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
Smoothies
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. 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

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Passenger reviews out of total 97,031 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 ^_^

★★★★★ Jul 21, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Lion Air)
★★★★☆ Jul 21, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
2nd class sleepers are surprisingly comfortable. It's nice that you can order breakfast for the morning too. Try not to use the restrooms if you can help it... but overall a pretty pleasant travel experience.
★★★★★ Jul 21, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Nice trip to the north. Comfi beds
★★★★☆ Jul 21, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 21, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Trip was good. Bed binks were fine, the only negatieve was that the lights did not turn off at night:)
★★★★☆ Jul 20, 2017 (avia Economy, Nok Air)
★★★★★ Jul 20, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great trip in the new train!
★★★★★ Jul 20, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai AirAsia)
★★★★☆ Jul 20, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 20, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
I was only a little bit annoyed by people asking me if I wanted an expensive orange juice or coffe or pringles - for many times. No thanks please!
★★★★☆ Jul 20, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 20, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 20, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
Excellent
★★★★★ Jul 19, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very good, only suggestion would be to dim the lights. I understand they cannot be turned off for multiple reasons, but just a little less brightness would help to get to sleep better
★★★★★ Jul 19, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai AirAsia) :
Very very helpfull staff.
★★★★☆ Jul 19, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 19, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Good service of 12go travel agency
★★☆☆☆ Jul 19, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
It wasn't that clean. And the breakfast lady wasn't that friendly.
★★★★☆ Jul 19, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Great train. We were a family of 4 and went first class. Sadly got very little sleep. Combination of stop/start train, noisy track, and but chilly. Fantastic cabin though and great experience. Just arrived in CM so a rather tired at the moment !
★★★★★ Jul 19, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★★ Jul 18, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Wonderfull experience eith our kids
★★★★☆ Jul 18, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
The experience was great. I slept well and the bed was comfortable.
★★★★☆ Jul 18, 2017 (bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK)) :
Bus was on time. Blanked, food, water TV that's was al good enough space to lay down. Except it wasn't obvious that you had a ticket to eat at the stop. And the women in the bus ( stewardess) wasn't that kind.
★★★★☆ Jul 18, 2017 (train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Bit of delay, nice staff. Food was bad.
★★★★★ Jul 18, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 18, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very comfy and lovely staff! A greater variety of food in the restaurant would be nice. :)
★★★☆☆ Jul 17, 2017 (train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Hilarious and highly enjoyable. Took 13 and a half hours as we got stuck trying to get up a mountain and had to wait for a tow from another train (overloaded?)...Wheels were spinning sparks were flying and actually ended up going backwards down the hill...scary, but as I say, hilarious and exciting. Staff were excellent and food was a nice surprise. Great price too...highly recommended but 3 stars as toilets need sorting, big time
★★★★☆ Jul 17, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★★ Jul 17, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very good service. Tickets were ready when we went to pick up. Train journey was superb. Good accomodation, although felt very cold
★★★☆☆ Jul 17, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The trip was allright and the service was good, but when trying to sleep it would have been nice if the lights turned off at night.
★★★★★ Jul 17, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Lion Air)
★★★★★ Jul 17, 2017 (bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK)) :
On time. Nothing special. Respectful staff. Speaks no english. Very very veeeery cold in the bus though.
★★★★☆ Jul 17, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 17, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very easy, have no doubts. They do their job with a smile.
★★★★★ Jul 16, 2017 (train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Jul 16, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 16, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train was a bit old but that is not yr fault ???? Booking, ticket pick-up went fine and good info before the travel. I would recommend 12go asia
★★★★★ Jul 16, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★☆☆☆ Jul 16, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
We booked a 1st class sleep, we were in the last compartment on the last carriage. Our train clearly had some problems with the brakes, they squealed all night! It sounded like fingernails down a blackboard, so we could not sleep much. The room was clean but very old and tired. We are very glad to be taking the plane back! We had a much better experience on sleeper trains in Vietnam. I would like to say that the service in booking our tickets through 12go was excellent.
★★★★☆ Jul 16, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
For the most part the train was very good, the workers were nice and fast. The only thing I would suggest was dimming the lights, I barely slept all night because the lights were on constantly. Otherwise it was very enjoyable :)
★★★★☆ Jul 16, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very pleasant trainride, nice beds and aircondition
★★★☆☆ Jul 16, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Its very cold and the food is not good but it was a great experience. The people are very cute
★★★★★ Jul 16, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 15, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great service, great ride.
★★★★☆ Jul 15, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
It's too bad the State Railway of Thailand does not read their reviews. The air-conditioned second-class rail cars are not really air-conditioned. They are refrigerated! Needing to bring winter clothes on a trip to Chiang Mai or Bangkok is really pretty ridiculous. Other than that the food in the dining car is quite good and reasonably priced. Having multiple bathrooms in the cars is also a good idea. Overall I would recommend taking the train rather than flying to and from Chiang Mai. The 12goasia office is convenient to reach and the staff speaks very good English. We will use them again on our next trip. Good job overall!
★★★★★ Jul 15, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 15, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
It was a pleasant trip. They should turn off or dim the lights at night for a better sleep. Also they should use darkening curtains. Furthermore everything ok.
★★★☆☆ Jul 15, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
A bit shaky but it was quiet during the night. The staff was a bit pushy with the food.
★★★★★ Jul 15, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 15, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★☆ Jul 15, 2017 (bus VIP, Bangkok Busline) :
