Bangkok to Chiang Mai @ train, bus, flight Apr 2, 2017

54 trips (THB 1,241 — 9,207)

From Don Mueang Airport to Chiang Mai by flight

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From Suvarnabhumi Airport to Chiang Mai by flight

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How to get to Northern Thailand

What about

Nestled in a Northern basin of woodlands and mountains, the former capital of Lanna kingdom, Chiang Mai is a city with infinite charm. Gorgeous ancient wats and chedis – some of them dating back to XIII century – dot the city. Forest monasteries hide in the mountains and hills. Colourful markets bursting with OTOP products, flavoursome Northern Thai cuisine with unforgettable khao soi, welcoming and friendly locals and endless choices to live through unforgettable experiences, no matter whether you are just on a short 2 day visit or on a month-long trip. There is plenty to take in in Chiang Mai, from temples, museums, galleries and waterfalls, to quaint coffee shops, epic clothing malls and a unique night-life scene for party goers and music enthusiasts alike.

You will enjoy Chiang Mai, that is for sure.

Getting to Chiang Mai

Overland travel to Chiang Mai is easy and convenient: numerous buses link the northern capital with major provincial centres of the country. From the capital Route #1 Bangkok–Chiang Rai brings you as far as Lampang, where you switch to Route 11 Lampang–Chiang Mai, which goes all the way to your destination. The northern line of state railway of Thailand is a 751km long stretch from Hua Lamphong station in Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Depending on the means of transport you choose, the whole journey lasts anywhere between 9 and 14 hours.

From Bangkok to Chiang Mai by bus

Getting the bus to Chiang Mai from Bangkok is easy, affordable and comfortable enough to sustain you through the long journey. Chiang Mai bound buses originate from the Northern and Northeastern Bus Terminal (Mochit). With a lot of companies (e.g. Bangkok Busline, Siam FirstNew Viriya, etc.) serving the route and departures throughout the day you have plenty of options. Most buses leave after 8pm arriving early in the morning the next day. Note that in peak seasons (i.e. during Thai festivals like Songkran in April or Khao/Ok Phansa in July/October etc.) it is wise to book in advance. Prices vary depending on the level of comfort of the bus. If you can afford paying some extra baht, opt for VIP coaches with 24 seats (from 800 THB) which ensure enough space both for your legs and elbows. But even the cheapest buses from Bangkok (from 500 THB) are comfortable enough to sleep through the whole journey.

A word of comfort: Mochit Bus Terminal is enormous, but there is a lot of staff to help passengers to find their way. You will be caught right at the entrance and directed to the right platform.

From Bangkok to Chiang Mai by train

An overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is a classic Thailand experience. Tickets do sell quickly (especially lower berths), so book well in advance. The trip takes a little bit longer compared to the bus journey, roughly twelve hours, but is significantly more comfortable. The first and second class compartments are well equipped for comfort with seats that fold out into bunk beds (avoid the top bunk if you are claustrophobic). There are both fan and AC 2nd class sleepers, so check when you book. To travel like a king, buy the 1st class single sleeper which costs over 2000 THB per person but does not limit your privacy in any way. There are also 2nd class fan seats (about 600-650 THB) which are to be considered only in case there are no other options left, as with an extra 100 THB you can get a fan sleeper, but add 200 THB – and travel with an AC.

You may as well choose travelling by day as the route is filled with beauty as it takes you through mountainous regions and sprawling countryside that often seem untouched by civilization when viewed from the windows of the moving train.

Tip: There are food vendors constantly patrolling the carriages, so snacks and refreshments are never in short supply, but it is illegal to sell any alcoholic beverages on the train.

From Bangkok to Chiang Mai by private taxi

Leave for Chiang Mai directly from your hotel any time of the day. It may prove a good option for those travelling in a group of friends. A 9-seats Toyota Commuter costs THB 13,200 and takes about 9 hours to travel between the two capitals. The roads are generally smooth, there are gas stations with clean toilets and convenience stores along the way, and the scenery is great.

