Rapid 107: Bangkok Hua Lamphong to Don Mueang Airport by Train

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Rapid 107 is a daily Rapid train from Bangkok Hua Lamphong Railway Station to Den Chai on the SRT Northern Line. Heading to Don Mueang Airport at night for my flight back to Singapore, I used this train with the special fare of 20 Baht to head up to the airport, which is one of the rare cheaper ones at this departure timing as this is peak departure timing for Special Express trains which won’t entitle me to this low fare.

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The grand sight of departure from Bangkok Hua Lamphong Railway Station.

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The Bogie Third Class Carriage (BTC) that I am entitled to travel on with the special fare ticket.

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The destination sign of the Rapid 107 from Bangkok to Den Chai.

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Alstom AHK 4222 leads the Rapid 107 from Bangkok to Den Chai.

As departure time was imminent, I made my way up the first coach first before moving down the train to find a seat.

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The first coach was unnumbered and mixed in two classes. The first half of the coach was Third Class with wooden benches.

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The second half of the coach was Second Class with cushioned, reclining and rotatable seats.

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Next was a refurbished Bogie Third Class Carriage (BTC).

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Following it was an unrefurbished Bogie Third Class Carriage (BTC) which I decided to sit in.

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Departing from the grand Bangkok Hua Lamphong Railway Station.

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My ticket for the trip to Don Mueang. A ticket on the Rapid 107 from Bangkok to Don Mueang costs 20 Baht with the special fare.

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The conductor checked my ticket rather elaborately by folding it up and clipping it like this.

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The final result was a double hole in the ticket.

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Passing through Yommarat Intersection.

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Passing by the triple-tracked section by Ramathibodhi Railway Station.

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Making a brief stop at Sam Sen.

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Approaching Bang Sue Junction Railway Station.

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The facade of Bang Sue Central Station at night.

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Entering Platform 3 of Bang Sue Junction Railway Station.

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Excited kids looking out to the main platform.

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I wonder if these Third Class coaches will make its way into Bang Sue Central one day.

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Departing from Bang Sue Junction Railway Station.

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Now here’s a strange sight in Thailand – catenary frames for the electrification of railway for the SRT Red Lines project.

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Making a brief stop at Nikhom Rotphai Khomo Sip-et (KM.11).

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Passing by a traction substation after Nikhom Rotphai Khomo Sip-et (KM.11).

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Making a brief stop at Bang Khen.

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Passing by the Hopewell columns which interestingly still hasn’t been demolished despite the SRT Red Line viaducts already up.

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Making a brief stop at Lak Si.

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Heading on up to Don Mueang.

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The future Skywalk to Don Mueang SRT Dark Red Line Station from Don Mueang Airport Domestic Terminal 2.

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Arriving at Don Mueang Railway Station.

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The Rapid 107 arrived at Don Mueang right on time at 8.59pm.

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Heading to the pedestrian crossing to wait for the train to depart.

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The Rapid 107 will continue on to Den Chai, where it terminates the next morning.

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Once the Rapid 107 had departed, passengers can cross over to Platform 1 where the access to Don Mueang Airport is.

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If you need some drinks or snacks at local prices before heading in to the airport terminal, you can buy them at the station kiosk first.

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There is also a money changer called Happyrich behind Platform 1. Sounds like the popular Superrich, but it isn’t.

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The rates seem rather reasonable though, definitely better than the bank ones in the main airport terminal for sure.

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There is a ramp up to the overhead bridge to the passenger terminal, but don’t use this if you don’t have much luggage.

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Instead, find this shortcut between the containers.

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There is a staircase access up which is a lot faster than walking the ramp.

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Heading up to the pedestrian bridge by the shortcut way.

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Heading to the passenger terminal.

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If you can brave this simple walk, you will also be able to find cheap BMTA buses (all-stop) to areas around Bangkok, and taxis without the 50 Baht airport surcharge which you can flag down on the highway.

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Heading into the air-conditioned part of the overhead bridge.

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From here, I got the lift up to the departures level to check in for my Scoot TR867 flight to Singapore.

Overall, a good airport train ride from Bangkok city to Don Mueang Airport for a low fare of 20 Baht, along with a convenient shower just before I caught the train up, to freshen up before my flight back to Singapore.

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