Super service super confortable arrived on time but but toilet not very clean. Very recommended good companie
★★★★☆ Jul 14, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The train was fine and staff were decent, if anything they were just a bit pushy when it came to selling drinks or food. However, it was raucous on the train with young children and other tourists. Tough to control but just annoying to deal with when trying to get a good night's rest.
★★★★★ Jul 14, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very easy to pick up your trainticket at the DOB building
★★★★★ Jul 14, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great service and friendly staf.
★★★★★ Jul 14, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 14, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 14, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Lion Air)
★★★★★ Jul 13, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Lion Air)
★★★★☆ Jul 13, 2017 (bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK)) :
All you could ask for from a night bus, reclining chairs, blankets, and a stop for complimentary food and water.
★★★★☆ Jul 13, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 13, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Clean with very friendly service. Was a little cool over night so have jacket handy
★★★★★ Jul 13, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Just ask. Theyll answer anything honestly. And the staff in bkk were awesome with kids!
★★★☆☆ Jul 13, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Excellent ticket collection service, stress free. Train and staff very good
★★★★★ Jul 13, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Top rit. Schone trein en vriendelijk personeel. Kwamen op tijd uitgerust aan. Ophalen van tickets verliep heel soepel. Kortom..... voor herhaling vatbaar.
★★★★★ Jul 13, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
I'm a single mom travelling with my 2 boys (12 & 14). Taking this train was a great experience. I can highly recommend it. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Only point to improve is the light. It stays on during the evening and the night. Difficult to fall asleep. Especially in the upper beds. Use a sleeping mask (the one you get on the airplane!). Would be great if the light would be turned down. The intensity of the airconditioning can't be changed. Don't forget to bring a sweater or pants.
★★★★★ Jul 13, 2017 (bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK))
★★★★☆ Jul 13, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
De trein is heel schoon en netjes. Maar het licht en de tv staan de hele nacht aan. Veel andere nederlanders in de trein.
★★★★☆ Jul 13, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very nice train, well organized. But the only thing I thought could improve is the very hard beds and the lights at night. For the rest great experience
★★★★★ Jul 13, 2017 (bus VIP, Siam First) :
El viaje súper cómodo. Asientos reclinables con reposa pies. Te dan almohada y manta y te ponen un aperitivo. Se descansa muy bien
★★★★★ Jul 12, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
we enjoy the trip so much!!!!!
★★★★☆ Jul 12, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The beds are very hard, but the rest is great!
★★★★★ Jul 12, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 11, 2017 (train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Perfect but carriage door to the toilets was left open and thus left a smell of urine throughout the carriage for an hour.
★★★★★ Jul 11, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 11, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 11, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 11, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very clean and comfortable train! All personnell is very friendly and helpful. Only thing which could be improved is to dim the lights at night. Other than that we had a great trip!
★★★★★ Jul 11, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Jul 11, 2017 (train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
It took 14 hours. A few train repairs on the way. Great scenery. I was impressed that we were given food as the train was late and we were told when we neared the end.
★★★★★ Jul 10, 2017 (bus VIP, New Viriya) :
Pleasant journey. We got there on time
★★★★☆ Jul 10, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Definitely worth it!
★★★☆☆ Jul 10, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Left on time but somehow arrived 2 hours late. Lovely, helpful staff. Best to take own food . Facilities very basic. Not very conducive to sleep but a great experience nontheless.
★★★★★ Jul 10, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
We travelled on the new express train. Great service, nice, clean and comfortable beds. On time also! Highly recommend.
★★★★☆ Jul 10, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 10, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 10, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 10, 2017 (bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK))
★★★★☆ Jul 10, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Everything about the train was great except for trying to sleep in motion.
★★★★★ Jul 10, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 10, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Most fancy train I've been in. Clean, efficient, gets you from a to b while getting some sleep. Bottom bunk is better imo..
★★☆☆☆ Jul 10, 2017 (train #109 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
There was no AC, just fans, open door to bathroom, dirty bathrooms, and at some point, someone stacked a bunch of fish in the front of the second class train car. If I EVER take the train again, I will invest in first class and it will be a much shorter trip
★★★★★ Jul 9, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 9, 2017 (bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK)) :
On time. Comfortable And smooth ride. Only thing is for anyone who doesn't speak Thai it's not made clear you have a meal ticket so perhaps on the overhead speaker at the stop there should be added a message in English as I realised but many other didn't.
★★★★★ Jul 9, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 9, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jul 9, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 9, 2017 (bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK)) :
Trip was smooth and we got there on time.
★★★★★ Jul 9, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very reliable and good service. Thanks
★★★★☆ Jul 8, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Bumpy and upper berth quite small but good experience and lower berth v comfy.
★★★★★ Jul 8, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very Recomended. Get a good night sleep and very good snacks... really enjoyed the ride...

News @ Chiang Mai

21 July 2017

The Thai government’s green light for hi-speed Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima trains has ended all discussions on air links between the two locations. Prime-minister's office representative Kobsak Pootrakool said the two cities are too close together to make launching an air link viable.

20 July 2017

Thailand’s one and only drum making village is preparing to stage an annual festival dedicated to showcasing the percussion instrument. The Ang Thong International Drum Festival will take place between the 26 and 30 July at locations in the province’s Ekkarat Sub-district.

19 July 2017

Thailand will next week celebrate a new national holiday in honour of the nation’s king. King Vajiralongkorn will celebrate his 65th birthday on the 28 July and the Thai government has designated it as national holiday.