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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.

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.

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.

Passenger reviews out of total 234,903 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

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Apr 20, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
I highly recommend using Go Asia to book your train tickets, very easy and worked out well. We are a family of 5 so booked 2nd class sleeper from Bangkok to chiang mai and loved it. Very clean and comfortable, on-time and we all slept well. Do take a sweatshirt as can get chilly with air-con.
Apr 20, 2019
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air Special
★★★★☆
ได้เดินทางจริงค่ะ แต่มีระยะเวลาในการรอคอยยืนยันจากสายการบิน ทำให้ลุ้น และตื่นเต้นมาก
Apr 20, 2019
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
Train carriages old and dirty, food average
Apr 20, 2019
train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Is what it is, great experience and was an enjoyable ride
Apr 20, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Everything was very clean in this train. The beds are fine and the service is good.
Apr 20, 2019
bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Exactly as described. Chairs were comfy and reclined like a bed and was also given a blanket and neck pillow. However the only fault I have is that it was advertised to have WiFi but it didn’t. Other than that it was perfect!
Apr 20, 2019
train #109 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Overall it was a good over night trip. The bed was pretty comfortable and the temperature of the aircon was good.
Apr 19, 2019
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Clean and good service, good way to travel!
Apr 19, 2019
train #9 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Slept in the lower berth on female only train. Was very quiet at night! Food options were slim and slightly expensive. It was freezing when we first boarded, but we came prepared. Otherwise, smooth night! Left with a little bit of vertigo but slept okay!
Apr 19, 2019
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Overall, it was a nice experience. The staff was friendly and helpful
Apr 19, 2019
train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★★
The overnight train ride on train no. 9 was quite enjoyable, especially since I had the cabin to myself however unintentional. I only paid for the lower berth in a first class cabin, the upper berth went unclaimed. Falling asleep was easy, staying asleep was harder with the motion and noise in the train. The walls between cabins are also quite thin so you’ll hear your neighbors more so than on American or Canadian sleepers. The provided blanket is thin but very warm. The ac vent in the cabin gets real cold but is adjustable. The pillow isn’t as firm as I like, had to put a towel underneath to make it more comfortable. Shouldn’t be an issue for anyone traveling with their own neck pillow or similar. But I still feel pretty refreshed this morning. My car was the very last car of the set so I didn’t hear any whistling if they do that here like Amtrak does every 15 seconds. Most of the ride was in darkness so not a whole lot of scenery to take in. As far as shared facilities go, in the first class car they’re comparable to American or Canadian sleeping cars in terms of function and cleanliness, no stinky hole in the floor here. The cabin attendants were friendly enough. I had no issues with the food purchased on board, which I opted for instead of bringing onboard instant noodles or other snacks from a 7-Eleven.
Apr 19, 2019
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
We booked a train with wifi and power outlet but when we got there, they told us there isn’t any available. Also the photos online is not close to what we actually had. Still, the train was on time and more or less just 15 min delay arrival. Beddings were clean and warm. AC really gets cold at night. Overall still comfortable considering. Staff could be friendlier too.
Apr 19, 2019
train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Good service and comfortable.
Apr 18, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
I was hesitant to take the night train at first. I was worried for my belongings and personal comfort on the train. I was surprised to learn that it is wonderful. I'm pretty low maintenance but I loved travelling this way. It was very easy, full of like minded travellers, and comfortable enough. Once I was on the train I was very relaxed, made friends, and all worries about my luggage disappeared. Please note: AC is very cold, bring layers, lights left in all night, and many stops might disturb a lighter sleeper. Bring ear plugs, travel pillow or cushion for added comfort in seats, and eye mask if needed. Recommend 100% for budget travellers.
