As several hundred thousands of people, both Thais and foreign tourists, were drawn to downtown Bangkok for countdown celebrations at Ratchaprasong to ring in New Year 2018 on Sunday night, a small group of British businessmen and their spouses chose to celebrate the event at a small railway station in Chumphon province.
The group arrived at Khlong Khanan railway station in Chumphon's Lang Suan district at 11.19pm Sunday night (Dec 31) on a special trip on board the luxurious tourist-orientated Eastern & Oriental Express train from Singapore to Bangkok.
Preparation has been arranged for the special group to celebrate the New Year countdown by the Eastern & Oriental Express Co Ltd.
Khlong Khanan train station is about 10 kilometres away from Lang Suan district in Chumphon and is far from noisy reveling, fireworks, or countdown parties. Only two trains pass the station in a day.
The classic station building as well as its tranquility has impressed this special group of British tourists to choose for stopover for the countdown event, according to a staff of the Eastern & Oriental Express.
As the tourists arrived, local people and authorities came out to give them warm welcome.
All the tourists came out of the train and joined a 30-minute countdown party held at the station platform.
A brief firework display was held as the New Year 2018 rang in and they were all wished happy new year by the local people, station staff and police.
The ticket cost on this special trip on the Eastern & Oriental Express train is about 100,000 baht a person.
One tourist on the trip said he travelled to Thailand for the New Year countdown almost every year because he loves the country and is impressed by the Thai people and its culture.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)