Okay, hoping that someone can answer this for me. Sorry I have been through loads of forum postings and just got a little frustrated trying to find my answer.
We fly into Bangkok at 1.00 pm and then catch the overnight train to Chiang Mai the same day leaving around 7.00 pm. I thought it best to land at airport, then taxi (I presume as there are four of us) to Hualamphong train station to pick up our train tickets (hopefully purchased in advance on line if possible at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then have a few hours to kill. (between 1.30 & 6.00 pm). So rather than lugging backpacks & 2 children, we require SAFE STORAGE for our bags. I was reading a thread that said the station did not have Lockers?? Is this so?? Does anyone have any suggestions for us. Also, is there much to do around the station area, or should we high tail it to another location for a few hours - suggestions on fine tuning any of this MOST WELCOME!!
#1 paulascott has been a member since 22/9/2006. Posts: 20
Sorry the good ole search isn't what it should be!
Hualamphong DOES have luggage storage -- it is out the back to the right as you enter the station from the front. I'm not sure of the cost, but from memory it's less than the pain of lugging bags around for half a day ;-)
Stuff to do while you're killing time? head to Chinatown -- tis a 15 minute walk or 5 minutes in a cab -- lots to see and LOADS to eat!
Thank you so much for the information!! I'm just stoked to have found this website! (especially seen as though I had a freak accident where a wave came up to the shore, knocked me off my feet, and dislocated the knee & shin bones.) The only positive thing to come out of my 6 - 8 weeks of bedrest is the laptop & my good fortune on Travelfish!!
#3 paulascott has been a member since 22/9/2006. Posts: 20
Ouch! Sorry to hear about the knee and shin thing.
I remember seeing a sign for luggage storage directly to the left when I was at Hualamphong station last time (that is to say, across from the KFC). There are information booths staffed with English-speaking guides at the entrances, so just ask there.
Another option to luggage storage is to get a day room at a nearby hotel. That gives you both a place to put your gear and a place to clean up. I tend to go that way if I'm looking at a long travel day before an overnight train or plane trip.
Chinatown is a great suggestion on a fun place to visit that afternoon. Wat Traimit and the giant golden Buddha is near the train station in that general direction too.
Since the train station is right on the subway line, you'll also have time to visit Lumpini Park or the Silom district or even do some shopping in the Sukhumvit/Asoke area if you wish.
Have a great trip.