Due to a post-monsoon surge in water levels, Thailand’s “Floating Train,” which offers passengers breathtaking lake vistas, has been drawing a lot of tourists this year. Tickets for the voyage have reportedly been selling out quickly, per the news agency Reuters. The train departs from Bangkok’s capital for the all-day journey, which brings passengers to a bridge over Thailand’s largest earth-filled dam, the Pasak Jolasid Dam, in the province of Lopburi. According to Reuters, the train only runs on the weekends between November and February and all available seats have been taken. Six hours after leaving Bangkok, on an elevated track barely above the water level, the train travels over the Pasak Jolasid dam, which officials said has been abnormally high this year.
Before moving on to the next stop, it stops at the dam station’s overlook for 20 minutes so that passengers can take pictures and enjoy the scenery. Among the 600 people that rode the route on Sunday, Bunyanuch Pahuyut said to Reuters, “I’ve never seen anything like this before.” The weekend train service is anticipated to enhance domestic tourism, which has been adversely affected by COVID-19. The Nation Thailand reports that the train will run every weekend except from December 31 and January 1. It costs THB330 (Rs 725) for non-air-conditioned travel to the Pa Sak Jolasid Dam from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong station, and THB560 (Rs 1,230) for air-conditioned travel. This year, ticket sales started on November 1. On the official website and mobile application of State Railway Thailand, tickets can be purchased both in person at train stations and online.
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