Bangkok to Chiang Mai @ train, bus, flight May 29, 2017

60 trips (THB 69 — 5,041)

From Hua Lamphong to Chiang Mai by train

08:30
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Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai
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Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
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Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai
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From Morchit to Chiang Mai by bus

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Morchit, Bangkok
15:40
Chiang Mai
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From Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13 to Chiang Mai by bus

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Chiang Mai
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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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Adventures @ Chiang Mai



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

Passenger reviews out of total 87,724 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 ^_^

★★★★★ May 23, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ May 23, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Deffinetly will be doing this again. You guys were perfect, and the train wad amazing.
★★★★★ May 23, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Fantastic journey. Loved it.
★★★★☆ May 23, 2017 (bus VIP24, Bangkok Busline) :
Good service - comfortable and clean, only wish they had announcement (on bus) and information in English
★★★☆☆ May 22, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ May 22, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai AirAsia) :
friendly ,good service .clean
★★★★★ May 22, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Much better than I anticipated! A great way to travel.
★★★★☆ May 22, 2017 (train #9 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways) :
Great fun ! Slightly grumpy staff member but you probably would be too if you had to make that many beds !
★★★★☆ May 22, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ May 22, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
This was a beautiful way to get from Bangkok to Chang Mai The little pull down train bed had clean sheets and pillow and a blanket It was comfortable and fun . They did not sell bottled water only ice cold orange juice . They also sold a nice little breakfast in the morning . I would take this train again
★★★★★ May 22, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Tye train is very nice and comfortable.
★★★★☆ May 21, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Excellent service. Picked up the train tickets from the DOB building as specified on the email. Great train trip. Get over the state of the toilets-!no biggie.
★★★★★ May 21, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ May 21, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ May 21, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Super helpful service and a really easy trip. AC was cold, so bring some layers. Highly recommended for a different experience at travelling long distance; definetely better than a bus!
★★★★★ May 21, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Got me from point a to point b. Cant complain :)
★★★★★ May 21, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
The sleeper train is very spacious, and it departed and arrived at exactly the times printed on the ticket. After several hours it's not the cleanest form of transportation, but it served its purpose quite well and overall I enjoyed the trip.
★★★★☆ May 21, 2017 (train #9 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways) :
For a journey we were dreading from horror stories we were told. We were pleasantly surprised!! Super clean, AC good, power points, free wifi, attentive staff and relatively comfy beds with privacy curtains. Can honestly say this train was better then some hostels we've stayed in! Definitely take this trip again :)
★★★★☆ May 20, 2017 (bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK)) :
+++Great service, nice equipment, comfy, spacious. - -Staff could be more friendly and internet didn't work 1h after departure.
★★★★☆ May 20, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ May 20, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Happy with service for arranging our train tickets.
★★★★☆ May 20, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
All very clean & modern!
★★★★☆ May 19, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ May 18, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Great adventure. I would advise a jumper and some ear plugs as the aircon is a bit intense
★★★★★ May 18, 2017 (avia Economy, Nok Air)
★★★★☆ May 18, 2017 (avia Economy, Nok Air)
★★★★★ May 18, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ May 18, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ May 17, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Beware of food lady!
★★☆☆☆ May 17, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai AirAsia) :
Airplane had a horrible stench
★★★★★ May 17, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Loving the train service, the cabin was super clean. We had a good night sleep on the train.
★★★☆☆ May 16, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ May 16, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
Despite regretting the amount of time it took I was pleasantly surprised by the comfort and hit food stop off. Totally amazing.
★★★★☆ May 16, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Travelled on the number 9 train to Chang Mai at 6.10pm in 2nd class a/c sleeper. Picked up tickets no problem from 12go office which is only a few yards from the MRT exit no.1
★★★★★ May 15, 2017 (train #9 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways) :
Accurate time, very friendly staff, clean bed, good security, medium and secure motion. It was a good experience, I will recommend and I will use the service again.
★★★☆☆ May 15, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
No wifi connection
★★★★☆ May 15, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Tickets were waiting for us and the process was very simple. Really good experience in a modern train. Took one star off because the temperature control in the car is a bit crazy. Sometimes freezing, sometimes warm. Great service from the train team.
