Would you advise friends to avoid rail travel in Thailand?

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Would you advise friends to avoid rail travel in Thailand?

Would you advise friends to avoid rail travel in Thailand?

  • Start date:Aug 6, 2013
  • End date:Aug 7, 2013
  • Voters: 3,254 times
  • Yes
    33.2%
  • No
    53.3%
  • I don't know
    13.5%

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  • Discussion 12 : 07 Aug 2013 at 20.1012

    D#9 Spot on. Problem is that is in all Asian countries, with exception to Japan, the idea of 'Preventive Maintenance' is something that does not exist. If something is not broken it does not require maintenance when it is broken it requires maintenance. This is the Asian school of thought. Disagree? look all around you.

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    Discussion 11 : 07 Aug 2013 at 19.4711

    I would recommend a normal speed complete system that reached the whole country but discourage the present system because its dirty and unsafe .High speed is too expensive and also would be dangerous in my opinion .

  • Discussion 10 : 07 Aug 2013 at 13.1710

    Khun abbub, is Bangkok not real Thailand? Sure the north and east are different from Bangkok like the south is again different. But I think it unfair to call one of these areas the real Thailand compared with the rest. Different areas are just different, like in any other country. Even the tourist areas are real Thailand. Also in these areas you will find genuine nice people and you will find others who just want to rip you off. It’s all real Thailand.

  • Discussion 9 : 07 Aug 2013 at 11.049

    Point is lessons are not being learned. Two derailment accidents ago on the Chiangmai stretch, repairs were done and SRT claimed the rails are "safe". They weren’t! Another derailment occurred 1 month later. How hard is it to hire some eagle-eyed 'rail-checkers' to visually check the tracks while sitting in front on a slow moving engine used specifically for that purpose? Find things broken, repair them. This is called “preventative maintenance” as opposed to “reactive” currently in use.

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    Discussion 8 : 07 Aug 2013 at 09.468

    No. i would advice people to come to travel and see the REAL Thailand, encouraging them to visit Isan and the north in particular. To take many photographs and videos; speak with the people, and; bring back a different view from the official travel brochures.

  • Discussion 7 : 07 Aug 2013 at 08.507

    So how many bus travellers have been killed in recent years in comparison with those killed on trains?

  • Discussion 6 : 07 Aug 2013 at 07.546

    Rail travel in Thailand is not a journey it's an adventure. At the very least and most certain you will miss your timing and flight if you have to connect. The best part is when you go to toilet. If inconvenience is your middle name please take Thai train.

  • Discussion 5 : 07 Aug 2013 at 06.015

    @isurrender #4, you write: “There has been a couple of incidents recently and this is bound to wake the "knee jerkers" up from their snoozes.”
    There were many incidents over many years. I don’t know who you think is bound to wake up but apparently people who are in a position to solve these problems didn’t wake up yet. Or maybe they are awake but they just don’t care because they only travel with limousines and planes.

  • Discussion 4 : 06 Aug 2013 at 22.314

    Why not. I use the trains and find them quite safe as opposed to the busses. Of course airline travel has to be the safest, but one does not get to see much, so speed is the only advantage apart from safety. I love train travel in Thailand even if it is a bit unreliable and tell my friends and family this.
    There has been a couple of incidents recently and this is bound to wake the "knee jerkers" up from their snoozes.

  • Discussion 3 : 06 Aug 2013 at 17.343

    The way things are today, I advise my friends not to travel to Thailand at all...

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