There are currently 3 train services a day from Bangkok to Yala and the journey normally takes about 20 hours, sometimes longer if there are delays on route.
Train Timetable from Bangkok to Yala
Click on the Bangkok – Yala link below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Bangkok - Yala ฿ 329–1,040 16h 33m – 17h
Bangkok Railway Station
Trains from Bangkok to Yala depart from Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal Station.
Yala Railway Station
Yala Train Station is located at Sateng, Mueang Yala District, Yala 95000.
About Travel to Yala
Yala is located in the far south of Thailand on the border with Malaysia. Relatively few foreign tourists come to Yala, except for visitors from Malaysia.
Safety in the Far South of Thailand
There are a number of reasons for this, first and foremost of which is the ongoing conflict with local groups opposed to being under the control of the Thai state. Foreign visitors have never been the target of terrorist attacks, however, bombs have been placed in towns and cities across the far south of Thailand, and there have been attacks on public transport, including trains.
Tourism in Yala
Despite the problems and potential risks invovled in visiting the far south of Thailand, there is a thriving tourist industry in Yala Province and plenty of interesting places to visit. Yala City is fairly large with over 60,000 permanent residents. The central point of the city is its city shrine, with surrrounding streets radiating out from this central point. Most tourists to Yala, however, choose to stay in Betong which is 130 km by road to the south of Yala City.
Places to Visit in Yala
Yala has some interesting temples and fantastic natural wonders, the most popular of which are:
- Ai Yerweng: Located near Betong Town, this hill top has a walkway from which visitors have an excellent view of the thick mist which collects in the valley below early in the morning.
- Betong Hot Spring: Located just outside Betong Town, these natural hot springs are a popular bathing spot. The minerals in the water are believed to be good for relieving musvle pain and skin ailments.
- Yala Central Mosque: Located right in the centre of Yala City, Yala Central Mosque is one the most impressive examples of Islamic architecture in Thailand.
- Wat Khuhaphimuk: Located only 8 km from Yala City Centre, this temple is believed to be over a thousand years old, and contains a cave with a very old statue of the Lord Buddha in a reclining position.
- Than To Waterfall: Located 55 km to the south of Yala City, this waterfall has a series of pools and a pictureseque forest setting.
- Bang Lang National Park: This enormous forest on the border with Malaysia is a notable destination for bird spotting enthusiasts and it is also home to the Sakai people who are indigenuous to the area and have maintained ancient traditions and a primitive way of life. The border police operate boat tours in this area.