I tried ther State Railway of Thailand website but they allow for online purchase. Can anybody suggest what is th next best thing I can do if I still want to buy online and have the tickets sent to me in Singapore? I plan to travel in Jan 2011 on 2nd class sleeping berth.
#1 starfish69 has been a member since 7/9/2010. Posts: 1
Yes the State Railway online booking facility is out of service indefinitely
Effective 1 September 2010, http://www.thairailwayticket.com will be tempolarily out of services.
Seat61 linked above has acknowledged this and offers a couple other methods.
How long will you be in Bangkok? I have purchased train tickets in Bangkok for Hat Yai one day and left the next day. This was the regular seats not the sleeper car though. It was a long ride but not as bad as I thought it would be. In a pinch, if you are in Bangkok for a while you might be able to buy your tickets in person. When I got those tickets it was when the airports were closed down in Thailand by the Yellow Shirts and I had to fly back to my home country for something I couldn't postpone. (My airline changed my ticket to leave from Singapore instead of BKK at no charge.)
On this same train trip from the Butterworth/Penang Train Station I purchased first class seats from there to Singapore at night and left the following morning.
Since you are in Singapore why not take a little trip over to the train station and see if it is possible to purchase tickets through them for the Bangkok to Hat Yai run.