From Bangkok to Chiang Mai by plane

With several low cost carries selling tickets from Bangkok to Chiang Mai at as low as THB1000 and bringing you to your destination in mere 1½ hour, you may want to consider flying between the two cities instead of spending the whole night on the move travelling overland.

Thai Lion Air, an associate of the Indonesia-based Lion Air company, makes as many as 10 return flights between Bangkok and Chiang Mai daily. Airfare starts from THB1000 and up, depending on the date and the time of the day you wish to fly. The most busy periods sell well before the travel date, but normally even a couple of days prior to your desired date of travel there are deals under THB2000 to catch. 15 kg of checked-in luggage and 7 kg of cabin luggage are already included into the ticket price. The earliest flight takes off from Bangkok Don Mueang Airport at 8.55am and the last one – at 9.50pm with eight other options in between.

In Bangkok Lion Air is based in Don Mueang International Airport to the north of the capital. To get there, use airport shuttle buses (routes A1 and A2). A1 starts from Morchit bus terminal and A2 originates at the Victory Monument, calling en route to Sanam Pao, Ari, Saphan Kwai and Morchit BTS stations (THB30). The latter is also served by A1 route. Travel time depends on traffic and is from 60 to 80 minutes. There are commuter trains between Hua Lamphong train station and Don Mueang airport, too. Trains take about 50 minutes to get from the railway station to the airport and are always a secure bet. Operating time is from 4.20am till 10.25pm.

A major gateway to Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai International Airport is one of the four busiest airports in the country operating daily domestic and international flights from/to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul and more. Chiang Mai Airport is located quite close to the city centre (just about two km), which makes flying to Chiang Mai even more reasonable: you are not going to spend much time and money getting to your hotel from the airport.

Note that many hotels in the city provide free transfer from the airport but it should be ordered in advance. Otherwise you can catch a taxi, a songthaew or a tuk-tuk to get to the centre. Taking into consideration the distance, the cost of the ride may seem a bit exaggerated, but in absolute figures it is still peanuts (about THB150).

Tip: Chiang Mai Airport is also used as a hub by Kan Air, a domestic airline which serves among the others some of the most amazing destinations in the north of Thailand, including Pai and Mae Hong Son. It is worth considering flying to these towns as not every traveller is able to survive a seriously winding road from Chiang Mai to Pai and from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son.

Getting around

The majority of Chiang Mai’s attractions lie within the walls of the Old City. Bicycles are the easiest way to get around and can be rented from nearly every guesthouse. Before setting off to explore the city, check the brakes though, as the city fleet leaves much to be desired. Expect to pay from THB50 to THB100 for an ordinary bike with fixed gear.

Motorcycle: Renting a scooter or a motorcycle (well, a car would also do) is a brilliant way to get around, and there are shops peppered everywhere that hire them out. Getting around this way gives you tons of freedom to approach your holiday however you would like and go exploring; and to stay in Chiang Mai and not go exploring should be a crime. Be prepared to leave your passport as a security deposit. Normally there are no problems with getting it back on returning your vehicle to the rental shop.
Tip: Take extra caution while riding a motorcycle or a scooter to Doi Suthep, the city’s picturesque peak. The combination of the winding road and breath-taking views can play bad tricks on inexperienced riders.

Songtaews: These are big trucks with benches in the back. The red and white ones are good for trips within the city (THB20-40 per ride), and the yellow ones will take you to some of the neighbouring Northern provinces. They are generally the cheapest way to get around, but sometimes require a little bit of negotiation.

Tuk-tuks: These are more expensive that songthaews (rot daeng). Consider chartering one if you are longing for new experience; otherwise use rot daeng. Prices, noise, pollution and safety record do not make tuk-tuks a viable option for every time you want to go somewhere.

Taxis: There are plenty of taxis everywhere. If you are used to the meter taxis of Bangkok, then you should probably know that even though the cabs look the same as they do in Bangkok, none of them use meters. Do negotiate before the ride.

