The Bangkok – Hua Hin high-speed railway is a proposed railway that would run on a standard gauge track at up to 250 kilometres per hour. The current railway is a meter gauge line that takes from 4 to 5 hours to travel the 229.8 km from Bangkok Hualamphong to Hua Hin.
This is being proposed in addition to the double-tracking project which will upgrade the current single-track meter gauge railway. If the Bangkok – Hua Hin High-Speed Railway is approved then there would be two separate railway lines from Bangkok to Hua Hin. This duplication of resources is also happening from Bangkok to Nong Khai with the high-speed line and double-tracking of the Northeast Line.
The Bangkok – Hua Hin high-speed railway has also been included as part of a Bangkok-Surat Thani high-speed proposal, which would logically form part of the long-term vision of a Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur high-speed railway.
The most recent news is for a feasibility study to be completed by August 2022.
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Department of Rail Transport resurrects plans for a high speed train to Hua Hin – [09/08/21]
“The feasibility study into a high speed train to Hua Hin is expected to be completed by August 2022, where it will be presented to Cabinet for approval.”
Hua Hin high-speed train hopes derailed – [02/11/19]
“The Bangkok-Surat Thani project would have included a stop at Hua Hin. The government now doubts the project’s economic viability, due to high investment costs on the 600km route. This may not attract investors from the private sector. Negotiations with Japan to co-invest in the northern route project have not been successful.”
Hua Hin high-speed rail put on fast track – [31/08/16]
SRT proposes seven rail projects – [18/03/16]
“For two high-speed trains from Bangkok-Hua Hin (211km) worth 94.6 billion baht and Bangkok-Pattaya-Rayong (193.5km), Mr Wutthichart said the projects will be constructed under Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).”
Govt to finalise 2 high-speed rail projects in June-July – [20/05/15]
“The plans for the two lines – Bangkok-Hua Hin (Bt90 billion) and Bangkok-Pattaya (Bt100 billion) – would be submitted to the Cabinet for approval.”
PM woos private sector to build high-speed trains – [13/02/15]
“Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has invited the private sector to build short-distance, high-speed trains to attractive sites near Bangkok in order to facilitate tourism.”
Junta expected to kill high-speed rail projects – [11/06/14]
“The project would have seen four high-speed rail lines connecting Bangkok north to Laos and Myanar, east toward Rayong and the nation’s ports, and west to Hua Hin for eventual linkage through the south.”
Hua Hin station not in rail plans – [21/02/13]
“Thailand’s most beautiful train station will not be disturbed by a project to bring high-speed train services to this resort town in Prachuab Khiri Khan province.”
Thailand revises high-speed rail plan, Laos link shelved – [23/08/11]
“The rail plan announced by Yingluck features three separate lines each from Bangkok, out to Nakhon Ratchasima, Chiang Mai (700 km north) and the beach town of Hua Hin (200 km south).”