The BTS Sukhumvit Line Kasetsart University Extension is the second phase of the overall northern Mo Chit to Khu Khot extension opened on 4 December 2019, with the first 1-station Ha Yaek Lat Phrao extension sped up and opened earlier on 9 August 2019 to relieve some traffic heading down to Mo Chit in the short term. Heading back, I caught the BTS Sukhumvit Line back down again to head to my next exploration destination.
N13 Kasetsart University BTS Station
Heading back up to Kasetsart University BTS Station after checking out the northbound bus stop.
Heading into the ticket concourse.
Picking up a free single trip ticket from the ticket vending machine rather than fumbling with my wallet for my Rabbit Card.
There is currently free travel on this new BTS Sukhumvit Line Mo Chit – Kasetsart University Extension till further notice.
There was a departing train as I got up to the platform, but I decided to wait for the next train to trainspot a little first.
My next train was already in the turnback siding.
Heading out of the turnback siding once the platform was cleared.
Entering Kasetsart University BTS Station.
Trains in both bounds arrived at Kasetsart University BTS Station simultaneously, speeding up turnaround times at the turnback siding.
The interior of the BTS Siemens Inspiro (EMU-A2).
The standing area/photography-out-of-the-window area of the BTS Siemens Inspiro (EMU-A2).
The new dynamic route map display showing that the train terminates at Kasetsart University.
The full route map appears when changing the direction of travel.
The full route map does not feature Khu Khot yet, which is great, which means BTS is hard at work providing different versions of maps as the lines open.
Departing from Kasetsart University to Sena Nikhom.
Heading on to Sena Nikhom BTS Station.
N12 Sena Nikhom BTS Station
Making a brief stop at Sena Nikhom BTS Station.
Heading on to Ratchayothin BTS Station.
N11 Ratchayothin BTS Station
Making a brief stop at Ratchayothin BTS Station.
Passing by Elephant Tower. I believe the facade of Elephant Tower is self-explanatory.
N10 Phahon Yothin 24 BTS Station
Making a brief stop at Phahon Yothin 24 BTS Station.
Passing by a decorative Gothic-style castle in MSL Motorsports Land.
Passing by Tesco Lotus Ladprao.
Arriving in Ha Yaek Lat Phrao BTS Station.
N9 Ha Yaek Lat Phrao BTS Station
Arrived at Ha Yaek Lat Phrao BTS Station.
Making a brief stop at Ha Yaek Lat Phrao BTS Station. The stop took longer here, not sure if it’s due to timetabling between the existing BTS Sukhumvit Line and Kasetsart University Extension, or there was a train ahead being inserted at Mo Chit from Mo Chit Depot.
The view of Union Mall out of the train at Ha Yaek Lat Phrao BTS Station.
Departing from Ha Yaek Lat Phrao BTS Station.
Passing over the Lat Phrao intersection.
Ah, this might be it – an inbound off service train from Mo Chit to the siding after Mo Chit Depot where it heads back.
The spur line to Mo Chit Depot.
The view of Mo Chit Depot from the main line.
Arriving at Mo Chit BTS Station.
N8 Mo Chit BTS Station
There is some construction going on at Mo Chit BTS Station to add in more escalators and staircases as the side platforms still follow the old one-way arrival and departure flow for passengers, resulting in a congested platform and the need to walk a big round to get to a set of staircases.
My train will continue on to Kheha on a full BTS Sukhumvit Line service.
Heading down the staircase at the end of the platform. This was originally used for departing passengers only as Mo Chit was the terminus for On Nut-bound trains.
Heading out of the ticket gates.
Insert the single trip ticket to exit.
Taking the exit to Chatuchak Market and the Chatuchak Park MRT Station.
It’s a short interchange to the MRT Blue Line here as compared with Ha Yaek Lat Phrao, hence my choice of alighting here.
The end of the BTS staircase exit is just before the MRT entrance.
The entrance facade of Chatuchak Park MRT Station Exit 1.
Guess where I’m heading to explore next.
Here, I got on the MRT Blue Line train to Tao Poon to start exploring the second phase of my reason to come to Bangkok.