Where to stay

Prices on accommodation in Chiang Mai have risen in the recent years, and it is now next to impossible to find a decent option for THB300; THB1000 being a more realistic figure for a budget room in a guesthouse within the walls. If you choose any of them, you have a convenience of being in the middle of the action close to many attractions; but there are other good options, too. You can look for some pleasant budget accommodation just east of the Old City in Thanon Tha Phae, close to the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. Thanon Nimmanhaemin with all its bars and restaurants is easily accessible from the western part of the Old City. Lodgings outside the city cater for the city veterans or those looking for relaxed countryside feel and are a great choice if your have your own wheels.

Activities

It is a good idea to try something different while you are in Chiang Mai. You will for sure visit a fair amount of temples, do some hiking and trekking, or even white-water rafting or rock climbing. Add a zest to your stay by enrolling to a massage class and learning the basics of the Thai massage; doing some volunteering in any of the elephant camps (ask in Elephant Nature Park, to begin with); seeing how those bright colourful Chiang Mai parasols are being produced; and cruising Thanon Ratchadamnoen on Sunday evening when it becomes an epicentre of local commerce, culture, cuisine and people-watching.

Tip: Chiang Mai is famous for its colourful festivals. Try to schedule your visit to see and participate in some of them if you can. During the first weekend of February the Flower Festival is held, and the city resembles a great blossoming garden. It is all wet for Songkran, which falls on April, 12–14, with revellers pouring water to each other (and passers-by) along the city moat. Loi Krathong, one of the most beautiful Thai festivals, is called Yi Peng in Chiang Mai. Thousands of illuminated lanterns float in the night skies over the city creating an unforgettable picture.

Getting to Chiang Mai by car

If you have a car there are two routes to get to Chiang Mai from Bangkok. The quicker and shorter one is to go to Nakhon Sawan, then turn left before you get into the city to highway number 1. You will pass Khamphaeng Phet, Tak and Lampang. If you love pizza stop in Lampang and go to the Riverside restaurant there. Better don't visit the elephant park between Lamphang and Chiang Mai for riding on the gray giants, there are better places to get in touch with elephants. After a total distance of about 700 kilometer you will arrive in Chiang Mai.

The second route is slightly longer, but rewards you with smaller roads through big forests. Drive up to Nakhon Sawan, then take the highway to Phitsanulok (117). Continue on highway 11 and you will reach Lampang and then Chiang Mai. In Phisanulok you have two more alternatives. If you turn right towards Phetchaboon you will pass the 'Switzerland of Thailand', a nice area with very relaxing resorts. In Phetchaboon you can visit Khao Koh, the mountain that has one place where your car will slowly roll up the hill. You stop, you turn off the engine and in neutral gear your car will slowly start rolling up the hill.

If you turn left you can visit the city of Sukhothai with its historical park. Rent a bicycle at the park entrance and enjoy the atmosphere of the well preserved 700 year old temple ruins.

If you decide to go by bus it will take you about 10 hours, the train will take about 14 hours. Traveling such long distances over night will safe you the costs for one night in a hotel. There are many airlines that fly to Chiang Mai, but you would miss a beautiful trip that way. We recommend to take the plane back, especially when you are heading down south towards the islands.

Chiang Mai

.. is a city that offers so many attractions that you will hardly be able to see all, even if you stay there several months. What we will try to inform you about are the things that you might not find in your guide book. But let's start with the common things first. People say you need to do three things in Chiang Mai: eat Khao Soi, a delicious rice noodle dish with many ingredients, visit Boo Sang where the colorful umbrellas are handmade from paper and visit the temple on the mountain, Wat Doi Suthep. On weekdays there are not so many people there. If the sun shines you can make beautiful pictures of the golden chedi. If you take one of the red songtaew taxis please keep in mind that the way down is a bit more expensive then the way up.