Apr 18, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
A really seamless process - booked with 12go Asia a while back, received all confirmation via email, we collected the tickets from the ticket office an hour before the train left which was really easy and they were very helpful. The train itself was a great experience for anyone travelling from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, pretty comfortable and no issues :)
Apr 18, 2019
bus Express, 12Go Bus
★★★★☆
The trip was quite good. It was fast as expected even during the public holiday. It took 12h from bangkok to chiangmai, 1 hour rest included. The final stop is in the old city centre so its very convinient for me. However, it was not a good experience with a long journey by seat bus (it will be better with sleeper bus). One more thing is about the toilet. The bad small irritated me a lot as I sat downstair, so I recommend to choose a seat on 2nd level, and it works as first come first served.
Apr 18, 2019
avia Economy, Thai Vietjet
★★★★★
Flew on Vietjet. Excellent service. Friendly people. Would be happy to fly again with them.
Apr 18, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Efficient and hassle free trip
Apr 17, 2019
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Great experience! Easy to book the ticket online, pick them up at the trainstation and the accommodation was great.
Apr 17, 2019
train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Comfortable trip. Beds were surprisingly comfortable and it wasn’t too loud - the noise of the train drowns out the sounds of people during the night. Earplugs are recommended though and the workers do start coming around about 7am making noise! Didn’t try the breakfast, took our own food and drink with us. All in all not a bad experience at all - much better than we thought it would be!
Apr 17, 2019
bus Regular 55, Transport Co
★★★☆☆
The bus was very comfortable but the seat reservations were wrong. I selected a front window seat, but it turns out the same seat number is an isle seat in the middle. Ticket also mentioned a food voucher but they denied it.
Apr 17, 2019
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Thai trains are awesome! Left on time. Arrived EXACTLY on time. Staff is friendly and helpful. The cabins are clean. Bedding and blankets always clean. Love that the seat converts to bunks so you can sit comfortably until you're ready for your bunk.
Apr 17, 2019
bus VIP, Lignite Tour PK
★★★★★
Extremely comfortable, we had the front seats on top so we’re able to bring our bigger bags in the bus and have them in front of us since there’s no one reclining their seats. There were screens with games and shows and USB ports. We left 30 minutes after departure time but arrived an hour early in Chiang Mai. Great service overall.
Apr 17, 2019
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
Verry cold
Apr 17, 2019
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
The journey was comfortable with the seats tilting right back and blankets provided. Slept really well! Would recommend having some extra layers as the aircon is pretty full on.
Apr 16, 2019
bus VIP 31, Sombat Tour
★★★★☆
Good leg room, blankets, snacks, water, door that closes off the driver and the noise they night make. Seats ok for comfort and recline. Would be good to have chargers onboard.
Apr 16, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
Nice clean new train. (nr9) But beds were so hard that it hurt and could not really sleep.
Apr 16, 2019
train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Easy booking, collection friendly with freebies for the train. Fab overnight train experience, kids loved it
Apr 16, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Very clean and comfortable journey from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Staff are constantly sweeping and cleaning. Set meals on train cost around 210 THB as of April 2019, but they also sell snacks. Minimal noise in coach, light is a nuisance but nothing that an eye mask can't solve. Highly recommended.
Apr 16, 2019
bus Regular 55, Transport Co
★★★☆☆
The bus was fine but it didn’t include a free meal as advertised.
Apr 16, 2019
train #109 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Good trip
Apr 16, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Very clean train and efficient buffet guy. Grumpy carriage man air con a bit too chilly. Would be nice if they could dim lights through the night, all up a good experience for a night train
Apr 15, 2019
avia Economy, Thai Vietjet
★★★★★
Lovely staff and the flight was so quick! Definitely great for someone who doesn’t like flying! Would happily fly with them again
Apr 15, 2019
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
3 hours delay and in the night it was really cold. But the staff was friendly and it was definitely worth the experience.
