A good way to explore Thailand if you don’t have your own transport is to join a weekend train excursion. I have done this a few times and it is a great way to meet normal Thai people and to see the countryside. The latest train excursion to be offered by the State Railway of Thailand is to to Pasak Jolasid dam in Lopburi.
The weekend train excursions from Bangkok to Pasak Jolasid dam leave on the following dates:
18, 19, 25, 26 November 2017
2, 3, 9 ,10, 16, 17, 23, 24 December 2017
13, 14, 20, 21, 27 January 2018
The train leaves Bangkok Station (Hua Lamphong) at 7:10 am & returns at 6:30 pm. On the way out, there will be brief stops to pick up passengers at Samsen, Bang Sue, Bang Khen, Lak Si, Don Mueang, Rangsit, Ayutthaya, Saraburi, Kaeng Koi and Kaeng Sua Ten. You spend about five hours at the dam which is more than enough time to join a tour of the dam, eat some lunch and relax by the lake. The highlight is the long railway bridge across the lake. The train stops on this for a short time to allow you to get down and take some pictures.
The return ticket is 270 Baht. You can buy at your local station from now onwards. Please note, there are no stops this year in the sunflower fields. Call 1690 for more information.