★★★☆☆ May 15, 2017 (train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Great and easy to pick up ticket through 12go. The train was fine, seats reasonably comfortable. Bring snacks!! It's a long trip and there is no food cart on the train. They provide a bit of food but there is no selection so surviving for 11 hours on a cup of rice and some biscuits was a bit of a mission.
★★★★☆ May 14, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Simple process, hassle-free, staff friendly, food average, sleeping was better than expected. Overall, nice experience.
★★★★☆ May 14, 2017 (bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK)) :
Comfortable and efficient journey.
★★★★☆ May 14, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Very clean and comfy. I just struggled to sleep due to the noise but that was to be expected
★★★★★ May 14, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
The booking process with 12go was very easy and convenient. Their location right next to the station is also quite a convenience. For someone who likes to plan ahead, this service was wonderful and much appreciated. My husband and I were very impressed with the quality of accommodations in the first class sleepers. Very clean room. The bathrooms and showers were clean upon departure and well maintained throughout the trip. The food in the restaurant car, even though a microwaveable meal, was still tasty. The staff were all wonderful, polite and helpful whenever needed. We have no complaints and would highly recommend Train #9 from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.
★★★★★ May 14, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The process of purchasing the train tickets online was very easy and picking them up from the 12Go office was convenient. I would definitely recommend this service!
★★★★★ May 14, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very easy to get our tickets thank you!
★★★☆☆ May 14, 2017 (bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK)) :
Couldnt sleep actually, chairs are okay but not super comfortable since the headparts are kind of annoying. I couldnt get comfortable and woke up multiple times with aching in my neck. But your feet have lots of space, the chairs can be set back and you get water and some food. Overall an okay bus, but not the best I've been in.
★★★★☆ May 13, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great, efficient way to travel. Bring a jacket. The AC was very cold all night long and the thin blanket provided was not enough.
★★★★☆ May 13, 2017 (bus VIP24, Bangkok Busline) :
Movies please in English too
★★★★☆ May 13, 2017 (train #9 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ May 12, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The train workers were amazing and very kind. The upper bunk was less than expected due to too much light.
★★★★☆ May 12, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★☆☆☆ May 12, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
12Go did an excellent job and was definitely the way to go for buying tickets. I'm very unhappy with the stewardess and the way she slyly tricked us and the others on the train into thinking that the dinners and other food was free then proceeded to charge 4x what it would have cost off the train for the same food. Don't take any food from the people on the train. None of it is free and all of it will be extremely overpriced!
★★★★☆ May 12, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Easy service, good train
★★★★★ May 11, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ May 11, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ May 11, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Train was ok. Average beds/chairs. Reasonably smooth journey. Not sure why it's called an express though since there were multiple stops. Staff horribly rude, lights kept on all night which sucks for sleeping!! Fans didn't do much to stop the heat, kept window open all night
★★★★★ May 11, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
Very pleased with the experience.
★★★★★ May 10, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
It was comfortable and valued for money. Definitely doing it again.
★★★★☆ May 10, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great way to travel - a most enjoyable trip. Only small negatives were that the aircon was a bit too cold and they left the bright carriage lifts on all night.
★★★★★ May 9, 2017 (bus VIP24, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★★ May 8, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Really comfortable trip. Definitely recommend getting the lower berth very spacious. Toilets were clean the whole time.
★★★★★ May 8, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ May 8, 2017 (bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK)) :
Seats were comfy, booking was easy to make online. We also arrived 1.5 hours ahead of schedule
★★★★★ May 8, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Lovely ride! everything went really smooth.
★★★★☆ May 8, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ May 7, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ May 7, 2017 (avia Economy, Nok Air) :
Great experience from check in to take off - seamless, friendly service and almost no wait times. Will definitely fly through this airport again. Nok airlines was great!
★★★★★ May 7, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Lion Air) :
Easy to navigate through the airport. Quick and easy check in. Everyone is super friendly!
★★★★★ May 7, 2017 (train #9 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ May 7, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
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★★★★★ May 7, 2017 (bus VIP, Siam First) :
The service was excellent, hostess on the bus was very helpful. Very comfortable bus and snacks given along the way. Worth the travel to Morchit bus station instead of the bad buses and service leaving from khaosan road.