Apr 15, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
It was great everything went smoothly
Apr 15, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Ay
Apr 15, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Was completely comfortable traveling alone as a female, in 2nd class. Dinner/breakfast packages for sale at an okay price by a super nice lady, which they brought to you. The wide seats (almost enough for two) were turned into beds swiftly with fresh sheets around 21.00, with wake up around 06.00. Bed were decent enough (for what they are) but the journey is quite shaky so expect to wake up a couple of times. Bring a sweater for the AC and an eye mask as the lights stay on all night. Also recommend you to get the bottom bunk for easy access and as the top bunks curtain blocks out some of the light for you. The train itself (No. 9) was clean and modern with a good "western" toilet. I would recommend this train! :D
Apr 15, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Excellent trip with a super knowledgable and friendly Guide.
Apr 15, 2019
train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways
★★★★★
It was very pleasant! Good beds, nice aircon, not to cold. We booked a train with vans but instead had aircon. Would definitely book this again!
Apr 15, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Good!
Apr 14, 2019
train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Excellent organisation from 12goasia. All very easy. Loved the train journey! Thoroughly recommend
Apr 14, 2019
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Great trip! Enjoyed beautiful view of montains in the morning. Only got a bit cold during the night
Apr 14, 2019
bus VIP 31, Sombat Tour
★★★★★
Excellent service, great space between seats, with a massage chair! Everything said on the webpage is correct! Definately recommend to others!
Apr 14, 2019
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
A ten hour journey that turned into 12.5 hours but we understand as it was start of Songkran and everyone leaving Bangkok. Comfortable seats with blanket. Snack of water and two cakes. Would travel again with them
Apr 14, 2019
bus Express, 12Go Bus
★★★★★
Comfortable bus
Apr 14, 2019
bus Express, 12Go Bus
★★★★☆
The ride was good. We got a small breakfast package (croissant & muffin), a bottle of water and a blanket. You also receive a voucher for a meal. The bus stops at around midnight at a resting place close to the city TAK where you can use your voucher for a free meal. The seats were comfortable but for people higher than 1,80m actually a bit tight. Staff was nice. Driver was OK but he had a few very hard breaks. All in all I would use it again and can recommend it anyone who wants to get cheap from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and even safe a night.
Apr 14, 2019
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Super comfortable cabins and a super friendly staff! We've been traveling across SouthEast Asia for almost 3 months already, and so far Thailand trains have been the best. In this particular route, we were offered food fro dinner and breakfast, but do bear in mind that it's not part of your ticket and you will have to pay for it later!
Apr 14, 2019
train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
I'm glad we did this for the experience but... Didn't get any sleep as the beds are so hard. Got into Chiang Mai tired and grumpy. Next time I'll fly. The staff were great and friendly. We ordered food to be brought to our cabin, food is OK, not great and a bit expensive.
Apr 14, 2019
train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Comfortable ride
Apr 14, 2019
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Nice express car
Apr 14, 2019
train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Once I’ve got into the train I realised the train was still the same train that was operating 10 years ago and it was an old train already back in the days. But when in started to get into the Thai country side landscape, I didn’t regret the choice of using Thai railways
Apr 14, 2019
bus Express, 12Go Bus
★★★★☆
Bus service was exceptional.. Bus clean comfortable..
Apr 13, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
My trip wasn't very comfortable. The train left and arrived in time and there was free water and (expensive) food provided. What I disliked is that the bright lights were on the whole night, the beds were very uncomfortable and shaky and the aircon make it extremely cold. Would prefer the nightbus over this
Apr 13, 2019
bus Express, 12Go Bus
★★★★★
They were on time, the seats are really comfortable and they give 2 bottles of water and snacks :)
Apr 13, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Excellent, picking up tickets was super easy and great customer service. The train was clean, comfortable and private. I highly recommend.
Apr 13, 2019
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
On time
Apr 13, 2019
bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel
★★★★★
Amazing bus ride!!!
