I always end up here: a bus from Malaysia to Hat Yai, and then to the train station, where i buy my ticket to Bangkok. Train departure is scheduled at 6PM, so i always have the time to walk to the city, grab a meal and a couple of drinks, waiting for the train to leave.
Compared to Bangkok train station, this one is a tiny colourful one, full of charachter and easy to deal with.
Thai people use to sit along the railtracks waiting for the next train and getting shelter from the hot afternoon sun.
I normally get back to the station an hour before departure and sit down on the fresh marble floor. It’s easy to mingle with the locals: just grab a cold drink and rest like this guy is doing.
After a night of semi-sleep, as the train is very bumpy, i managed to get to Bangkok at 2PM, with “only” 4 hours delay. heavy rains kept me company since we left Hat Yai, and it was a pleasure to enjoy the cool monsoon breeze from the open windows of the restaurant coach.
But at least i had some time to work at new material that i really want to record as soon as possible…!
Once in Bangkok, nothing easier and safer than jump on a cab, and ask the driver to take me to Thanon Tanao. The ride is quick and cheap, unlike the most favourite backpackers way of transport, the tuk tuk, who always overcharge tourists, and probably Thais as well !
I always stay in the same guesthouse now. It’s simple, cheap and very clean….just what you need after 2 days on the road…!