railway Journey.

Then the train continues to the Khuntan Mountain Range. There are six protected areas in this mountain range. We pass through the lush forests of Doi Khuntan National Park, which is spectacular. The Khun Tan tunnel is, with a length of 1362m, the longest railway tunnel in Thailand. After the tunnel, we will descend to the valley and head for the famous White Bridge at Tha Chomphu. Before we arrive in Chiang Mai, the train stops at Lamphun. From there, it is another half hour to Chiang Mai, where we will disembark at the Railway Station. The expected arrival time in Chiang Mai is 1930. Your guide will arrange a typical Chiang Mai red taxi to your hotel.

Also, look out for our Bangkok to Chiang Mai Railway Journey

White railway bridge Thailand Railway Journeys
White Railway Bridge to Khuntan


What is included

Transportation by private AC car in Ayutthaya and Sukhothai unless specified otherwise
Train tickets for 2nd class
Accommodation in double/twin
English speaking guide
Sightseeing as indicated
Three  lunches and two breakfasts
Entrance fees
Drinking water during meals

What is not included

All drinks except for drinking water during meals
Personal expenses
Other expenses that are not mentioned in the itinerary