Khao Soi is made from rice noodles in a thin yellow curry, quite similar to the Massaman style. It is a soup-like specialty and mixed with deep-fried crispy noodles and boiled egg noodles. Usually on the side you will get shallots, banana, lime and pickled cabbage. Don't take the oil-fried ground chilies if you can't stand the extreme spicy taste. Coconut milk is used to soften the taste and make it less spicy. You can often order Khao Soi with chicken or beef, sometimes also the veggie version.

Then there is Boo Sang, a village near San Pathong where they produce the paper umbrellas / parasols and paint them since over 200 years. It is a very interesting process and at the umbrella factory on the right side, close to the junction, you can follow every step of the production. The Sa paper is made from the bark of the mulberry tree. There they would also paint wonderful motives on the cover of your mobile phone or on your clothes. If you have a bag, t-shirt or shorts you want to make unique - bring them and you do not have to buy something there. The village of Baan Tawai near Hang Dong is very similar to Boo Sang, with loads of souvenirs and wooden furniture. It is cheaper than the night bazaar in the city, but Boo Sang we like better.

The Chinese-style Wororot Market can be found near the Narawat Bridge over the River Ping. On Sundays there is a big street market inside the old city, starting from 7 p.m. until midnight. On Saturdays there is the walking street market (called Thanon Khon Doen) on Wualai Road. The night bazaar opens every day in the early afternoon and closes at night. A lot of different things are sold there, but you need to negotiate prizes. Do not expect the Louis-Vuitton Handbags or Versace jeans to be original. Many shops sell the same things, so you can ask for a price and then move on and ask another shop. There is a Chinese Money Changer shop about 50 meter from Tha Phae road coming on the right side of the night bazaar street which usually has the best exchange rates in town. If you reach the end of the night bazaar, cross the junction at Phantip Plaza and continue for another 300 meter. Behind the big hotel on the left side you will see the 3D street art museum 'Art in Paradise'. Bring your camera, because you can step into the 300+ paintings on the ground, walls and ceiling and get some really nice or funny pictures.

Fruitmarket
Fruitmarket
Rice of different colors
Rice of different colors
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Smoothies

If you love animals and you would like to do something good, please visit Care For Dogs in Chiang Mai (Hang Dong District) or the Elephant Nature Park in Mae Taeng. The park is not cheap, but you will be rewarded seeing smiling elephants without hooks, chains or fences. They could easily run away, but they love to stay there. In the afternoon you might be able to go swimming in the river with the gray giants and brush their back with a big broom. The park offers day trips or you can stay and volunteer for a while. Something you will never forget. A bit further down behind the park on the same small road some shops offer white-water and bamboo rafting. While bamboo rafting is very slow and relaxed (one could say it's boring), the white-water is a bit more challenging. It is not really that white unless you come after there were heavy rainfalls in the mountains.

If you like to go swimming please Google 'Grand Canyon Chiang Mai'. This is a hidden gem in the north and not many people know about it. Clear and clean water, almost nobody there during the weekdays when the sun is out (Thais don't like to get tanned). Be careful and don't jump from the walls into the water. A recently opened coffee shop can be found at the entrance.

If you can drive a scooter or want to rent a car this loop is very nice: CM - Hang Dong - Samoeng - Mae Rim - CM
It takes about 3 hours and there is almost no traffic on weekdays. You will pass stunning view points, you can discover a hidden cave (which is a bit difficult to find), a very nice big coffee shop 20 km before Samoeng, strawberry fields in Samoeng and then there are many activities like bungee jumping, shooting ranges, ATV and buggy rentals, go-carriage, paint-ball and some parks, restaurants etc. near Mae Rim. With a scooter or car you can also go up the mountain and explore Wat Doi Suthep on your own. Please always wear a helmet, drive carefully and do not drink alcohol and drive!

Let's talk food...

Some people say there are more pubs and restaurants than people living in Chiang Mai. We would like to recommend a few special places that we enjoyed.

