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Fork this: Thai train food is surprisingly good

Thai train food is never going to be awarded a Michelin star.

However this fork rode two overnight trains last month, and the food and service was better both trips.

First thing you notice is that staff (besides wearing floral tropical shirts) take orders before the train departs.

I sorted out the eats and was sipping a frosty beverage before we pulled out of Bangkok’s Hualamphong Station. Impressive.

The SRT also offers its passengers a choice of two meal times one hour apart. I choose the early 6pm feed and it worked out well, allowing for after dinner beers before porters made the beds.

While I waited for train food, I also bought Kra Pow Gai (chicken chili Thai basil) from vendors getting on the between stops.

In the end the Thai train food was tastier and better value. Before I thought that on-board meals were inedible.

One set dinner, another a-la-cart Kra Pow Gai (yes I ate it twice) and three large Leo beers came to 633 baht (US$ 21). It was kind of like eating Thai food in London, yet because I was ridding the rails made it much tastier.

The Thai train clientele is quickly changing. There were a lot more young families, all booking cheap upper bunks then finding out they couldn’t sit together, and next generation fully independent mainland Chinese travellers (FITS).

The Chinese really got stuck into Thai train food.

Oh, the egg and toast breakfast at 04:00 is still pre-cooked, cold, rubbery and washed down with Nescafe. I will not make that mistake again.

Two forks just because it could be so much better. Let us know if you ever finished the egg and toast breakfast.

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Thai train food is edible if you eat early and keep it simple. The Bangkok to Surat Thani train remains popular with travellers to Koh Samui, and chowing down while riding the rails is always fun.

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  1. It’s a blast riding through the Thai nightscape while sitting in the restaurant car beside the open window. Pity they only have Leo beer, one of the worst beers ever. I love Thai overnight trains. They haven’t evolved since the 1980s, probably earlier. Butterworth memories.

  2. SG – its still a blast except the restaurant cars are all air-con now (least ones I rode). Really wanted a non-air second class sleeper for the rainy season ride. STR offers other beers besides Leo – now it’s just the beer of choice for those of use who fork on a budget.

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