Hundreds of passengers quietly hang around Bangkok's Hua Lamphong station. Some have waited for so long that they decide to sit on the floor because all the benches are occupied. Maids take a break and enjoy chatting in a quiet corner, out of their supervisor's sight.
The free train to Hua Hin leaves Bangkok at 9.20am every day. On the way, food vendors sell various items such as grilled beef and sticky rice, noodles and desserts.
I recheck the timetable displayed on the gigantic LCD monitors. Train number 261, from Bangkok to Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan will depart in five minutes. However, it is not on the platform yet. More and more passengers gather on the empty space.
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