Inside the old city is a vegetarian restaurant called Taste from Heaven, the best vegetarian restaurant in the north. They have a Facebook page with their address and a map. The owner speaks good English and can help you with organizing of some trips, for example the 'Flight of the Gibbon' zipline adventure or a visit to the elephant park. You won't get ripped off here. They also do very good cooking classes.

Yummi Pizza Restaurant
Yummi Pizza Restaurant

The biggest pizza is served at The Dukes, where you can also find fantastic spare ribs. Huge portions, no need for a starter. It is on the other side of the river, between Narawat bridge and the old iron bridge. Another branch is at the night bazaar road, next to McD.

The most beautiful food is served in the Mix Bar and Restaurant at the end of Nimman Hemmin Soi 1.

At the corner of Soi 6 (opposite Tesco Express) you can find a small shop called Smoothie Blues, where you can have the best breakfast in town. Don't try their mango 'smoothie blues' - you might get addicted to it.
In the small soi between Nimman Hemmin Soi 11 and 13 is Sumo Sushi. Japanese food Thai-style, not expensive. A few meters away is the beer factory with a huge selection of imported beers and a bit further down the street to Soi 9 is a Japanese Yakiniku Grill. The grill is build-in to the table and you prepare your food yourself.

A place you should not miss is Yummy Pizza on Canal Road. It is a bit outside, but offers very tasty food and sometimes really good life music. The owner of the restaurant is your contact person for everything about Muay Thai boxing.

The former 'Rainforest Restaurant' Khao-Mao Khao-Fang is on road 3044. It is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Chiang Mai. Better sit near the lake, because the waterfall on the other side is quite noisy after a while. They also serve food inside the air-conditioned coffee shop.

Temples in Chiang Mai

Beside Wat Doi Suthep on the mountain there are many many other temples in Chiang Mai. There is Wat Phra Sing inside the old city, there is Wat U-Mong with its caves and a huge fish pond near Chiang Mai University. Another nice temple is Wat Doi Kham near the night safari. Not many tourist know this place. From here you have a very nice view over the city (on a clear day).

Shopping in Chiang Mai

Central Festival is a huge new shopping mall on the superhighway. The Robinson Airport Plaza is also nice and easier to reach. Maya is usually crowded with students from the nearby university.
If you plan to stay longer in the city you better rent a place than staying in hotels or guest-houses. Air-conditioned studios can be found for a monthly rental price of about 100 Euro, but condominiums inside the city or in the Nimman Hemmin area are much much more expensive. You will be much better off by renting a house in one of the housing estates (which usually come with security, pool, gym, clubhouse etc.), as houses are cheaper in rent than apartments.

Attention: the Zoo and the Night Safari are charging double entrance fees to tourists. We recommend not to support such behavior and avoid places like this.

Most of the city is mapped on Google Streetview, so you can explore some areas already on your PC.

If you have time you might also want to visit Chiang Rai. Chiang Rai has two very nice temples. Wat Rong Khun, the white temple and Baan Dam, the black house. Both are worth visiting, but it will take you 4 hours by car to get there. If you plan to stay one night in Chiang Rai: the Le Meridien Hotel in CR has a wonderful Sunday brunch.

Wat Rong Khun, Entrance
Wat Rong Khun, Entrance
Wat Rong Khun, White Temple
Wat Rong Khun, White Temple

Passenger reviews out of total 80,886 passengers traveled with us on this route

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that though we are closely monitoring services, we are still an agency marketplace - meaning we focus on ticketing service and route availability / coverage rather than on factual seat recline angle you got today ^_^

