Enjoy the winter breeze and glide by rail just above a large dam in central Thailand, starting this weekend.
The State Railway will launch train tours from the capital to a bridge over the Pasak Jolasid Dam, the country’s largest earth-filled dam, in Lopburi province. The ride, called rot fai loi nam, or floating train trip, usually runs every winter.
The schedule is this: The train will leave the Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong) at 6am and arrive at the dam around 10:35am. The highlight of the trip is a 30-minute stop midway over the dam’s reservoir, making for a great photo op.
The train will depart at around 3:30pm and return to Hua Lamphong at 6:50pm.
The weekend train operation is expected to help support domestic tourism after the COVID-19 pandemic, according to state railway spokesperson Ekkarat Sriarayanpong.
This year, the so-called floating train will run every weekend from Saturday through the end of January. The only weekend the trains will not operate is on New Year’s weekend: Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
A round-trip from Hua Lamphong station to the Pa Sak Jolasid Dam costs THB330 (non air-conditioned) or THB560 (with air-conditioned). Tickets are available for sales from today at every train station nationwide or online.