I have read conflicting reports on the train (from Bangkok) to Kanchan... does it stop at Nakhon Pathom or not? One timetable I have says it does, but then I read another that was not so clear?!... Or is it the case that only 2 trains from Thon Buri(0745 & 1355) stop there?...
Also, the plan is to train it to NP, spend a few hours there then hop onto a train to Kanchan... is this feasible in a day?
from what i remember the souther line trains from bangkok's hualamphong station do stop in nakhon pathom. the two trains from the thonburi station to kanchanaburi and beyond definitely stop there. i imagine to be sure you could catch the early train from thon buri to nakhon pathom and pick up the afternoon train for the rest of the trip. or if that is too much time in nakhon pathom, you could always catch a bus for half of the trip and the train for the other half.
i've done this stopover before but as part of a bus trip instead of a train trip. it was quite feasible. hope that helps. cheers.
Exacto is exacto. This link is for the Southern Line, and you'll see that Nakhon Pathom is the first stop after leaving Thonburi.
You'll see from the timetable that you can definitely spend part of a day there, but you have to take the early train. You would have to stay in NP for about 5 hours and you'd get to Kanchanaburi at around 4:30.
You can always take the train there and then continue to Kanchanaburi by bus if 5 hours is too long. There are loads of buses going there about every half hour.