New SRT Royal Blossom train to boost Kanchanaburi tourism

Photo courtesy of KhaoSod

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) is set to launch the new SRT Royal Blossom tourist train, refurbished by Thai craftsmen, on the Kanchanaburi route by mid-August. The announcement came from Akranun Kannakitinan, a Kanchanaburi MP from the Pheu Thai Party.

Akranun revealed that the refurbished train, featuring air-conditioned Hamanasu carriages from Japan, will soon commence operations. The train has been repainted in a striking red with gold accents, and it proudly bears the SRT Royal Blossom logo alongside a depiction of the cassia fistula flower. The logo is set against a clock face with Roman numerals, with the hands pointing to 13 (XIII).

Akranun further explained that the service is expected to begin around mid-August. The train will operate as a weekend and public holiday tourist service, with its inaugural route running from Kanchanaburi to the Sai Yok Noi Waterfall. This day-trip route aims to promote tourism, stimulate the local economy, and create jobs and income for nearby communities.

“The train’s renovation showcases the skill and craftsmanship of Thai workers.”

Akranun emphasised that the service will offer affordable and value-for-money travel options, with package details currently under discussion.

The introduction of the SRT Royal Blossom train represents a significant effort to boost local tourism and economic activity in the Kanchanaburi region. The use of Japanese carriages, combined with Thai craftsmanship, highlights a unique collaboration that brings together international quality and local expertise.

With the train’s launch slated for mid-August, anticipation is building among locals and tourists. The initiative is part of a broader strategy to enhance the tourism infrastructure in Thailand, offering new and exciting travel experiences while supporting local economies.

Expectations are high that this new service will attract domestic and international tourists, contributing to the revival of the tourism industry post-pandemic. The focus on affordability and value ensures that the service is accessible to different types of travellers, further enhancing its potential impact.

As the launch date approaches, further announcements and promotional activities are expected, providing more details on the travel packages and the unique experiences that the SRT Royal Blossom train will offer, reported KhaoSod.

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Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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