Bangkok - Thai railway authorities were preparing to re-open a route where a luxury train derailed and injured two tourists, an official said on Monday.

The six carriages were being moved away from the track to clear the way for regular rail services to resume later in the day, said the official, who asked not to be named.

The accident occurred on Sunday in central Thailand as the Eastern & Oriental Express train was en route to Bangkok from Singapore.

Two Japanese women suffered minor injuries and were treated in hospital.

The Eastern & Oriental Express is a luxury train service that travels between Vientiane, Laos and Singapore, through Thailand.

Ticket prices range from $2 000 to $9 000. - Sapa-dpa