Apr 13, 2019
bus Express, 12Go Bus
★★★★☆
Everything is nice. The organisation the people but the bus it's short seats jejeje
Apr 13, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Brilliant, comfortable, on time and an enjoyable experience
Apr 13, 2019
bus Express, 12Go Bus
★★★★☆
All good just to high the AC so we got cold during the night
Apr 13, 2019
bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel
★★☆☆☆
3hr 30 minute delay before we left Bangkok. It was very frustrating as rather than being told that we would be delayed - we kept being told just another 10 minutes.
Apr 13, 2019
bus Express, 12Go Bus
★★★★★
Everything was perfect! The staff is very nice and they care about all passengers. You don’t pay much money for a long way and even get a coupon for a free meal in the break and after a dessert in the bus:)
Apr 12, 2019
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Everything was great!
Apr 12, 2019
avia Economy, Nok Air
★★★★☆
Everything ok! Good service
Apr 12, 2019
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air Special
★★★★★
I am feeling that other passengers name should be kept secret.
Apr 12, 2019
bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel
★★★★★
First time ever rated on here, they had extra buses as it’s just before songkran so probably their peakest day of the year...cheap and ridiculously well organised, red trucks ready to take everyone to their hostels. Well done!
Apr 11, 2019
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air Special
★★★★★
Awesome
Apr 11, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
This journey really exceeded my expectations! The seats were huge and when the staff converted everything into beds, it was done so quickly and efficiently! I was in the upper bunk and had just about enough room and was glad to have a blanket and pillow. (Bring some warm clothes as the AC can get a bit chilly for some.) Also would suggest bringing a sleep mask, as the lights are not turned off at night. There were enough toilets, so didn’t have to queue. The food was okay on the train. Was wonderful to see the sun rise over the Thailand countryside in the morning! Great place to meet other travellers! Would definitely recommend the night train!
Apr 11, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Too cold
Apr 11, 2019
train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Everything from ticket pickup at 12go cafe to train comfort, timeliness, and service was perfect. I'd highly recommend 1st class #9 train if traveling from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.
Apr 10, 2019
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Efficient and comfortable journey. Seats reclined and each person had pillow and blanket. Provided bottle of water and snack and also included a very good lunch. It wasn’t made particularly clear how the lunch worked but it was easy enough to follow the crowd from the bus.
Apr 10, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Overall a good experience. Ticket was super easy to pick up. Service was excellent, staff were very friendly and helpful. Beds were comfortable enough for second class. The A/C was a bit too cold for me and the lights could have been turned off overnight. But otherwise more than satisfactory, and the price cannot be beat!
Apr 10, 2019
train #9 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Straight forward to book and pick up tickets. Would use site again.
Apr 10, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
It was amazing
Apr 10, 2019
train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
We took the overnight train, this is a very efficient way to travel as we had a full day of activities in Bangkok before leaving and full day of activities in Chiang Mai on the day we arrived and didn’t need to pay for accommodation that night. We were a bit worried about the train food and couldn’t find anything to bring with us at the train station, but the food on the train was really nice. Catering staff will come and take your order, they like you to order lots as they get commission. The dim sum was really nice! If you don’t order, you can always order later in the shop towards the centre of the train. We spent just over 1000 baht on a light dinner and breakfast, which is probably double the price that we would have paid elsewhere but we were happy with everything.
Apr 10, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Very pleasant trip. Only downside is that the bed was just a bit short for me (1m85).
Apr 9, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Great clean train. Easy to pick up tickets and great cafe next door. Everything ran very smoothly especially the train x
Apr 9, 2019
train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
This was nice. Comfortable and quite the whole night. Just the staff was a bit rough. Food is not recommended here. Breakfast (for 180B) was bad. Just bring some food or buy something from people walking through the train selling food..
Apr 9, 2019
train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Ticket pick was was super easy and the staff where very helpful and friendly.
