New coastal railway in the works for Thailand

In a big boost for travellers looking to see both sides of the Thai coast in one trip, Thailand’s tourist board have released plans to build a new railway line connecting the country’s Andaman and Gulf Coasts.

With tourism in Thailand continuing to grow year on year, this move looks set to improve the transport links for people keen to explore as much of the country as possible. Plans for a new 77km-long line were unveiled at a public hearing in Southern Thailand’s Thani Province on Friday. Currently under consideration by the Thai Office of Transport, Traffic Policy and Planning, if approved they will provide excellent new links across the country.

The new stretch of rail will start from Surat Thani on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand (on the East Coast of Thailand’s southern peninsula) and run through to Phang-Nga province on the west coast. This new stretch will then connect to the planned Phuket light rail network, giving all travellers access to popular resort areas and attractions on the Andaman Sea Coast.

Phuket and Koh Samui are two of Thailand’s most in-demand resorts. At the former, one particularly spectacular sight is the unique Phang-Nga Bay, where sheer limestone cliffs rise vertically out of the emerald green waters. Other attractions in the area include the Phuket temples, the historic Old Phuket Town and the sensational viewpoints of Promthep cape. Finally, there is Phi Phi Island, one of Thailand’s most iconic attractions which for many is love at first sight. The crystal blue water, white sand and beachfront jungle make this one of the best reasons to visit the area of Phuket.

On the other end of the railway line is Surat Thani, just south of Bangkok. This province is home to some of the most atmospheric temples in the country, and you can also travel on day trips around Tapi River delta and Ko Lamphu, home to some of Thailand’s most lush and rural landscapes, orchards and flowers.