★★★☆☆ Mar 28, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper Deluxe, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Mar 28, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Service by 12go was fantastic! Smooth, quick, reliable!
★★★★★ Mar 28, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
I took the night train #10 and it was really confortable :)
★★★★★ Mar 28, 2017 (train #9 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Mar 28, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Mar 28, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
It was good, comfy seats. However it was advitsed to have wifi yet it didn't. The log in didn't work and the instructions were just in Thai.
★★★★☆ Mar 27, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Lion Air)
★★★★★ Mar 27, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Mar 27, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★☆ Mar 27, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Service impeccable. J'ai pu dormir correctement :) En revanche, la clim au beau milieu de la nuit tourne à plein régime: prévoir le nécessaire pour éviter de congeler. Le reste tout était top par rapport au prix proposé.
★★★★★ Mar 27, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Train ride was good, first class room outstanding. Recommend bring sweater or heavy shirt, aircon works almost too good. Even with vents closed still cold. Food in dining car sub par to what used to be accr9ding to locals. Food was fi.ling and cheap. Station well organized, trains ready to board more than hour prior to departure. Overall good experience.
★★★★★ Mar 26, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Excellent!
★★★★★ Mar 26, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Excellent!!
★★★★☆ Mar 26, 2017 (train #109 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
I bought a ticket that never was given to me
★★★☆☆ Mar 26, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★★ Mar 25, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Smile) :
Check in was quick and staff very friendly. I was very satisfied with the service.
★★★★★ Mar 25, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Company service was excellent, we were running late and worried we would miss our train but picked up tickets and even got a small refund from not having two lower bunks! Train was fine, even has power points. Wish they turned lights off though so bring a mask! But overall, amazing service for the money, really happy
★★★★☆ Mar 24, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great trip. Very clean and nice beds.
★★★★★ Mar 24, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very helpful and easy to work with,
★★★★★ Mar 24, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Really easy to organise, very happy with service - all arranged from UK via internet. Very happy to recommend to others. Any requests made - happened.
★★★★★ Mar 24, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Mar 24, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Trip was fine. Bedding was clean. Definitely pick lower birth as they don't turn the lights off over night and they shine right into the upper birth cabin. Very hard to sleep like that. Other then that everything was great
★★★★★ Mar 24, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
everything went well! very comfy and a great way to travel!
★★☆☆☆ Mar 23, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Mar 23, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Mar 22, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai AirAsia) :
This flight left on time and boarding was smooth and quick. Bangkok to Chiangmai was so fast I didn't even get to finish the chapter of my book. Thank you 12GoAsia for such an easy booking and travel experience.
★★★★★ Mar 22, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Easiest way to book a train in Thailand, save yourself the hassle and use this great service! Highly recommended!
★★★★☆ Mar 22, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The tourney was great but I just realized that I paid 500 thb booking fee for two tickets to chiang Mai ...this is unbelievably and way to much ...next time I will book the tickets myself at the train station...never again !!!
★★★★★ Mar 22, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Night train, second class, AC and sleeping car. Very comfortable traveling. Nothing more is not needed to go to Chiang Mai.
★★★★☆ Mar 22, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Easy pick up of tickets. The train was one of the older ones but was ok
★★★★★ Mar 22, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Mar 22, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Perfect!!
★★★★☆ Mar 22, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Excelent trip!!
★★★★★ Mar 22, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
12GO Asia is a great help in securing our train tickets to Chiang Mai. Staff are so great and kind... Thanks 12GO Asia for making our trip more easier...
★★★★☆ Mar 21, 2017 (bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK))
★★★★★ Mar 21, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Service was excellent lovely trip did manage to get a little sleep . Watching the sun come up and the lovely scenery was out this world .
★★★★☆ Mar 21, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Nice, convenient,cheap and clean
★★★★☆ Mar 21, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Muy bien el viaje sólo que es molesta la luz encendida toda la noche en las literas superiores. Quizás un sándwich por la mañana no vendría mal que esté incluido en el viaje. Y mejor aún si las oficinas para retirar loa tickets quedasen en las inmediaciones de la estación.
