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Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal (Bang Sue Grand Station)

Long distance trains to and from Bangkok are now using a new railway station. On 19 January 2023, services moved away from Bangkok Hua Lamphong to the Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal in the Bang Sue district of the Thai capital. Travellers heading to destinations including Chiang Mai, Udon Thani or Surat Thani will now travel from Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal. Meanwhile, the old station at Bangkok Hua Lamphong will remain operational for some routes.

What’s in a name?
The new station was originally called Bang Sue Grand Terminal. In September 2022, the Thai king bestowed a royal name on the station: Krung Thep Aphiwat (translates as “Bangkok’s prosperity”). However, as of January 2023 the original name of Bang Sue Grand Station is still writ large on the terminal building. The contract to change the signage at the station is mired in controversy. Although the…

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