Thailand's Floating Train Looks Like A Scene Out Of 'Spirited Away'

When water levels rise in the dam, the train looks as though it's floating across the water.

Cover image via State Railway of Thailand PR Team (Facebook)/The Bangkok Post & Studio Ghibli

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Come aboard the "floating train" in Thailand

The "floating train", also known as Rot Fai Loi Nam, is a seasonal service that takes riders from Bangkok to Pasak Jolasid Dam in Lopburi province.

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The train operates every weekend from November to January after the monsoon season, when the reservoir's water level is at its highest

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As the train crosses the brimming dam, it creates the illusion that it is gliding over the water, which is how it earned its nickname.

Pasak Jolasid is the country's longest earthen dam, an initiation by the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej to reduce downstream flooding in Bangkok.

The train is reminiscent of the Sea Railway from Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away

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One of the highlights of the ride is the 20-minute stop when the train reaches the halfway point of the Pasak Jolasid Dam. Passengers can disembark onto the tracks to take in the gorgeous landscapes and capture as many photos and videos as they please.

The train also makes a couple of stops along the way to allow passengers to enjoy the nearby tourism spots

One of the stops is Khok Salung station, where tourists can shop for local delicacies, souvenirs, and fresh produce sold by the locals.

Then, the train returns to the Pasak Jolasid Dam, where passengers can do various activities at their leisure. Whether it's getting some food from the local community shops or stretch out their legs and explore nearby shops. 

Popular activities include a visit to the Pasak Basin Museum and exploring the local sunflower fields and fern garden.

Ticket bookings for the seasonal train ride are now open

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Tickets prices range from THB330 (RM44) to THB560 (RM74), depending on whether you prefer a non-air-conditioned or air-conditioned carriage.

Check out more info on the State Railway of Thailand website.

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