★★★★☆ Mar 21, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Mar 21, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Mar 21, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Ticket purchase was easy to do online , and easy to pick up. Train service was cheap but really uncomfortable to sleep on. They left the lights on all night and it was impossible to sleep. Food in dining car was way below average at best. Train however was spotlessly clean and bedding was fresh and crisp.
★★★★★ Mar 21, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very clean and well maintained, Staff are friendly,
★★★★★ Mar 20, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Cheap price
★★★★☆ Mar 20, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Too cold and there could be a dinning room All the othets items OK. Punctual snd the beds comfortable
★★★★☆ Mar 20, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Mar 20, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Mar 20, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★☆ Mar 20, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
Comfortable seats. Bit chilly through Aircon but blankets and neck pillow are provided. Very decent service
★★★★★ Mar 20, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★★ Mar 19, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Every thinks was ok, I will do it again. Jørgen Darling Sørensen
★★★★☆ Mar 19, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Our A/C was very cold as well. Luckily, we had brought a small blanket. The food on the train was all instant and no vegetarian so bring your own food, they have a few restaurants at the station before you leave where you can grab some on the go. We were provided towels on the train from Bangkok but none on the way back, but we used our own. They give you a complimentary bottle of water. The cabin was clean and we had privacy which helped us get some some sleep. The GPS and timetable on the screens is nice to gauge the progress of your trip. Shower was warm. People seemed friendly or respectful. We had a good experience.
★★★★★ Mar 19, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Extremely comfortable and fun trip!
★★★★★ Mar 19, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Mar 19, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Loved it
★★★★☆ Mar 19, 2017 (train #9 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Mar 18, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Great trip
★★★★☆ Mar 18, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Mar 17, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Smile)
★★★★★ Mar 17, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Mar 17, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Mar 17, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
One of our best way in the train, very nice stuff,everything is clean!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
★★★★★ Mar 17, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Mar 17, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★★ Mar 17, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
No problems at all. Good service and great trainride
★★★★★ Mar 17, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
12go made our trip so easy! The building in Bangkok was incredibly easy to find and our experience on the train was great. Although, be warned that the train runs about 2 hours longer than it says so we arrived in Chiang Mai around 10:30 am. Not the travel agency's fault though, just something travelers should know
★★★★★ Mar 16, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Mar 16, 2017 (bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK)) :
Was really good over all, left slightly late but arrived early, reclining seats, AC, blankets in case you get cold, USB chargers on each seat. The only thing is that they are impossible to contact afterwards so if you lose something on the bus or forget your bag they are impossible to contact. My partner lost something and we have been trying to track it down by checking at the hotels we visited etc and we cannot get in touch with lignite (bus company) in order to see if they found anything...in this case it's nothing important but could be...
★★★★★ Mar 16, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Verry Happy
★★★★★ Mar 16, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Airways)
★★★★★ Mar 16, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Alles goed geregeld. Het ophalen van ticket ging makkelijk. De trein was beetje oud maar de bed was comfortable. Voor lange mensen misschien de bed is beetje aan de korte kant. Food en drank kan gekocht worden in de trein, echter moet je extra betalen. Wij arriveerden een uur later in Chiang Mai. Ik zal zeker terug naar Bangkok ook met de trein gaan. Als je van plan bent met de slaaptrein de reizen koop tickets paar dagen ervoor, anders kan je misschien geen (slaap)plek krijgen
★★★★★ Mar 16, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Awesome
★★★★★ Mar 16, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Loved it! Clean, smooth and pleasant.
★★★★★ Mar 16, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Get service and helpfully. #9 Trian ride to chiang mai was great.
★★★★☆ Mar 15, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Journey was on time. Nice and cool. Bed was great. Food wasn't worth 150b. Take your own snacks. Few bugs in and around bed
