It’s teeming with people. The masses of humanity are here and even though you can buy a first class, or second class train ticket, the station is for all classes. It’s very squalid. Between the masses of unwashed backpackers and people sitting on the floor you aren’t thinking , “Isn’t this pleasant.”
3. It cost about 120 Baht to take a metered taxi here from the Sukumvit area. Don’t let them just try to set a price of 200 Baht. Super easy to find too.
4.You can buy snacks and food here at the same price as the rest of Bangkok. You don’t need to load up ahead of time at the 7-11 like I did.
5. The train departure times are only suggested. They are not set. They even have signs that say that. Do not use the train if you need to make connections. My train left 40 minutes after it was supposed to go, even though it was in the station.
6. They don’t announce the trains in English. At some point I heard a uniformed military guy yell something in Thai over a bullhorn. He could have been announcing train stuff. Or he could have been saying “free massages outside” either way a whole bunch of my stinky fellow passengers got up when he called it out.
The train station is definitely a different experience that must be tried out!