★★★★★ May 6, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Having read other people's reviews, I made sure to refuse the first couple of people coming round offering drinks and pringles. Later, a really lovely woman came to take my dinner and breakfast order - she was superb and if I go back via train I hope to see her again! The guard was also extremely helpful in getting my heavy bags to my room. The room itself was very comfortable for me to work in during the journey and the bed was perfectly fine - better than expected, having previously been on Indian trains! As people mentioned the air con, I wore jeans and a jumper and was comfortable throughout the night. I did wake up a few times when the train stopped or got particularly bumpy, but all in all I feel well rested and happy that I chose to take the overnight train. The view out of the window in the morning is spectacular! (NB I was in seat 20, coach 11 - first class).
★★★★★ May 6, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ May 6, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The train was perfect, we slept very well and the employees of the train was nice
★★★★★ May 5, 2017 (bus VIP24, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★★ May 5, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Everything went really well! Loved our experience on the sleeper train! Thank you very much!
★★☆☆☆ May 5, 2017 (train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
+ There are meals, air cond, nice staffs - Trains were way more expensive if you buy on 12go.asia Impossible to sleep on your seat no place to smoke no way to do your needs in the toilets
★★★★☆ May 5, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very comfortable trip, beds were great but bathroom was not user friendly
★★★★☆ May 5, 2017 (train #9 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ May 4, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ May 4, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
12GoAsia was great to deal with. Everything was as promised.
★★★★★ May 4, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ May 4, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ May 4, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ May 4, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
air con was TOO COLD and duncan's neighbour snored very loudly
★★★★★ May 3, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Easy to pick up ticket and the 14 hour journey in a second class fan cart was great. Amazing scenery and good breakfast.
★★★★★ May 3, 2017 (train #9 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways) :
The train wasn't full, which was nice. It was the perfect temperature. The lady in charge of my car was friendly and very accommodating. And the food was very good.
★★★★☆ May 3, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
The food was alright, the bed was comfy and the staff are really nice and friendly. Almost 14hrs bumpy ride but the views are amazing. Totally worth the experience <3
★★★★★ May 3, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ May 3, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ May 3, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
This was my first experience with a sleeper train, and it was really amazing! For $100 for 2 people you have your own room with a window. There's a wash basin, and the car has 3 bathrooms. Our attendant made our beds for us and was always available for questions. It's definitely worth it and a convenient way to travel! Also this train is very updgraded and has screens for each bed to order food or look at the schedule etc. I can't say enough about how great it was!
★★★★☆ May 2, 2017 (bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK))
★★★★☆ May 2, 2017 (bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK)) :
Staff unnecessarily loud and waking up for no reason. English subtitles needed for movies
★★★★★ May 2, 2017 (bus VIP, Siam First)
★★★★★ May 2, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Company was great and the train had beautiful views, but be warned the bed is very hard
★★★★☆ May 1, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Comfortable beds which were made for us with lovely clean linen. An extra blanket would have been good as the aircon is quite cold. Train was on time. Would take the train again. 12go very good to deal with.
★★★☆☆ May 1, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
the 12go.asia ticket booking service was impeccable - loved the ease of using the service and the follow up was great. However the old train 13 first class cabin was very old and dated and the cheerful cabin attendent forced orange juices, pringles upon us, which we stupidly assumed to be free, only to be stung with a hefty charge before disembarking - no wonder she was super cheerful!
★★★★★ May 1, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Cracking stuff!
★★★★★ Apr 30, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Apr 30, 2017 (bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK)) :
The seats were very comfortable and the journey was good in all in all, however the staff let you down. The lady who was working in our section was very rude and continued to bark orders at us throughout the journey. One example of this is that we had closed the AC vents as we were all cold, but she soon came in and told us in a very rude manner that we could not do this and opened them again. We explained to her that we were cold but she took no notice of this and just walked off. I would use this company again, however I would hope that we had a different member of staff.
★★★☆☆ Apr 30, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
fir some reason we kept stopping on the side of the road..maybe the bus got a flat....o well... TIT....the seats are uncomfortable and the ac unit vent leaaked water...normally the journey is pleasant... this one however wasn't.

News @ Chiang Mai

22 May 2017

Thai AirAsia has announced a convenient addition to its ever expanding network of flight routes in Thailand. The budget carrier will inaugurate cross-country Chiang Mai to Ubon Ratchathani flights on 23 June 2017.

19 May 2017

Police patrols in Chiang Mai reported that a number of the city’s main roads were flooded early today. Heavy rains lashed the Northern Thai city overnight and left parts of roads close to the River Ping impassable to all but 4WD vehicles.

09 May 2017

Thai AirAsia has just announced it will increase flight frequencies between Bangkok and Penang. The new schedule will see two flights a day provide extra choices for people travelling between the Thai capital and the popular Malaysian resort island.