★★★★★ Mar 15, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★★ Mar 15, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Really good service, I recommend the company and would work with you again.
★★★★★ Mar 15, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Clean and friendly environment, lovely trip just air con slightly too cold
★★★☆☆ Mar 14, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Sleeper car was clean but VERY COLD. The airconditioner was set too cold withat no way to turn it off. Also bathrooms were dirty. Sleeper car was clean however and staff friendly.
★★★★★ Mar 14, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Dit is echt gewoon prima. In Nederland besteld, opgehaald tegenover het station. Werkelijk helemaal prima. Gewoon doen!
★★★★☆ Mar 14, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Trip was a lot nicer than expected. Had private sleeper car, AC was cold cold cold which was great at first but it did get quite cold in the car. The food wasn't amazing but definitely good enough for a train meal. The cart makes lots of squeaks and creaks, definitely would recommend ear plugs. The last two hours of the trip shows beautiful countryside.
★★★★★ Mar 14, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★★ Mar 14, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
12GO Asia are an excellent company, that are organised and efficient! The train journey could have been better, new cabin - great, clean toilets & shower - great, hard bed - not so great, freezing cabin - awful. Its a shame the aircon can't be turned off, they do provide a blanket but its not adequate! Tip - bring something warm!
★★★★★ Mar 14, 2017 (train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
No problems at all when picking up the ticket from 12go in Bangkok. 2nd class AC seater is comfortable enough - leg space, complimentary meal and drinks (bring some more though), nice looks outside the window, enough storage space even for big bags. Train was (almost) on time.
★★★★☆ Mar 13, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Mar 13, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Mar 13, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The train is so slow, 2 hours delayed. Not enough chargers for everyone. Air conditioner so high and difficult to sleep well. Was so freezing cold! Good experience though.
★★★★☆ Mar 13, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Good experience, nice views in the morning. Watch your food tab, our lady made too many mistakes in her favor. Sorry, make mistake! She was funny though. 12 go asia provides excellent service, do not hesitate to use them.
★★★★☆ Mar 13, 2017 (bus VIP24, Bangkok Busline) :
It was all good. Did not understand anything the bus stewardess said but it was all professional. I would like covers on the pillows so the can be clean like the blankets. Overall a good experience and I would do again. It was a very good value.
★★★★☆ Mar 12, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Mar 12, 2017 (train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
It was first time we took train in Thailand and it was great. Food included for 2 nd class was very nice surprise. Reservation ticekts with 12 go Asia was the best choice- easy and fast service. Fully recommend !
★★★★☆ Mar 12, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Little bit shaky but comfortable. Food nd drinks are expensive in the train. Service from 12goasia is great.
★★★★★ Mar 12, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Mar 12, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
Highly recommend. Pretty comfortable seat and good service. 2 meals are served with some snacks, water and milk
★★★★★ Mar 11, 2017 (train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
We were very pleased that we decide to travel to Chiang Mai by train. Very comfortable staff excellent.
★★★★★ Mar 11, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Really easy to collect tickets from 12go (opposite the main train station in Bangkok) - we even got a slight refund as the tickets went down in price after we booked! We travelled 2nd class and the train was clean, cool and comfortable. Food and coffee were decent too!
★★★★☆ Mar 11, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Mar 11, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
Very good
★★☆☆☆ Mar 11, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Train was dirty and old. Spend a few more dollars ànd ride in a better train
★★★★★ Mar 10, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great Service
★★★★☆ Mar 10, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)

News @ Chiang Mai

28 March 2017

Architects and academics have united in a bid to persuade Thailand’s railway operator to save the nation’s heritage stations from the wrecking ball.  King Mongkut Institute of Technology’s Parinya Chukaew and leading architect Pongkwan Lassus say the country’s elderly rail stations have high cultural value.

27 March 2017

Thailand’s aviation authorities have warned that an increase in the number of flight arrivals for the Songkran Festival may cause delays at airports. Aeronautical Radio of Thailand says 10 per cent more flights are expected over the peak Songkran period between 11 and 17 April.

23 March 2017

The partial closure of one runway at Bangkok’s main international airport is taking its toll on flight schedules. Statistics released by Air Traffic Services Thailand show that for the first 10 days of the shutdown at Suvarnabhumi Airport, an average 100 flights a day were 10 minutes late in taking off.