Apr 9, 2019
train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
The rooms were comfortable, they provided 2 waters, it had a small sink, temperature in the room was very cold. The staff was nice. The beds were ok too. The only reason I didn't rate a 5 is because the food wasn't very good but we planned ahead and Brought our own snacks and sandwiches. Thank you for everything Hua Railways!
Apr 9, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Beds very comfortable, staff polite and helpfull.Bathrooms clean all the time. AC too high, we were so cold! Lights were on all night long, it could be better for sleep to decrease theit intensity during the night. Thank you!
Apr 8, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Fantastic trip on the train, second class ticket great value and felt like first class, all staff very helpful, very comfortable overnight journey, would 100% recommend
Apr 8, 2019
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Really nice seats with plenty of space. They reclined to be able to sleep for a long time. They gave us snacks in the morning, water, and provided a blanket. The bus has really strong AC—almost too cold! But it was a good break from the heat and adjustable with the blanket. Overall good experience!
Apr 8, 2019
train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Train ride was good, only the screen in the 1st class cabin didn’t work
Apr 8, 2019
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Really good actually the best night of sleep I had in a while
Apr 8, 2019
train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Easy and fast to book. I wish the office was open later to pick up tickets but that’s wishful thinking
Apr 8, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
It was super easy to pick up the tickets and we could board the train an hour before we set off to make ourselves comfortable. Train staff were excellent and very friendly, the toilets were clean and the food was good. Don’t be afraid of the ‘spicy’ option on the menu (not translated) as it’s not that hot. The kids had the upper bunks but couldn’t sleep because of the light so we ended up swapping and didn’t sleep too well. Wish we’d read the comments here so we could have prepared!
Apr 8, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Wonderful! Comfortable, great service, arrived on time
Apr 8, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
12Go Asia made the logistics of our trip absolutely seem less and foolproof. If you don’t use 12go Asia, you’re silly.
Apr 8, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Wonderful journey! The staff was all very nice and helpful. We really enjoyed it!
Apr 8, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Important - get lower berth! There's less light, it is warmer and there is more space. Even if you're travelling as a couple - it will be more comfortable for both of you to sleep on the lower berth. We had booked lower and upper, and the person sleeping at the upper berth was much less satisfied than the one on the lower berth. Otherwise, an incredible service, really worth taking! There's no WiFi, but there are plugs :)
Apr 7, 2019
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Would be better if the train drives on electra, not gas anymore. For the rest, nice journey with friendly staff.
Apr 7, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
A brilliant service from collection to getting off in Chiang Mai. They put the tourists in one cabin and everyone was so friendly which made me feel less nervous. Toilets were clean, beds were simple but sleepable. Only negative is that they don’t turn off or even dim the harsh bright lights on the train which makes it difficult to relax and fall asleep. Definitely bring an eye mask and earplugs as the train whistles throughout, but you get used to it. Decent food. Would definitely take the sleeper again on future trips and the 12go service was very professional and straight forward.
Apr 7, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Ease of picking up tickets was perfect, the help provided then about arriving for train trip very helpful. Trip itself very good, staff helpful. Seat and lower beds quite comfortable and everything very clean. Had one meal, very tasty and shared my husband so very good value.
Apr 7, 2019
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Such a great experience! Would definitely recommend if you’ve never been!
Apr 7, 2019
bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel
★★★☆☆
BKK to CNX. Bus left an hour late and then there was an issue that took 2 hours to resolve. Free snack, water, meal at pit stop, and taxi to my hostel from the drop off point in CNX. Seats were better than what I’m used to, but nothing special.
Apr 7, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Loved this ride. Comfortable arrangements, wonderful staff... beautiful sunrise. The only way to travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.
Apr 7, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Excellent staff, excellent accommodation. We had a very pleasant trip!!
Apr 7, 2019
bus VIP, Lignite Tour PK
★★★★★
Comfortable bus.
Apr 6, 2019
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Very good. Would be great if the lights were dimmed during the night. Even from 11-5am.

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